Feminism | Posted by Isaiah Strong on 02/15/2017

I Am Not A ‘Phase’

I'm not a phase.

I’m not a “phase.”

I was standing on the top floor of a fraternity house in the early days of my sophomore year of college. Across the room, I saw an upperclasswoman I had heard about through the grapevine. She was well into a drunken tirade critiquing or complimenting each of my friends’ respective physical appearances and clothing when I approached. Then this young white woman turned to me.

“So Isaiah, you’ve got this whole mixed thing going on for you,” she said. “You should use that to your advantage.”

She clearly didn’t see this drunken comment as problematic, but I was taken aback, confused, and painfully uncomfortable. To her, the idea was that for me — the son of a black father and a white mother — this “whole …

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Feminism | Posted by Dayton Uttinger on 02/10/2017

Birth Control Is Not A Niche Issue

Birth control is relevant to us all.

Imagine a girl who, of course, bears no resemblance to the author other than their shared gender identity.  I use the word “girl” here very deliberately, because although she is in college, her movements through conversations, rooms, and even friendships are all very jagged: she screeches to sudden stops and jolts backwards before zooming forward again.  She calls her mother whenever she doesn’t know what to do (which is often), whenever her bank account balance is “mysteriously” low, whenever her car’s “check engine” light flashes on, and whenever she pulls a muscle.

Girl falls in love. Or doesn’t — it doesn’t really matter. Either way she ends up sleeping with that guy who lives three doors down. Hopefully she plays it smart, but …

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Feminism | Posted by Chloe H on 02/8/2017

Bridging The Divide

UC Berkeley

I dressed up as Donald Trump for Halloween in 2015. My costume was inspired by my disbelief that a “sexy Donald Trump” costume was being sold on the Internet. Instead of supporting the company that had (seemingly earnestly) created that costume, I decided to parody the idea by making my own. I borrowed my friend’s suit jacket and tie, bought a blond wig, and wrote “Make America Great Again” in black sharpie on a generic red baseball cap.  My friend dressed up as Melania Trump: She wore a tight dress, high heels, fake eyelashes, and curled her hair.  I posted a photo taken of our costumes on Instagram, complete with what I saw as a fitting Trump quote: “You know, it doesn’t really matter what [the media] writes

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Feminism | Posted by Reilly W on 02/6/2017

How Young People Can Best Fight For Reproductive Justice

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Post-Women’s March, I’ve noticed that many of my friends feel like they’re fumbling around for activist motivation. They’re trying to find a way to keep the momentum going, but are failing to find ways to feel like they’re helping to push for change. I felt the same way, and chose to respond by making it my goal to reach out to at least one elected official each day. It has felt like a tangible way to resist broader political actions that I essentially have no say in or control over.

One of the major issues I have contacted my representatives about is abortion care, since reproductive rights are currently under attack. In fact, HR7 — one of the most destructive pieces of abortion legislation that …

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Feminism | Posted by Alex Brown on 02/3/2017

It’s Time My Male Peers And I Hold Ourselves Accountable For Rape Culture

A photo of Man Up and Open Up — a great org working in this space

A photo of Man Up and Open Up — a great org working in this space

I was once sitting at lunch with several of my guy friends when a girl in our class walked by. When she was too far away to hear us, one of my friends asked if we thought she was hot. Another friend instantly replied, “She’s kind of ugly, but I’d still rape the sh*t out of her.”

Despite being disgusted by my friend’s comment, I ignored it and remained silent. Looking back, I now realize my passivity in the presence of his misogyny speaks volumes about how men are raised to perpetuate rape culture. Instead of speaking out, instead of condemning it, we shrug. We overlook it–which only perpetuates it.

Although our newly elected

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Feminism | Posted by Gabby Catalano on 02/1/2017

Moving Forward After An Abusive Relationship

Credit: Gabby Catalano

Credit: Gabby Catalano

When I started putting together a book proposal for a collection of personal essays on domestic abuse in relationships, I knew I had to write about Tom,* my first boyfriend and first love. We were only together for three months, but I still have enough stories about the emotional and sexual abuse I experienced while dating him to fill an entire book.

I understand what other abuse survivors say when they say their abusers “cared” for them even while they were making their life feel like Hell. Their abuser probably seemed charming at first and was maybe even humorous. They may have seemed wounded and in need of care. Tom was all of these things.

When I was sad, Tom was sadder. When I was happy, Tom

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Feminism | Posted by Kadin Burnett on 01/30/2017

We Have To Remain Vigilant About Global Reproductive Justice

A protest in the DR

A protest in the DR

Those who bear the brunt of childbirth should not have their bodies continually and unreasonably regulated by those who will never have their ankles suspended in stirrups, nor their reproductive well-being suspended. Female bodies — especially the bodies of the mothers-to-be —are frequently put under duress and subjugation, not only from culturally sexist rhetoric, but also by lawmakers. Domestically, we must certainly remain vigilant about what looks to be the most anti-abortion cabinet in U.S. history, but we are not alone in our need to focus on women’s reproductive rights. Legislation abroad has also stifled women’s control over their bodily freedom.

In late 2016, the Dominican Republic passed legislation that reinstated a criminal code that effectively bans abortions. A prior law passed in 2014 …

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Feminism | Posted by Angela Liu on 01/27/2017

7 Things To Rally Around To Support Feminism In 2017

Credit: Women's March on Washington

Credit: Women’s March on Washington

2016 was a year of political turmoil, heartbreaking losses, and global discord. 2017 is poised to be another year of great change — in fact, plenty of damage has already been done: Trump advanced the DAPL and Keystone Pipelines, expanded the Global Gag Rule, and moved to block refugees entry to the U.S. (just to name a few things). But while it’s important to focus on resisting these attacks, we must also recognize the positive forces that still exist and need support now more than ever. Here are just a few.

The power of civilian activism: The Women’s March on Washington, as well marches around the nation and world, recently drew millions of people. As we head into 2017, let’s keep this dynamic, …

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