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Feminism | Posted by Ashley Johnson on 03/7/2017

Embracing My Blackness At Predominantly White Institutions

My schools have all been predominately white

I wouldn’t say that I necessarily felt white growing up, but I never felt all that black, either. I wasn’t raised to feel in any way less than my white counterparts, but at the same time, my parents never taught or encouraged me to identify strongly with being black. We never had a history lesson on blackness in my home or any in-depth conversations about Dr. King on his birthday. We weren’t part of a black community: we didn’t go to church regularly and were mostly isolated from our extended family—we never had the Tyler Perry-esque big, jolly reunions I saw black families have on TV and in the movies. Rather, my siblings and I were raised to believe that we were, in …

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Feminism | Posted by Mankaprr Conteh on 03/1/2017

Hands on Their Backs: How Black Girls Are Pushed Out of Schools

Dr. Monique Morris on black girl “pushout”

Dr. Monique Morris made me nervous. She shouldn’t have. She has soft-looking chestnut skin and gorgeous locs. On the day we met, she wore a set of bracelets whimsically stacked on her arm that chimed when she entered the radio station. Later that day, I would watch her sing, smile, and reference west-coast hip-hop as she gave a presentation on school discipline, black girls, and the juvenile justice system — her areas of expertise.

Dr. Morris is beautiful and charming and kind. She’s an advocate and scholar who goes as hard for black girls as I should have when I had the chance. So, when she sits in front of me, ready for me to interview her, I don’t just see her. I …

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Feminism | Posted by Kadin Burnett on 02/28/2017

#DearBetsy: Protect Title IX

Betsy DeVos

Betsy DeVos’s appointment as the United States Secretary of Education is monumentally problematic. DeVos has no background in education: in fact, her appointment will be her first job held in the field of education. DeVos did not attend public school, yet will have the authority to  make decisions that affect 100,000 public schools and 90% of school-aged children in the country. Even her alma mater, Calvin College, went to lengths to pen an open letter explaining why DeVos was unfit for her position.

Betsy DeVos doesn’t strike fear into the hearts of education advocates and sexual assault activists because she has committed to radical measures of reform, however. Rather, she is feared because she has been totally incapable of putting forward anything more substantive than an irritatingly murky

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Feminism | Posted by Gabby Catalano on 02/27/2017

This Eating Disorder Survivor Is Making A Difference

Dayna Altman

Dayna Altman

“There’s beauty in everything and everyone, and that shouldn’t be decided by the media or anyone,” Dayna Altman — a 24-year-old eating disorder survivor, graduate student, and mental health activist from the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) — told me in a recent interview.

Dayna, who agreed to share her story with the FBomb for National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, is from Massachusetts, and grew up dancing. As early as elementary school, she told me, she started experiencing and depression, anxiety, OCD and eating disorder habits. She wasn’t diagnosed with anxiety and major depression until her first year at Providence College, however. At that point, she received several months of clinical treatment, which in turn informs her work as an activist today.

Looking back, Dayna believes her …

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Feminism | Posted by Libby Segal on 02/22/2017

A Mother-Daughter Outing

Credit: Libby Segal

Credit: Libby Segal

I came out to my family at 25 years old. It was 2014, and while the country had made great progress in acceptance in terms of recognizing civil unions, putting more LGBTQ figures on television, and passing pro-gay laws, coming out was still a weighty experience. I was fortunate enough to have recently moved to New York, where there was less stigma and more acceptance for LGBTQ folks than there was on my college campus in Rhode Island or in my hometown of Bethlehem, PA. But even so, I struggled with the coming out process, mostly because I had struggled so hard to come out to myself.

I had never really been worried about what my parents would say or think when I eventually came out, but

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Feminism | Posted by Kayleigh Bolingbroke on 02/16/2017

What Does #FreeMelania Really Mean?

Donald and Melania Trump

By now, you have probably seen the infamous clip of Trump and Melania on Inauguration Day. To recap for those who haven’t, the footage shows Trump turning to Melania, who is courtly, beaming. As soon as Trump turns his back, her smile turns swiftly into what can only be described as a grave scowl.

Much speculation has surrounded the clip itself. Some people have suggested that Melania’s sudden somber expression may not even have been a reaction to anything Trump said to her, but to Trump possibly looking straight past his wife to smile at his daughter, Ivanka, who stood behind Melania. But no matter what exactly occurred in that clip, it’s undeniable that Melania’s behavior has started to form an eerie pattern: one that many

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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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