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Feminism, Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 01/4/2016

Why Bill Cosby’s Sexual Assault Charge Is Meaningful For Survivors

Bill Cosby

Over the past decade, dozens of women have accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault. Yet, primarily due to the statute of limitations on these alleged crimes having passed, Cosby was never actually charged for any of them. That changed on December 30th, however, when the infamous comedian was charged with committing a felony aggravated indecent assault in 2005 by one survivor in Pennsylvania — a state in which the statute of limitations is 12 years.

Despite the disturbing number of women who have come forward — not to mention Cosby’s own admission in July to obtaining Quaaludes with the intent of giving them to young women and drugging at least one individual — these survivors were discredited and even derided for years. For example, former model Janice Dickinson …

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Feminism | Posted by Cheyenne T on 12/28/2015

How I Discovered The Power Of Black Womanhood

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After spending the last school year immersed in political turmoil and tension on my college campus, I decided this past summer that it was time to actively choose to either eject or change the things in my life that make me unhappy. So I did: I stopped wasting time on people who didn’t reciprocate the energy I put into our relationships and stopped participating in activities that were not directly contributing to my happiness of self-betterment.

In addition to rejecting negative influences, I decided to allow myself to indulge more in the people and daily activities that I enjoy, including things that are societally labelled as feminine, such as makeup and fashion. I initially rejected such practices upon first identifying as feminist because I thought they were at …

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Anne Girard on 12/25/2015

These Actresses Broke Down Barriers In Hollywood

Katherine Hepburn

This past year, many female entertainers — like Amy Schumer, Jennifer Lawrence, Ashley Judd and others — received well-deserved attention for their commitment to fiercely confronting sexism in Hollywood. But most people are unaware that a collection of smart, savvy and oh-so talented women blazed the trail for them years ago.

These actresses were not content to buy into the sexist status quo set by the powerful, male-dominated studio system that required them to objectify themselves to make their mark. They insisted on doing it their way and,  in doing so, not only challenged the gendered stereotypes of the time, but also gave women new and dynamic role models for years to come.

Jean Harlow

When Harlow burst onto the scene in 1929 at the tender …

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Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 12/23/2015

Why These Activists Created A Guide To Fighting Online Harassment

Far too many women experience online harassment.

Though plenty have tried to minimize the experience for years, online harassment is a serious issue and blatant evidence of persistent sexism. It’s widespread one, too: 25% of young women online have been sexually harassed and 26% have experienced stalking on the internet, according to a recent Pew study and another study found that 70% of the people who reported severe online harassment between 2000 and 2013 were women.
Now more than ever, though, courageous women are speaking out about their experiences and trying to put an end to this problem once and for all — including women like activists Anita Sarkeesian, Renee Bracey Sherman, and Jaclyn Friedman. This trio recently contributed to the movement by teaming up to create “Speak Up

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Feminism | Posted by Eliza V on 12/21/2015

The Horrifying Treatment of Refugees in Australia Needs To End

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Australia is often celebrated for its beautiful beaches and fun, laid back people, but this reputation overlooks a co-existing darker reality. The nation is actually one of the worst human rights violators in terms of its treatment of refugees and asylum seekers. While Australia received just 1% of all applications made for asylum globally in 2014, according to the BBC, the country has still come under fire for the way it has chosen to handle these requests. In fact, this year the UN found that parts of Australia’s asylum seeker policies violate the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

Perhaps the act most obvious and well-known to Australians is Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s campaign to sway public opinion about refugees. Abbott spent

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Feminism | Posted by Roberta Nin Feliz on 12/18/2015

The Alleged Racism at a Yale Fraternity Reveals A Much Bigger Problem

A SAE fraternity house.

In November, Yale University’s chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon was accused of denying girls of color entrance into one of their parties. Racial tension was already brewing on Yale’s campus at the time as one university official had recently, controversially responded to evidence of some students’ racist Halloween costumes. Yale recently concluded that girls of color were not denied from the party after all and that some people were turned away because the party was overcrowded. But this incident was all-too believable because it easily fit into a broader trend already evident at fraternities across the country.

While the original Facebook post that exposed the SAE incident is apparently fabricated, it received close to 2,000 likes as well as a plethora of comments from other Facebook

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Dave M on 12/16/2015

Jessica Jones’ Handling of Abuse Offers Empathy and Hope

Krysten Ritter stars as Jessica Jones

Comic books and their adaptations have rightfully been criticized for their portrayal of women for years. All too often, female characters are shallowly depicted as sexualized damsels in distress with unrealistic bodies intended for the male gaze. Jessica Jones, the protagonist of the new Netflix series based on the Marvel comic Alias, manages to not only avoid these overused tropes, but presents a complex, nuanced character who offers representation for a frequently marginalized group: survivors of trauma.

Jessica is a fiercely independent woman who rejects objectification and belittlement. Her strength catalyzes the series’ very plot: The villain, Kilgrave, witnesses Jessica stop a mugging and is immediately enamored by her strength and stamina. Kilgrave, whose superpower is his ability to make others obey …

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Feminism | Posted by Aph Ko on 12/14/2015

Why Afrofuturism Is a Black Feminist Praxis

Janelle Monae frequently uses Aphrofuturism in her work.

The most suffocating thing about being a black girl in a white supremacist, patriarchal world is the constant reminder that I’m not allowed to define myself. The media constantly reinforces this by failing to imagine black people as anything other than historical slave bodies in the white imagination. I’ve always wanted to imagine and create new social worlds where I could be my own agent, where every second of my life wasn’t a quest to fight white supremacist representations of my body. It turns out I’m not the only one: An entire movement is devoted to this very concept, and it’s called “Afrofuturism.”

Coined in a 1993 essay titled “Black to the Future” by Mark Derry, Afrofuturism centers on the black experience …

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