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Feminism | Posted by Aya on 04/1/2016

This Is What Happens When We Don’t Teach Teens Comprehensive Sex Education

We need better sex ed.

We need better sex ed.

In February, President Obama took an important stand for sexual health in the United States: He eradicated funding for abstinence-only sex education in his 2017 budget proposal — a decision backed by countless studies, expert opinions and anecdotal accounts of just how ineffective this type of “education” is. But even on the (unfortunately) off chance that our Republican-dominated Congress passes this program — which has cost almost $2 billion in federal spending — the damage of abstinence-only sex education on my generation is already evident.

As a college freshman, I have witnessed and experienced many examples of such damaging effects firsthand. This can manifest in unfair and frustrating ways, like the “pleasure” or “orgasm” gap that results in women not getting off as …

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Feminism | Posted by Chloe H on 03/30/2016

What Volunteering In The South Taught Me About My Own Prejudice

Not all Southerners perpetuate a legacy of racism.

This year I decided to participate in a spring break program called the Collegiate Challenge, which offered students the opportunity to partner with our university’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity and spend a week building houses for low income families. This year’s build site was Lake Sumpter, Florida — a small town in central Florida, about two hours outside of Orlando. Although I had been to Miami once before, this was my first experience in a more rural, southern environment and, to be honest, I went into the trip with a lot of assumptions and prejudices.

Before I traveled to the state, I knew that Donald Trump had won the Florida primaries and that the governor of Florida had endorsed him. …

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Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 03/28/2016

The Ghomeshi Verdict Is A Reminder That The ‘Perfect Victim’ Myth Is Alive and Well

Jian Ghomeshi

While mainstream culture has certainly embraced feminism as of late, the movement’s work is far from done. One of the most glaring examples of this is the persistent doubt and discrediting survivors face as well as the unrealistic, illogical standard of behavior to which they’re held. It’s an unfortunate reality that was recently underscored by the shocking verdict in one Canadian sexual assault trial.

The trial, which took place in February, centered on the accusation that Canadian radio host Jian Ghomeshi sexually assaulted and choked two anonymous women as well as actress Lucy DeCoutere between 2002 and 2003. All women had contact with Ghomeshi following these alleged assaults and their memory of the exact events changed over time. On Friday, Judge William Horkins acquitted Ghomeshi of all charges …

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Gabby C on 03/25/2016

We Need To Address The Music Industry’s Gender Gap

Female musicians rock.

“I’m tired of men who aren’t professional or even accomplished musicians continually offering to ‘help me out’ (without being asked), as if I did this by accident and I’m gonna flounder without them,” the Canadian singer Grimes wrote in a now-infamous tumblr post about sexism she has experienced. “I have the best job in the world but I’m done with being passive about any kind of status quo that allows anyone to suffer or to be disrespected.”

Though Grimes wrote this in 2013, it seems little has changed. Although Lana Del Rey made the cover of the issue featuring the list, of the 127 artists featured on last year’s Billboard Power 100 List, only 15 were female. Less than 5% of established producers in the world are …

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Pop-Culture | Posted by David G on 03/23/2016

What Kesha’s Sexual Assault Case Reveals About The Trauma of Shame

#FreeKesha

In 2014, Kesha sued her producer, Dr. Luke, for allegedly sexual assaulting her. More specifically, she sued for freedom from a contract that bound her to only producing music with her assailant. Her decision to do so added fuel to the already growing fire that is the current conversation about rape culture. One of the world’s biggest pop stars publicly admitted she had gone through something that’s still very much stigmatized in today’s society and even risked her career to fight for herself and countless other survivors by extension.

Much of the conversation surrounding this case has focused on the trauma of sexual assault itself, and rightfully so. But it seems Kesha’s experience highlights another aspect of the experience of assault: the trauma of shame. Shaming and blaming women …

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Kinder L on 03/21/2016

Bust Ghosts, Not Women: Sexist Responses To The ‘Ghostbusters’ Trailer Have Got To Go

The new Ghostbusters cast.

The new Ghostbusters cast.

From Fantastic Four, to Zoolander 2, to Disney’s live-action remake of The Jungle Book, it seems that 2016 might be the year of cinematic reboots, remakes and sequels. Perhaps one of the most anticipated reboots of the year, however, is the all-female Ghostbusters. Yet the response to the recently released trailer was more critical than were previous, celebratory headlines about the film — for reasons both valid and upsetting.

Plenty of people feel a unique sort of discomfort about sequels or reboots of beloved movies. It’s easy to feel unsure how the new film will be unique without losing the essence of the original on which it’s based. Nobody wants a new addition to ruin or taint their memory of the original.

As …

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Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 03/18/2016

Why President Obama’s Decision to Call Out Online Harassment Is So Important

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Obama giving his Women History Month speech.

President Obama could have discussed any number of pressing issues during his recent speech given in honor of Women’s History Month. A significant portion of his speech, however, was devoted to an issue about which feminists have been speaking out for years, but which is frequently dismissed by those in power: online harassment.

Feminist bloggers, women sports reporters, and others are “speaking out bravely about their experiences, even when they know they’ll be attacked for it,” Obama said on Wednesday. “And by telling their stories, by you telling your stories, women are lifting others out of the shadows and raising our collective consciousness about a problem that affects all of us.”

The numbers back Obama up. According to a recent Pew study, 25% …

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Feminism | Posted by Saskia G on 03/16/2016

We Need To Talk About The Flint Water Crisis and Environmental Racism

Flint’s contaminated water.

Mainstream America just got a wake-up call about the importance of pushing back on environmental racism and it came from an unexpected source: Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

On February 25th, Clinton delivered a Super Tuesday speech to a mostly black crowd at the Woodside Church in Flint, Michigan. The speech was her second given in the city and the presidential hopeful took the opportunity to  frame the city’s recent water crisis as a social justice issue. Clinton called Flint “a community that’s been knocked down, but refused to be knocked out” and highlighted efforts of local unions and schools to obtain clean water for their neighbors. She also demanded $600 million from the federal government to solve the water crisis. Clinton added that “we’ve come too far …

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