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Pop-Culture | Posted by Tara E on 03/27/2015
What does feminism look like? If you identify as a feminist, you probably feel trained to not care about appearances and encourage others not to as well. But maybe you still wonder: What does my appearance tell the world about who I think I am?
The truth is we all judge people based on what they look like and they judge us, too. Shugs & Fats, the new comedy web series created by Nadia Manzoor and Radhika Vaz, is all about acknowledging this and dealing with it through irony and laughter. Doing so, their humor suggests, not only makes us feel better but also helps us understand why our preconceived assumptions are problematic in the first place.
Manzoor and Vaz — as South Asian, female comedians — also …
Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 03/25/2015
I’m a fan of both Lena Dunham and Mindy Kaling. Yet I found myself somewhat surprised by just how impressive I found both women while recently watching their contributions to a Sundance live panel moderated by Emily Nussbaum via YouTube. I tried to pinpoint why exactly I was so taken with the extent to which I found both women endearingly self-aware, thoughtful and humble.
Perhaps, I finally realized, it had something to do with the panel format itself. Instead of answering the typical lazily sexist questions both women are frequently asked — like about existing as a female in Hollywood or what it was like to work with [insert male co-star here] — these talented individuals were given open platforms to discuss substantive issues they actually care about. Dunham, Kaling …
Feminism | Posted by Devki R on 03/23/2015
My parents grew up in Delhi and the city is like a second home to us. In addition to my cultural roots and personal connection to the country, I also have a deep, personal interest in Indian society, traditions, and practices and always look forward to our bi-annual trip to visit my family and friends.
When I landed in Delhi’s international airport on December 18th 2012, though, I was greeted with riots in the streets. Women and men were uniting throughout the city as well as the entire country to demand an end to rape and violence against women.
Every 20 minutes, a woman is raped in India and most of these rapes go unheard and unreported. But a rape that occurred two days before my arrival on the …
Feminism | Posted by Megan G on 03/20/2015
The first time I experienced harassment in a club, a man came up behind me and put his hand under my dress and in between my legs. I was horrified. I felt dirty, violated and mortified. As the night went on, however, my feelings changed to anger. How dare he touch me like that without any consent? When my anger reached a boiling point I left the club to get some air and squawked indignantly about what had just happened as soon as I saw my friends. A few minutes later I learned that the same man had grabbed one of my friends bums and then just laughed. It was after this night that I decided to find out more.
It has become clear that my friend and …
Feminism | Posted by Pippa B on 03/18/2015
When Nika Shelby, a student at Union College, started weightlifting it wasn’t to get fit. She was fighting to save her life.
In high school, her friends knew her as a powerhouse. She was the strongest member of any team and a force to be reckoned with. But the parts of her body that gave her strength — the thick legs and strong arms that identified her as an athlete — were also her greatest enemies. Determined to attain the body that she wanted, Nika pulled away from sports and retrained her laser focus on getting skinny.
She was good at it too. She spiraled into a destructive eating disorder complete with food-free days and an Adderall prescription obtained with the intent of appetite suppression. She successfully sent her metabolism …
Feminism | Posted by Carolina G on 03/16/2015
A few weeks ago, I was at a party with a few of my friends. I had been casually using a new dating app and had been talking to a guy that seemed pretty nice. He mentioned that he happened to be out in the same area, so I told him where I was, figuring we could have a drink. He arrived with a few of his friends and I said hello. The first words out of his mouth? “False advertising. You’re not Latina.”
Photo Credit: Wikimedia Sofia Vergara
I wish I could say this surprised me but it really didn’t. Ever since I joined the world of online dating, my ethnicity is question
You may be thinking, “Oh, a white girl is complaining about being white.” That’s not the …
Feminism | Posted by Chloe H on 03/12/2015
At some point during their education, American students learn about John Adams: an American founding father, the country’s second president, and an advocate of American independence from Britain. However, he was not an advocate for the independence of women, and unfortunately, most students never have the opportunity to learn about his wife Abigail Adams, who was.
Before she became John Adams’ wife, Abigail Adams was the daughter of a respected Massachusetts minister. Because the colonists followed the British practice of denying women formal education, she never received proper schooling and became a wife and mother to six children. While her husband fought for his country’s freedom, his wife raised their children and managed their home and farm while coping under the strains of war. These constraints, however, didn’t stop her …
Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 03/10/2015
I’ve always said that the most feminist aspect of the FBomb is the act of publicly writing itself. There are so few outlets that allow young women to express themselves on a complex emotional level and even fewer that encourage us to express our intellect. The media encourages us to buy into images and depictions that objectify us and belittle our intelligence. We are rarely given the opportunity to push back – in fact, we’re actively discouraged from doing so.
I started the FBomb to counter this. I wanted to create a space specifically for young feminists — a space where young women could become comfortable with not only developing our opinions and ideas, but to publicly publish them – to refuse to buy into a culture that encourages our …