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Feminism | Posted by Kayleigh Bolingbroke on 10/10/2016

Overcoming Internalized Misogyny

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“Wow, they’re beautiful,” I thought to myself at nine years old as I watched yet another music video by yet another girl group for the hundredth time. I admired these women, in all their scantily clad glory. I aspired to emulate their confidence, physical beauty, and the senses of entitlement and pride they seemed to feel about their own bodies. These pop sensations were my idols.

But at the age of thirteen, watching the same videos conjured words like “slut” and “tease” instead. I watched the women featured in Sugababes’ “Push the Button” gyrate their bodies over men like strippers, and deemed their movements vulgar. I pondered why these men, who were presented as so strong and influential, lusted after girls who made themselves so available, …

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Frances Nguyen on 10/7/2016

Public Women Are Not Public Property

Kim Kardashian West — one of the celebrities assaulted

Ukrainian social media personality Vitalii Sediuk is having a hard time with the definition of “assault.” Rather, the self-described “prankster”— who is responsible for assaulting both Gigi Hadid outside a Milan fashion show on September 22nd and Kim Kardashian West a week later in Paris—regarded both incidents as public protests. Apparently, he opposes  Hadid’s inclusion in high fashion and Kardashian West’s alleged butt implants. As he captioned his now-infamous Instagram photo of the attack on Kardashian West, “I encourage her and the rest of Kardashian clan to popularize natural beauty among teenage girls who follow and defend them blindly.”

Though Sediuk is entitled to his opinions (and entitled they are), his actions in both instances did not respectfully express these …

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Feminism | Posted by Corinne Singer on 10/5/2016

A Reflection on the 2016 Olympics Through a Disabled Lens

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Credit: Corinne Singer

So much of my identity is contingent upon my strength. Before the development of my disability, I filled all of my spare time with sports. I played everything–competitively. My pride was deeply rooted in a rough exterior and an ability to perform physically that set me apart from many of my peers. At the age of thirteen, however, the discovery of stress fractures, joint dysfunctions, and other similar issues completely uprooted me from an identity I had worked so tirelessly create.. I am now unable to perform any sort of physical activity beyond the boundaries of physical therapy. My story is just one of approximately one billion of those of us who experience some form of a disability.

As the 2016 summer Olympics progressed, articles regarding sexism …

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Rachael Hanakowski on 10/3/2016

The Problem With Criticizing Emma Watson and Justin Trudeau’s Feminism

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On September 29th, two influential individuals had a very public meeting of the minds: Justin Trudeau, current Prime Minister of Canada, and actor/activist Emma Watson. The two met in Parliament in Ottawa on September 28, 2016, ahead of the One Young World summit, and reportedly discussed their efforts regarding gender equality. But what should have been celebrated as a positive interaction that highlighted the work both of these public, influential figures are doing was interpreted far too cynically by too many — as a ploy for attention rather than a genuine conversation — which adds to an upsetting legacy of the way they have been treated under the spotlight. It also speaks to skepticism to which politicians are often subjected, which undermines their ability to lead with …

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Feminism | Posted by Jack Quemi on 09/28/2016

We Need To Make The Way We Talk About Abortion Access More Gender Inclusive

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http://wetestify.org/

I’m that annoying person on Twitter, Facebook, and basically any outlet that will let me type out my ideas who keeps saying we need to make the reproductive justice movement more gender inclusive. A lot of people like to yell at me on the Internet because they assume I’m talking about including cisgender men. But I don’t ascribe to the “BUT WHAT ABOUT THE MENS?!” narrative. That’s not what I mean when I say “gender inclusive.”

In order to explain once and for all what I mean by gender inclusivity, let’s start with some basic background. Hi, I’m Jack Qu’emi. I’m a nonbinary transgender person. That means that when I was born I was assigned a gender based on the appearance of my genitalia, but as …

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Feminism | Posted by Kenyetta Whitfield on 09/26/2016

Why The Hyde Amendment Has To Go

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Credit: All Above All

As a college student in Ohio, I have seen what happens when anti-choice politicians decide they know what’s best for other people and it is not pretty. Watching friends go through intense anxiety while trying to figure out how to get a quick, close, and affordable abortion in their own state has been discouraging and disheartening. From the lack of accessible abortion clinics in rural areas to the recent defunding of Planned Parenthood in the state, anti-choice policy has resulted in disaster for Ohio residents.

Living in a community plagued with these issues and witnessing these experiences have led me to speak out and take action. With the help of national pro-choice organizations like URGE and All Above All, I’ve helped organized lobby days and …

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Feminism | Posted by Faatimah Solomon on 09/23/2016

The History Of Banning Black Women’s Hair

Amandla Stenberg wearing her hair natural

When I turned twelve, I started faithfully straightening my hair every single week. By the time I was fourteen years old, therefore, I had straightened my hair at least one hundred and four times. At least. But eventually my hair started falling out in large clumps and my mom demanded that I stop severely damaging my hair.

It was then that I began the emotionally draining process of learning how to love myself. I read countless books about feeling beautiful in your own skin and body, stuck a number of pictures of beautiful black women wearing their natural hair on the walls of my closet, and followed Instagram accounts that celebrated the beauty of having black curly hair. With time, I began to love …

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Feminism | Posted by Gabby Catalano on 09/21/2016

We Need To Stop Sexualizing And Policing Women Who Have Curvy Bodies

Patrice Brown

Patrice Brown

Patrice Brown, a fourth-grade teacher in Atlanta who is known for being at the center of the hashtag #TeacherBae, is being criticized in the media — not for her body of work, but rather her body at work. Specifically people are calling Brown’s wardrobe “unacceptable” and too “sexy.”

First off, though her clothes themselves should be irrelevant to her job performance, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with Brown’s work attire. A quick look at her Instagram page reveals that Brown’s typical dress seems like it would hold up to any standard dress code. She wears skirts and dresses that are knee-length and high-necked, usually paired with flats or heels, and sometimes a work blazer. In every photo taken of her at school, her neckline is above her collarbone …

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