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Feminism | Posted by Emily Lindin on 02/23/2015

On “Just Wanting Attention,” Slut Shaming, and Why We Shouldn’t Apologize

I hear from a lot of girls who are struggling through the hell that is being labeled a “slut” in middle school or high school. Often, they just want to know that they’re not alone. Sometimes, they want to share their experiences with me and even publicly, through The UnSlut Project.

I love hearing from these girls – after all, they are the very reason I started this project by posting my own middle school diaries online back in 2013. But I’ve noticed a disturbing trend in their messages: Many girls will begin their emails with a disclaimer along the lines of, “I’m not looking for attention, but…” or “I know you might think I just want attention, but…” and it always makes me cringe.

Here they are, bravely …

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 02/20/2015

These Students Are Sending A Powerful Message to the Oscars

It may be 2015, but women’s representation in the entertainment industry is still grim. According to the Women’s Media Center, a recent San Diego State University report, for instance, found that women accounted for only 16 percent of directors, executive producers, producers, writers, cinematographers and editors for the top 250 domestically made films in 2013. This number is depressingly low on its own and, unfortunately, is even a decline of 2% from the previous year.

Such statistics demonstrate why events like the Athena Film Festival, which addresses the lack of representation of women filmmakers by devoting an entire weekend to honoring their work, are so important. Melissa Silverstein, co-founder of the festival as well as founder of the blog Women and Hollywood, works tirelessly to raise awareness …

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Feminism | Posted by Emma M on 02/18/2015

The Case for a Gender Studies Requirement

Earlier this Fall, as leaves fell all over my college’s campus, something bubbled under the surface and all over Yik Yak, the popular anonymous Twitter-like app. It began as a series of “yaks” attacking our campus Women’s Center, and quickly escalated to full-on attacks on women. The yaks were terrifying and deeply, deeply disturbing — not only because of their anonymity, vulgarity, and harshness, which were all scary in their own right, but also because they opened our eyes.

They were decidedly unfunny, but many were passed off as misguided jokes. We said “this would never happen here,” and “people here don’t feel this way.” I said, “I’ve never felt unsafe before,” and “who could be here and be this sexist?” We pride ourselves on the tenets of our …

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Feminism | Posted by Erin McKelle on 02/16/2015

How Feminism Turned Into a Popularity Contest (and What We Can Do About It)

Of the many important issues for which feminist activists today fight, intersectionality is certainly one of the biggest. There’s been a big push for inclusion as we recognize that we must correct this movement’s upsetting history of racism, classism, heterosexism, and ableism. This undertaking is long overdue and the progress we’re making is commendable. But we still have a long way to go. In fact, we may have created other problems related to inclusion along the way.

I can’t help but notice that feminism has seemed to turn into a popularity contest. Have you ever heard feminists gush over “famous” figures in the movement, brag about how many media appearances they’ve gotten, or even flat-out ignored feminists who don’t have as many Twitter followers as they do? I have and …

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Feminism | Posted by Grayce J on 02/13/2015

Being a Feminist in High School

Several weeks ago I overheard a conversation between two of my male peers. They were discussing what they felt was a grossly unequal method of teaching by one of our mutual teachers.

The teacher they were talking about (let’s call her Ms. Jackson) is outspoken, liberal and undeniably candid with her students. She is known for the frank manner with which she discusses the marginalization of minority groups and the continued discrimination against women.The best way I can describe her is to say she is unapologetic in opening our eyes to the truth. Additionally, she is the adviser to my club, Feminist Empowerment Movement (FEM).

So the conversation between these boys, who I do not feel compelled to assign names, went a little something like this: (Disclaimer: This is by …

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Feminism, Pop-Culture | Posted by Katie J on 02/11/2015

How Popular Music Perpetuates Rape Culture

Brooke Axtell, the domestic violence survivor who spoke at the Grammys

Many people have praised the effort made to raise awareness about domestic violence at the Grammys. Yet plenty have also noted the irony of the same organization that nominated Chris Brown acknowledging this issue. The issue of the intersection of popular music and violence against women is hardly one relegated to this event, though. Popular music has been perpetuating rape culture for years.

Think of the average teen girl. Everywhere she goes, she hears Robin Thicke sing “You know you want it”, and Rick Ross say “Put molly all in her champagne/She ain’t even know it/I took her home and I enjoyed that/She ain’t even know it.” Her body, the one thing she possesses in the most intimate form, …

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Feminism | Posted by Celeste Y on 02/9/2015

Doing Feminism

 

I remember sitting in a circle of girls on the playground. One girl, I’ll call her Sarah, showed us that she could fold her tongue. I didn’t know how to fold my tongue, but I lied and told my other grade school peers that I could. Sarah declared that she didn’t believe me. I could “talk the talk”, she taunted, but I couldn’t “walk the walk.” I insisted that I could and I just didn’t want to show them. But, Sarah’s logic was sound. Even if I could fold my tongue, saying I did and not showing them was just as good as not knowing how.

It’s important to write about feminism, about equality among genders. I’ve done so many times and I’ve really relished in the recent outpour …

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Creative | Posted by Samantha P on 02/6/2015

Basic Human Rights

What are you women truly fighting for?

What rights don’t you women have?

Basic human rights.

My consent for you to approach me and get to know me

Is a basic human right

My body does not define me

My clothes do not describe me

And your words are certainly not inviting

Feminism

We the people, for the people, by the people

Don’t they mean we the men, for the men, by the men

I would love to walk down the street

And not be whistled at like a dog

I would love to sleep with whomever I want and not be called a slut

You receive a pat on the back while I receive a text

Saying, “whore”

What makes any of this okay?

You feel content in your …

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