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Feminism | Posted by Kris Crews on 12/2/2016

Experiencing Racist Microaggressions

They add up.

“You don’t act like a black person,” I was told in middle school.

“What’s your favorite food? Fried chicken?” I was asked in high school.

“You have good hair for a black person, what are you mixed with?” I heard in college.

Growing up, I went to predominately white schools, in which there were only four or five black students.  I naively failed to understand or pay attention to racially-charged comments like these throughout my life because hearing them so often led me to believe they were normal. I never thought about telling my parents about them — I figured the kids who said these things to me were my friends, and friends only joke about that stuff. They weren’t serious.

It wasn’t until I got to …

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Feminism | Posted by Kami Baker on 11/30/2016

How To Go Forward With Love Post-Election

My roommates and I

My roommates and I

On November 9, I went to a watch party for the 2016 election. At first, it was full of hope and promise. We had spent the first half of our days giddy after filling in our very first ballots — ballots with a woman’s name.

This is the day, we thought. Finally.

And then it wasn’t.

My friend Okina and I left the watch party early, because my anxiety was raging and I didn’t want to break my No Xanax Record for a man that looks like a Cheeto. We returned to my dorm room. My three other roommates — Kylie, Shamsa, and Adriana — sat white-knuckled in our living area, CNN on volume 20, our college-issued couch squeaking with even the slightest scared shift.

Kylie …

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Feminism | Posted by Leanne Yuen on 11/28/2016

Fighting Asian American Stereotypes

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It’s time to end the stereotypes once and for all

There’s a common myth that Asian Americans do not experience racism on as grand a level as do other people of color. While many Eastern Asians experience light skin privilege, and violations like police brutality do disproportionately affect African Americans, there is still an urgent need to fight for Asian American rights in this nation, too.

Let’s take the numerous stereotypes that persist about Asian Americans. The most common ones maintain that Asians are fond of rice, proficient in the maths and sciences (and have parents who force them to enter those fields professionally), and prone to being quiet and submissive. How can these stereotypes be offensive or damaging? Many seem to wonder. There’s nothing wrong with liking rice, acing

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Farha K on 11/23/2016

Wifey Material

Wifey.

It has been almost one hundred years since the Women’s Bureau was established in the Department of Labor. The Bureau aimed to promote the welfare of wage-earning women and for their rights to be respected in the workforce. But this progress was simultaneously, continuously threatened by the stereotype of the “good wife.” American men were expected to yearn for (and receive) the retro misogynistic fantasy of coming home to a spotless house, good meal, and an effortlessly beautiful woman.

I once thought that this blatantly sexist expectation of women had long been retired, but a recent pop-culture fad disproved this misconception and reinforced the reality that so many men still expect their wives to cook and clean for them: Namely, the social media-based “wifey” meme.

The “wifey” fad basically …

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Feminism | Posted by Angela Liu on 11/22/2016

Thankful For Planned Parenthood

Thank you, Planned Parenthood

100 years ago, a young woman named Margaret Sanger opened the first-ever birth control clinic in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Only ten days later, police raided the clinic and arrested Sanger and her staff. Sanger spent 30 days in jail, where instead of quietly acquiescing, she shared birth control information with other female inmates. After her release, Sanger opened the clinic a second time. Then, a third. Margaret Sanger went on to become the face and spirit of the American reproductive rights movement. She gave lectures across the country, distributed pamphlets, an illegal act at the time, and continued to open brick-and-mortar clinics around the country. Today, there are 650 Planned Parenthood clinics serving communities across America.

Margaret Sanger’s story reads like that …

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Feminism | Posted by Crystal Ogar on 11/21/2016

Redefine Weak

Redefine weak.

I’ve always been an emotional person. It’s something I haven’t been able to help, although at times I may have wanted to. Anger, passion, sensitivity, tears — it all naturally flows through me. I cry easily. And a lot. If I see someone else in pain, I’m angry (anger that’s often invalidated because I’m a black woman). It’s not something I’ve been able to control, although at times I have wanted to.

I grew up aware that being emotional has always been coded as “feminine” and attributed to people who exude so-called “feminine” qualities. This is most often associated with people who identify as women, but is also associated with men — almost always in the context of an insult. Men are not afforded the room to be …

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Feminism | Posted by Chloe H on 11/17/2016

Embracing Female Pleasure

Let’s talk about sex.

I love talking about sex with my girlfriends.  Describing the intimate, raw, and sometimes awkward moments of our experiences with sex strengthens our bonds as women and as human beings.  We talk about the lead up, the foreplay, the one-night stands, the sex-on-Saturday arrangement, the positions. We giggle, console each other, or just marvel at the differences in our experiences.

My best friend, who is 19 like me, and many of my other friends have not had sex. Their experience is a completely normal one. According to Her Campus’s Ultimate College Girl Survey 2012, which surveyed over 2,500 college women across the country, 43 percent of girls were still virgins at the time that they responded to the survey. Twenty-two percent lost their virginities between …

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Feminism | Posted by Anna V. Eskamani on 11/15/2016

Letting Compassion Win

Our President-elect

Dear Mom,

On the eve of Election Day I was restless, unable to sleep. In an effort to find peace I wrote you a letter. Filled with nervous energy, I asked for you to be there with me, to help me stay focused as I rallied UCF students on November 8th to vote for Hillary Clinton so that our nation could do what seemed near impossible: break the glass ceiling and elect the first woman President of the United States.

One week later, I am still processing our defeat. I cry not because we lost, but because of how he won. Donald Trump campaigned on an alt-right agenda, pushed against multiculturalism, used hateful rhetoric, and inspired fear in us all. As a female candidate, Clinton already had a …

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