Feminism | Posted by Kayleigh Bolingbroke on 02/16/2017

What Does #FreeMelania Really Mean?

Donald and Melania Trump

By now, you have probably seen the infamous clip of Trump and Melania on Inauguration Day. To recap for those who haven’t, the footage shows Trump turning to Melania, who is courtly, beaming. As soon as Trump turns his back, her smile turns swiftly into what can only be described as a grave scowl.

Much speculation has surrounded the clip itself. Some people have suggested that Melania’s sudden somber expression may not even have been a reaction to anything Trump said to her, but to Trump possibly looking straight past his wife to smile at his daughter, Ivanka, who stood behind Melania. But no matter what exactly occurred in that clip, it’s undeniable that Melania’s behavior has started to form an eerie pattern: one that many

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Feminism | Posted by Chloe H on 02/8/2017

Bridging The Divide

UC Berkeley

I dressed up as Donald Trump for Halloween in 2015. My costume was inspired by my disbelief that a “sexy Donald Trump” costume was being sold on the Internet. Instead of supporting the company that had (seemingly earnestly) created that costume, I decided to parody the idea by making my own. I borrowed my friend’s suit jacket and tie, bought a blond wig, and wrote “Make America Great Again” in black sharpie on a generic red baseball cap.  My friend dressed up as Melania Trump: She wore a tight dress, high heels, fake eyelashes, and curled her hair.  I posted a photo taken of our costumes on Instagram, complete with what I saw as a fitting Trump quote: “You know, it doesn’t really matter what [the media] writes

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Awareness, Feminism | Posted by Marina Preciado on 01/19/2017

Why I Organized A Walkout At My High School

Our walkout.

Our walkout.

Donald Trump announced the launch of his presidential campaign two years ago. At the time, many Americans laughed at the idea that a reality TV star and multi-billionaire businessman with no political experience was running for the highest position of political leadership in the country.

On January 20, 2017, no one will be laughing. We will swallow the large pill of Donald Trump’s presidency as he is sworn into office. We will watch him place his hand on the Bible and promise to honor a Constitution it’s doubtful that he has even read let alone one which plans to interpret with fair and honorable intentions.

The night of the election, my family sat in front of the television trying to hide our shared nervousness from each other. Our …

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Feminism | Posted by Angela Liu on 01/3/2017

Xenophobia and the American Identity

Xenophobia: The word of the year

Xenophobia: The word of the year

“Xenophobia,” which, according to, Dictionary.com is a “fear or hatred of foreigners, people from different cultures, or strangers” was Dictionary.com’s 2016 word of the year. The word can also refer to fear or dislike of customs, dress, and cultures of people with backgrounds different from our own. Put more simply, xenophobia is a fear of the “other.”

This word was likely so widespread this past year due in no small part to the United States’ presidential election, as well as the UK’s vote to leave the European Union (widely known as “Brexit“). This fear of the other has been made abundantly clear in the United States through the rhetoric put forth by the Trump campaign. Xenophobic campaign promises to build

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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 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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Feminism | Posted by David G on 08/12/2015

Seriously, America? Donald Trump?

Donald Trump

Megyn Kelly has been widely praised for her skillful moderation of last Thursday’s GOP debate. Many noted that the Fox News host asked sharp yet substantial questions and took a no-nonsense approach to her delivery. But one of the most talked-about moments of the night was inarguably her take-down of Donald Trump.

It’s common knowledge that Donald Trump has a history of making particularly sexist and racist comments. Trump notoriously once called Rosie O’Donnell a “fat pig,” told a ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ contestant to ‘drop to her knees,’ and recently told a lawyer she was “disgusting” for asking for a medical break during a deposition to pump her breasts for her infant son. He’s reportedly acted egregiously as well: For example, the claim that Trump …

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Natalie H on 07/9/2015

‘Miss USA’ Switched Networks, But Should It Be Retired Altogether?

Miss America 2014.

NBC recently dropped the Miss USA Pageant, but the pageant quickly found a new home with cable network REELZ. However, it seems like this could have been a good time to stop televising the pageant altogether — and probably should have been.

Although the pageant often highlights the fact that it provides scholarships to its contestants and is thus an academic opportunity, this argument is undeniably incompatible with the contest’s emphasis on beauty. If the pageant is truly a contest of academic achievement, appearance should not factor into whether or not participants receive a scholarship or have any chance to enter the so-called ‘academic’ competition in the first place. How does the way one’s body looks in a bikini relate to their academic capability?

What’s more, the …

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