Awareness, Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 07/4/2014

What Young Feminists Need To Know About The Hobby Lobby Ruling

As a rising college senior, I’ve already been inundated with cautionary tales of being female while working in corporate America. Now, thanks to the recent Hobby Lobby ruling, my generation of women can add potentially working for companies whose rights are valued above our own and the blatant undermining of our health and reproductive freedom to the list of our future professional rewards.

Monday’s Hobby Lobby ruling solidifies the reality of the war on women in this country, indisputably highlighting the way in which sexism is still rampant in American society in several ways.

First and foremost, the decision reveals that persistent, blatant ignorance about women’s bodies has infiltrated the law of the land. The Hobby Lobby suit incorrectly conflates birth control with pregnancy termination by objecting to insurance …

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Feminism | Posted by E.Locke on 10/7/2011

The Inequality of Breasts

Take a minute and think about how beautiful breasts are. They feed babies, they provide immense sexual pleasure, and look nice! And yet we see breasts as shameful and are socially and legally forced to cover them (there are actually only two states in which it is legal to expose your breasts publically). Women who do show their breasts are either shamed or sexualized. Others take it upon themselves to tell her to cover herself up or to try and sexually harass her. Is this really what we want for ourselves, our bodies and personal freedom?

I believe that women should be held to the same standards as men in all aspects of life, and breasts are no exception. Men are free to expose their chests in public without being …

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 07/21/2010

Forever 21′s Materntiy Line and the Normalization of Teen Pregnancy

I am 17, and when I close my eyes and think of what my life would be like if I were to become pregnant in the near future, my cynical mind goes here: I am holding a tiny child that is crying and spitting something that was probably at one time the baby food I bought instead of those jeans I *really fricken wanted* as I am on the computer, turning down the college of my dreams in favor of an educational option that will allow me to raise my little bundle of joy. I haven’t slept more than 3 hours at a time in a few months, and sleep ranks right below eating and right above breathing on my list of general priorities. I call the father of little …

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Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 04/22/2010

Bunnies and The Morning After Pill

March 23rd was the one year anniversary of a major victory the Center for Reproductive Rights won against the FDA. A federal court rule that the FDA “acted in bad faith and in response to political pressure” when it decided to restrict Emergency Contraception (EC) based on a directive from the Bush administration.

Although EC is now available without a prescription, the FDA has completely stalled on removing remaining restrictions – even though its own scientists declared the restrictions unnecessary. Currently, pharmacies and clinics must keep EC behind the counter and anyone who wants it must prove they’re 17 or older by showing ID in order to buy it without a prescription.

As a teenager myself, I have to be honest and say that by doing this, the FDA is …

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