Feminism | Posted by Rice University Students on 05/2/2016

Teen Girls Need Access To Their Reproductive Rights And Health, Too

Teen girls need birth control access, too

The current feminist discourse surrounding women’s reproductive rights is crucial, especially considering that our access to these rights is dwindling and under constant attack. But it seems this conversation often fails to represent an important group: teen girls. While some lip service is paid to issues like mandatory parental consent for minors accessing birth control, it seems this demographic is often overlooked when it comes to their specific concerns about their reproductive rights. Activists can’t forget, however, that making birth control attainable for minors is an important part of this fight.

Many young women don’t realize how recently birth control-related rights were won in this nation. Birth control has been a constitutional right since Griswold v. Connecticut in 1965, but this landmark …

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Feminism | Posted by Danika K on 04/29/2016

Why The Gender Gap In STEM Fields Still Exists

We need more women in STEM.

Women make up roughly 50 percent of the U.S. workforce, yet comprise only about 25 percent of American STEM workers — numbers that have even stagnated in recent years. Although some might claim this under-representation is due to a lack of academic accomplishment, women actually earn 41 percent of all STEM PhD degrees. So where’s the disconnect?

The real problem seems to be what happens after graduation: Women don’t always choose to go into, or stay in, STEM careers. Women are statistically more likely than men to leave a career in science, technology, engineering, or math within one year of employment — nearly half of all women leave their STEM careers within months of starting, according to one study. As a result, …

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Feminism | Posted by Vicki S on 04/25/2016

It’s Time To Start Exercising “Oppositional Resistance”

Feminism is, and must be, for everyone.

For a long time, the feminist movement failed to include the voices of marginalized groups. While criticism of this reality has seemed to particularly emerge in recent years, the feminist movement must do more than just talk about “white feminism” — we have to actively push back on it.

Various versions of white feminism have persisted for decades. The “first wave” of feminism, which began as a political movement to help women with legal rights like the right to vote, was led mostly by white activists like Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Carrie Chapman Catt, and Susan B. Anthony (although Sojourner Truth and Ida B. Wells were notable, powerful exceptions). The second-wave of feminism emerged in the 1960s and focused on inequalities ranging …

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Feminism | Posted by Gabby C on 04/22/2016

The Surprising Way Social Media Can Shape Young Girls’ Bodies

The truth about social media.

The colossal expansion of technology has revolutionzed young women’s lives in many ways. With the click of a button, girls can immediately become informed about what’s trending and playing, who’s commenting and posting, what they should perceive as right or wrong, and beyond. But while the way in which the Internet is shaping young women’s minds has been relatively well publicized, less attention has been paid to the way in which it impacts their bodies, too.

The Internet has certainly been a source of body positivity and empowerment in recent years. Many plus-size models have seen unprecedented success and visibility thanks to social media, for example, and plenty of body positive hashtags have trended over the past year or so.

But the addition of these

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Feminism | Posted by Liz G on 04/18/2016

What Young Women Especially Need To Know About Drinking

Women need to be educated about alcohol.

I’ll admit it: I enjoy a drink or two every now and then. Wine is amazing (especially moscato) and I am old enough to legally partake in drinking it. That being said, there are some hard truths about women’s relationship with alcohol that often go under-discussed — and of which young women should be aware early on.

Two-thirds of American women consume alcohol regularly. An increasing number of us, however, are overindulging: Binge drinking, which is defined as consuming four or more drinks in one sitting, is on the rise in the U.S. What’s more, this is hardly limited to women of legal drinking age: High school-aged teens are doing their damndest to keep up with their college counterparts.

But why are so …

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Feminism | Posted by Roberta Nin Feliz on 04/15/2016

Why “Housewife” Should Not Be A Dirty Word

Is “housewife” a dirty word?

As the daughter of a full-time mom, the word “housewife” elicits mixed feelings. On the one hand, as a Latina feminist, I am aware of how our patriarchal society governs women’s roles and relegates them to traditional domesticity. On the other, though, I have watched my mother endure burns, scratches and arthritic pain to do the back-breaking work that supports her household — and can’t help but admire and appreciate her work ethic. I was offended and even a bit hurt, therefore, to learn that Dictionary.com defines “housewife” as a term that is “sometimes offensive.”

To be fair, this designation perhaps makes sense based on the relatively recent historical legacy established by the feminist movement of the 1960s and 1970s. Being a housewife was largely …

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Sabrina N on 04/11/2016

What Kim Kardashian’s Nude Selfie Reveals About The Way We View Female Sexuality

Kim Kardashian

In March, Kim Kardashian West posted a nude selfie on Instagram. As has come to be expected whenever a woman (especially a high-profile woman) does something with her body, people had a lot to say about it. While general backlash was perhaps expected, however, the number of women who shamed Kardashian was surprising to many — and on International Women’s Day, of all days. From Bette Middler’s straight-up degradation to Chloe Grace Moretz’s (slightly) more subtle condescension and shaming, Kardashian’s lighthearted selfie quickly evolved into something much bigger: a debate about female sexuality and what constitutes “good” feminism.

What we say when we talk about female bodies is often not what we really mean. When people say that Kardashian shouldn’t pose naked, they’re implying that Kardashian, a …

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Creative | Posted by Shannon H on 04/8/2016

The Binary

With our first breaths we are packaged and

itemized. We are placed on a conveyer belt and

processed through our adjacent existences

of Pink and Blue.

And I wonder what my colour is,

as a person who is both, and neither,

and nothing, and everything.

Sometimes I think that it must be White.

I feel as though if I close my eyes

I will be absorbed into that nebulous space

where I am supposed to exist.

My brother and sister sit on opposite sides of the same room;

I look at them and see that I am neither.

I do not belong in this space,

and in this realization the void has never felt so harrowing.

From within quiet rooms I hear whispers

about my hair and clothes, and I…

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