Feminism | Posted by Micaela Elizabeth Canales on 01/11/2017
After A Year of Anti-Choice Attacks, This Young Texas Latina Is Fighting Back
We’re ready to fight back.
I don’t actually remember what happened to the condom—just that it was on one minute and then not on the next. Afterward, when my boyfriend and I realized what had happened, we sat on the edge of his twin bed, half-dressed. I knew I wanted to buy some Plan B emergency contraception.
I was sixteen when this happened. As a teen in Texas, I had seen firsthand how hard it could be to get reproductive health care, especially if you are poor, young, undocumented, differently abled, LGBTQIA+, Black, Hispanic, or a person of color. The Supreme Court abortion case win this summer was a major triumph for reproductive justice, but Texas anti-choice politicians have since continued to attack reproductive healthcare access in the state.
Feminism | Posted by Faatimah Solomon on 01/9/2017
What A Hijabi Beauty Contestant Means To Hijabi Teens
Ever since reading the work of authors such as bell hooks, Simone de Beauvoir, and Naomi Wolf, I have dismissed the concept of physical beauty as a trivial social construct. The mainstream narrative of beauty glorifies Eurocentric beauty ideals and promotes unrealistic body types, which in turn plays into deeper, systemic issues of racism and sexism. What I failed to realize by making this assumption, however, is that despite the reality of their roots, physical beauty and outward appearances still effectively play a significant role in how many aspects of societies function — and it is therefore very impractical to dismiss them as petty and irrelevant.
Perhaps I was so willing to ignore these social constructs, though, because I was personally clueless as to where exactly I …
Feminism | Posted by Sara Surface on 01/6/2017
A New Avenue to End Sexual Violence on Campus
We can’t back down.
Sexual assault has been an issue about which I have been deeply concerned for the last four years. I’ve been professionally and personally involved in a variety of efforts to tackle this rampant and complex problem. Throughout this work, I’ve always struggled with the question “what is the most effective, meaningful, and impactful avenue for change in this arena?” That is until last month, when I joined colleges and students from around the country to participate in the first National Leadership Institute — which was the first multi-disciplinary collaborative of 20 colleges and universities across the country dedicated to addressing gender-based violence on campus. Then, I felt as though I’d found my answer.
Growing up, I was never afraid to speak out. Calling out people on …
Feminism | Posted by Madeline Redell on 12/30/2016
The Underlying Sexism of Playing An Instrument
I faced surprising sexism.
I was the textbook definition of an awkward twelve-year-old. I had braces, wild frizzy hair, and tended to match my eyeshadow to the color of any one my assorted array of graphic tees. This was only made worse by the fact that everybody else around me seemed to have already begun their evolutions into their cooler and more stylish selves. The final nail in the coffin of my social status seemed to be my interest in joining the school band.
I was aware of the stigma associated with being in band before I even chose which instrument I wanted to play. Many classic teen movies and TV shows have depicted the band kids as “nerds” who are subjected to teasing and the objects of others’ laughter. …
Feminism | Posted by Caitlin Templeton on 12/28/2016
I Fall In Love With One’s Soul, Not Their Gender
On being pansexual.
When I looked into the eyes of the first woman I ever liked — loved, even — I felt like I finally understood the famous words attributed to Edgar Allan Poe: “the eyes are the window to the soul.” I didn’t just see her, but myself; I saw a reflection of my own soul within hers. It was like a breath of fresh air — or maybe it wasn’t even that. Maybe I was just then breathing for the first time. And, my god, I didn’t even know how I was living before.
But as seemingly simple as my realization for my love for her was, realizing that those feelings meant I was also pansexual wasn’t easy at all. I didn’t wake up one day and decide, …
Feminism | Posted by Julie Graves on 12/19/2016
Calling Out Everyday Sexism
We can all be super girls.
Content Warning: this article contains a discussion of sexual assault.
The other day, my best friends and I were casually chatting in a group message. Between complaining about homework and our crushes, we also discussed the instances when guy’s hands have crept too far up our thighs without our permission, the experiences that left us wanting to file our skin down raw to erase every trace of contamination. We discussed these instances without raising red flags, without explicitly labeling these actions for what they are: sexual assault. I guess it’s easy to forget the magnitude of an event that has become a daily occurrence.
The common thread we found in this discussion was the shame that buries in the pits of our stomachs as …
Feminism | Posted by Gabby Catalano on 12/16/2016
The Case For Women Traveling Alone
The case for traveling alone.
Last summer, I traveled to Paris. After exploring it with my boyfriend and his sister for four days, I spent the next four traveling around unfamiliar streets completely on my own. It was the most defining and independent experience of my life.
But while I had excitedly anticipated this trip, my family had their doubts. When I announced to my family that I was going to travel to Europe solo for 12 days, they thought that I was a) out of my mind or b) certain to face a tragedy. My parents told me horror stories about 20-something women who had gotten kidnapped, raped, or forced into slavery while traveling alone throughout the world.
And, to be honest, I was scared to leave the United …
Feminism | Posted by Kayleigh Bolingbroke on 12/14/2016
Don’t Teach Women To Hide The Abuse They Experience, Teach Men Not To Abuse
The commercial in question
On November 23, the Moroccan state broadcaster ‘Channel 2M’ broadcast a segment on their daily program ‘Sabahiyat’ that exhibited a smiling makeup artist demonstrating how to disguise the aftermath of domestic violence on a woman’s face. She gave viewers tips and advice, while applying makeup to a woman who had already been made up to look beaten: black and blue bruises appeared all over her face. The host concluded the segment by saying, “We hope these beauty tips will help you carry on with your daily life.” What’s more, the show was broadcast just two days prior to the International Day of the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
The video operates under the assumption that women must accept men’s abusive actions — that they are …