Feminism | Posted by Reilly W on 11/4/2016

On Being Catholic and Pro-Choice

Being a pro-choice feminist

Many people might find the two identities I hold closest to be contradictory: I am a Catholic, but am also an ardent, sex-positive, Birkenstock-wearing feminist. But I don’t think these identities contradict each other. I believe that Catholics have a duty to be radically accepting of other people, Catholic or otherwise, and am therefore pro-gay marriage, anti-Islamaphobia, pro-contraception, and perhaps most notably, pro-choice.

Even so, these stances are undoubtedly hard to come to terms with as a Catholic. At some point in their lives, many Catholics feel they don’t personally align with the doctrines taught in Sunday School, like those regarding abortion and beyond. When you’ve been raised in the church, though, it’s somewhat disillusioning to think of yourself as somehow outside it. Beyond unsettling, many …

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Feminism | Posted by Mankaprr Conteh on 11/2/2016

How A Nicki Minaj Concert Was A Little Like The New African American History Museum

National Museum for African-American History and Culture

Two incredibly breathtaking, incredibly black things happened to me a few weeks ago. First, I attended the TidalX1015 concert benefiting the Robin Hood Foundation. Then, I visited the newly inaugurated National Museum for African-American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in Washington, D.C. the very next day.

I had only found out that I would be attending the TidalX1015 concert and visiting the new museum a few days before my trip. A certain, relatively well-known teacher of mine was taking her radically experimental class to New York and DC to presumably learn about educational policy and black history. She invited me, her intern and mentee, to tag along.

But this certain teacher of mine loves a good surprise. She sent us the trip’s itinerary …

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Feminism | Posted by Corinne Singer on 10/31/2016

Witchcraft: Dispelling Myths and Uncovering Radical Truths

Corinne Singer

Photo credit: Corinne Singer

Halloween is the perfect time to reflect on the increasing popularity of witchcraft— or at the very least, the perceived aesthetics of witchcraft that many champion on platforms like Instagram. The rising visibility of witchcraft over the last few decades can also be traced across TV shows like Buffy the Vampire SlayerSabrina the Teenage WitchCharmedWitches of East End, the Vampire Diaries, and more.

Although witchcraft is gaining visibility in popular culture, it is often greatly misrepresented. Before my senior year of high school, I had never known that witchcraft represents both a historical and widespread spiritual practice.

The more I read about the occult, however, the more I realized how the practice coincides with radical feminism. As such, …

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Feminism | Posted by Women SPEAK on 10/26/2016

Combating Asian American Invisibility In Public Life

We need more role models like Constance Wu

“You can’t be what you can’t see.”

As a mixed Asian-American woman, I’ve grown to despise this phrase. Growing up, I cannot remember learning of or looking up to any public figure who looked like me. Throughout my childhood, my family advised me to narrow my career options to those that were seen as financially stable and productive for an Asian-American woman, and I found it difficult to find role models or mentors that offered any alternatives. As I grew older, I thought things like running for public office or being in the spotlight were not made for me.

I believe the reason such a narrow path was presented to me is ultimately simple: In the Asian American community, stability is preferred …

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Feminism | Posted by Dayton Uttinger on 10/24/2016

The Problem With Saying Someone “Looks Like A Lesbian”

My style has nothing to do with my sexuality.

My style has nothing to do with my sexuality.

Apparently, if you cut off half of your hair, start playing rugby, spearhead a LGBTQA group on campus, begin obsessing over Orange is the New Black, and break up with your boyfriend all within the span of a year, people think you’re a lesbian. After each of these developments, I registered my mother’s raised eyebrows, my friends’ giggles, and questions like, “You know you look like a lesbian, right?”

Not that I expected any differently. I knew that my lifestyle (and style itself) was conforming to lesbian stereotypes every step of the way. I’d figured that out for myself after being hit on several times by other women (although, to be fair, half the social events I attended during college …

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Feminism | Posted by Angela Liu on 10/17/2016

Innovation, Equality, and Women in STEM: An Interview with Adriana Gascoigne

Adriana Gascoigne

Adriana Gascoigne

I first met Adriana Gascoigne, the CEO of global nonprofit Girls in Tech — an organization that focuses on the engagement, education and empowerment of women and girls pursuing careers in STEM fields — in July. She was in San Francisco in between trips to New Zealand and London – just two of the many countries she travels to each year to spread the word about the importance of getting girls into STEM fields. And her hard work is clearly paying off: Since it was founded in 2007, Girls in Tech now has over 50,000 members in 60 chapters on seven continents.

Adriana’s passion and commitment to increasing the presence of women in technology and entrepreneurship inspires me to do better by the girls who haven’t had access …

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Feminism | Posted by Blythe Drucker on 10/11/2016

My Fight To End Sexist Harassment In Schools

#DayoftheGirl

#DayoftheGirl

In the summer of 2015, I discovered feminism. While I had previously been aware of the fight for gender equality, I had never really educated myself on the movement and its values. Like many others, I was aware of the stigma that clings to the word “feminist” but was not entirely aware of its actual definition. For that reason, I was not exactly jumping at the opportunity to brand myself with the title. But then, I spent ten days at Barnard College’s Young Women’s Leadership institute, and everything changed.

At YWLI, I was surrounded by young women who proudly fought for the feminist cause. At first, I was intimidated by their knowledge and worried that what little I knew about the movement was inadequate, yet that trepidation soon passed …

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Feminism | Posted by Hannah Hildebolt on 10/11/2016

The Period Problem

Let’s talk about period stigma.

Let’s talk about periods. No, not the punctuation mark — I’m talking about blood. Menstruation. You know what I mean.

It’s a touchy subject, isn’t it? Especially with boys. God, I mean you so much as mention a tampon around most guys and it’s game over. They can barely look you in the eye. Why is that, though? Menstruation is a perfectly natural process. It happens to lots of people, including women, transgender men, and nonbinary people of all shapes and sizes. However, due to the fact that sex and gender have been intertwined throughout history in many different cultures, menstruation is most often associated with women. Combine this association with the systemic degradation and stigmatization of womanhood, and one can see why menstruation has …

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