Pop-Culture | Posted by Allison A on 02/5/2014

The Disney Channel’s First LGBTQ Couple

The last weekend of January sure was an eventful one in the pop culture world. Sunday night was the 56th Grammy Music Awards and, although I didn’t have the patience to sit through the entire awards show, the performances were nothing short of amazing. Besides, thanks to my Twitter feed, I found out who won, who lost, and all the cute little gossip in between.

But I wanted to shed light on another phenomenon that happened the same night on cable television: the Disney channel show “Good Luck Charlie” made a great stride toward gender equality by introducing an LGBTQ couple on the show. Basically the show focuses on the Duncan family and their shenanigans growing up as a middle class, White, American family. Charlie, the youngest …

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Feminism | Posted by aneuman on 02/3/2014

On Being Incorporated

The term incorporated is often used to describe an organization or business that has become legalized and made official. People can become incorporated as well, as in the cases of celebrities putting trademarks on their names, their public identities as part brand, part person. For better or worse (definitely worse), regular individuals are now incorporating themselves, young girls in particular. We are spending much if not all of our leisure time doing so, whether we realize it or not, and we lack the celebrity’s excuse of doing it for money.

Example: I am a girl going off to college. I meet some nice people in the first few weeks there, but nothing seems solid yet, there is no reaffirming stamp on my place in this foreign environment. I need to …

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 01/24/2014

The Russian Broadway Community Responds to Russian Anti-Gay Propoganda Law

Anybody who has been paying even a modicum of attention to the 2014 Winter Olympics knows about the outrage caused by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to sign into law an act prohibiting the promotion of nontraditional sexual relationships to minors. The law isn’t only disappointing from a basic human rights perspective, but specifically worrisome for gay Olympians, who fear they may face discrimination or even arrest while participating in the games. Activists all over the world have made their feelings about this situation known — from American LGBTQ groups to Sweden to, now, even the Broadway community. Stars like Michael Urie, Andrew Rannells, Laura Benanti and Jonathan Groff (and many others) recently came together to, in true Broadway fashion, turn their outrage into an elaborate parody featuring …

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Feminism | Posted by Tanvi S on 01/24/2014

Sexist Jokes: Still Not Funny

One of my male teachers has repeatedly made a joke about girls belonging in the kitchen. Usually, he’d make that comment, some girls in my class would jokingly yell “hey!” and he’d laugh, say he’s joking, then move on. He did this a few times and then moved on to making more sexist jokes regarding his wife. I expect this from dumb teenage boys but not from a teacher, so I finally got annoyed enough that after the third time this happened I went to his desk after class and asked him to stop telling sexist jokes.

It wasn’t supposed to be a big deal since I knew he was joking (even if his “jokes” were sexist and not funny). Well he was extremely caught off guard and seemed to …

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 01/18/2014

Saturday Vids: Sally Kohn On Emotional Correctness

In her TED talk, Sally Kohn makes the brilliant case for “emotional correctness” as a way for us to transcend our political differences and actually listen to each other.

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Anya J on 01/15/2014

Why Girls Want American Girl to Commit To Diversity

When I was younger, I owned an American Girl doll, like many girls my age. I wasn’t as big a fan as some girls, but I really loved the books that went with each doll. I read all the stories that were in my elementary school’s library, and I still remember the different cultures and periods in history that I was introduced to by these stories of original creative, brave, and dynamic girls.

That’s why I was surprised when my friend Avery Tyson, who is twelve years old and a huge fan of the American Girl series, approached me to ask for support writing a petition to ask American Girl to include more diverse dolls. I remembered American Girl as being one of the only companies that made a …

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Feminism | Posted by Hannah on 01/13/2014

Feminism Has Changed Me: Claiming My Black Latina Identity

Throughout the last few weeks, I have been introduced to a powerful movement called feminism. I have never been as inspired and motivated to use my voice than I am right now. The more that I have been reading about amazing feminists like Cherrie Moraga and Audre Lorde, the more I  ask myself, how can I use my voice and actions to involve myself in a feminist way of life?

In my feminism class we wrote essays about how the different variables of our life like race, class, gender, and sexuality intersect and make up our lives. Writing my own intersectionality essay gave me the chance to reflect on the complexity of my life. As a black Latina, my life is very complicated and in my essay I elaborated …

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Feminism | Posted by Gina H on 01/6/2014

Recovering from an Abusive Relationship

After I escaped my abusive relationship I overexerted and exhausted myself at my own expense for the sake of resolving public opinion. I felt I needed to explain why I had been behaving so differently. I wanted to make sure people knew what had really been happening behind closed doors and that it was out of my control. I felt I needed to let other people in, to make them understand, sympathize and care.

I believe this was a mistake, and one that isn’t often discussed. Nobody should feel that they need to protect their abuser’s image. You are hurting yourself in doing that. Your abuser is not fighting for your reputation. Most likely, they are saying whatever they can to negate you, to prove you wrong, to label you …

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