Pop-Culture | Posted by Bridget L on 04/29/2015

Where Are The Jewish and Queer Students at Hogwarts?

Hogwarts

I’m a huge fan of Harry Potter. I grew up reading the books, have seen each film countless times, and dressed up as Hermione for many Halloweens. But while I’ll always love the series, I also recognize that it’s not flawless.

Last December, JK Rowling revealed that there were Jewish students at Hogwarts, and even provided readers with an example: Anthony Goldstein. This revelation prompted others to question whether or not there were LGBT students at Hogwarts as well. In a Twitter chat, Rowling addressed this by stating “But of course,” there were LGBT youth at Hogwarts.

I find these revelations problematic for a couple reasons. First is the fact Anthony Goldstein was only a background character without any distinguishing character traits for the duration of the series. …

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Feminism | Posted by Katarina F on 01/5/2015

Feminism In Slovenia: Behind Closed Doors

Slovenia

“You’re a feminist?”

That’s the most frequently asked question when you reveal your “secret identity” to someone in Slovenia. In the Slovenian “urban” dictionary, feminism is defined as being a hater of men, a woman that howls at you when you open the door for her, a woman who insists on paying because otherwise she feels her very independence is threatened. People utter the word “feminist” as if it were an insult.

To most Slovenes, being a feminist equates to being a radical. The truth is, being different in Slovenia is still stomach-twisting for some people no matter if that difference means you’re a feminist, atheist, Muslim, homosexual, foreigner or anything else. While women here are (mostly) paid equal to men and while in 2013 we appointed our …

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Feminism | Posted by Jackson B on 09/1/2014

Women in the Church

 “The women are to keep silent in the churches; for they are not permitted to speak, but are to subject themselves, just as the Law also says.” — 1 Corinthians 14:34, from the New American Standard Bible

Early in my Christian faith, I decided that I had a particular right to question the Bible. I readily accept some elements, of course — specifically those words that are printed in red. But the verse above is one of many that doesn’t sit well with me. Especially after spending the past year as a pianist at a small, country Southern church ministered by — you guessed it — a woman, I now question 1 Corinthians 14:34 more than I ever did in the past.

One of the building blocks of the Christian …

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Feminism | Posted by Gina S on 09/5/2012

A Take On the U.S. Presidential Election from Across the Pond

I am not someone who attacks others for their personal beliefs. I do not openly ridicule people for having a specific belief system…unless that belief becomes a law by which I am forced to live my life.

I’m sure you’ve all been hearing about the current hot topic of women’s reproductive rights in the American presidential race. I’m sure you’ve gathered that there are many Republicans who are in favour of not only making some types of contraceptives illegal, but also banning abortion, despite whether the pregnancy was due to rape and/or incest — and I hope you’re angry about it. I consider myself lucky to live in the UK, because while our government is in no way perfect, they’re not telling me what to do with my body, either.

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Feminism | Posted by Ama K on 08/17/2012

Sex and Christianity

Purity Rings: Not For Everybody

I was born and raised a Christian. From the time I came out of the womb, I was immersed in a highly religious family, and I lived most of my life with blinders on. I never really questioned anything and just accepted whatever was said to me. As I got older, I got more curious and began questioning the beliefs I was raised with more. I still believe in God and consider myself a Christian, but there are many aspects of my religion that I don’t agree with.

At church one Sunday, I went to the teen service and the topic that week was virginity and sex before marriage. I personally don’t plan on waiting until marriage, but I was interested in what was going …

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Feminism, Pop-Culture | Posted by Talia on 11/7/2011

What Does Jewish Look Like To You?

Procrastinating is always loads of fun, and thanks to the Internet, it’s really easy to do. One such time that I was putting off doing something important, I noticed this picture (embedded in this post).

Yeah, ha ha, very funny. It even reminds me of the “Death to All Juice” protest sign. Hilarious.

However, it occurred to me: generally offensive caricature aside, why are these Jews portrayed as male?

When you Google Image “Jew” and skim the results, almost all of the pictures are of white Ashkenazi-looking Hasidic males. The few pictures that aren’t are mostly anti-Semitic or anti-Israel; women and non-Hasids make up a small minority. When you Google Image “Orthodox Jews,” it’s the same (except for the much-loved Tefillin Barbie).

I suppose these results just …

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Feminism | Posted by Danielle B on 07/12/2011

A Teen Feminist Calls the Westboro Baptist Church

Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present to you the Westboro Baptist Church

Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present to you the Westboro Baptist Church

The Westboro Baptist Church is America’s most infamous hate-mongers, using the bible and Christianity (at least, their brand of Christianity) to justify savage and hateful messages targeted at almost every group imaginable: homosexuals, abortionists, Muslims, Jews, Roman Catholics, even the United States military.

There’s a 99.999% chance that WBC hates you, too.

Free speech is one of many things that makes our nation — well, to be quite frank — pretty damn awesome, but this insane, hate-filled cult abuses that right to personally attack the aforementioned groups and their families. When they’re not stomping the American flag with soccer cleats or posting hateful parodies of popular songs on their website (the homophobic buggers even had the nerve to …

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Feminism | Posted by Alli B on 06/13/2011

I’m Bi and Super Fly!

bisexual pride

bisexual pride

What does being bisexual actually mean?

Thats the question I’ve asked myself for years, and last month I finally got an answer: I am bisexual and that’s okay!  I finally realized that I am sexually and emotionally attracted to both sexes and have been ever since the age of 13, if not younger. The thing is, I was taught by the media and by my religion that those feelings were wrong, that you were either gay, straight or lying.

I grew up confused. How could I like girls as much as I like boys?  Though I was never homophobic, I was taught that bisexuals were different; they were slutty girls who just wanted attention to make their conservative parents angry. Good girls aren’t bisexual because it’s a choice …

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