Pop-Culture | Posted by Kinder L on 02/12/2016

What Kesha’s Legal Win Means for Survivors of Sexual Assault

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We undeniably still live in a twisted, victim blaming rape culture. Women are shamed and doubted when they seek justice for their assaults and taught they must prevent their assault in the first place. Despite the many efforts of activists and allies to prove why this mentality is wrong, it persists — a reality singer-songwriter Kesha recently, publicly found firsthand.

In 2014, Kesha sued her producer, Dr. Luke, based on the claim that he repeatedly sexually assaulted her throughout their professional relationship. Dr. Luke sued the pop star back based on the claim that the singer tried to “extort him into voiding their contract.” Since then, Kesha’s career had been brought to a standstill. Her contract specifies that she is not to collaborate with anyone besides her producer …

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Feminism | Posted by Eliza V on 01/29/2016

It’s Time To Stop Excusing Sexism As A “Joke.”

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Mel McLaughlin and Chris Gayle

Mel McLaughlin, a well-known and respected Australian sports commentator, was recently tasked with conducting a post-match interview with cricketer Chris Gayle. The reporter asked professional, thoughtful questions about the match — which Gayle ignored. The athlete instead took the opportunity to comment on McLaughlin’s appearance.

“Don’t blush, baby,” he said after asking her out on the air, commenting on her eyes, and making a number of other inappropriate comments. Although clearly uncomfortable, McLaughlin remained extremely professional throughout the ordeal. She ignored Gayle’s comments and asked more questions about the match. Unfortunately, her professionalism did little to deter Gayle from continuing to make unwanted advances.

After the clip aired, many expressed outrage on social media and Gayle’s own club even reprimanded him. But Gayle hardly …

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Feminism | Posted by Claire B on 01/18/2016

The Hypersexualization of Female News Broadcasters Proves Sexism Is Alive and Well

Why is beauty a requirement for broadcast journalism?

If you google “Fox News female anchors,” the first few results that pop up include, “Top Ten Hottest Fox News Girls,” “Sexy Fox News Anchor Suffers HUMILIATING Wardrobe Malfunction,” “19 Sexiest Women of Fox News,” and “CNN Women versus Fox Women.” Search a little deeper and you’ll find PunditFact’s sorting of these women by hair color and Howard Stern’s NBA-playoffs-style seeding of their hotness organized into a bracket. The prevalent hyper-glamorization of these female journalists sends a clear message to their viewers: There is a beauty qualification for women in this profession that just doesn’t exist for their male counterparts.

This double standard is undoubtedly hyper-evident in this industry but hardly limited to it. …

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Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 01/8/2016

How The #ChoreChallenge Is Pushing Back On The Sexist ‘Double Shift’

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In 1989, sociologist Arlie Hochschild noticed a pervasive, but rarely acknowledged, form of everyday sexism happening around her. While women had made great strides in terms of entering the workforce, they were still expected to do the majority of domestic work traditionally expected of women in addition to their professional work — a phenomenon she deemed “the Second Shift.”

Although Hochschild wrote the book decades ago, this “second shift” persists today. A 2014 Bureau of Labor Statistics report showed that on a typical day, nearly half of women employed outside the home do housework while only 19% of men do. As Laura Bates, one of the co-organizers of the challenge, noted in the Guardian, a recent BBC survey found that women spend twice as much time on …

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Feminism | Posted by David G on 01/6/2016

What The Reaction To Sandra Bland’s Case Reveals About White Feminism

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Sandra Bland, an African-American woman arrested for failing to use her turn signal, was found dead in her jail cell three days after her arrest in July. On Wednesday, December 23, a Texas grand jury presiding over the case decided not to indict anyone in relation to Bland’s death and protesters — who had previously called for justice in this case — began anew.

Yet a seemingly important group that should presumably also oppose this injustice has seemed to remain quiet: mainstream feminist groups. While activists associated with groups like #BlackLivesMatter have lined the streets, groups focused on gender equality seem to view the issue of police brutality as one related to race and therefore irrelevant. The choice to do so is not just problematic in relation to Sandra …

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Feminism, Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 01/4/2016

Why Bill Cosby’s Sexual Assault Charge Is Meaningful For Survivors

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Over the past decade, dozens of women have accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault. Yet, primarily due to the statute of limitations on these alleged crimes having passed, Cosby was never actually charged for any of them. That changed on December 30th, however, when the infamous comedian was charged with committing a felony aggravated indecent assault in 2005 by one survivor in Pennsylvania — a state in which the statute of limitations is 12 years.

Despite the disturbing number of women who have come forward — not to mention Cosby’s own admission in July to obtaining Quaaludes with the intent of giving them to young women and drugging at least one individual — these survivors were discredited and even derided for years. For example, former model Janice Dickinson …

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Feminism | Posted by Roberta Nin Feliz on 12/18/2015

The Alleged Racism at a Yale Fraternity Reveals A Much Bigger Problem

A SAE fraternity house.

In November, Yale University’s chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon was accused of denying girls of color entrance into one of their parties. Racial tension was already brewing on Yale’s campus at the time as one university official had recently, controversially responded to evidence of some students’ racist Halloween costumes. Yale recently concluded that girls of color were not denied from the party after all and that some people were turned away because the party was overcrowded. But this incident was all-too believable because it easily fit into a broader trend already evident at fraternities across the country.

While the original Facebook post that exposed the SAE incident is apparently fabricated, it received close to 2,000 likes as well as a plethora of comments from other Facebook

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Feminism | Posted by Elizabeth B on 11/25/2015

Violence Against Women Isn’t “Culture”: My Experience Studying Abroad

Studying abroad.

During the first week of study abroad, my program offered an informational session about street harassment to the 35 students enrolled (29 of whom are women). The area of the city in which we were studying is renowned for its conservativism. Few street lights illuminate the endless maze of narrow alleys that lead to our homes and there’s virtually no police presence, so the session seemed warranted.

I could talk about the content of this orientation, but I feel it is most important to acknowledge my disappointment with the program’s choice to label what women in Morocco experience as “street harassment.” In actually, this experience is a form of violence against women and should be acknowledged as such. Walking down the street and being unwontedly touched is a …

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