Feminism | Posted by Camryn Garrett on 04/17/2017

An Interview With Sexual Health Activist Ella Dawson

Photo credit: Kim Hoyos Media

Photo credit: Kim Hoyos Media

Over the past two years, feminist social media manager and writer Ella Dawson has received widespread recognition for her work crushing the stigma of STDs. She has been called the “internet’s foremost herpes essayist,” and has even been recognized by Hillary Clinton. In honor of April being STD Awareness month, Dawson recently spoke to the FBomb about sex miseducation, the stigma against STDs, and her own experience with all of the above.

 

The FBomb: You’ve been proclaimed “the queen of herpes” by your followers and have even given a TED talk about the work that led to such recognition. Can you tell us about the experiences that led up to this talk?

Ella Dawson: I was diagnosed with herpes a few …

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Feminism | Posted by Kayleigh Bolingbroke on 04/12/2017

#MissingDCGirls Reminds Us Of A Greater Epidemic

Credit: D.C. Missing Black Girls

Credit: D.C. Missing Black Girls

501 children have been reported missing from the District of Columbia since the beginning of the year alone; a disturbingly high number of them were black or Latino children, and 22 cases remain unsolved as of the end of March ,according to the Associated Press. While the AP notes this rate of missing juvenile cases is not inconsistent with that of past years, the issue has gained an amount of attention in recent weeks thanks to social media. Most noticeably, an Instagram post claiming that 14 black girls had gone missing in the D.C. area in the space of just 24 hours went viral at the end of March, which in turn inspired the hashtag #MissingDCGirls.

Eventually, however, this information was proven inaccurate. …

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Feminism | Posted by Kinder L on 03/31/2017

This Isn’t About Leggings

Women should be allowed to wear whatever they want.

United Airlines was thrust into the spotlight this week after a gate agent refused to let two female travelers board an aircraft. Their issue wasn’t concern for passengers’ security or managing inappropriate behavior: The girls were banned from boarding because they were both wearing leggings. United passenger Shannon Watts witnessed the incident at the gate and immediately shared her disappointment to Twitter. “A @united gate agent isn’t letting girls on flight… because spandex is not allowed?” Watts tweeted. The airline quickly found itself in hot water as people—including celebrities such as Patricia Arquette—expressed their disappointment and criticism of the company’s sexist dress code on social media.

United’s dress code is certainly problematic (and ridiculous) in and of itself, but this …

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Feminism | Posted by Gabby Catalano on 03/13/2017

Addressing Gendered Online Harassment

Let's take online harassment seriously.

Let’s take online harassment seriously.

Last summer, my friend Katie* received an Instagram message from a man who claimed to know her. When she ignored him, he commented several times on her photos: “hey baby,” “bad girl,” “sexy,” “I knew you were bad,” and “you bitch” were only a few of the degrading messages she received. She blocked him on Instagram, but he then sent her multiple Facebook and Twitter messages. Katie felt so embarrassed, violated, and harassed that she decided to delete all of her social media accounts.

Katie’s experience is, unfortunately, hardly an anomaly; she is just one of the one in six women who will be stalked in her lifetime.  In 2016, 26 percent of young women aged 18-24 were stalked online, and 25 percent were the …

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Feminism | Posted by Mankaprr Conteh on 03/1/2017

Hands on Their Backs: How Black Girls Are Pushed Out of Schools

Dr. Monique Morris on black girl “pushout”

Dr. Monique Morris made me nervous. She shouldn’t have. She has soft-looking chestnut skin and gorgeous locs. On the day we met, she wore a set of bracelets whimsically stacked on her arm that chimed when she entered the radio station. Later that day, I would watch her sing, smile, and reference west-coast hip-hop as she gave a presentation on school discipline, black girls, and the juvenile justice system — her areas of expertise.

Dr. Morris is beautiful and charming and kind. She’s an advocate and scholar who goes as hard for black girls as I should have when I had the chance. So, when she sits in front of me, ready for me to interview her, I don’t just see her. I …

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Feminism | Posted by Kayleigh Bolingbroke on 02/16/2017

What Does #FreeMelania Really Mean?

Donald and Melania Trump

By now, you have probably seen the infamous clip of Trump and Melania on Inauguration Day. To recap for those who haven’t, the footage shows Trump turning to Melania, who is courtly, beaming. As soon as Trump turns his back, her smile turns swiftly into what can only be described as a grave scowl.

Much speculation has surrounded the clip itself. Some people have suggested that Melania’s sudden somber expression may not even have been a reaction to anything Trump said to her, but to Trump possibly looking straight past his wife to smile at his daughter, Ivanka, who stood behind Melania. But no matter what exactly occurred in that clip, it’s undeniable that Melania’s behavior has started to form an eerie pattern: one that many

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Feminism | Posted by Isaiah Strong on 02/15/2017

I Am Not A ‘Phase’

I'm not a phase.

I’m not a “phase.”

I was standing on the top floor of a fraternity house in the early days of my sophomore year of college. Across the room, I saw an upperclasswoman I had heard about through the grapevine. She was well into a drunken tirade critiquing or complimenting each of my friends’ respective physical appearances and clothing when I approached. Then this young white woman turned to me.

“So Isaiah, you’ve got this whole mixed thing going on for you,” she said. “You should use that to your advantage.”

She clearly didn’t see this drunken comment as problematic, but I was taken aback, confused, and painfully uncomfortable. To her, the idea was that for me — the son of a black father and a white mother — this “whole …

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Feminism | Posted by Virginia Jiang on 01/20/2017

Why I March

Are you going to March?

Are you going to March?

I remember the first time I was called a fag.

It was on a crisp fall day. I was walking to class. A man passed by me. It was casual, almost off-hand, like a bigoted stutter. It wasn’t the first time I had heard the word, but it was the first time it felt pointed, chiseled into the heart of my being. It was two days after the 2016 election.

Before that day, I had never felt that sense of otherness – the feeling that I was somehow alien to my homeland. Because though I am a queer woman of color, I had never before felt that my identities could fuel such casual enmity.

Maybe that was naïve of me, but we do live in …

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