Feminism | Posted by Angela Liu on 04/26/2017

On The Power Of Sisterhood

Female mentorship matters.

Female mentorship matters.

Since I began to swim competitively at the age of eight, I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t competing against other women. I competed against the other girls to be better, faster, and stronger. For years, I’ve spent practices challenging myself to swim faster than the other girls in my lane and, at swim meets, lined up behind the starting blocks alongside seven other girls, each more determined and laser-focused than the next.

Yet while my female teammates have been some of my fiercest competitors, they’ve also been some of my best friends. Through the grueling sets of laps, early morning practices, and championship races, my female teammates have undoubtedly been my strongest sources of support. After a bad race at a meet, I could always …

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Feminism | Posted by Julie Graves on 04/3/2017

Manners Or Sexism?

The truth about “Invitational”

“Girls, you NEVER say no to a guy when he asks you to dance,” barked the instructor at the sea of awkward children, anxiously tugging at our itchy formalwear. I was in fifth grade, in the midst of a “manners” course. There were a million things I would rather be doing, like reading a book or even doing homework. But my mom had threatened to take away a book I was reading at the time if I did not attend this course. She put her rebellious daughter in a dress and sent her to a ballroom in heels to learn to waltz without stepping on her partner’s feet (which I did anyway).

I live in the South, where this course is a tradition. For countless years …

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Feminism | Posted by Susannah Keogh on 12/21/2016

The Bigger Problem Online Harassment Indicates

The truth about online harassment.

The truth about online harassment.

Two weeks ago, my friend Izzy accepted a Facebook friend request from a mutual friend of a friend. Let’s call him “Chris.” She thought nothing of it until she read the comments his friends left on the post announcing their “friendship.” They were the kind of sexist slurs that regard women as pieces of meat: every comment tore her body to shreds. I had never before seen someone make comments like these directly to someone I care about and was enraged.

Izzy and I called this person out on his behavior in a Facebook post that went on to describe just how widespread sexual harassment is. But the sexist comments still flowed. It was “just a bit of banter,” these commenters said, adding that they  …

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Feminism | Posted by Julie Graves on 12/19/2016

Calling Out Everyday Sexism

We can all be super girls.

We can all be super girls.

Content Warning: this article contains a discussion of sexual assault. 

The other day, my best friends and I were casually chatting in a group message. Between complaining about homework and our crushes, we also discussed the instances when guy’s hands have crept too far up our thighs without our permission, the experiences that left us wanting to file our skin down raw to erase every trace of contamination. We discussed these instances without raising red flags, without explicitly labeling these actions for what they are: sexual assault. I guess it’s easy to forget the magnitude of an event that has become a daily occurrence.

The common thread we found in this discussion was the shame that buries in the pits of our stomachs as …

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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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Feminism | Posted by Christina Wang on 10/11/2016

How I Fought For (And Won) Comprehensive Sex Ed

Students deserve better.

I attend a small private school in Westchester, New York, which is a fairly privileged and wealthy suburb of New York City. Yet despite this privilege, our school’s health curriculum remained outdated, heteronormative, and simply not that applicable or relatable to students. For example, we learned about relationship abuse by watching black-and-white videos that suggested only women could possibly be victims, and spent most of the class learning about physical health and good dietary choices. Although learning about the benefits of exercise is important to young people, spending so much time focusing on, say, the negative effects of cholesterol just wasn’t the critical, useful knowledge we needed to know at that point in our lives.

Last year, our school’s “All Genders and Sexualities Allied” club (our take …

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Feminism | Posted by Zoe R on 05/20/2016

How Social Media Has Shaped My Feminist Identity

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At the age of 13, I discovered feminism. Like so many other girls, I found the movement on Tumblr — a platform that has gained a reputation for fostering radical views about equality and tolerance. Tumblr offered me a new world of opportunity and helped me realize I could demand more at a time when I felt particularly vulnerable.

My feminist community on Tumblr became a lifeline in what I found to be an often damaging social media landscape. Harmful ideals and expectations of beauty and femininity were shoved down my throat on Facebook, and the Internet in general often felt like it was full of criticism. It was all too easy to vulnerably compare myself to the inundation of idealized, carefully curated images and posts — from celebrities …

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