Feminism | Posted by Alice W on 11/11/2013

Rape Culture Shock

I thought the toughest adjustment when it came to starting college would be the workload, or self discipline, or missing my friends and family. I was prepared for those challenges. What I didn’t expect was the anxiety that comes with wedging my fingernail into the groove of my pocket knife while walking home alone late at night.

Or looking over my shoulder on dark streets, to make sure that the guy who was just behind me isn’t following too closely.

Or getting my things and moving to another floor of the library after a guy sitting in a corner with a blank computer screen, is staring at me every time I glance over.

Or that sense of vulnerability when I’m in a study room at one a.m and I’m the …

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Cindy C on 08/7/2013

I Hate These “Blurred Lines”

What do you do if you have a catchy song, a wanna-be-but-never-will-be-Justin Timberlake R&B singer and want to gather as many views on YouTube as possible? If you answered “by showing boobs” and “objectifying women” then you know how show-business works and why Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” video became a viral success.

Recently everyone has gone crazy for the unrated version of  “Blurred Lines,” which shows topless girls dancing around like idiots and acting childish. If the clean version of the song was controversial, you might imagine what the unrated version looks like.

My problem with the unrated version is not the overwhelming nudity itself. I have many friends and relatives that professionally draw nude bodies and, although I prefer men, I think we can all agree that women’s bodies …

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Feminism | Posted by Sarah F on 10/22/2012

Why Does No One Talk About Sexual Assault in the LGTBQ Community?

For the most part, I exist within two realms: That of American women and that of LGBT Americans. When a friend makes the playful joke that my life is “sooo gay,” I can only agree. But it’s also “sooo feminist,” too.

These communities aren’t mutually exclusive, though. There’s a lot of overlap between that which is feminist and that which is queer. There is no need to choose sides. If anything, this sort of dual existence has a lot of perks. I have a heightened awareness of the ways gender, sexuality, and privilege all play out in my “gay-to-day” existence.

Because I care about reproductive justice, I also care about sexual freedom. And because I care about sexual freedom, I also care about consent, and the things that compromise it. …

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Feminism | Posted by AnneBGoulem on 10/1/2012

Rape Is Rape

Over the past month or so, rape has been a popular subject in the media due to Republican senate candidate Todd Akin’s comment about “legitimate rape.” After doing some digging, I discovered that last year 226 people sponsored an act (No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act) in which they sought to rewrite the definition of rape to be something more along the lines of “forcible rape” in order to make it harder for women who have gotten pregnant from rape to get abortions.

Now, I have no other credentials on this subject other than my personal experience as the victim of childhood sexual assault and the information the internet has provided me with. But I believe that aside from the overall grossness of this whole act, limiting the …

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Feminism | Posted by Chris X on 09/19/2012

On The Seriousness of Sexual Assault

Recently a girl in my area was walking to her car after sports practice with a boy with whom she was on good terms. She had flirted with him a little at a previous football game and he figured that meant she wanted to hook up with him. Earlier in the day, she had told him she might be interested in starting something, but on the walk back to her car she decided that she did not want to do anything sexual with this boy and told him so when he brought it up again.

While she was putting her bags in the trunk of her car, the boy opened the side door of her car and got in. He wouldn’t move and she thought he was just trying to …

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Feminism | Posted by Bryan N on 07/9/2012

The Role Of Men In The Fight Against Sexism

There has been something I have been wanting to get off my chest for a while. As a man active in the fight against sexism in every form, I find myself looking back to my days in high school, middle school, and sometimes even elementary school. I think about how men are programmed constantly by society from a very young age.

Growing up as a teenage boy, I entered the sadly common environment where sexism prescribes that we prove our masculinity through violent behavior. Even in elementary school I would feel quite marginalized by my male peers who were into sports and being “tough.” As we got into the 5th and 6th grades “jokes” about women became more common, and disgusting things were said. l preferred the arts and writing …

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Creative | Posted by Carson R on 06/22/2012

Everything Was Okay

*Trigger warning: the following story may be upsetting to survivors of / those sensitive to descriptions of sexual assault*

Eve is a palindrome. Reverse the order of letters, and the word remains the same. You’d never notice anything wrong with a backwards eve.

Eve is a marketing consultant. She lives in a narrow townhouse in Seattle. Her cat, Charcoal, roams the metal stairs and hardwood floors. In her living room, a whiteboard of scribbles rests on the black sofa. On the kitchen counter, a stack of invoices bears coffee stains. This is her office, where the computer is always on. Every morning, she comes downstairs and shakes the mouse, and the monitor casts a glow upon her face. The sky is just beginning to brighten as she types out her …

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Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 11/19/2011

Saturday Vids: Women, War and Peace

Starting on October 11th, PBS launched a fascinating 5-part mini-series entitled “Women, War and Peace.” As they describe it: “Women, War & Peace challenges the conventional wisdom that war and peace are men’s domain. The five-part series reveals that women have become primary targets in today’s armed conflicts and are suffering unprecedented casualties; yet, they are simultaneously emerging as necessary partners in brokering lasting peace and as leaders in forging new international laws governing conflict.”

Check out the trailer (embedded below). The full versions of the five episodes can be found here.

Watch Women, War & Peace Trailer on PBS. See more from WOMEN WAR AND PEACE.

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