2 Things We Need to Change about Valentine's Day

By: Katrina Williams

With Valentine’s Day yesterday, love is in the air and it smells… outdated. As we begin to plan our heart-filled festivities, they all seem to conform to a common societal mold. This mold, more often than not, pertains to women. It is expected that we act a certain way, dress a certain way, and place a certain amount of importance on this one particular day. While I like the idea of spreading love, I hate the ways society tells us to do it. And while Valentine’s Day is one single day, the ideals and expectations can be carried on throughout a young woman’s life. Perhaps, if we change a few things, we can change the standards society places on women, not only on V-Day, but every day that follows. There are two major changes I would love to see us bring as we near that time of the year:

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Gone Girl: A Review

BY: Ginger Mayo

I will say upfront that this post will likely contain spoiler alerts about the movie Gone Girl, simply because I can’t fully articulate the genius of the plot and my conflicting feelings about it without uncovering some details. But I promise not to completely murder the plot, and it will surely be worth watching regardless of details revealed here. So here I go:

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Yes, Kylie Jenner is appropriating Black Culture. And Yes, it is important to talk about.

By: Ginger Mayo

EDIT: Kylie Jenner was previously referenced as Armenian in this article. Jenner is white.

A lot of people dismiss the importance of the Kardashian’s, because of their ‘cheap and fast’ nature. Their products, shoe lines, television shows and general output is easily digested and highly circulated. They’re the essence of fast consumer culture, and they’re constantly setting trends from one sister to another. Lately, Kylie Jenner and her multitude of hairstyles have gotten a lot of traction on the Internet. Not surprising, seeing as she sports various colors and wigs on an almost daily basis. But a few days ago, Kylie posted a picture sporting a somewhat unexpected look; dreadlocks. The photo posted on her Instagram, solely captioned ‘dreads’, shows the young Jenner exposing her new hairdo – assumed to be another wig or extension in the various collections that Jenner has recently deemed trendy.

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Switch your Valentines; make it about Wellness!

By: Zarin Hamid 

Ladies, listen up! Truth is, you do NOT NEED a man to take you out for Valentine’s Day in order for it to be memorable. You could just have a wellness day. It is probably one of the few positive concepts from high school I actually examined further. The idea is that you take yourself on a date, give yourself a break, and ultimately find time to enjoy your time off with absolutely nothing to stress over. Since the most prominent holiday of February is just around the corner, I wanted everyone– those who are single and even the ones with a significant other– to understand the true meaning of self-love through experiencing a wellness day.

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International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

By: Maggie McMorrow 

Last week marked the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (February 6.) In December of 2012 the UN gathered and “adopted Resolution A/RES/67/146 in which it “Calls upon States, the United Nations system, civil society and all stakeholders to continue to observe 6 February as the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation and to use the day to enhance awareness­ raising campaigns and to take concrete actions against female genital mutilations” FGM is any type of procedure that alters the female genitalia for non­medical reason. Over 140 million girls have undergone FGM and it is a pervasive practice in not only Africa but in all other parts of the world. The International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Mutilation 2015 seeks to engage medical personnel to help end FGM and curve the practice, which is reflected in this years theme, “Mobilization and Involvement of Health Personnel to Accelerate Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation”.

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Video Game Avenger

By: Rachel Auslander 

Anita Sarkeesian is a woman on a mission. That mission is to educate the world about the

portrayal of women in pop culture narratives, and change the future representation of

women in media for the better. She began her efforts by creating a video series, “Tropes

vs. Women,” published on her website and YouTube, Feminist Frequency. In this video

series, she analyzes sexism in pop culture, from advertisements to the Bechdel test in

movies, to make feminist theory more accessible. With the rising popularity of her

videos, she began to focus only on the portrayal of women in video games, discussing the

damsel in distress, as well as other issues. Women make up half of all gamers, yet most

of the video game industry objectifies women as sexual objects.

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Feminism and Pronouns; Righteousness and Equality

By: Emily Blum 

Becoming an ally to any marginalized, oppressed group of people is not an easy process. It requires patience. Diligence. Humility. It means learning to forgive yourself for making mistakes, and learning to forgive others. For some, it means learning how to turn white-hot anger into something warm enough for people to grasp, to understand. For others, it means mustering up courage to say anything at all. It means completely rewiring your brain, learning how to understand that each person’s life is entirely their own, that all you can do is go out into the world every day and try to bring a little love and a little liberation to it.

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30 Under 30

By: Rachel Auslander

When I first saw the Forbes 30 under 30 list for 2015, I was really excited, because young people are accomplishing so many great things. But after looking through a couple of pages, I noticed the unequal distribution and shortage of girls in the mix of accomplished people. Art and style, Hollywood entertainment, media, and social entrepreneurs are the only fields where the girls outnumber the boys. That’s four out of twenty fields total. In consumer technology, only two girls were recognized, but 35 boys were. That doesn’t make sense to me. I know each category is only a small sampling of one field, but I really don’t believe that there is enough of a shortage of girls in that particular field for only 2 to be recognized out of 37 total people. Maybe women aren’t doing any great things, but I disagree with that. Maybe they’re just not being included. In science, technology, engineering, and math fields, men are generally viewed better than women with the same qualifications, and are paid more. Women make up half the work force but represent only 25% of STEM jobs. Only 1 in 7 engineers is female. There is constant bias against women in all male dominated fields, STEM or not. Males are more likely to get support and funding for their ideas than women, just due to the lack of past representation of strong women. It’s a vicious cycle. If women are never given a chance to succeed, how will they ever be able to?

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Slut.

By: Ginger Mayo

When I was 13 years old, my best friend told me that people had been whispering about me. She told me that my flirtations with my then crush were perceived as quite scandalous, and were major talk on the weekend after the party with the breezers and spin the bottle.

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The double bind of “self-respect” is rooted in objectification.

By: Emily Blum 

All too often we hear stories of women being violated or harassed, and then told that they provoked and deserved it. Too many women and girls are told that someone’s abusive, aggressive, or threatening behavior was something that they asked for simply based on their existence in society’s eyes as an enticing object.

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