Feminism Made Me.

By: Ginger Mayo

In childhood, there’s always a right or wrong answer.

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Saying yes (or no) to pubic hair.

By: Bella Baxter 

My single mother and two lesbian aunts raised me. Feminism is a flag they are constantly, energetically flying. In our family, any topic as long as it’s interesting and pertinent to the plight of women, is welcome.

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Who's the Mean Girl Now?

By: Katrina Williams 

I have seen the movie Mean Girls more than I’d like to admit. Mean girls do exist and bullying is bad; however, I’m rarely exposed to a true “Mean Girl” experience.  Like  any other Monday, I sat down at my lunch table with a piece of pizza and entered into the realm of high school drama. This day’s drama was particularly interesting. I came to learn that a few of the boys from the senior class had created something similar to the movie’s Burn Book. They had rated a number of females by attractiveness, intelligence, “bang-ableness”,  etc.

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Catcalling in 2014

Earlier in 2014 a video came out of a woman walking down the streets of New York in jeans and a v-neck and getting catcalled over 100 times. This video stirred much discussion about what it means to be a woman and catcalling in general. Many men felt attacked by the video and questioned why catcalling a woman was wrong. Many women praised the video because it was able to give a conclusive look at how women are objectified everyday. The actress that was hired to be in the video was attacked and threatened for her involvement in the video.

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2014's Feminist Highlights

While 2014 saw many feminist tragedies (like the suicide of Leelah Alcorn, the kidnapping of 200 girls by Boko Haram, and generally sexist and racist dialogue concerning black female popstars like Nicki Minaj), there have been some pretty incredible feminist highlights. Here are my top 6!

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Top 3 Trends to Eradicate in 2015

By Ginger Mayo 


1. Boys being surprised that girls are attractive AND smart. “I never knew such a pretty girl could also be so smart” is a direct pickup line from a party when I was 16, by my fellow 16 year old. I don’t think I can even bother going into why EVERYTHING about that is so fundamentally wrong – but I will say that SURPRISE, it’s 2015, women are educated regardless of their physical appearance. Apparently there ISN’T a filter for stereotypically attractive girls when they’re learning at school… all that juicy information, calculus and biology classes DO work! Apparently, girls can be multi-faceted! CRAZY! Wow. Science, huh?

 

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GW is Malala

By Calla Gilson

Faculty, students and educators came together in the Jack Morton Auditorium last night to celebrate the launch of I am Malala: A Resource Guide for Educators. As result of several months of collaboration through The Global Women’s Institute of The George Washington University, the resource guide creates a curriculum to accompany the study of Malala Yousafzai memoir I am Malala.

 

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Girls Count

By Rachel Auslander 

On November 19, the United States House passed the Girls Count Act with

overwhelming support! Introduced in 2013, the Girls Count Act was created to introduce

programs to developing countries to improve birth registration and documentation

systems, and give girls the access to basic rights, including the right to a birth certificate.

So why does this matter so much to girls around the world?

 

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Indian Gendercide

By Maggie Mcmorrow 

In 1997, the UN estimated that there were nearly 50 million girls missing in India

as a result of the widespread systematic killing of females known as gendercide. Today,

that number has reached over 200 million. The intentional killing of baby girls because

of the widespread preference of males has made it so that female children in India are

75% less likely to survive past the age of five. In India, sons are seen as insurance, as

they are considered the family providers. Because of this, their value of life is seen as

much higher than that of a female’s.

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The Importance of #heforshe

By Hannah Byl 

In the weeks since Emma Watson’s HeForShe speech and the launch of the UN campaign of

the same name, the internet has blown up with talk about the speech and topic. From how

feminism is seen as a “bad word” to how feminism helps men too, there were many important

issues highlighted. The central idea of including men in discussions and actions involved in

women’s rights, while not exactly a new one, is definitely a necessary part of the movement. The

other night, I was scrolling through tweets about the topic, when I came across something a little

bit different: instead of #heforshe, I saw #weforshe. Confused, (was it a typo?) I clicked on the

hashtag and was brought to a page that showed the use of “we” was no accident; in fact, there

were many other posts using the same hashtag. The idea, it seems, is that instead of identifying

as a “he” standing up for the rights of women, or as a “she” standing up for her own rights,

everyone should just identify as a “we”, as “we” all should be involved in the movement for

women’s rights. Indeed, women’s rights should be important to everyone, and being united in the

fight just might be a great way to do it.

 

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