Bye Bye, Blogilates

By: Ginger Mayo

In the shadows of a broken relationship, I feel distraught and lost. Before, Blogilates and I shared a romantic, constructive and positively enthusiastic relationship. But lately my feelings have turned sour.

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The Glory of Global Education

By: Calla Gilson

We take education for granted. Sure, we might be thankful for accelerated classes available to us, or for our calculus teacher who often has just the right amount of patience to help us understand the material. But really, in the United States, we often take education for granted. Education goes beyond ‘reading, ‘ritting and ‘rithmatic. If we look at the many issues plaguing girls throughout the world today; child marriage, FGM, poverty, political inequality; it’s interesting to note that in one way or another, the lack of educational opportunity that girls are facing aligns closely with these issues.

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The Evolution of Rape: Change and continuity in Rape Culture overtime

By: Leigh Cook

Since the beginning of time, Rape Culture has existed to endorse rape as a normality and a part of society, often with disregard to the emotional and physiological effects that rape instills.  In the ancient and biblical eras, blame was primarily placed on victims of rape, who were accused of adultery.  This accusation is still prevalent today, especially in many extremist cultures.  Although rape has always been rampant in warfare, it is arguable that the act was not explicitly viewed as a crime until World War I, when rape was publicized as a means of propaganda and manipulation.

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Emotions: The Ultimate Female Superpower

By: Mariana V

“From the time that she was a little girl she was slowly but surely led to believe that her emotions where less important than her achievements, perhaps even antithetical to them”-Marianne Williamson

Being a girl in the new millennium brings a baggage of different messages that are sometimes subtle but have great impact in the way girls will exert their womanhood in the future. One of the most widespread messages of the patriarchal society is that emotions are a sign of weakness and that to be powerful individuals we should put feelings aside.

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UNinspiring Messages

By: Kari S.

I am troubled by the tweets and Facebook posts I see about relationship advice. I can’t tell you how many times a day I scroll through “inspirational” photos with big block letters saying something like, “He broke my heart so many times, and I was over him, I promise. But then he smiled at me and I fell in love again.” Because of society’s frequent activity on social networks, I feel like these posts are not only annoying, but quite possibly dangerous. I never encountered things like this when I was a teen before things like Twitter and Facebook had really taken off. While I received similar messages in other ways – books, music, TV – I wasn’t reading them over and over again on my computer/smartphone screen burning them into my retinas….not until now.

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The Ridiculousness of Shaming Pregnant Women

By: Kari S.

As women hurtle into progression via more political, economic and social freedom, I find there are anchors along the way to stop or reverse our flight. One such anchor is the media’s unsolicited focus on pregnant women/new mothers and their bodies. I’m unsure of whether I merely have a weak memory, or if the hyper-attention paid to pregnancy “fat” is a recent pimple on the face of humanity, because I don’t remember seeing so many tabloids dedicated to how fat a pregnant celebrity looks when I was younger.

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The Problem With Romance in Young Adult Novels

By: Kiyun

The other day, while browsing the National Novel Writing Month’s forums, I ran across a discussion about what people dislike about YA. The topic of romance (and, in particular, romantic sub-plots) crept up over and over again, until it spawned various other forum threads on the subject— one with the title of “Does Everyone Hate Romance in YA?” and another with “Am I The Only One Who Doesn’t Mind a Little Love in YA?”

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Gender Presentation and Androgny

By: Kiyun

Although I oftentimes use the label “woman of color” to describe myself, it isn’t exactly an accurate term. I use it because it’s useful; it describes the way others view me. It describes much of my experience. I was socialized as a girl, presented as a girl, and treated as a girl. I had never questioned it because I did not know that gender was a question, but I had never exactly felt like a girl, either. My understanding of being a girl was merely this: others say that I am a girl, so I suppose I must be one.

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Good Girls and Good Education: Avoiding the “Bad Life” in Rwanda

“We have sex to stay in school, and we want to go to school so that we don’t have to have sex.”

The following blog post comes with permission from Dr. Rebecca Calder who is a Senior Development Specialist with the UK organization Development Pathways. According to the website their “aim is to provide creative, evidence-based, context-specific solutions to the social and economic policy challenges facing developing countries.” In this particular blog post Dr. Calder discusses her work with adolescent girls in Rwanda and how important education is to them. In order to view her original post click on the following link:http://www.developmentpathways.co.uk/resource-centre/blog/post/97-good-girls-and-good-education-avoiding-the-bad-life-in-rwanda

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Where are the WOMEN in the Movies?

By: Sharmin S.

Movies have become increasingly male centered, meaning the lead characters seem to always be male while their supporting coactors seem to be female. This culture has been running in the motion pictures for quite some time, but only few have actually stood up against it. One movie that embodies this culture is Marvel’s series, Thor.

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