By: Rachel Auslander
On April 14, 2014, 270 girls were kidnapped from their school in Nigeria by Boko Haram terrorists. It has been one year since this tragic event, and 230 girls are still missing. This year, April 14 will be a day to protest for action to end violence in schools, and increase the protection of schoolgirls. Boko Haram has killed thousands of people, and wreaked havoc in Africa for many years. Girls work so hard just for the chance to be educated, and continue to work hard at their schools. They are brave enough to leave their homes, but then things like this happen which is not okay. The 230 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram still need to be rescued. There has not been enough international outrage over this, and their rescue needs to be a priority now. Letting girls be kidnapped simply shows the world that girls don’t matter in education systems and society.Read more
By: Jenna A
Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” has put her at the top of basically every music chart, everywhere. Her catchy lyrics and bubblegum 50s-esque melodies are quickly making her a household name. And while, the thought of a female artist achieving major success somewhat excites, the prospect of Meghan gaining a widespread following is scary considering the insidious nature of her songs. No, playing her music backwards does not reveal a message from the Illuminati (at least, not to my knowledge). But her lyrics are as misogynistic as they are snappy, and I find it disheartening that the western world is alight with the phrase “Boys like a little more booty to hold at night” and is readily associating it with body positivity.Read more
By: Eva McFarlane
I love you. At least I think I do. For almost a year, I have looked to you as a source of comfort and fulfillment. I’ve found our countless hours of cuddling and watching movies together as some of the most carefree moments of my life. As you know, I spent my entire summer by your side, either in your room or at the Barnes ‘n Noble down the road. I hung out with friends one two occasions, while I spent time with you every single day for three months. I gave into the idea that you were the one. At 17 years old, I seemingly found a person with whom I would spend the rest of my life- even though I never really thought I’d be that kind of person.Read more
By: Zarin Hamid
Lee Daniels’s latest hit, the tv show Empire, breaks down social barriers in several ways. I was not too sure how this tv show would turn out, but I decided to take the risk and spend some time watching the pilot. Instantly, I was hooked on the tv show, which showcases stigmas we have facing us in society today. The tv show tackles everything from how society deals with mental illness and gay rights and the desire to be accepted by family to interracial relationships and those that disapprove of them and poverty vs. wealth.Read more
By: Jenna A
Alas, the season of unmerciful shorts and cropped tops is upon us. And with it descends the inevitable body hate from both within ourselves and from others. There’s only one thing society hates more than Justin Bieber— self love. Often mistaken for conceit, it’s mocked and condemned. Humility— or self-flagellation— is a cultural norm. No, I’m not beautiful, No, my nose is far too big. And God forbid you should be too skinny, or too fat and feel good about yourself. No, the only way to accept a complement is to berate yourself.
And it’s funny– you’re allowed to be overweight as long as you’re doing everything in your power to combat it. As long as you’re eating nothing mangoes and kumquats and flossing your teeth with cherry blossoms and doing ab workouts like you breathe. And if you’re underweight you’re doing squats right and left and downing Muscle Milk like there’s no tomorrow.Read more
By: Leah Weigel
Chivalry has traditionally been associated as the art of a man. In many cultures it includes the man opening doors for women, giving women their coats when they are cold, etc. Basically general kindness directed toward women. There is a misconception going around that feminism means anti-chivalry — if women want equality, then they should get no special treatment from a man. This logic is completely flawed. This logic does not seem to include any relationship except the romantic hetero-normative couple. This logic assumes that equality of women means that women will not appreciate traditional chivalrous acts. I disagree. I believe that chivalry is not a lost art, and it can totally be part of feminist values! Let’s be honest, I love being taken out to dinner. But chivalry should not assume that women are not capable of paying for dinner or opening their own doors. Feminism should also not assume that women who want independence will/should not appreciate when a door is opened for them. Chivalry has nothing to do with our capabilities or independence as women.
So what does chivalry in feminism look like?Read more
By: Rachel Auslander
At the Oscars, Patricia Arquette called for equal pay in her speech for best supporting actress for her role in Boyhood. This was met with thunderous applause, loud cheers, and reactions of agreement from Meryl Streep and J-Lo that were so great; they were turned into a gif.
However, during a press conference backstage, Patricia Arquette said, “It’s time for all the women in America and all the men that love women and all the gay people and people of color that we’ve all fought for to fight for us now.” This comment rightfully made a lot of people very angry. It definitely does exclude the struggles of women who are of color and part of the LGBTQ community. Intersectionality is very important! Feminism needs to be inclusive of all races, as well as sexualities and other differences. Women of color and who are gay don’t need to set aside their struggles to fight for others. Equality of all women should be fought for by all communities. I think that Arquette did not intend to exclude anyone with her statement, and that she really meant to say that everyone should join the fight for equal pay for all women.Read more
By: Natalia Atwal
In my last post I briefly discussed a major rape incident that occurred in Delhi, India. The gang rape took place in 2012, and this past week a documentary of the event was published. The documentary was produced by British producer Leslee Udwin, and was banned by the Indian government.
According to the Indian courts the documentary “appears to encourage and incite violence against women”. Members of the Indian courts believe that no one should receive monetary compensation from the rape incident. The documentary was originally uploaded to YouTube but later was bought over by BBC. I watched the documentary on the website I have listed above, and was embarrassed for the India government. After watching the documentary it is extremely clear why the government banned the documentary. The documentary shows how late the actual sentencing took place but most importantly how warped the outlook on women in the Indian culture is. Due to the temples, Himalayas, climbing treks, missionaries and Taj Mahal, India is a frequent tourist destination. The documentary highlights the scary realties of being a woman, traveling in India. It highlights the beliefs and cultures that have plagued a negative outlook on women in the India society.Read more
By: Rachel Auslander
March 8th was International Women’s Day! This day was just as important as the International Day of the Girl in October. This year’s theme for the day is ‘Make It Happen’, which is a statement that will hopefully serve as a call to action for everyone to create gender equality around the world. It’s time!!!!! This past year, both women and men have taken to social networks (mainly Twitter) using hashtags like #yesallwomen, #likeagirl, #heforshe, #bringbackourgirls and created a broad online discussion about many issues faced by women around the world.Read more
By: Katrina Williams
Ever since I could speak, I’ve practically lived to please others. My daily successes all depended on how many people I could make happy, and trust me when I say that I did whatever I could to make people happy. Often, at the expense of my own happiness. I would spend most of my time racking my brain trying to plan out how I could maintain the happiness of two people at odds with one another. Making people happy for me meant apologizing. If others weren’t going to do it, I would do it for them. As a child, you’re told that you should say sorry and people will be happy again. The concept seemed so simple, especially as a child. Why not just go ahead and say sorry and then everything would be alright.Read more