I'm Not Sorry: How I'm Still Learning When to Not Say Sorry

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.

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Why Calling Yourself a 'Meninist' is Both Insulting and Stupid

By: Maggie McMorrow

A while back a Twitter account under the name @MeninistTweet was started as a parody group tweeting about the ‘mens rights’ movement and making fun of feminists. This account spun off into what some men think of as a real movement fighting for the rights of all men with many voicing their concerns about the way they are treated under the hashtag #meninisttweet #meninist and #yesallmen. So what started off as “obviously sarcasm,” as their bio states, turned into a large number of men and women actually believing that 1) men are oppressed and 2) feminism is a movement filled with evil women who hate all men.

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Bathing Suitable

By: Leah Weigel

As Spring is approaching many of us, the “bikini body” season is lurking in the air. Internet ads and media are slowly amping up their “try this diet,” “how to lose 10 pounds in 1 week,” and “get the flat stomach you’ve always wanted” ads and commercials. It is very overwhelming to see such push to “fix” women’s bodies before they might be more exposed than usual. It is also very easy to get caught up in believing that you have to “get ready” or “prepare” for a certain season.

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Advice to My Future Daughter

By: Bella Baxter

If I ever have you, because I haven’t found anyone near good enough for me to actually consider mixing genes. Seriously, no one. Well, there was one but he moved to another country to write music and whittle spoons from fallen tree branches. Last night I skyped him and he said I look like I need a cup of tea and a steak. He cares if I am sad and anemic. Anyway, this advice is based on all of my 29 years of thoughts and experience. Here goes…

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Tyranny In the Majority

By: Zarin Hamid

Tyranny of the majority is evident in media. The effect media has in this nation is astounding. News is supposed to give people the opportunity to receive unbiased information. Instead, certain news outlets channel either right or left wing viewpoints. These are two radical views. Why is it so difficult for people to report the news without having a one-sided stance on a particular issue? It has also been interesting to witness how media has evolved. Now we have the internet and social media sites, where it is even easier for people to express how they feel about a certain national or international case. It is quite disturbing to see how when some people voice an opinion on a social media site, other people who do not agree decide to jump down their throats and try to silence them. People who do not agree with a particular opinion will be silenced and/or berated for their viewpoints, and wouldn’t you think in a democratic free nation this would be somewhat abhorrent-for people to be automatically shut down if their opinions differ from the majority? An example of when this media bias span out of control was during the Vietnam War. American media told the people the negative side of the war more often than the positives. They highlighted the amount of casualties that occurred daily, failed operations, miscommunications, and the soldiers that had been severely wounded during the war. However, they failed to mention the positives, such as Nixon and Kissinger making a deal with China to stop the weaponry trade into Vietnam. Ultimately, the media played a huge role in undermining American foreign policy at that time. Media bias and the tyranny of the majority has become a perversion of democracy.

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Top Ten Powerful Women on TV

By: Maggie McMorrow

The past couple years has seen some great new TV shows and some wonderful developing plot lines on some old favorites. One theme that is definitely showing up in numerous different shows: strong female characters. Whether it be Vice President of the United States or head witch of New Orleans, females on TV are definitely kicking ass. Here is a list of the 10 most powerful female characters on TV.

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#AskHerMore

By: Maggie McMorrow

Around the time of the Golden Globes, Amy Poehler made a request to the reporters that would be interviewing celebrities on the red carpet, that request was to #askhermore. If anyone has ever watched a red carpet for any award show, you will know that the most important, and sometimes the only, thing that is asked of female celebrities is who they are wearing for their dress, shoes, jewelry, and accessories. The interview on the red carpet for a female is all about how she looks, her beauty routine, and the fashion, and nothing about her work or why she is at the event in the first place. This in a sense is objectification of women because it is making the interview all about how they look rather than what they have done. And on the other side of this, if you were to watch an interview with a male celebrity, it would be all about his work. Amy Poehler recognized this and created the hashtag #askhermore, encouraging reporters to ask female celebrities about their work, their opinions, and their random thoughts rather than just the way they look. And while I do believe it is right to credit the very talented designers who have given these women their dresses usually for free, I don’t think that is what an entire interview should be surrounded by.

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Deconstructing My Own Misogyny

By: Ginger Mayo

During the Superbowl, my mom and I did what any uninterested American would do on such a momentous event – watch the Law and Order SVU Bensonbowl marathon and read periodic live-tweet updates to see if the Patriots had clobbered the Seahawks yet. Truly patriotic.

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Teaching a Generation

By: Natalia Atwal

Over the past fifteen years rape has become less of a far-fetched thought and more of a terrifying reality in most parts of the world. In America every two minutes someone is sexually assaulted. Close to half of these victims are under the age of 18 and according to RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) 97% of rapist will never see the inside of a jail cell.

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5 Black Feminists Everyone Should Know

By: Maggie McMorrow

As February is a month that celebrates Black History, I thought it would be only appropriate for DOTG to celebrate some amazing black feminists that everyone should know.

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