One of my best friends is Kenyan. He just graduated from Eastern Mennonite University with a degree in justice and peacebuilding; I figured he would be a good source for information about African women achievements. I was right. “Google Dekha Ibrahim Abdi,” he said. It was an easy inspiration. After reading just a few sentences […]Read More African ‘Her’story: Gone but not forgotten
I’m not generally one to let the ignorance of others bring me down. But, it sadly seems unavoidable at times. This is a story about a sheltered college student who is blind to the effect that his actions and words have on other people. There is NO excuse for discrimination. To preface this story, I […]Read More Sad Realities: My Night of Disrespect, Sexism, Homophobia, and Racism.
I recently researched the relationship between female college students and their perception on female masturbation. My question, asked only to JMU females, included the following: Would you be uncomfortable if I asked you about masturbation? This topic is of great interest because of the cultural attitudes and uneasiness regarding the discussion of female masturbation. Females’ […]Read More Would you be uncomfortable if I asked you about masturbation?
So, I was at Wal-Mart the other day (promising start, right?) and I caught a glimpse of this as I was passing through the parking lot: Needless to say, I was caught off guard at the very least. As much as I was wondering if that kind of sticker is even legal, what was more […]Read More Feminist Ops
So I realize that the issue of street harassment is a frequently visited topic; there’s been plenty of discussion about it’s meaning, what it symbolizes, and how to deal with it. This past weekend, however, a comment was made to me on the subject that I hadn’t heard before. I was talking with a […]Read More Street Harassment: It’s All in Good Fun!
Watching daytime T.V., we are constantly bombarded by images of the “perfect” man or the “desirable” woman. These images and these projected ideals are a huge reason as to why America faces disorders, diseases, and sexism. Channels such as MTV, VH1, and E! show women and men, beautiful and fit, in constant gender roles. They […]Read More Undateable Women: Those Without a Vagina
Hey everyone! Just a quick reminder that tomorrow, as part of the Reproductive Justice Film Series, the JMU Women and Gender Studies Program will be showing Jane: An Abortion Service. The film profiles the abortion service which operated in Chicago during the late 1960s and early 1970s, when abortion was illegal. It consists primarily of […]Read More Quick Hit: Reproductive Justice Film Series TOMORROW!