When you hear the term “women’s health,” you might automatically think “contraceptives” or “abortion.” While reproductive rights certainly do play a huge role in a woman’s health, I would argue that reproductive health may even fall under the larger umbrella of sexual health. According to the World Health Association, sexual health can be defined as […]Read More Sex Positivity: Can We Stop Ignoring Women’s Sexual Experience Already?
This past Friday was Black Friday, and while I did not go shopping, I did drive past the outlet mall and saw hundreds of cars jammed into the parking lot. It’s no secret that he holiday season has been highly commercialized, and because of this, every year around this time, consumerism spikes and huge corporations […]Read More Have an Ethical Holiday!
As usual, I was late to the party with this one, but I thought it was worth a post. I recently read Amy Poehler’s Yes Please. In case you’re like me and never got around grabbing a copy of this gem, let me give you the run-down. This book is a memoir in the form […]Read More Late is Better than Never: A Belated Review of Amy Poehler’s Yes Please
TW: brief mentions of sexual assault/rape “So,” she said with a heavy sigh, “do we want to talk about it?” It was the day after the election, and my normally lively class was silent. As a political science minor, this election was fascinating to me on an academic level. Nobody saw this coming – not […]Read More “Trump Won. Get Over it.”
Are you tired of watching the same boring Hollywood films that portray women as empty, one dimensional sets of boobs whose only intention is to sell more movie tickets? Me too. Here are my top three feminist films, all of which feature a female protagonist and underlying feminist themes. The Piano The Piano is a […]Read More The Feminist Films You Need to Watch
Image Source: Flickr Creative Commons TW: brief mentions of rape, sexual assault For the past several months, I’ve been seeing an article floating around my Facebook feed – one disturbingly titled, “I am a Female and I am So Over Feminists.” While I’ve been forced to read this line many times from all the “shares” it’s been […]Read More A Feminist Response to: “I Am A Female And I Am So Over Feminists”
Image: Flickr Creative Commons Yesterday, I was hanging out with a group of friends when one of them (a white, straight, cisgender male) mentioned that he “hates makeup,” mainly because it’s “false advertising,” and “a waste of time and money.” I sat there (rocking a fabulous full face of makeup, complete with contouring, a smoky-eye […]Read More Why Makeup is More than Skin-deep
Hypermascunlinity. It’s everywhere. It dominates our culture. Just when we thought the new generation was ushering in an era of humanitarianism, 2016’s Republican presidential candidate is the very essence of the word itself. Hypermasculinity, the quality or exhibition of exaggerated masculine behavior or traits especially strength of those of a violent, dominant or sexual nature […]Read More Why hypermasculinity isn’t masculine at all
Can we stop gendering things that don’t need to be gendered, already? The biggest problem with society’s tendency to rigidly gender products and services is not only that it reinforces strict gender norms or that it assumes one’s interests and desires based on their gender, but that it ultimately perpetuates gender inequality. While racism and […]Read More Stop putting women in the gender box.
TW: Rape, sexual assault It has come to my attention recently that many people seem to think an appropriate way to respond to rape culture is to deny its existence. Similar to the belief that the cure to racism is “colorblindness” or that the wage gap is a figment of our imaginations, the denial of […]Read More PSA: Rape Culture is Alive and Well