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What the Disposal of Rape Kits Means for the #MeToo Movement

CNN recently reported that, nationwide, over 400 rape kits were destroyed by police departments before the statute of limitations expired or before prosecution. According to the report, 80% of the kits were never tested for DNA and kits were kept in police evidence lockers for weeks or months after receiving them. This has been occurring since 2010, and only now is it being investigated completely. The investigation shows disturbing stereotypes that law enforcement has used

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Shonda Rhimes, Dove & The Girl Collective: Supporting the Next Generation of Empowered Girls

Last month, TV giant Shonda Rhimes (best known for producing Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal), teamed with the Dove Self Esteem fund, to launch a new campaign: the Girl Collective. Focused on body positivity and confidence, the initiative aims to address the drastic numbers about negative self image, that are the reality for many young women. 8 in 10 girls refrain from participating in important activities because of low self-esteem.  Statistics like this should simply not have

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Here Is Victoria’s Secret

The famous Victoria Secret Fashion Show last Thursday exhibited a multitude of models and lingerie, but what really stole the show was a published interview Vogue submitted on the same day. Chief marketing officer of L. Brands Ed Razek and executive vice president of public relations at Victoria Secret Monica Mitro discussed diversity. Mitro discussed the diversity at first of Victoria’s Secret, with models using their natural hair and being encouraged to speak for themselves. Razek

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Girls Don’t Mature Faster Than Boys, We Just Live in a Misogynistic World

I always questioned why my mother trusted me to walk to and from the bus stop alone in 7th grade but not my brother when he reached the same grade. As I have thought of it, I have come to realize the bus stop situation wasn’t an isolated one; growing up every event that benchmarks itself as a sign of growth, walking alone, cooking, taking care of other kids, to name a few, was always

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Feminism vs. Hyperfeminism In Pakistan: Where to Draw the Line?

I recently came across an Instagram post by a popular feminist page in Pakistan, and this is what its caption said: “From university campuses to mosques… where is a girl free of the moral police, pray tell?” This is what got me thinking that we urgently need to have a debate about whether or not this comparison is valid. Personally, I don’t consider the above mentioned argument valid and don’t agree with the claim

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Sexual Assault Survivors Use #WhyIDidntReport To Share The Many Reasons Why They Were Silenced

Just last year, #MeToo paved the way for sexual assault survivors to share their stories with the world. Now another hashtag has been created, this one sharing the reasons why many sexual assault survivors never come forward with their assault. Through #WhyIDidntReport, sexual assault survivors are showing the world just how difficult it is to report their assault to authorities and even their own families and close friends, as many survivors are silenced through victim-blaming

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Child Sex Trafficking Victims Are Treated Like Criminals

Minors cannot legally consent to sex, yet they can be charged with prostitution under the majority of state laws. Victims of child sex trafficking are currently being arrested and even prosecuted in thirty-one states. Children, victims – these are the people being arrested. It seems backwards that the victims are treated as criminals. “States do not recognize that buyers of child sex are at fault consistently,” expressed Christine Raino, the Senior Director of Public Policy

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Not Surprised! CBS’s CEO Les Moonves Resigns Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

On Sunday, Leslie Moonves, CEO of the CBS Corporation, resigned in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations. The initial accusations emerged in a July article by reporter Ronan Farrow for the New Yorker, which detailed the claims of six women. Four said that Moonves forcibly kissed or touched them, while the other two explained “physical intimidation” and threats to ruin their careers. All six women believe their careers suffered as a result of their rejection

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Mollie Tibbitts’ Murder Isn’t About Immigration, It’s About Misogyny

The disappearance of Mollie Tibbetts hit the news fairly quickly when she disappeared on July 18 for a jog in the town of Brooklyn, Iowa. Like all current events stories, with no leads, it died down. Until now, when her body was discovered under a few cornstalks in a town outside from Brooklyn. It’s hard in this country to not take it politically. Because the accused murderer is a man named Cristhian Bahena Rivera, and

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This University In Tokyo Has Been Lowering The Exam Scores Of Female Applicants

Tokyo Medical University is a well-known private university in Japan. On August 2, the university became the focal point of controversy after the nation’s largest daily newspaper, Yomiuri Shimbun, published an investigative piece. The report revealed that over the past decade, the university had consistently been lowering the entrance test scores of female students, by 10 to 20 percent, in an effort to curtail female enrollment. Statistics reveal that in 2018, out of the 1,019 female students who applied

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