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Feminism, Politics

Why Feminists Should Choose Bernie Over Hillary

Hillary Clinton is often framed as the “women’s candidate” for president. This is not unfounded; her positions are relatively pro-women, and she has a history of advocating for women and children. Many major feminists have come out in support of her, including Gloria Steinem who claimed that women who voted for Clinton over Obama in 2008 were more “radical,” despite the fact that Obama has proven himself to be more liberal than Clinton in almost

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The Double Standard With Makeup

“I could wipe off your beauty with a kleenex.” “Boys like a more natural look.” “You look sick without makeup on.” “Who are you trying to impress?” Girls get bombarded with comments like these on a daily basis. The media, parents and peers are all telling us different things when it comes to how much foundation, eyeliner and mascara we should wear. Headlines like “13 Reason Why Your Brows ARENT On Fleek” morph the views

Feminism, Politics

My Body, My Choice: Let’s End the Virginity Stigma

In today’s culture, virginity has become a concept which holds much greater value than its literal definition. While the concept is simple, society has placed a tremendous amount of moral and ethical connotation along with it. The pressure placed on today’s youth because of these standards has led to a substantial amount of judgement and misunderstanding of the act of losing one’s virginity. However, these ideals reflect most predominantly towards women. Due to the stigma that

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Sex in Society

I’d like to propose a question: what are the negative consequences for a woman resulting from safe sex with multiple partners?  Let’s examine that. After sex with three men, does my intellect suddenly begin to experience a severe decline? After five partners, do other components of my worth begin to magically disintegrate into thin air? My sense of humor: gone?  My fundamental values such as family and education: abolished? Am I no longer the ambitious

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You Ok, Sis?

When someone is publicly harassed on the street, there might be some Good Samaritans willing to step in and defend them. Not everyone is comfortable with confrontation. Even fewer people are comfortable with catcalling. Catcalling is defined by any whistle, sexual comment, or shout usually directed at a woman on the street. The viral video “1 0 Hours of Walking In NYC As A Woman” showcases how common street harassment is. However, most people are unsure

Feminism

The ‘F’ Word

When you hear someone say the ‘F’ word, you probably roll your eyes and sigh out of annoyance. When you hear the ‘F’ word, you may think to yourself, “Oh great, another hairy man-hating lesbian who probably carries around a penis sniper in her back pocket.” Only, that’s a totally untrue stereotype of feminists and you may not know it, but it has a very bad effect. We don’t hate men, we hate the patriarchy. We

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Do Muslim Feminists Exist?

It’s a never-ending topic of discussion, the topic of Muslim women and our struggle for “liberation.” Certain “white feminists” use us as a way to showcase the importance of feminism, while Islamophobes use us to fuel their hatred toward Muslims; neither group stopping to think or consider the feelings of actual Muslim women. If we’re being honest here, neither group truly cares for the safety or wellbeing of Muslim women; it’s all a tactic to

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Women in Saudi Arabia

Saudi feminist activist, Lujain Al Hathloul, wreaked havoc earlier this year after challenging the ban on women driving in Saudi, by driving all the way from the UAE into Saudi Arabian boarders. Although, to no avail, she was detained for 73 days, and had her car confiscated. The issue of women’s driving in Saudi Arabia is only the shallow beginning to the deep unjust and ever ignored issues that Saudi women face on a daily

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Sexist Halloween Costumes

From sexy nurses to sexy potatoes, women’s halloween costumes are becoming grossly oversexualized, even for children of young ages. While I personally have no problem with the way women choose to dress, something must be said about the costumes made available to them. If you look at costumes available for young boys, they are seemingly accurate depictions of the animal or character they are intended to be. However if you look at costumes marketed towards

Feminism

Why You Should Read Half the Sky

  “There are over 100 million women in the world missing today,” whether it is through the sex trade, kidnapping and abduction, or just being unaccounted for. Through reading the nonfiction journalist piece, Half the Sky, I really became aware of why feminism is truly needed around the world. Written by two Pulitzer Prize winning journalists, Nicholas D. Kristoff and Sheryl WuDunn, Half the Sky follows the couple around the world and recounts the tragic

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