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Feminism

The Importance of Intersectionality and How It Affects Women in Marginalized Groups

Intersectionality was first defined by Kimberle Crenshaw in the 1980s. It is defined as, “the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage”. Intersectionality affects every single person in one way or another. It affects our way of life, the way we communicate with others and how our environment interacts with us.

Race

White People — Stop Comparing Racism to Other Systems of Oppression

Content warning: sinophobic slurs, homophobic slurs, mentions of violence. Recently I came across a conversation online within the LGBTQIA+ community, in which I witnessed a white gay man compare homophobia to racism. He asserted that it was because gay people had gotten help from straight people that marriage equality had been granted in the U.S., then going on to state that it was because of white people that all laws that permitted racism had been

LGBT+

White Supremacy Shouldn’t Be Allowed At Pride And I’m Done Explaining Why

On June 7, 2017, Fox 46 in Charlotte, North Carolina published a story about Charlotte Pride’s decision to deny a pro-Trump group’s application to preform at a Charlotte Pride event. According to Mic, the pro-Trump group calls itself “Deplorable Pride” and its members intended to give a pro-Trump tribute performance during the Charlotte Pride parade. Brian Talbert, one of the group’s members and an openly gay, proud Trump supporter, told Fox 46 “I’m very proud of my vote. I

LGBT+

5 Trans YouTubers You Need To Watch This Transgender Visibility Day

Note: Pronouns are indicated by round brackets, closed captioning on videos is denoted by square brackets March 31 is International Transgender Day of Visibility, a day for celebration and awareness for all transgender people. Founded by Rachel Crandall in 2009, the day has become a day loved and enjoyed by many of us around the world. As a genderfluid teen, it is very rare that I ever see my gender represented in the media. I doubt many even

Feminism

Dear Anti-Feminists: Your Straw Man Idea of Feminism is Wrong

Feminism is a collaboration of different perspectives, experiences and ideas. It is a group effort to try and fix the injustices around the world. As the movement has come to feature intersectionality more and more, feminism is no longer (and has arguably never been) about one single line of thought shared by all of us. Yet some anti-feminists have a hard time understanding this. While anti-feminism (like feminism) undoubtedly has multiple trains of thought, many anti-feminists love presenting

Feminism

The Women’s March on Washington was Actually Really Problematic

On Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, an estimated 5 million people protested the election of Donald Trump.  What began as a Facebook post turned into the largest peaceful protest in American history, the Women’s March on Washington. About 500,000 people protested in the streets of Washington D.C., along with 670 sister marches taking place on every single continent.  Needless to say, the protest was amazing, providing a platform for LGBT+, POC, and disabled communities. However, there were some

Race

Exploitation of Emotional Labor Is Real for Women and Femmes of Color

In society, there is more than one type of labor that meets the eye. One is visible labor, which people earn monetary compensation for. Under this kind of labor, women and femmes, especially women and femmes of color, earn a lot less than their white or white male counterparts. With that, then there’s the elusive type of labor that slips both the eye and mind, and people often take it equally for granted: emotional labor.

Feminism

I Don’t Hate Taylor Swift; I Hate Her Feminism

In the feminist community there has been a lot of debate and discussion about “bad feminism” and the lack of inclusivity within many brands of feminism. Taylor Swift and her girl squad are always a topic of discussion amidst these debates. Swift has been coined the face of “White’s Only Feminism”, a brand of feminism that ignores the intersectionality between race, gender, sexuality, class, ability, gender identity, and other characteristics when devising ways to combat

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