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Feminism

Cornell Fraternity Put On Probation Over “Pig Roast” Contest Targeting Overweight Women

Cornell’s Zeta Beta Tau fraternity has been put on a two-year probation for a contest where pledges earned points for having sex with overweight women. The contest was called a “pig roast”, and if there was a tie, the winner was whoever had slept with the heaviest woman. The women were not informed about the game. According to the university report, the challenge took place in 2017, but it is unclear how long the contest

International

A 7-Year-Old Raped And Murdered In Pakistan

Chaos has ensued in Pakistan after 7-year-old Zainab was found in a dumpster, strangled and raped, a few days after being lost while going to her Quran class. Zainab’s parents had left her in the care of their relatives as they completed their Holy pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. They had expected to come back to their sweet daughter with gifts and stories to tell but came back to her funeral instead. Anguished, her parents have

Feminism

Why 2017 Was the Year of Feminism

As 2017 wraps up, one of the biggest takeaways from the year is the rise of the female in modern culture. From social media all the way to the ballot box, here is why women dominated 2017: 1. Activism We got our first glimpse at the political power of women during the Women’s March. Following Trump’s inauguration, the Women’s March spanned several major metropolitan areas and is considered the largest, single-day protest recorded in American history.

Feminism

You Can Listen to Victims of Sexual Abuse Whilst Preserving “Innocent Until Proven Guilty” Ideology

With a current surge in victims coming forward to make allegations of sexual abuse, there are irritating outbursts of refusal to listen to these victims on the grounds that a person is “innocent until proven guilty.” On the surface, this seems fair enough, but people have failed to acknowledge the damage this kind of response can have on victims who come forward and victims wondering if they should do so. We live in a society

Sports

Former USA Gymnastics Team Doctor Larry Nassar Pleads Guilty

Larry Nassar, the former team doctor for the USA Gymnastics National Team and Michigan State University, has pleaded guilty to state charges involving seven counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. His sentencing is set for January 12, to last at least 25 years. Nassar also awaits other sentences for child pornography and sexual abuse of over 100 athletes, a majority of them children, over a span of more than 20 years. Victims include Olympians Jamie Dantzscher,

Feminism

#MeToo Sparks Up Overdue Conversation On Sexual Assault

Every 98 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted. This rising statistic doesn’t come close to accounting for the countries in which sexual assault is even more common, and little is done about it. This statistic doesn’t account for place after place in this world where sexual assault is still an issue that isn’t talked about. This statistic doesn’t shed light on the many cases that aren’t reported, aren’t talked about, and are kept hidden out

Feminism

A Shoutout to Everybody Finding It Very Hard to Read About Harvey Weinstein

The news isn’t getting any nicer, especially that about Harvey Weinstein, and sometimes it gets a bit much, hearing about assault after assault, and then hearing the long list of people he’s assaulted. It’s hard and it can trigger the memory of bad experiences and bad people, like a sinking ship that gets another hole ripped into it with every new story. Harvey Weinstein is a cruel man that abused his position of power to

Asia

Controversy Strikes in India After a 10-Year-Old Girl Was Raped and Asked For an Abortion

In India, a law was introduced to fight India’s unbalanced gender ratio. This is because of a cultural preference for sons, that has led to millions of female fetuses being aborted. The law states that no fetuses are to be terminated after 20 weeks unless the woman’s life is in danger. However, India’s Supreme Court has received many petitions for an abortion from women who have been raped, but the decision has always been given to

Real Life

Your Experience is Valid: Exploring the Spectrum of Sexual Assault

When many people hear “sexual assault” they tend to jump to all sorts of conclusions, the main one being that the event that occurred involved rape or molestation. While these things do still happen, that does not mean they account for every incident. According to the United States Department of Justice, sexual assault in its simplest terms is defined as “any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient.” While this definition may

Feminism, Mental Health, Personal, Real Life

How I Overcame Being Sexually Abused By Someone I Trusted

At a young age, I was sexually assaulted. I was continually abused until I reached 7th grade, where I began to show signs of depression, anxiety, and PTSD. I became incredibly self-conscious, began to cut myself, and began to see the relationships I had with the people around me deteriorate. I finally accepted the fact that I was molested at age 17. The person who fed me, took care of me, and sometimes even clothed

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