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Mental Health As a Female Student + More
The Story of a Young Girl’s Fight for Acceptance
Lakshita Anand paints a picture of the palpable sexual advances made against her as a female student, and how it negatively affected her mental health. After being humiliated, wrongly blamed, and continually harassed and assaulted, Lakshita’s mental health continued to plummet, ultimately affecting her reputation as a good student and inhibiting her relationships.
How Same-Sex Couples Divide Chores, and What It Reveals About Modern Parenting
When straight couples split household chores, the division often falls along the line of gender, while research shows same-sex couples sharing them more equally. However, though gay and lesbian relationships still display more equality than their straight counterparts, when they have children, they begin to divide chores and roles along a gendered line. This development shows how socioeconomic structures still assume there will be a breadwinner and a caretaker once children enter the picture, and how same-sex couples deal with the same difficult choices heterosexual couples do. That said, healthy communication about roles and responsibilities between partners shows a path to gender equality in the home.
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Evangelical Women Rising to Defy and Define Tradition
After Southern Baptist leader Paige Patterson made derogatory comments about women's bodies, divorce and domestic violence, evangelical women decided to take a stand. These women for the most part believe in complementary gender roles, but are bristling at the male preacher’s remarks about women submitting to their husbands in every way possible; some believe that the Bible calls for "mutual submission" and rejects gendered inferiority. While Patterson's remarks show that “traditions” can be distorted for misogynist purposes, this movement of conservative women shows that the ideal of gender equity can cross religion and tradition.
How FitBit’s New Feature is Revolutionizing Female Health
FitBit’s newly-released feature, Female Health Tracking, is transforming the accessibility of health information for women. Available on the Versa and Iconic models, the new feature tracks your menstrual cycle and ovulation period, logging them into your profile and providing a more accurate look into the unique (but often frustrating) things that make up the anatomy of a woman.
A mother reflects on the ways to raise her daughter to have a healthy body image, amid the pressures social media presents. When everyone around your child is self-objectifying, how can you give them the tools to go against the current? Preventing self-objectification should be a goal of feminist parenting, as well as raising one’s children to withstand (and call out) unrealistic expectations and media’s objectification of women.
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Sexual Violence Linked to Mental Health Issues in the NCAA
The NCAA released an article abridging the Sport Science Institute’s studies regarding sexual harassment and assault in college athletics, and its association with mental health issues. According to the article, women who reported sexual violence were significantly more likely to experience attributes of mental illness including hopelessness, depression, and suicidal thoughts, amongst others. These statistics alone comprise a staggering 32% increase in mental health-related issues from those who did not report sexual violence of any kind, manifesting the relationship between the two.
It’s been over a year and six months since the Brexit vote, and the UK’s impending breakaway from the European Union is still causing uproar. Fashion companies based around the UK, in particular, are concerned about the deals’ impact on their ability to hire and travel internationally, as well as import high-quality textiles from around the globe. According to a report from the Creative Industries Federation, 74% of small luxury labels—many of whom are run by or provide employment to women-- fear that Brexit will significantly harm business prospects. Adam Mansell, the executive of the UK Fashion and Textile Association, warns that, although it seems unlikely, “it is vital that we get a trade deal with zero tariffs and very simple border controls.”
28-year-old Humza Mian isn’t just a veterinary technician—he’s also a drag queen and social media influencer whose feeds are both a celebration of his South Asian heritage and of his individuality. His drag name, MangHoe Lassi, pays homage to a popular drink in India. Growing up in a religious family, Mian was taught to hide any traces of femininity, and he still isn’t out to his parents. While he wishes he could be, the reality is that coming out still is not a safe option for many people across the world. Even though laws are changing and promoting acceptance of more and more people, the social implications of such a decision can be incredibly dangerous. Mian wishes that media represented those queer folk who are proud of their identity but still have to remain closeted, unlike the many out-loud-and-proud shows like Queer Eye and RuPaul’s Drag Race. Despite this, he is happy his drag, makeup tutorials, and social media presence as a beauty influencer can create a safe space for him to be fully himself, and he hopes he can create that space for others with similar experiences.
Jessamyn Stanley, yoga instructor and body-positive advocate took to Instagram this week to talk about an issue that isn’t discussed nearly enough: chafing and the discomfort—and scars—it can result in. Stanley posted an amazingly real photo of herself on her couch in her underwear, comfortably watching television with her inner thighs bearing the scars many plus-sized women have from chafing. Within her caption, she says “Yes, there are permanent marks on my thighs from chafing, Welcome to being #fat.” What people don’t realize is that this happens to women whose thighs happen to brush together when they walk—it’s not about being what society deems as “fat.” It’s simply friction and nothing to be ashamed of.
Coming out is an important moment for many in the queer community, but what if you never technically have to come out, or you’re not sure you even have anything to come out about? Growing up, Wilson knew she liked boys, but she was confused about the feelings that girls would sometimes provoke in her. She hated herself for being confused. As a supporter of queer rights, she felt that even discussing her confusion would take away from “real queer people,” and she saw her own identity as invalid. After all, she married a man and was incredibly happy with him, so what was the point of exploring her identity even further? But one day during Pride Month, Eleanor wondered why she didn’t think her identity mattered and why she had been unhappily hiding herself. She realized that to finally feel comfortable in her own skin, she had to be honest. After coming out via social media, Eleanor couldn’t stop telling everyone she talked to; it gave her such a rush of love for herself and her unique identity. If there’s one thing Eleanor’s story can teach us, it’s that accepting yourself and showing who you are to the world takes time, bravery, and a whole lot of self-love.