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Carrying the Burden: How the #MeToo Movement Returns the Power
Victims of rape and sexual assault carry an invisible burden– In 2013, Emma Sulkowicz chose to represent the silent and unheard voices by carrying a mattress across Columbia University’s campus. Since then, this conversation has been elevated to a national platform. The #MeToo Movement brings sexual assault to the forefront of media and politics. This movement has prompted schools, colleges, workplaces, and more to take steps towards introducing resources to aid those who have been victims of sexual assault as well as encouraged many to come forward and share their story.
Image: Meryn Kennedy via The Daily Campus
Lupe Valdez– Could She Be the Change Texas Has Been Waiting For?
Former Dallas County Sheriff, Lupe Valdez, could be not only Texas’ first Hispanic governor but also the first openly queer person to hold that office. Valdez is running on a progressive platform; a win would be truly impressive as Texas has not elected a Democrat to any statewide office since 1994. Valdez’s victory would mean a greater voice of representation for the Latino community who make up 40% of the state’s population as well as the queer population of Texas.
Image: Lupe Valdez / Huffington Post
Young Women Create Resource To Fight Sexual Harassment in Politics
Arezoo Najibzadeh and Yasmin Rajabi, young Canadian women of colo, created an educational resource to help political parties, campaigns, and governments prevent and respond to sexual violence in their workplaces. Both women experienced sexual harassment or assault while working in politics, which prompted them to leave that career path behind. They want to prevent other women from having to make that all-too-common choice.
Image: Arezoo Najibzadeh and Yasmin Rajabi
Indigenous Women Paving the Path to Representation
Marichuy Patricio, a traditional medicine healer and human rights activist, is an independent candidate for Mexico’s upcoming 2018 presidential election. What sets her apart? Patricio is a Mexican Nahua indigenous woman. Her ambitious step towards running in the presidential election is creating a platform for the voice of indigenous women; however, much more is needed to defeat the machismo still prevalent in Mexico and other Latin American countries.
Image: Woman with llama, Cuzco
A Record Number of U.S. Women Run For Office
The significant women's 2018 political races at the state and national level has been noted this year. A record number of women decided to run for office, which will likely lead to further representation in government.
Image: AP Photo: (1); Bloomberg (1); Getty Images (2)
Danish Government Pledges to Promote Access to Contraception In Humanitarian Crises
The Letter of Intent was signed by Danish Minister for Development Cooperation Ulla Tørnæs, pledging to donate 60 million DKK to the UN World Food Programme (WFP). The WFP promotes access to contraception and sexual health information while they distribute food during humanitarian crises. Lack of access to contraception can have deadly consequences: complications from unsafe abortions heighten maternal mortality rates in refugee camps
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.