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Moms Demand Action
Infuriated Moms Turn Into Protest Leaders
In Portland, Oregon, stay-at-home moms organized their first rally while simultaneously caring for young children. Although some of the moms do not label themselves as activists, they say they “reached a point where [they] felt [they] had to do more” in regards to the immigration separation policy tearing children away from their parents. They declared that as moms they understand how crucial attachment is for a child; for them, these actions were absolutely heartbreaking. Immigration advocacy groups are thrilled with the support they are receiving from those who are not directly affected by immigration issues.
Ocasio-Cortez Revolutionizes Beauty Conversation in Politics
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democratic congressional candidate, tweeted a response to inquiries about what lipstick she was wearing while debating her opponent, Rep. Joe Crowley. Rather than being indignant, Ocasio-Cortez responded with enthusiasm, writing, "I GOT YOU." Traditional female powerhouse politicians like Hillary Clinton have confronted interviewers by questioning whether they'd ask male candidates about their style and beauty routines. But now, Ocasio-Cortez is bringing these topics to the forefront willingly and enthusiastically, on her own terms.
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Hoejabi: Rejecting Prescribed Boundaries of Sexuality
Hoejabi, the mashup of the words “hoe” and “hijabi,” is primarily used derogatorily to refer to a Muslim woman who wears a hijab but defies the Islamic rules of etiquette and behavior. While the word is used as a slur, or to some a “joke,” a young Muslim woman, in an opinion piece for the New York Times, explains how the word can be used as a “positive self-identifying term for women who want to challenge that notion.” However, some believe that the slut-shaming nature of the word needs to be address internally while others argue that, given such a platform, the author should have highlighted positive aspects of the Islamic community that are so rarely presented. As of now, the consensus is to refrain from using the word.
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“Seat At The Table” for Black Women
Recently, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) launched the Seat At the Table Tour initiative for Black women. Despite Black women being the Democratic Party’s most reliable voting bloc since the 1990s, the party has been criticized for neglecting the needs of Black women and not properly supporting Black women running for office. This tour, in collaboration with the Congressional Black Caucus and Black women mayors, will consist of listening and training sessions for Black women and aims to "rebuild relationships, restore trust, and strengthen infrastructure within communities to champion Democratic values and build towards electoral victories." The tour officially began on June 16th in Brooklyn by honoring the late Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman elected to Congress.
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Viral Videos Draw Eyes to Female Candidates
Viral campaign videos have brought welcome attention to female political candidates such as MJ Hegar, mom and former Air Force pilot injured by the Taliban in Afghanistan. In her campaign video for Texas Democratic Congressional Representative, Hegar describes the doors she has broken down to get where she is. Viral videos can publicize candidates struggling to overcome hurdles like financial strain or lack of name recognition and allow them to tell their unique stories in appealing ways
Only four of the 23 presidential candidates in Zimbabwe's July 30th election are women. Ms. Thokozani Khupe, vying for the leadership of the Movement for Democratic Change, has faced vulgar insults and songs meant to shame her, which emphasizes a sexist faction of Zimbabwean politics. "Unruly," single, independent African women are often accused of prostitution, a tactic used to discredit women leaders.
An in-depth discussion with college students and low income workers shared stories of sexual assault in low wage jobs. Alongside reporter Bernice Yeung, UW–Madison students and various survivors told their struggles with recovery, the intimidation of workplace sexual assault, and a number of other important underground issues not usually discussed with victims.
With the help of Your Local Girl Gang, women in Northeast Ohio are connecting with other female-run business for tips and tricks this holiday season. In an article by cleveland.com, sixteen gorgeously decorated boutiques are shining because of this new network of women.
As a teenager in New York City, Soraya Fouladi decided that her life mission would be to ensure that “every single child on this planet gets a chance at a quality education so that they can live their best life.” She is now the CEO of Jara, an international organization that provides emergency education to displaced and refugee children who are struggling due to natural disasters or other issues.
Two female graduates of Columbia Business school recently established one of the leading skin care brands for pregnant, working women. Kelli Kenny and Lauren Parisier found success for thirteen years in the executive industry, with praise from a number of celebrities including Heidi Klum and Molly Simms.
Unsurprisingly, the ticket prices for Michelle Obama’s book tour for her new memoir, Becoming, are out of reach for many readers, as they range from $29 to $3000 for the Washington, D.C. stop alone. But the former first lady decided to give 150 Baltimore students the chance to attend the event for free. The students were selected in collaboration with the College Bound Foundation, a Baltimore nonprofit that provides advising resources for students who want to attend college.
The latest publication from Columbia University’s Sexual Health Initiative to Foster Transformation (SHIFT) suggests that high school sex education may have a preventative effect against sexual assault later on in college. Based on surveys and in-depth interviews of 1,671 students from Columbia University and Barnard College, the research found that students who received formal sex education in school about consent, refusal skills, and methods of birth control before the age of 18 were less likely to experience penetrative sexual assault in college.
It’s no secret that cultural appropriation in fashion is a huge conversation at the moment. This time, it’s actress Jennifer Lawrence and Dior, the French fashion house for whom she is an ambassador, taking the heat. The backlash stems from the brand’s latest ad campaign, which starred Lawrence dressed in a series of outfits inspired by Mexican escaramuzas, or equestrians, and a novel by Chilean author Isabel Allende.
Jessamyn Stanley is curvy, Black, and creative—everything yoga has never been. Angela Johnson, a plus-sized health and body positivity blogger, used Stanley as an inspiration to tailor her yoga to fit her life, in the comfort of her own home. Stanley inspires people just like Johnson to implement props and necessary modifications and to use yoga as a way to focus on how they feel, not how they look.
Blackfishing is a phrase that describes people who pretend to have a different ethnicity online, specifically non-Caucasian. This controversial beauty trend is, as of late, buzzing on the internet. Cultural appreciation? More like cultural appropriation.
Search the hashtag #ThisIsNotConsent and you’ll find hundreds of pictures of women’s underwear captioned with rallying cries against victim blaming in sexual assault. The uproar stems from a court ruling in County Cork, Ireland earlier this week, which found a man not guilty of raping a 17-year-old girl after the defense lawyer suggested that the victim’s thong implied consent in his closing statement.
With a tide of marijuana deregulation laws sweeping the United States and other countries, cannabis leaves are the new logo du jour. Designers from Jeremy Scott to Stella McCartney have featured that design in their collections, and the plant is also a popular beauty ingredient. CBD oil-infused skincare, for example, already has a life of its own on Instagram, and influencers and celebrities alike are flaunting its hydrating, plumping benefits.
A new video trend among sex-positive YouTube beauty bloggers are “dick appointment” makeup tutorials. Unsurprisingly, the trend is outraging right-wing Twitter. Creators are encouraging their viewers to ignore these haters, and embrace the sex-positive beauty fun to be had in watching and learning from these videos!