Men telling women to smile is a sad cliché. And, although it is an equally tired cliché that people are their most beautiful when they smile, the insistence of strangers for young women to smile is uncomfortable at best. Although being told to “Smile!” is a minor offense in the grand scheme of things, it represents a disregard for personal boundaries. Street harassment is a prevalent issue for women and young girls in every society. In one survey, 65% of women in the United States reported being harassed on the street. In a 2015 study conducted by Cornell University, 67% of respondents reported experiencing harassment before the age of 14.
**Red is associated with strength while black is commonly associated with power and dominance. On the left is model Samile Bermannelli, on the right is model Lauren de Graaf.
Woman, like nature, have been carved into the shapes societal tells them they should fit into, until the natural part of us kicks in and we realize that maybe, we do not have to be so straight, so cut, so small.
Defensiveness, anger and embarrassment: the negative reactions when one is catcalled.
Many people see bisexuals as overtly sexual, untrustful, unable to make a decision or not gay enough, inappropriate for children. It is therefore incredibly important for bisexual representation to debunk those rumors.
As much as I love summer nights and longer days, there’s one aspect in particular that I don’t look forward to: shorts.
I’ve always struggled with accepting my body and truly loving myself, which made shopping for clothes both my favorite and most dreaded activity.
If you follow or support any educators or activists for the causes you’re passionate about, it’s important to be vocal and informed about how you support them.
Caption This: I Unfollowed Half My Instagram Feed
If I had a dollar for every time I hear the phrase “boys are intimidated by…” Bitch… I would be a rich, rich woman.
…It follows women wherever we are, wherever we go. It’s the looming presence over the shoulder at the grocery store, or down a dark alley, or pumping gas.
What upset me was that the same fashion media outlets and influencers who will don a $710 “feminist” t-shirt or wear a pin at Fashion Week in support of Planned Parenthood were also reluctant to acknowledge the well-documented complexities of an industry icon
I see self portraiture is a revolutionary act of self love.
Even though I have since had sex, I’m still learning how to best answer that questions.
Mother Nature is resilient though, and so are women.
Think of yourself as a pie. (I prefer blueberry.) The pie is divided into slices, and as the maker of the pie you have control over the size of each one. Hopefully, you have gathered by now that this dessert is a metaphor for life.
The Michigan Difference” being its spectacular education, athletics and unparalleled resources...but the real Michigan difference is that the women at the university are saints and the men are pigs
Here are six diverse superheroes who need to grace our screens next.
Do you ever wonder what people actually care about?
In most cultures, there’s a good chance you’ll run into a handful of outdated cultural norms.
Skewed and false versions of history presented to us with a neat bow on top, meant to continue systems of oppression and inequality.
Even our own vision of ourselves is tainted by the sexist agenda we are constantly subjected to.
With any form of branding, comes the valuation
We have all judged someone else because of their style choices, and we have all been untrue to ourselves when we refuse to wear what we want because of the fear of others.
The Girl is Using Poetry To Change Society.
Inspired by the line “I eat mean like air”, I wrote the last stanza of this poem
Female Friendship at its Finest.
Italian Music Divas to the Rescue!
How do I find new intimacy after a breakup?
Read the issue 2 intro letter and check out the cover here!
In a way, we are detached because we always identified as Singaporeans.
Author + Artist: Mary Sutton
A 17 year old coffee addict, Mary can be found in bed with a cup of coffee, watching a cheesy romantic comedy. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, she self-identifies as a city girl and plans to join the University of Pittsburgh class of 2022 in the fall. In addition to rom-coms, she enjoys drawing, her Prius, and early 2000's pop music. Growing up in a male dominated environment, Mary is passionate about the gender issues that permeate all aspects of society and hopes to contribute to the conversation, especially through art.