You Should Smile More
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.
Although I consider myself a feminist, only recently have I began to notice the anti-feminist ways that my friends and I discuss our love lives, or lack thereof, in a college setting.
Underneath the all the others is a skin she never has to put on- And never gets to take off no matter how much she wants to. She was born with it- This one is the foundation. Already precisely tailored.
“I know that I've got big ears and a big forehead and that my hair sticks up. But I'm happy with myself. I'm not necessarily trying to win a beauty pageant here.” -Clay Aikem
GIGO: Garbage In, Garbage Out. A common concept often used in computer programming. Now though, it has been coined by sociological analysts to explain a common phenomenon in business: if something starts off with bad information or intentions, it will ultimately end up going to bad places.
I learn now- the gestures of care, the hand between legs and the slow kisses of selfish tenderness.
Trump and his administration are planning on narrowing the federal government’s definition of sex, a direct attack on the transgender community. Under the federal law, Title IX, no person shall be excluded from participation, denied benefits, or be subjected to discrimination based on their sex.
“No, I’m not interested,” is never that simple. Why do men try to pursue you and then act like you’re trash for not wanting them?
Eighteen-year-old singer-songwriter Izzy Escobar is using her work to create positive social change. Izzy strongly identifies with the #MeToo movement and hopes her songs can inspire and empower others facing similar situations of domestic violence.
For anyone learning the ropes of feminism, it can be beneficial to embrace a set of principles, or an “honor code”, so to speak. Over the years, I’ve been able to learn tiny things that have helped me become a stronger woman, and handle difficulties that come my way.
In an interview with recent graduate Reeves Trivette, the trials and tribulations of adjusting to post-college life were discussed. She went in depth with how her path changed along the way and how she is still experiencing massive changes in her job interest
There’s a lot to fix, so pop in your headphones, get your ballot ready, and blast these feminist tunes.
So I say, reclaim the right to be rude! Not being nice all the time doesn’t make you a bad person. Being protective of your space and choosing when and who you want to interact with, is healthy and can be a way of guarding yourself.
She struggles with distinguishing the real from the imaginary. An unknown hand paints pictures in her mind, oil-based; a canvas of illusion the strongest rain fails to wash away.
Every day she repeats the mantra, “I am not the men who have let me down, although my brain tries to say it’s so. I am the legend of my mother, and her mother, and hers. I am my ancestors who came before me. I am my mother, I am my sister, I am me.”
What hashtag will get the message across? Which story will be shocking enough? How many is too many? #NowIAm Tired of learning. #NowIAm Ready to speak.
I’m prescribed a dose of silence; my doctor says I’m overwhelmed by constant sound. “You can’t save the world,” he says, yet he dedicates his life to defying humanity’s fate.
One of the main details that bugged me about the Mental Health Awareness Day deluge was how the majority of the posts I saw were addressed at an ambiguous “you.” Most of the public dialogue about mental health is similarly externalized, spewing statistics, advice, or encouragement to the “other” who needs saving. Here’s the truth, though: Mental health—or lack thereof—is something we all deal with.
From letting body hair grow to great lengths to popping vitamin c in prep for flu season.
Our votes are loud and they are clear, our votes determine what we want for the forthcoming years.
I remember bruises on my thighs, hands around my throat. I remember hair-pulling, pushed against a wall. I am surprised at how much aggression can turn some men on. And I’m surprised at how I’ve come to expect it, so much so that when someone is gentle with my body, I’m almost surprised, expecting them to handle me roughly, to take pieces of me and crush them.
This trip was also different than anyone I’d been on, because in addition to capturing every inch of the space around me with my Canon camera, I had another agenda. I was going to observe how the women figure into Balinese society. What role do they play? Are they respected, treated as equals?
One of the greatest pleasures of identifying as a feminist is being a part of a group of women who share the same beliefs and values as yourself. Each person, however, has their own story to tell on how they became a feminist and what identifying as one means to them.
I had the opportunity to sit down with an intern who was recently offered a high-paying job at a finance corporation. She described her personal journey with her natural hair and how corporate America is stifling this movement.
As someone with eighteen years of vivid wisdom, my past experiences have slowly shaped me into becoming the person I am today. This kind of experience can only be taught through time itself, and this is the constant weakness of an innocent child. In her own naive youth, I want to highlight my own experiences as a female, and give my younger cousin advice on how to navigate life when there isn’t necessarily a road map available.
She others herself
in the mirror
a ritual of scrutiny -
what should be scraped off,
what sticks to the fingers.
It is time to reexamine women’s magazines in 2018. It is time that more publications pivot towards a more holistic approach to print media—one driven by connection and passion, not ad sales. It is true that this switch would require us to completely rewire the way that we think about women’s media, but maybe that is also a good thing
Potentially, the fact that I was put off by her height could be written off as a physical preference, like preferring redheads over brunettes or any other normal attraction preferences which everyone has. But I wasn’t put off by the tall men I’d had relationships with. The more I considered my attitude towards dating men and women as a bisexual woman, the more inconsistencies I found.
The Bechdel Test serves as a litmus test for women in film—from their physical presence onscreen to the quality and depth of their characters. The test is not designed to determine whether a movie is feminist or even good, but rather to gauge the representation of women in film. It's important to note that many films may only partially pass the Bechdel Test, by meeting some of the requirements but failing to meet others.
A script by Morgan Gjoen.
Girls in Kenya miss an average of six weeks of school due to a lack of menstruation products. How can girls achieve their full potential or feel in control if a natural part of their lives hinders them from receiving a full education?
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.