Awareness | Posted by Vicki S on 08/14/2017

Ending The Victimization Of Alleged Perpetrators Of Assault

Emma Sulkowicz performing 'Mattress Project'

Emma Sulkowicz performing ‘Mattress Project’

In July of this year, Columbia University settled alleged rapist Paul Nungesser’s lawsuit against the school for gender-based discrimination. Nungesser was accused of raping then-fellow Columbia student Emma Sulkowicz, who gained attention for her 2014 performance-art piece Mattress Performance (Carry That Weight).

Although Sulkowicz’s project itself gained a lot of media attention, the story behind it and her motivations for doing it were less popularized. Sulkowicz created Mattress Performance following Columbia University’s decision to not hold Nungesser responsible for sexually assaulting her. Sulkowicz had first gone to Columbia’s Office of Gender-Based and Sexual Misconduct and reported her assault on April 13, 2013 after learning that two other women had also allegedly been assaulted by the same person who she said raped her on the …

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Feminism | Posted by Dayton Uttinger on 08/2/2017

Why Is There Still A Rape Kit Backlog?

We need justice for survivors.

There are very few (if any) women who haven’t thought about it. We think about it as we walk to our cars after a night out, as we jog around the block after the sun’s been down for hours, as we watch our little sisters leave home. We clutch our keys between our fingers and tense our muscles.

One in six women has been raped, as have 1 in 33 men. The numbers are even more depressing for transgender, genderqueer, or non-conforming individuals. We tell ourselves that our friends and family could never be rapists, but studies show that rapists are much more likely to admit their crimes as long as the word “rape” is never used; they will admit to forcing their partner …

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Feminism | Posted by Farha Khalidi on 07/26/2017

How This Youth Council Is Helping Queer Muslims

Urooj Arshad

Urooj Arshad

Our government has a way of minimizing its destructive influence on the minorities of this nation by convincing us that we’re the problem—that we’re all out to get each other and everyone else—so we lose focus on the systemic oppression inflicted upon us by our highest-ranking officials and start to point fingers at each other, until we reach mutually assured destruction.

Take, for instance, the Muslim and LGBTQ+ communities in the United States. Both of these communities are marginalized in our conservative Christian society, and as such are pitted against each other. Urooj Arshad, founder of the Muslim Youth Leadership Council, told the FBomb that she believes the U.S. government is “bigoted towards the LGBT and Muslim communities, but tries to use the LGBT community as a proxy …

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Feminism | Posted by Angela Liu on 07/18/2017

The Troubling Sexism That Persists In Tech

Lack of representation isn’t the only problem

Last April, I attended a meeting of Angel investors—individuals who invest personal funds in startups and other early-stage companies—that gathers every couple of months in Portland, Oregon to hear pitches and decide whether to invest. Angel investors are unlike venture capitalists in that they invest their personal funds, but all too similar when it comes to the reality that most are male.

I found this firsthand when, fifteen minutes before the event started, I found I was the only woman in the room—and only two more entered by the time the meeting convened. The men in the room stood around in clumps chatting with each other, trading business cards, and sipping wine while, taken aback, I wondered where all the female investors …

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Feminism | Posted by Julie Zeilinger on 06/26/2017

Student Loan Debt Is A Feminist Issue

The truth about women and debt

While sifting through the simmering remains of the 2016 election, liberals have seemed a little too, oh, distracted to fully interrogate the issues millennials most vocally supported while Trump’s bid for president was still being covered as entertainment. To be fair, a man with both the physical hue and intellectual capacity of Sunny D has the nuclear codes; investigating and critiquing the threat he and his parade of equally incompetent minions pose to the basic preservation of democracy has occupied the time of many of those who normally fight more systemic issues of inequality. But while avoiding our nation’s immediate destruction is a valuable effort, we also need to focus on the barriers young people will still face should we manage to avoid such …

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Feminism | Posted by Farha Khalidi on 06/23/2017

The Invisibility of Muslim Girls and Women Must End

Art by @nerdybrownkid

Art by @nerdybrownkid

This past week, a teenage girl identified as Nabra Hassanen was brutally murdered. She was attacked on her way home—assaulted by a man with a gun, beaten with a metal bat, and discarded into a body of water. Before she was attacked,  Hassanen was leaving her mosque, a Muslim place of worship, during the week of Ramadan, and wearing her hijab. What should be mundane details about this young women instead suggest that Nabra’s murder was a hate crime and that her perpetrator’s actions and beliefs were rooted in sheer ignorance and resentment.

In this particular, tragic instance, one Muslim girl was killed. But this crime is bigger than Hassanen alone: it is a threat to an entire religion, particularly its women.

Muslim girls and women …

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Awareness | Posted by Shauna Gold on 06/21/2017

Destigmatizing HPV and Cervical Cancer

No shame in preventing HPV

No shame in learning about sexual health

The most obvious reason why abstinence-only education is terrible is the unintended pregnancies that frequently occur as a result from it. But there are actually even more serious potential consequences of denying people information about how to take care of their sexual health: When people aren’t taught how to protect themselves against easily preventable diseases, like cervical cancer, their lives are threatened, the health care system is strained, and we socially regress.

President Trump’s proposed 2018 budget includes $277 million for abstinence-only sex ed. If it passes, students will be even less likely than they already are to learn about things like their risk of contracting STIs. Instead, they’ll primarily be inundated with warnings about how dangerous and terrible sex is (spoiler: …

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Kadin Burnett on 06/19/2017

Why The Rihanna-Lupita-Ava-Issa Buddy Comedy Is So Important

We can't wait for their buddy comedy

We can’t wait for their buddy comedy

It started as an innocent, clever, and creative tweet. A picture of Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o sitting next to one another at a fashion show in 2014 was making its rounds on the Internet. The duo look as if they could be on the catwalk themselves: Both were clad in big sunglasses, and Rihanna sported a furry coat while Nyong’o wore a white-collared burgundy sweater. One imaginative Twitter user, @1800SADGAL, responded to the picture: “Rihanna looks like she scams rich white men and lupita is the computer smart best friend that helps plan the scans.”

Spelling mistakes aside, the reply was retweeted almost 10,000 times, and garnered over 200,000 likes. It even got the attention of both Rihanna and Nyong’o. The actress responded …

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