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  After a recent rape trial divided the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA, the English and psychology student Hannah Boes took action to combat the pervasive rape culture that often persists on college campuses. She founded William & Mary Stands With Survivors, an online catalog of photographs “dedicated to showcasing allies who support sexual assault survivors and refuse to perpetuate rape culture, or the attitudes that normalize ... Read More
  “Women need to stop spreading their legs like peanut butter or rape is going to keep on happening ’til the cows come home.” Those were the actual words spoken by a cop when University of Connecticut student Kylie Angell reported her rape in July 2010. Though her male classmate was initially expelled, he made an appeal that allowed him back on campus a mere two weeks later. The administration comforted Angell with the logic "it's fine--you ... Read More
A recent study conducted at Boston College shows a disturbing trend of low self-esteem in female college graduates when compared to male graduates. The study analyzed the results of identical surveys, one administered to participants during their first year of college and the second administered during their fourth year. Researchers found that, despite high academic achievment, female participants had "worse self-understanding" upon graduating than ... Read More
Sororities, often established to help women find a sense of community in male-dominated college campuses, have in some ways transformed into elite organizations that boast status and reputation. Girls work tirelessly to be desirable candidates, jump through hoops, and put up with hazing in hopes of being chosen as sister to a community of women who will help them advance both in their personal lives and their careers. But sometimes, even the "ideal" candidate ... Read More
Fix the Family, a Catholic centered lifestyle blog, has never been known for their feminist ideals. They preach traditional gender roles to the nth degree: the man is the provider and head of household, while the woman cooks, cleans, cares for the children, and submits to her husband. But even when you know not to take the things a website says too seriously, sometimes they go ahead and post something so archaic and misguided that you can’t help but feel ... Read More
      We’ve all been taught that drinking isn’t very ladylike: my mother cautioned me as a child not to drink before I was of age because she “embarrassed herself” in her youth. I never asked any questions, and I didn’t drink more than a sip until that lychee martini I had on my 21st birthday. On the other hand, my father got made fun of for not liking alcohol in his younger days; today, people still tell him to ... Read More
  Casual sex has been an area of contention between feminists for generations. Remember the sexual liberation movement of the 1960s-70s? It completely re-imagined the potential for female sexuality; women became empowered to see sex as a source of pleasure and not only a means of reproduction. Feminists reframed sex to be a pathway to female fulfillment and self-actualization. With the possibility of female pleasure in sex without social stigma, and ... Read More
Trigger warning: Triggering language and discussion of rape to follow. Last week I read news of another rape scandal hitting a big university. This time, however, it hit a little closer to home. My alma mater, The University of Colorado at Boulder, has come up in the news again. This time it isn't about weed on campus or Pac-12 football...This time it is about Title IX violation and covering up the culture of rape on the American College Campus.I know that my ... Read More
Didn’t auction bidding for people end in 1864 with, oh you know, the end of slavery? The dating-auction website WhatsYourPrice.com thinks not. Founded in 2011, the site instead uses a “date value” system to set up dates based on the actual prices men and women are willing to pay for a first date. I know what you’re thinking: Doesn’t this sound incredibly similar to prostitution or escorting?  Well, don’t worry because ... Read More
In 2011, Domaine Javier came out as transgender on an episode of MTV’s “True Life.”  Though she was already accepted to California Baptist University, Javier was accused by the university of fraud several months after the show aired.  Having listed her gender as female on the school’s application, the university refused to accept this gender claim in light of her recently revealed transgender identity and expelled her soon ... Read More
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