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The sexism surrounding Amy Coney Barrett’s SCOTUS nomination

October 29, 2020

Although she is exemplified by the Republican Party as a preferable form of feminism, Amy Coney Barrett isn’t exactly a third wave feminist icon. Contemporary feminism recognizes that diverse choices...

Affirming White Women

Illustration by Peggy Li
November 16, 2017

There are certain myths and misconceptions surrounding the question of affirmative action and who benefits from it, and many narratives have been built based on how the beneficiaries supposedly do...

Rape Culture in ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’

October 7, 2015
In the movie 'The Other Boleyn Girl', both the content and the depiction romanticize and beautify what is essentially an endorsement of the behavior of chauvinistic kings.

Guest column: Women’s victories do not erase systemic debate sexism

May 7, 2015

It's devastating to realize I am no longer a debater, but it's more devastating to understand why. I never wanted to write an op-ed or talk publicly about my experiences in debate, but the unfortunate...

Advertising, sports have power to reclaim ‘like a girl’

February 12, 2015

Of the countless Super Bowl advertisements, one in particular made a deep impression on me. It included clips from an experiment conducted by Always, a feminine hygiene brand, in which people of different...

Video game publishers more to blame for objectification of women than game buyers

Illustration by Rust
November 20, 2014

A recent segment on Melissa Harris-Perry's MSNBC show highlighted an issue that I never before considered: the violent and dehumanizing portrayals of women in many video games and the culture of misogyny...

Maroon 5’s ‘Animals’: glamorizing predatory behavior

November 13, 2014

What are artists allowed to put in their music videos? Can they tell the story of unrequited love? A desperation to be noticed by their object of affection? Of course they can. Can they tell a story of...

Rethinking Gender Roles

February 18, 2014

What if gender roles were reversed? Recently, I watched a French video in my French conversation group called "Oppressed Majority," by Éléonore Pourriat. While I didn't catch the majority of the...

Girl Scouts Serves As Feminist Outlet

February 6, 2014

For my 20th birthday, my parents gave me a lifetime membership to the Girl Scouts of the United States. Being a Girl Scout shaped my identity when I was growing up, and I remained a member until I graduated...

As Longtime Coach Steps Down, Debate Culture Under Scrutiny

May 20, 2013

This article was written by Shelly Le, Rachel Alexander and Karah Kemmerly. Emily Lin-Jones and Blair Hanley Frank contributed additional reporting. This article is the first in a three-part series...

Whitman and Mainstream Hip-Hop: Gender Battlegrounds

Illustration by Julie Peterson
March 21, 2013

1520 Sedgwick Avenue is, by most accounts, an unremarkable apartment complex: an imposing brick-and-steel reminder of New York's failures in public housing, a specter looming and mute cast over the Cross-Bronx...

Cultural Conditioning No Excuse for Selfish Sex

November 8, 2012

So, I've been hooking up with this guy for a couple weeks and we recently had sex. The night starts off with me pleasing him orally but he doesn't return the favor and things just lead straight to intercourse....

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