Jane [Note: name has been changed] is a 16 year-old transgender girl. She has been in and out of the foster care and juvenile justice systems since early childhood, surviving unthinkable trauma and demonstrating resilience and strength. As a ward of the Department of Children and Families (DCF), DCF is her legal parent and guardian, responsible for her care and well-being. Jane was also in the custody of the juvenile justice side of DCF following a delinquency adjudication; she has never been convicted of a crime or faced adult criminal charges in Connecticut. Despite this, DCF is acting directly contrary to federal law and transferring her into the adult prison system without any criminal charges or convictions. It has been 14 years since DCF last invoked this exceptional and legally questionable procedure to transfer a young person into the adult prison system without charges. Continue reading
As a self-proclaimed major TV buff, I’m not above the occasional hate watch or simple guilty pleasure (read: my undying commitment to both Teen Wolf and The Bachelor). But this week I watched something so appalling I cannot, in good conscience, continue to subject myself to it. Although, I must admit I never had any expectation to like it to begin with, so maybe that only fueled my overall hatred. Regardless, this past week MTV premiered an original series titled Faking It, which follows the lives of two formerly unpopular high school girls who’ve gained a newfound popularity due to their lesbian relationship. The twist? They’re not actually lesbian! The premise of the show sounded just offensive enough to actually get me to see what all the fuss was about…and boy do I have a lot of fussing to do!
Quick Hit: Lupita Nyong’o is Third Black Woman on People’s ‘Most Beautiful’ Cover, But She’s the First Dark-Skinned Woman23 Apr
Yesterday, Lupita Nyong’o became the third black woman to be named People’s “Most Beautiful” person of the year–but she’s the first woman of color with dark skin to earn the label. In 2012, People magazine named Beyoncé the most beautiful woman of the year; in 2003, it was Halle Berry who was on the cover of the annual list. Continue reading
I was reading Jezebel and found an article that discusses how a recent survey in the United Kingdom has found that more women then ever are completing doing it yourself (DIY) work in the home. This post interested me because typically men do the work around the house or a professional who is usually a man. One of the reasons the survey conducted by WD bathrooms suggests that women are now taking charge of making sure the home looks good is that many single women are homeowners and people want to save money. So what better way than not asking a friend or family member to help you or hire a professional than doing the job yourself?
Sometimes it is accidental, sometimes it is on purpose, but either way you look at it we are constantly overhearing other people’s conversations. Most of the time it is just benign conversations they are going to be eating, what they drunkenly did that weekend, or complaining about their classes. Mostly they are harmless conversations, but sometimes the things that you hear leave a sick feeling in your stomach. I know people have heard, “I don’t think she was raped, I mean she wore a skirt to his house.” I know someone who said, “The best sex I’ve had has been less than consensual.” And how many times have you overheard people talking about women as “sluts” or “bitches.”
Soon after Senate Republicans unanimously blocked a vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act, Phyllis Schlafly took to the op-ed section of Christian Post and went all anti-feminist on us….again. The article itself makes me a sick to my stomach.
According to Aljazeera America, one of the most common maternity related deaths globally includes unsafe abortions complications. Charities and organizations based around women’s health emphasize that 800 women a day die from pregnancy or childbirth related death. They fail to note however, that 1 out of 8 of those women die from unsafe abortions. Yet, in most of these countries where the death rates are high, abortion is legal. Why would women be forced into unsafe abortion practices in countries without laws against it?
As I make my way through my feminist journey, I have come to notice that many people believe that gender issues and race issues have almost completely vanished. I have to say I felt like this before I read article after article about inequality seen today. It is interesting to me that many people choose to ignore the little things that occur which shows that racism and sexism still exist in a fairly big way. Sure we have made significant improvements, we do have an African American president, but what does that really mean? There are still so many hidden occurrences of discrimination out there that it is important we realize our work is never done. We have to keep fighting for equality and this small incident that I found on Jezebel’s blog site proves that many people still hold racist thoughts and base their actions off of them…
Now announcing the Olympic podium results for the Mother category… it looks like this year’s competition goes to- wait. WHAT? Actually, yeah that sounds about right. I can’t believe in this day and age, when more and more responsibilities are being flung upon women, that competing for the Olympic Mother gold medal isn’t here yet. It would actually seem expected that women would be required to keep up with the professional and athletic categories too. Competition baby! Okay, okay… now that I got my crazies out, in a slightly less dramatic fashion that’s actually what this article from The Guardian talks about.
This is the question that has been ringing through the halls of college campuses around the country after the firestorm of Duke University’s freshman, Miriam Weeks’ exposure as porn star “Belle Knox” last month. Her story also prompted a debate about whether this issue is about feminism, exploitation or all of the above…