Quick Hit: FCKH8

22 Oct

I don’t keep a swear jar in my household because I curse like a drunk sailor…I hope the families of these potty-mouthed princesses don’t either. Watch these not-so-little girls drop “F-bombs for Feminism” as they bring attention to the sad reality that society is more offended by swear words than the discrimination its daughters are face:


Will Affirmative Consent Change Hookup Culture in a Positive Way? Or… Not?

22 Oct

In California, “No Means No” doesn’t cut it anymore. If you want to have sex with someone, both parties must give a clear and (hopefully) enthusiastic yes. If you’re not sure what I’m referring to, California’s Governor Jerry Brown recently signed Senate Bill 967 into law, also known as the “yes means yes” law. This law is designed to clearly define consent and reduce the number of sexual assaults on college campuses. The bill defines consent as an “affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity,” so the absence of a “no” does not mean that sex is consensual. Furthermore, the bill states that a person cannot give consent if drugs or alcohol are in their system.

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This affirmative consent bill has the potential to change the way that colleges around the nation view sexual assault and define consent. In California, this law applies to all colleges receiving state financial aid, so this could be a model for other states wishing to provide a solution for the frequent sexual assaults on college campuses. From a legal and educational standpoint, the “yes means yes” law is a good thing; it focuses on the victim, it provides education and outreach so that students can know their rights, and it creates a standard that all university judicial systems can follow. However, there is one question that many college students and others are asking: how will this affect hookup culture?

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Tristan Thompson Kisses Sideline Reporter: Workplace Harrassment on TV?!

21 Oct

I’ve been working in the restaurant business since I was a teenager, and sadly this means that I’ve experienced sexual harassment by co-workers, customers and managers. It’s something that I’m getting better at dealing with, and I’m learning ways to handle it and protect myself. But what if one of the incidents that made me feel so worthless and degraded was broadcasted on national television? Well for Fox Sports Ohio’s sideline reporter Allie Clifton, that actually happened. And the world doesn’t seem to think it’s a problem at all.

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Hurting your knee sucks, but mansplaining sucks more.

20 Oct

So this past week and a half has been pretty rough. I sprained my knee, and as a result I have been hobbling my way to class for the past few days. When I first injured my knee, I was prepared for how much it sucks to be on crutches and how handi-inaccessable our campus is, but I was not prepared for the worst part of this injury- ALL of the goddamn mansplaining.

If only I looked this happy to be on crutches....

If only I looked this happy to be on crutches….

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Giving Voice to the Vagina

19 Oct



So if you didn’t already know, I’m on the speech team for JMU and being on this team has allowed me to see some pretty amazing speeches. This Saturday, I viewed a speech that was fanstastic and had me yelling PREACH in my mind the whole time. First off I would like to say what kind of speech the student was competing in; the event is After Dinner Speaking. After Dinner Speaking is a persuasive or informative speech that uses comedic elements to get an issue across to an audience. Now that I’ve got that explanation out of the way, I must, must, tell you about an ADS speech that I had the privilege to witness.

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Riding a Sex Toy in Public for Charity?

18 Oct

Simple Pickup, an all-male group that advises men on topics such as how to pick up women when you’re high, documented their public use of a Sybian, or “vibrating saddle for female pleasure,” to raise awareness for a “serious issue, in a fun way…” Simple Pickup pledged to donate $5 to prevention of female circumcision for every second that a woman stayed on the Sybian.

The men were filmed walking around Venice Beach, asking women questions like, “Do you like your clitoris?” in order to encourage women to participate in their fundraising efforts. Let’s take a moment to reflect on this situation:  I happen to be a woman. I love my clitoris. BUT if a random stranger, namely a male stranger, approached me on the street and asked me to masturbate in a public space in order to raise money for a this cause—or any cause—I would be fucking offended. Continue reading

Quick Hit: How Can They Call Jack White Sexist?

16 Oct

In light the discussion about Jack White’s move to speak out against sexism in the music industry (http://www.siriusxm.com/pearljamradio), Slate magazine happily dubs  White a feminist to elithe backlash about his supposed “woman problem.”

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Photograph by Mike Coppola/Getty Images.

Gender Violence: A Human Issue

16 Oct

“We often think of gender violence as women’s issues that some good men help out with.”

This is one of the opening lines of a TED talk given by Jackson Katz, an awesome feminist educator and activist, regarding our society’s thought process on the issue of gender violence. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and what better way to continue the conversation then with a thought-provoking TED talk? Katz’s TED talk, “Violence Against Women: It’s a Men’s Issue,” offers a unique perspective on intimate partner violence and other sexual violence issues that is relevant both this month and this day in age.


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Guns Still Allowed After Terror Threats Against Feminist Speaker

15 Oct

*Content warning: contains email describing violence against women

Anita Sarkeesian is the creator of Feminist Frequency, a video webseries that explores the representation of women in pop culture. According to the website, Feminist Frequency “largely serves as an educational resource to encourage critical media literacy and provide resources for media makers to improve their works of fiction.” Sounds awesome, right? Well, not to everyone. There’s always someone who can’t be supportive of educating people about feminism.

Yesterday, on Tuesday, October 14th, Anita Sarkeesian cancelled her appearance at Utah State University. She was supposed to speak at USU today (Wednesday the 15th) about how women are depicted in pop culture, an event that was organized by campus feminist and the center for women’s and gender studies. However, Sarkeesian had to cancel her talk because of the events following this email:

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This email is incredibly frightening. The author claims: “I have at my disposal a semi-automatic rifle, multiple pistols, and a collection of pipe bombs,” and “a Montreal Massacre style attack will be carried out against the attendees” as well as students, staff and the women’s center. The entire email is just so gruesome, disgusting, terrifying, and I cannot imagine how or why someone would want to do something so horrible.

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QUICK HIT: A little positivity on this gloomy day

15 Oct

Check out these illustrations about gender stereotypes by illustrator Carol Rossetti!



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