body hair

Complicating Body Hair: Consent, Gender Violence and Feminism

I am thirteen years old and hiding in my grandmother’s bathroom with my cousin. With one of my grandfather’s bic razors in one hand and

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Saturday night live

Saturday Night Live’s ‘Girl at a Bar’ is Our 2017 Nightmare

Saturday Night Live has really been on an upswing lately. Between the fact that they’ve finally started hiring diverse performers, they’ve also picked a side

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liberal

Dispatches From Progressive Spaces: On Liberalism and Dangerous Men

When Casey Affleck was handed an Oscar, I felt a familiar sense of dread — dread that a space that, on its face, claims to

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Wentworth

Wentworth: Australia’s Take on Women in Prison

Chances are, if you are a living, breathing person you’ve watched — or at least heard of — Orange is the New Black, America’s hit

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muslim

The Realities of Being a Secular Muslim in the Modern World

Religion and spirituality are incredibly personal, human endeavors; a way to make sense of our surroundings, of our communities and the global tragedies that occur.

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prison

Incarcerated Women in the U.S.: An Overlooked Minority

The United States’ obsession with incarceration has become what can only be described as an epidemic. The U.S. makes up only about 5% of the

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babies

Fearing for Our Children: Raising Babies in Trump’s America

When Trump won, I was naturally disappointed but not shocked. One of my first thoughts was about how new parents must feel. How terrifying to

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vibe bar

Vibe Bar Wild One: Tokyo’s Vibrator Bar

If you’ve never been to Tokyo, you should know that the city is a hybrid of traditional Japanese culture and modern technological advancement. Looking in

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Trans Woman

The Hellish System: Trans Woman Vs. The Powers That Be

I was stuck on the freeway behind a sea of red tail lights as workers hurried to remove an accident from the road. As I waited, Linda* sat

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depression

Depression Didn’t Reveal My Creativity, but Getting Help Did

When I was 19, I was diagnosed with several mental illnesses, most notably major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder. My therapist and I determined

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hook-up

Hook-up Culture: What is Happening to Our Sexual Language?

I don’t do internet dating anymore, and I had an experience recently that reminded me why. I’d met a guy in the city, he seemed

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Is the Ethical Choice to Delete the Uber App?

Over the past couple of weeks, you may have seen an article circulating around called Here’s Why All Your Friends Are Deleting Their Uber Accounts.

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mental illness

No Apology Necessary: Self Care, Accountability, and Mental Illness

Sometimes, I compare my mental illnesses to hurricanes. Diagnosed with both bipolar disorder and PTSD, it’s not uncommon for me to have to pick up

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Willie J. Parker

Willie J. Parker and the Complexity of Choice

Willie J. Parker, MD grew up in Birmingham, AL. After completing multiple advanced degrees, including an MD from the University of Iowa College of Medicine

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millennials

5 Ways Millennials Can Rise in the Trump Era

People bitch about millennials a lot. I’m 37 and I can’t count how many times I’ve rolled my eyes at an unsuspecting millennial. Y’all can

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march for science

The March for Science: What it is and Why it Matters

Since the inauguration of the current administration, numerous groups have taken to organizing marches and rallies on the U.S. capitol to protest the unjust policies

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ariana grande

3 Times Ariana Grande was a Fierce Feminist and Ally

Before the end of last year, singer and performer Ariana Grande made headlines by penning a feminist manifesto on Twitter. The post touched on the objection of

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weight

5 Reasons Not to Comment on People’s Weight

As a child, I was told that I was going to get fat eventually since everyone in our family was bigger. That constant threat really

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george lopez

Why George Lopez’s Racist & Sexist Freak Out is Important

At a recent show in Phoenix, Arizona, George Lopez made the following joke:  “There are only two rules in the Latino family: Don’t marry somebody Black,

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women's studies

Five Reasons Your Women’s Studies Degree (or the Like) is Worth It

“So what kind of job can you get with that…?” “What does that even mean…?” “What can you even do with that…?” These are the

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