Gender inclusive housing

By Kali Nelson

A brick building meant for students to live at on a college campus.
A side photo of dorms building on a college campus.

When you think about it, housing options are a small thing in the larger scheme of going to college. In between filling out my FAFSA for the first headache inducing time to finding a decent packing list that didn’t cost upwards of $100, I didn’t think about where I would live. I knew for sure it would be on campus because freshmen are required to live on campus at the University of Idaho, and I went in knowing no one, so off campus wasn’t an option.

But as a straight cis-identifying woman, I didn’t think about if I would be comfortable with my new roommate, because I knew it would be another female like myself. Continue reading “Gender inclusive housing”

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Blast from the Past: an interview with a UI Alumni who worked at the Women’s Center

 

Photos of the Women's Center family. Photo Credit: Linda Mann
Photos of the UI Women’s Center family back in the 70’s. Photo Credit: Linda Mann

By Lindsey Heflin

“How do you feel about Lesbians and gay people?”

Linda Mann sat in her chair during the interview, across from the women who watched her quietly, patiently awaiting a response that could potentially make or break the interview.

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A Picture of the American Sex Worker

A diverse group of protests advocating for sex workers rights. Front group holding a sign that says “sex workers rights = human rights.” By Rosemary Anderson

As I write this article, I want to make it known that the sex industry is not always positive for women and girls. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, sex workers around the world have a 45 to 75 percent chance of experiencing violence during their careers.

When sex workers do experience violence, they are not protected by rape shield laws and are not eligible for compensation funds.

Many see sex workers as objects, non-human, and second-rate members of society. This makes sex workers even more prone to being victims of violence.

Women are forced into sex work without their consent, others are forced into sex work because of financial situations, and some choose sex work as their profession.

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Life Lessons from the Gilmore Girls

Rory, brown hair and blue eyes, smiling, leans her head on her mother's shoulder who is also smiling. They are both sitting on a swing.

By Alexandria Arritt

Quirky humor, great coffee, quick banter, and an unusually friendly mother and daughter pairing makes up a lot of the popular TV show, Gilmore Girls. This show follows the life of mother, Lorelai, and daughter, Rory Gilmore. Although the Gilmore Girls keeps you laughing, the show also deals with important issues such as teen pregnancy, parenthood, single-mom life, and every relationship and issue in between.

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I am a Feminist. Aren’t you?

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By Samragyee Gautam.

“Oh hey! You are so pretty, but why do you wear makeup?”, “You look so tired, didn’t you get enough time to get ready this morning?”, “You are too pretty to smoke”, “So why do you wear Red Lipstick?” I think most of us know where I am going with all these statements and questions. Most of us women are familiar with these phrases because we have had people talk to us about our make-up, clothing, and even the food we eat . . . frequently, even if it is none of their business.

And the word feminism is so stereotyped. There are some people who believe that feminism is not relevant in today’s world because women already have equal rights, and some even claim that they don’t want to be identified as a feminist because men have rights too. So after this semester of writing for the Women’s Center blog, I wanted to explain why feminism is still relevant and why we need it, even in present world. Continue reading “I am a Feminist. Aren’t you?”

Remember more than one month a year

By Kali Nelson

As Thanksgiving has come and passed, we are left with little of November left and with Donald Trump popping up at a Navajo veterans event at the White House on Monday to talk about Pocahontas, who was in fact not Navajo.

But today, in honor of Native American Heritage month coming to a close, I want to talk about Native American environmental groups. There are two in particular that I am going to highlight, though there are actually several of them. While they are not directly feminist, it is my belief that feminism and environmentalism are linked and I am using the platform I have to share information about a topic I see little coverage of.  Environmentalism and feminism can be linked in the way they are used to help further each other’s campaigns. One example is Honor the Earth, they had a campaign a few years ago to fight sexual assault of native women. They fought this by fighting the man camps that pop up around new oil drill sights. Continue reading “Remember more than one month a year”

A Mother-Daughter Bond like None Other

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Sandi’s daughter, Molly, posing for a picture with her 6 half-siblings at a reunion last summer, in Spirit Lake, ID. Photo Credit: Sandi Klingler

By Lindsey Heflin

Growing up, like most girls, Sandi Klingler envisioned herself getting married and having kids. It wasn’t until she was about 30 years old that Sandi began to realize that her fertility clock was ticking and while she had great relationships with great men, she hadn’t met the man she wanted to marry, nor have kids with.

That’s when she turned to an alternative method: artificial insemination.

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