Safer Sex-in a New Millennium – How to Teach LGBTQ+ Safer Sex Practices

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Picture Courtesy: Taken from Walden, eating disorders treatment Website.

By Samragyee Gautam.

As someone who believes in sexual health education and its need among college students, I believe that everyone especially students must have enough resources to get adequate information about safer sexual health. My past few posts on this topic reflect that there isn’t enough information or knowledge among students regarding safer sexual practices. Now imagine the knowledge or resources one might have who identifies as an LGBTQ community member!

Even in the present world, which is considered more open and welcoming to the community, there are some problems of discrimination and exclusion that the people of LGBTQ community still face. With that being said, there must be some special efforts that are to be made so that sexual health issues are properly and timely addressed. One of those efforts is the event or session that is organized by Inland Oasis this coming Sunday on Nov 19 from 12pm to 3 pm at 1912 Center Moscow, Idaho. Continue reading “Safer Sex-in a New Millennium – How to Teach LGBTQ+ Safer Sex Practices”

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Even Now, Black Lives Matter

Black women march holding a sign reading "#blacklivesmatter."
Leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement march following the police shootings of innocent black men.

By Rosemary Anderson

Like most Americans, the Black Lives Matter movement was introduced to me through social media. My Instagram and Facebook feeds were flooded with images, videos, and hashtags condemning the unjust shootings of innocent black men and women by law enforcement. I was onboard with its message immediately. However, the movement also left some people confused and alienated. For some, its online presence was overwhelming and not something they wanted to affiliate themselves with.

So what really is “Black Lives Matter” and how did it start? For those who are afraid to ask, I might have some answers.

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The Hunting Ground: Sexual Assault on College Campuses

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Picture Credit: The Hunting Ground documentary showing college students’ march outside UNC against sexual assault

By Samragyee Gautam.

When I first heard about a documentary called “Hunting Ground”, my mind assumed it was some sci-fi story. But it had nothing to do with fantasy or any interesting stories. It is the real and sad truth about sexual assault in college and how, despite being such major problem, universities choose not to take this matter seriously.

The showing of this documentary, organized by Generation Action; a club on campus that advocates for sexual health rights, and sponsored by Dean of Students of University of Idaho, took place this Tuesday on November 07 at the Whitewater Room, Commons. As an active member of the club and a supporter of sex education, I thought it was a powerful and important event. We had a good number of people participate. The one and half hour showing of the documentary was followed by some questions from the audience members to the panelists who covered the topics of the sexual assault rate and reporting on college campuses. Continue reading “The Hunting Ground: Sexual Assault on College Campuses”

My Measurements Are . . .

Women in glittering gold cocktail dresses, stand before the audience giving statistics, rather than their waist measurements.
At the Miss Peru 2018 competition, competitors gave statistics on violence against women, rather than the measurements of their waist. Photo Credit: Maine Public

By Lindsey Heflin 

“My name is Luciana Fernández and I represent the city of Huánuco, and my measurements are: 13,000 girls suffer sexual abuse in our country.”

“My name is Bélgica Guerra and I represent Chincha. My measurements are: the 65% of university women who are assaulted by their partners.”

“My name is Melody Calderon and I represent La Libertad and my figures are: 81 percent of attacks on girls under 5 years old are [committed by] people close to the family.”

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Music: It’s Queer AF

Madonna kissing her ex-girlfriend Sandra Bernhard.

 

By Rosemary Anderson

So I have to be honest. I have a severe addiction to Instagram. It’s bad. I check Instagram at night before I go to bed, during my walk between classes, while I put on eyeliner before work, when my mom is talking to me about finances — the list literally never ends.

While trying to calculate exactly how many hours a day I spend in Instagram’s clutches, I stumbled upon a picture that almost made me cry. (Sad, right?) Kehlani, a pop singer and dancer, posted a picture with her girlfriend.

Wait a second. Girlfriend?! I had to blink a couple of times. Okay woah, I had no idea Kehlani was bisexual. I had been listening to her music for the last five years and didn’t know she was just like me. An openly queer woman, unafraid to show her love on a public platform.

I got curious. How many musicians we listen to on the radio everyday are bisexual? How many live openly and are unafraid to share their stories with the world’s eyes on them?

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Will Criminalizing the Menstruation-Hut Finally Eliminate it in Nepal?

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A Nepali women sunbathing in front of her Menstruation-hut.

By Samragyee Gautam.

Now most of us, especially for people with limited exposure to ancient Asian culture or Hindu culture in general, must be wondering what a Menstruation-hut is. Even though I was born in Nepal, it was totally foreign word for me until I hit puberty. I was lucky enough to be born in a household with educated parents who didn’t practice isolation during the monthly cycle. But Yes ISOLATION!! Once a month, for four days!

To understand this scenario, one has to understand all the misconceptions and taboos circling menstruation. In Nepal, girls are considered impure during their monthly cycle and are not allowed to be a part of any religious ceremony, take part in cooking, and in extreme cases even touch male family members (father, brother or even husband). “This was a religious malpractice followed by all the people back in the days”, said my grandmother, when she was telling her story related to this practice. But as people started being more educated, the practice got limited to the western-rural part of the country. And the reasons for this are mainly lack of awareness, religious blind-faith, and weak rule of law. Continue reading “Will Criminalizing the Menstruation-Hut Finally Eliminate it in Nepal?”

The Women of the Alt-Right

A previously posted open-sourced photograph of Lana Lokteff was removed because she did not consent to her image being published in association with this article.

By Rosemary Anderson

The American alt-right movement wants to strip women of the right to vote, allow men to use violent tactics to “keep women in line,” and force women back into the home–but alt-right men are not the only ones who support these statements. Women do too.

With the rise of the alt-right, increasingly more women have become involved in the movement.

Racism, sexism, transphobia, homophobia, anti-Semitism, antifeminism: all are words that can describe the alt-right. So how do people get involved in the first place? Specifically, how do women get involved?

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