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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A Review of Roxane Gay’s book, Hunger

By Kali Nelson

A black and white photo of the author standing in between lots of chairs.
Roxane Gay standing in between some chairs.

“I often say that reading and writing saved my life. I meant that quite literally,” Roxane Gay.

Bad Feminist was the first time I had ever heard of Roxane Gay and I am glad it was not the last time. Hunger is one of Gay’s latest books, and it looks deeper into her past, her struggle with her weight, and the event that changed her life.

I will always have a special place in my heart for her, and I am always excited when I get to read something she wrote. She writes from a sincere place, and it shows in her work. She writes about what is true for her. She writes about her truth, which is combined with her feminism, and it doesn’t feel like reading a textbook. Hunger is a memoir of Gay’s body.   Continue reading “A Review of Roxane Gay’s book, Hunger”

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 Power of the Painful Pumps

high heels
Photo cred: thepageantplanet.com

By Lindsey Heflin 

Beauty is pain, but does it have to be? Like most women, I am often mystified by the beauty of high heels, and when trying them on in front of the mirror, I’m gleeful at the appearance; heels do a particularly good job at showcasing a woman’s calf muscles.

However, after wearing high heels at a recent wedding for only an hour, I found myself detesting the towering height of the shoes. My feet were screaming in pain, and the blisters that followed weren’t so fun either. And the thought occurred to me: I cannot be the only one, right?

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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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Questionable Facts: Breast cancer edition

By Kali Nelson

 

A pink ribbon that folds on itself
The pink ribbon of breast cancer awareness.

One more post about breast cancer and I swear I am done until next October. Today I wrap up all that we have covered with some common questionable facts about breast cancer that may or may not be true. These questionable facts are going to come from breastcancer.org. I will go over a few that I think need a little extra attention but there are more. Please talk to a medical professional for more information if you have questions, and know that I am not a professional and I could very well be wrong and at the end of the day it is your body to run how you want.

1: Breast cancer runs in families.

Now this is not entirely false, John Hopkins says that it can run in families but that does not mean that it will. Anywhere from 5 to 10 percent of breast cancers run in families. So, while a family member may have breast cancer, that fact alone does not mean that you will for sure get it. Most breast cancers are not inherited but come about from a change in genes due to age or environmental factors. Continue reading “Questionable Facts: Breast cancer edition”