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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“Tomboy” Needs to Go

Tomboy Image

By Alexandria Arritt

Gendering begins at birth. Infant girls go home in pink blankets, and boys go home in blue blankets. In a recent study, researchers found that people responded to the cries of babies differently based on the pitch. Those who participated in the study believed higher pitched cries to be the girls and the lower pitched cries to be the boys. Although the pitch of a child’s voice does not begin to change until puberty. No participant could correctly guess the gender of the children based on the pitch of their cries.

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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”

Why I Love The Women’s Center

by Stacy Boe Miller

Students marching down steps carrying signs that say Take Back the Night
Photo from Women’s Center Facebook Page

It is Friday at noon, and I am sitting in the lounge of the Women’s Center munching on cheese and crackers and trying my best to paint something Frida Khalo like onto a small canvas. It is Latinx Heritage Month, and the table is covered with books featuring the art of Khalo. I look around at the people also painting, looking through books of art, laughing about classes and talking about their plans for the weekend. The room is filled with people of all kinds: students, staff, gender non-conforming, various queer identities, straight males and females, a pregnant staff member joking that she is just going to eat all the snacks and not even paint. A student speaks of her immigrant parents, “My parents wanted to name me something that sounded white, so they watched a lot of movies from the US when my mom was pregnant.” We all laugh. My kids are in school, but if they weren’t they would be welcome as well to come and participate or to pull out the toys and coloring books from the Women’s Center library. It’s just another Friday Crafternoon at the Women’s Center, but it’s really more than that. It’s a reminder that despite your sexual orientation, your gender identification, the country you or your parents come from, your place on campus or in society, tucked in Memorial Gym there is a safe and welcoming space for you. Continue reading “Why I Love The Women’s Center”

Title Nine – The Story Behind the Store

Seven women, in various Title Nine clothing skiing, climbing, swimming and doing all kinds of active and fun activities.
Title Nine’s models in action. Photo credit: titlenine.com

By Lindsey Heflin

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” – Title IX, Education Amendment of 1972

In 1972, Title IX, one of the most pivotal pieces of legislation to pass in congress, changed the course of history for women in the world of sports.

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How to make the UI more inclusive

A diverse group of UI students pose in front of the Admin Building.
UI students pose in front of the Admin Building.

By Rosemary Anderson 

For me and many others, receiving an education from the University of Idaho is one of the best gifts we’ve ever been given. The campus is beautiful, the faculty and staff are welcoming, and the student body is diverse–or is it?

According to the numbers, 71% of students are white and only 29% of students are people of color. For a national average, 58% of all college students in America are white and the remaining 42% are people of color. From the 1970s to today, these percentages have been shifting more towards middle ground.

Although the diversity numbers for the UI may be a little higher than other universities, it’s not something to be proud of, at least not yet.

After talking to a few professors on campus, I learned that the faculty at the UI is disparagingly white as well. I was told that there are only about two dozen faculty of color. So how can we make our classrooms more inclusive?

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