Born an Intersectional Feminist

KellyShephardby Kelly Shepherd

I was born a white woman in 1993. My mother was white, my father was white, and my siblings were white. I learned my sexual orientation when I was in middle school when I developed my first real crush on Brady Thompson, my 7th grade English buddy. I was white and straight, officially.
I didn’t like it at first. I assumed that being a straight, white woman meant that I was basic and that I would never be seen as someone unique or someone with any valuable skills, knowledge or talents to add to the diverse world. You see, I grew up in a world of diversity. I grew up in a world where the more unique you were, the more likely you were to be successful. Or at least, that’s what I would think as I watched shows and scrolled through social media. Continue reading…

How My First Semester at a Women’s College Changed Me

OliviaLandby Olivia Land

One year and two months ago, I received my acceptance email to Barnard College. For that day and the weeks following, I basically lived on Cloud 9, lofted by the stream of congratulations and compliments that came my way. Amidst the warm smiles and pats on the back, however, were the inevitable looks of confusion accompanied by “Barnard’s all-girls, right? Why do you want to go there?” I responded to these comments with a shrug and some protest along the lines of “Well, I really like the curriculum” or “Columbia’s right across the street.” The reason I wasn’t more confident in my rebuttal, quite frankly, is because I wasn’t sure why I wanted to go the Barnard, either. Continue reading…

10x Your New Year’s Resolution Game With Intentional Planning

10xby Bethany Nicole Smith

AKA — How to be happy and get sh*t done next year without losing your mind

We made it.

Here we are in December, looking forward to the New Year and all the promise that comes with it. This is the time of year when we get focused on our routines, and prepare to take on the new year armed with vision and a fist-full of resolutions.

And come February, most of those resolutions will have fallen by the wayside. It takes more than a New Year’s resolution to create change in our lives. It also takes willpower and intention. Continue reading…

It’s Time to Do Away With Antiquated School Uniform Biases

UniformBiasesv1by Kelsey Morgan

For many boys and girls attending any kind of public, private, or other type of schooling in their early years, designated uniforms were required. Whether that included slacks, skirts, blazers, ties, and so on, depended on the preferences of individual institutions, but across all parties, there seems to be a certain attitude toward young girls and the things they’re allowed to wear.

Sometimes a school doesn’t even have a specific uniform for their students to abide by, but instead, seemingly arbitrary “rules” for what’s appropriate and what’s not — and most of these rules seem to only apply to what girls are allowed to put on their bodies, as their male counterparts would never experience the same “issues” that they do. Continue reading…

Writing and Madness in a Time of Terror: a memoir (book excerpt)

WritingandMadnessby Afarin Majidi

It was October 2012 when the Homeland Security agent showed up on my porch with a team of policemen. The agent was gentle as he came closer, wearing a hesitant smile and holding out an official badge, but my heart immediately began racing.

I’d been smoking bong hits under a makeshift tent made of an umbrella I’d shrouded in a rainbow of yoga scarves that hung around me in the dilapidated school chair I’d found in the trash. During an oppressively hot summer, I refused to go inside and turn on the air conditioner because the vents were filling the house with a deadly gas no one but I could smell. Instead, I communed with the hummingbirds that hovered close because they carried messages from my dead half-sister, Nasrin. Continue reading…

What’s Really Behind the Whole Men-Ask-Women-Out-First Thing?

KateH_FeministWednesdayKate Harveston

Recently, I was watching an episode of Family Guy that touched on the topic of women asking men out. When the typical-teen-daughter character, Meg, asks her mother if it’s acceptable for her to make the first move and ask a guy out, her mother responds,

“Meg, are you asking me in this day and age, whether it’s appropriate for a girl to ask a boy out on a date? Of course it’s appropriate. It’s also sad and desperate and I would never do it, but you’re not me, are you sweetie?” Continue reading…

Powder Room Talk

gnameJennifer Gregory

I recently was introduced to the brilliant show, Broad City, by my father. (Of all people, one’s 69-year-old father isn’t the likely person to introduce you to a feminist comedy, but my dad is an ardent feminist.)

We watched an episode together and he asked, “Do women really talk that vulgar when they’re alone?”

My mind raced. What to tell my dad? Continue reading…

Looking Back on the Harmful Effects of Modesty Culture

KelseyMorgan_FeministWednesdayby Kelsey Morgan

This previous summer was the first time I didn’t worry about showing my bare shoulders, or wearing tights under a dress that was just a little too flirty despite the sweltering heat, or making sure my shirt was long enough that if I raised my arms, I didn’t accidentally reveal a tiny slip of my stomach.

It wasn’t because I lost a bunch of weight and suddenly wanted to show off more, it wasn’t because the temperatures were more excruciating than previous years, and it wasn’t because showing more skin was suddenly more fashionable. No, my newfound wardrobe liberation came after I finally, finally began doing away with the modesty-guilt I’d been taught, counselled on, had beat into me since the day I was born. Continue reading…