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Instagram has a problem with periods. Recently, the social media app removed several pictures uploaded by poet and photographer Rupi Kaur because they violated the "community guidelines." Her violation was posting pictures that showed her menstruating. Part of an artistic collaboration between Rupi and Prabh Kaur, the art project was done to expose that even though we are comfortable with sexualizing women, belittling and abusing them, we are still disgusted by the menstrual cycle.What is often dismissed as dirty, unclean, and perverse is just a part...
Day after day, we are confronted with more horrifying news about campus sexual assault—and the valiant effort in stopping it. Thankfully, there are people out there like Cierra Kaler-Jones, AKA Miss New Jersey, making it their mission to end these instances once and for all. In this article, originally posted on Narratively, Kaler-Jones discusses her experience as a minority in the pageant world and how she’s using her position to openly talk to young people about her own experience in order to generate more discussion...
If you, like us, live in NYC and love an event celebrating authors of every ilk, PEN DIY is totally worth checking out. Each month, PEN America Center hosts an author to speak o the craft of writing: “Building on oral traditions, parables, and the rich history of artists as unpretentious makers, PEN DIY celebrates how literature can be approachable yet unexpected, and how it can help us make sense of our lives.” April’s PEN DIY, titled “How to be Authentic on Social Media,” will feature...
We all remember Peggy Young's case against UPS when they put on her unpaid leave due to her pregnancy. The Supreme Court finally made their ruling this week, and it's good news for working ladies having babies. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 forbids employers from discriminating against any employee with respect to their sex; the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1987 added a clause that specifies discrimination against pregnancy, childbirth, or pregnancy-related medical conditions. These laws remain vague at best, with significant holes that are often...
The Fraternity and Sorority Political Action Committee, aka the FratPAC, plans to lobby Congress this April for changes that will make college sexual assault cases even more difficult to report: The group wants the criminal justice system to resolve cases before universities look into them. Why? Because they seriously believe that students accused of sexual assault are treated unfairly. As of right now, the U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to investigate complaints and deal with students who are found responsible of sexual assault. University disciplinary...