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  Writer and activist bell hooks helps us process the post-election state of feminism, and tells us how to move forward in the era of Trump By Lux Alptraum // Photos by Jesse Fox   2016 was supposed to be a banner year for women; the year female voters helped Hillary Clinton finally break through that “highest, hardest glass ceiling” to reach the Oval Office. Instead, Americans woke up on November 9 to discover that Donald Trump, a ruthless personification of the patriarchy, had been elected president. As many disillusioned...
Call of Duty:Take Direct Political Action By Simply Picking Up The Phone 
By Emily Ellsworth Since November, one message has become clear: people don’t want to wait for the next election to act, and social media activism isn’t going to cut it. I worked for Congress from 2009 to 2014 in a state office. My primary role was to listen to constituents and make sure the representative got their messages. I learned that many people thought their tweets and Facebook posts had a more significant effect than...
How do we hate Milo Yiannopoulos? Let us count the ways. The Breitbart editor has made his racist, sexist, transphobic views crystal clear throughout the years, aiming hate speech and threats at women writing about video games during Gamergate, targeting Leslie Jones for daring to star in Ghostbusters, and publicly mocking a trans student at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee — just to name a few of his many, many hateful actions. And now there’s a new bullet point to add to the list. A video...

They Fought The Law: A Primer on Women and Civil DisobedienceBy Amber Ramanauskas   On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks, a seamstress and NAACP activist, boarded a bus in Montgomery, AL, taking a seat just behind the “whites only” section. When the bus filled up and the driver ordered her to move so a white man could sit she refused, challenging Jim Crow laws. Parks was arrested, inspiring a 381-day bus boycott and a case that went to the U.S. Supreme Court, which found bus segregation unconstitutional....
    American Girl dolls have been popular amongst little girls in the U.S for a while now. I fondly remember visits to the American Girl Place in New York City when I was a kid. The company has a line of diverse historical dolls from different eras of American history, including Native American Kaya, Civil War-era Addy and Mexican-American Josefina. Now, the company has just introduced their first American Boy doll - a white boy named Logan Everett. "We do an enormous amount of research with girls and...
During a Texas Senate Health and Human Services Committee hearing, a state Senator broke the glass of a table while banging his gavel in order to stop a NARAL intern from giving her testimony against one of the state's many controversial abortion bills. NARAL’s legislative intern, Maggie Hennessy, spoke about the dangers a bill like Senate Bill 415 could have on women’s health. The bill targets dilation and evacuation or D&E abortions, which are the safest and most common form of second-trimester abortions. The language in...

To The Men That Tell Women to Smile, Nobody. Fucking. Likes. You. You telling me to smile is basically saying, “Excuse me ma’am, but you have some SERIOUS resting bitch face going on.” Do you think that makes us happy? Cause if you do, please tell me your stretching routine. You must be pretty flexible to have your head so far up your ass. Saying “smile” only makes us ladies want to frown more. We might be having a bad day, and now we know that it shows....
Kesha’s battle with her alleged abuser rages on as her legal team releases emails from Dr. Luke in which he allegedly body shames the pop star. Kesha has struggled for more than a year in court to break ties with the man who she says sexually assaulted and drugged her, yet her petitions have been continuously denied in court. Kesha has been open about her struggle with eating disorders in the past and has said that Dr. Luke has enabled them. The body shaming comments...
This sends a horrifying message: a woman seeking help escaping an abusive relationship was instead arrested by the ICE. According to the Washington Post, the woman had been driven to the El Paso courthouse by a victim’s advocate from a local shelter for a hearing to obtain a protective order against her abusive boyfriend. Instead, she was arrested by six Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) officials. The El Paso Times writes that the woman is trans and an undocumented immigrant. El Paso County Attorney Jo Anne Bernal told...
  Guess what? You now will never be raped or sexually assaulted... but only if you wear this rape prevention underwear! AR (Anti-Rape) Wear, described as “a clothing line offering wearable protection for when things go wrong,” had an Indiegogo campaign back in 2014. Though they exceeded their funding goal, it doesn’t seem as if the product has ever manifested past prototypes. And still, a video of the prototype demonstrations is being shared on Facebook to this day, despite the product being introduced 3 years ago.   “The waist,...
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