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The problem of sexual assaults on college campuses is prominent in the media, and unfortunately, it's for good reason. A new study conducted by researchers at Brown and Miriam Hospital's Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine found that 18.6 percent of freshmen women at an unnamed college in upstate NY are survivors of an attempted or completed rape. This brings new light to the commonly used statistic that 1 in 5 college women experience sexual assault. Here’s why: Previously, the 1 in 5 statistic from the U.S. Read More
  One of the Seven Sister colleges has amended its policy to include transgender students in its applicant pool. This action is a big step towards inclusion of transwomen and also raises the question of what it means to create a safe female space. On February 7th the Board of Trustees at Bryn Mawr College voted to accept the recommendation to review the university's mission regarding transgender, non-binary and gender nonconforming applicants. Read More
A New York Times article is encouraging sororities to throw parties as part of a larger effort to minimize the risk of sexual violence against women at campus Greek parties. The article claims that if sororities offered alternatives to frat parties, they would prevent some of the obvious dangers that many frat parties tend to have and create safer spaces for women to enjoy themselves. “Instead of only regulating fraternities,” the article says, “administrators might want to consider a more free-market approach to changing the campus party scene. Read More
Consent is So Frat is a non-profit organization aiming not only to bring the conversation of consent into the houses of fraternities, but also to align with Greek systems to end sexual violence and rape culture on campuses around the country. The organization, made of three female and two male board members, promotes consent in a variety of really cool ways, including campus visits, awareness and photo campaigns, and conversation-starting products. Read More
Ah, August. It’s that time of year when summer starts winding down, kids scramble to finish (and/or fake) their summer reading reports, and every lifestyle blog ever offers its unsolicited advice to incoming college freshman. My greatest guilty pleasure is scrolling through these posts as if I have no idea how college works or how to prepare for diving headfirst into a cesspool of hormones and questionable decisions. Read More
800 four-year colleges and universities are “test-optional” meaning that submitting SAT or ACT tests as part of the application is not a requirement. However, students applying to more selective schools will almost always submit, and these schools will almost always look at the scores to influence their admissions decision. Last week, Hampshire College in Amherst, MA announced that it will now implement a “test-blind” policy. It will no longer even look at tests to determine admission or financial aid decisions. Read More
Since April, the White House has focused some much needed attention on the rape and sexual assault epidemics that occur on college campuses all across America. Survivors of sexual assault are often blamed and/or ignored when they a file a case against the perpetrator, and the number of survivors who never speak up or take action after the attack is alarmingly high.  As many as 55 colleges are under investigation for the way they handle its sexual assault cases. James Madison University, located in Harrisonburg, Virginia is one of them. Read More
In his recent article regarding on-campus rape, George Will cited one Swarthmore student’s story of being assaulted:   She and her assaulter had “now decided — mutually, she thought — just to be friends. When he ended up falling asleep on her bed, she changed into pajamas and climbed in next to him. Soon, he was putting his arm around her and taking off her clothes. ‘I basically said, “No, I don’t want to have sex with you.” And then he said, “OK, that’s fine” and stopped. . . . Read More
Next week, the Senate will consider a bill from Sen. Elizabeth Warren concerning student loan payments. The bill will allow Americans with outstanding federal and private loans to refinance them at the same rates students receive when taking out new federal loans.   This in and of itself is a step in the right direction for all students without outstanding loans. However, Sen. Warren, Sen. Sherrod Brown, and many other Democratic Senators are framing this as a feminist issue. Read More
We all know how dangerous internalized misogyny can be. Patriarchal culture can often result in women doing and saying things that aren't very supportive of our fellow ladies. Like slut-shaming. Aside from being completely lame sauce, there is new evidence that this is not simply a gendered phenomenon.  According to a study published in the June issue of Social Psychology Quarterly, slut-shaming has less to do with sex and more to do with class. Read More