BY Katharine Ernst
on Jun 27, 2013
Women’s position in Egyptian society has become so dire that they are disappearing from the public sphere just so they don’t have to deal with men. The sexual harassment and assault that occurs everyday has dramatically increased within the past year, most likely due to interior instability.
After the Arab Spring, Egypt has really been in political and social limbo, and the women are suffering most of all - an environment with an undercurrent of indecision and ambivalence has made it socially acceptable to accost them. Read More
Ugh. After reading about the recent study “Birds of a Feather? Not When it Comes to Sexual Permissiveness” published by Cornell University, I felt like I stepped into that episode of Sex & the City when Carrie walks in on Samantha giving the World Wide Express guy a BJ and judges her.
In the study conducted by Cornell’s College of Human Ecology, 751 participants were surveyed about their sexual experience and relationships, and depending on the results, rated as either permissive or non-permissive based on their experience and number of partners. Read More
So virtual Burn Books are a thing now, apparently. Kids these days, amirite?
This Tuesday, two Swedish girls (aged 15 and 16 respectively) were found guilty of “aggravated defamation” for slut-shaming 38 of their peers via Instagram.
As early as December, the two were on a lookout for the “worst sluts in Gothenburg,” receiving 1000 suggestions. From there, they published photos (primarily of females) along with cruel comments on their alleged sexual activities. This started riots at at least two high schools.
Hell no, I did not leave Stockholm for this. Read More
Like any millennial who’s only passively political (to preface this, pretty much any knowledge of politics I’ve gotten through watching Parks and Rec, so bear with me) I monitored last night’s Wendy Davis filibuster from the comfort of multiple social media outlets. Facebook was on edge. Tumblr was casually throwing around the “Khaleesi” title (they would.) Twitter was filled with words of solidarity punctuted with #StandWithWendy. And I was reloading the livestream, which would die on me approximately every 3 minutes. Read More
BY Hallie Marks
on Jun 25, 2013
You know that sexy, passive, voiceless woman, the one you see daily? She’s always selling something, and you can’t tell if it’s the products she’s surrounded by or herself. Not sure who I’m talking about? She’s in thousands of ads that we see every day; she is nearly every woman in advertising. One of the most extreme cases of female passivity being portrayed in the media is as a dead woman. Women often become objects or sums of their parts: breasts, legs, feet, lips, or any individual body piece. Read More