Feminism

We’re still in the midst of a nationwide formula shortage, but that apparently isn’t stopping formula companies from aggressively marketing their products to potential consumers—whether or not they're planning on having a baby! On July 16, Twitter user @melancholynsex uploaded a thread alleging that one week after purchasing a pregnancy test from Walgreens using their rewards card, they had been sent a package from Enfamil containing baby formula. Besides criticizing the waste of a product which has recently become a scarce commodity, they chastised formula company...
When President Biden signed the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act into law on June 25th, 2022, the public response was cacophonous. This act marks the first significant gun legislation since the temporary assault weapons ban signed by President Clinton in 1994. The past 3 decades have been a lethargic slog towards enacting new firearm safety measures with only minute changes to the law, despite the increasing number of shootings across the country, until now. The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act is less comprehensive than many gun violence...
Derrica (left) and Natalie Wilson It’s been nearly 20 years since journalist Gwen Ifill coined the phrase “missing white woman syndrome” to highlight how the media ignores missing persons cases in the Black community. But even though over 540,000 Americans were reported missing in 2020, and almost 40 percent of those were people of color, it’s still a struggle for families to get the word out about missing loved ones who aren’t conventionally pretty, young, white women. That’s where sisters-in-law Derrica and Natalie Wilson come in. Derrica,...
The United States is the most dangerous developed country in the world in which to give birth. Year after year, the U.S. records an unacceptably high rate of maternal mortality. In 2020, the CDC reported that this number for the United States is around 23.8 —that means each year, for every 100,000 live births recorded, over 23 of those giving birth will die. In Italy, that number is 2. In Spain: 4. In Poland: 2. The discrepancy between the U.S. and other countries with similar technology and...
Following the overturn of Roe v. Wade, radical action is the best antidote for the feelings of helplessness and hopelessness that many of us have been wrestling with.  On Sunday, July 17th, you are invited to learn how to take effective action in an all-day workshop entitled Operation Save Abortion hosted by Abortion Access Front, which defines itself on its website as “a team of comedians, writers, and producers that uses humor to destigmatize abortion and expose the extremist anti-choice forces working to destroy access to...
FAT ACTIVIST VIRGIE TOVAR’S STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE FOR AN UNFORGETTABLE SEASON OF SELF-LOVE SUMMER IS A TIME of expansion and experimentation, when long, sunny days help germinate our biggest wishes and dreams. What better time to grow the relationship you want with your body? Here are five ways to create a sublime summer filled with body positivity. 1) Give Yourself Permission to Exist 100 Percent Exactly as You Are  Think of this as a spell you cast or an intention you set for your epic summer. Repeat after me: “I, (state your name),...
 It’s 2022 and women are finally starting to claim power over their money. But while we are making strides economically, we continue to scramble for a level playing field in the financial space. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Data, women still earn roughly 82 cents for every dollar a man makes. This ever-widening income gap impedes women’s financial inclusion and leads to an increased poverty rate, less retirement security, and low chances of career advancement. Furthermore, matters are worse for women of color...
As an openly queer comic, timing my New York stand-up comedy tour with Pride felt synchronistic. The energy of Pride, a time for celebrating liberation from gender norms, inspired confidence during my shows. It was my first time performing on big stages in the city such as Caroline’s on Broadway. And in the haze of one post show high, I resolved to stage a solo topless march for gender equality before my tour was over. The fear I felt before embarking on this topless march was...
A green bandana is the new symbol of hope for the disconcerted Americans who are outraged about the overturn of Roe v. Wade. This trend stems from Latin America. The Green Wave movement originated in Argentina in 2003 and made its way to the United States after our abortion rights were targeted and stripped from us. People in major metropolitan cities across the U.S., like New York, Washington, and L.A., sported green bananas and t-shirts at recent protests. According to Le Monde, the color was...
 As those whose right to abortion has suddenly been ripped away from them scramble to navigate a post-Roe landscape, some of the tasks we once completed with little thought are now being viewed with scrutiny. Enter period-tracking, the process of keeping tabs on when one’s period starts and ends each month. Your period can indicate a lot about your health, such as whether or not you are suffering from an illness like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), for which one of the most common symptoms is...