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LGBTQQI Health Disparities

As a queer woman, I feel like it is quite obvious that us LGBTQ folks have had it pretty tough. Although the world is changing, ever so slightly (same-sex marriage being legalized in America, same sex-adoption legal in every state, etc), we are still up against more than just hatred and naivety. The actual depth of  what we are fighting, and the product of this fight, is unthought-of by many. Equality in healthcare is a big one.

As a queer woman, I feel like it is quite obvious that us LGBTQ folks have had it pretty tough. Although the world is changing, ever so slightly (same-sex marriage being legalized in America, same sex-adoption legal ...

The Process of Unlearning

One of the hardest things to grasp growing up as woman is unlearning ideals and concepts we have been subconsciously taught. This was even more prominent for me growing up in an immigrant family. Sure, my parents are very Americanized compared to some of my other relatives. Yet there were always harsh gender roles that lingered in how they raised me. This first started to become apparent to me after I got my first boyfriend in high school. I had gotten my license first since my parents bought me a car which allowed me to get a job first out of the two of us. I would get so angry that I had to pick him up for dates ...

One of the hardest things to grasp growing up as woman is unlearning ideals and concepts we have been subconsciously taught. This was even more prominent for me growing up in an immigrant family. Sure, my ...

What do you think caused your heterosexuality?: questioning questioning

What do you think caused your heterosexuality?: flipping the question, confusing the answer and questioning questioning

I’ve nothing against heterosexuals per se, but I don’t understand why they have to go about rubbing everyone’s noses in their life choices and aggressive counterculture – just last night, I noticed a couple of TV channels were only showing their sort of stuff. Not major channels or anything, only like BBC1, BBC2, BBC3, ITV1, ITV2, ITV3, ITV4, Channel 4, E4, More4, Channel 5, 5USA, Fox, Sky Living, Sky Atlantic and Dave. I wasn’t too bothered about Dave, but that’s not the point.

However, I pride myself on being open-minded and very much a ‘people person’, so I decided it was time to switch off the ...

What do you think caused your heterosexuality?: flipping the question, confusing the answer and questioning questioning

I’ve nothing against heterosexuals per se, but I don’t understand why they have to go about rubbing everyone’s noses in their life ...

Why Muslim Women Will Suffer The Most After The Brussels Attacks

The recent terror attacks in Belgium’s capital city, Brussels, continue to send shock waves around the world. At least 31 people were killed and more than 300 injured in the two bombings — but there may yet be additional victims we haven’t accounted for.

The recent terror attacks in Belgium’s capital city, Brussels, continue to send shock waves around the world. At least 31 people were killed and more than 300 injured in the two bombings — but there may ...

Chick Vampires Give College Women a Voice

When I rolled out my “monsters curriculum” at the university where I teach, it was unconventional to say the least. I teach English to college freshman and sophomores in an attempt to impart some knowledge about the English language and writing without embarrassing your boss/company. Personally, my absolute favorite monster is a vampire (my nickname in my undergrad was “the vampire girl”). My section on vampires often lacks a certain “oomph” when compared to my section on zombies, but I learned pretty quickly that the vampire section aided my female students the most. This was unexpected to say the least, but my female students accessed their inner feminists through the vampire creature.

When I rolled out my “monsters curriculum” at the university where I teach, it was unconventional to say the least. I teach English to college freshman and sophomores in an attempt to impart some knowledge about the ...

Earthquake survivors in Nepal are finding strength through psychosocial counseling

Cross-posted from UN Women

On 23 April, Kalpana Shrestha dropped her four-year-old daughter off at her mother’s house for a few days. Kalpana returned home to her village in Sano Sirubari, two hours away in the central part of Nepal, but promised to pick her up soon. “My daughter loved spending time with her grandparents, and she got to drink fresh buffalo milk,” she says.

Cross-posted from UN Women

On 23 April, Kalpana Shrestha dropped her four-year-old daughter off at her mother’s house for a few days. Kalpana returned home to her village in Sano Sirubari, two hours away in the central ...

Breaking the cycle of human trafficking in Albania

Cross-posted from UN Women

Linda* was 16 years old when her neighbor lured her away from her tiny impoverished village in southern Albania. For years, she had yearned for the opportunity to escape her violent father’s wrath and to help her younger siblings financially.

Cross-posted from UN Women

Linda* was 16 years old when her neighbor lured her away from her tiny impoverished village in southern Albania. For years, she had yearned for the opportunity to escape her violent father’s wrath ...

Why the ERA matters

Despite the past century of women’s rights protests there has been no definitive amendments in the Constitution that calls for the equality of women, the Equal Rights Amendment would allow that. 

Despite the past century of women’s rights protests there has been no definitive amendments in the Constitution that calls for the equality of women, the Equal Rights Amendment would allow that. 

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