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Women are not here for you

I am happy that there is global attention focused on the issues that affect women and have oppressed women for centuries. The discussions are challenging for some to engage in, and there has been a rupture in perception and in subjectivity for many whose gender or race allowed them the privilege of ignorance. 

Each human experience is unique. Every single being will be subjected to hardships, but some of us will be subjected to a specific set of disadvantages the second that we are born, simply because of the color of our skin or our sex. The dominant figure in our culture, the one who has the least barriers to success is the white, able-bodied, heterosexual male.  I will not ...

I am happy that there is global attention focused on the issues that affect women and have oppressed women for centuries. The discussions are challenging for some to engage in, and there has been a rupture in ...

Lucky ones

I’m one of the lucky ones

I got away

I escaped

I fought back

I wasn’t stripped of everything society values me for

I stayed pure, seemingly untouched 

 

I’m not one of the lucky ones

I cried

I blamed myself

I am damaged goods

Nobody will want me

I was objectified and devalued

 

I’m one of the lucky ones

My clothes never came off

I never had to worry about pregnancy

Or STIs

There were no sex acts involved

My cherry remained unpopped

 

I’m not one of the lucky ones

I’m terrified

Vivid nightmares of what was and what could’ve been haunt my sleep

I fear the dark, I don’t go out

Especially never alone

Hyperventilating, trembling, can’t breathe, sweat, and tears

Uncontrollable anxiety

 

I’m one of the lucky ones

I don’t have to see him everyday

It was only a one time thing

Just a little ...

I’m one of the lucky ones

I got away

I escaped

I fought back

I wasn’t stripped of everything society values me for

I stayed pure, seemingly untouched 

 

I’m not one of the lucky ones

I cried

I blamed myself

I am damaged goods

Nobody will ...

Catcalling vs. magic: How to talk to a stranger

It was Sunday morning and I was sitting on the bus on my way to work. By work I mean I was getting paid to hand out fliers. I was frustrated about pretty much everything. I hated the stupid t-shirt I was wearing for this job. I hated the fact that I was working on a Sunday, the day that was literally created for relaxation. I resented that at 24, this was my reality. I was trying to get an “in” with an organization I thought maybe I’d like to work for, but I wasn’t really sure of that or of anything else in my life. Stewing in my own self-pity, I looked over at the woman sitting nearby. ...

It was Sunday morning and I was sitting on the bus on my way to work. By work I mean I was getting paid to hand out fliers. I was frustrated about pretty much everything. I ...

A letter to those impacted by Ferguson Missouri

Before beginning, I would like to preface this by saying that I am a white woman living in St. Louis, MO, not in Ferguson itself. Because of the intersection of my attributes, I cannot speak for the community by any means, just of my own thoughts and beliefs regarding the tragedy in Ferguson. 

In August of 2014, 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed during an altercation with 28-year-old police officer Darren Wilson. Following over 100 days of protests and demonstrations, on November 24th, the Grand Jury reached a verdict, stating that Wilson would not be indicted  for Brown’s death to any degree ranging from murder to involuntary manslaughter. Not only did Ferguson and St. Louis erupt in anger of ...

Before beginning, I would like to preface this by saying that I am a white woman living in St. Louis, MO, not in Ferguson itself. Because of the intersection of my attributes, I cannot speak for the ...

Size, stigma and shaming: Toward a new politic of solidarity

Like many gender-related issues, body politics is deeply personal, and many people feel passionately about their stances. For something that inspires so much rage and discordance, many don’t delve particularly deep into this topic. If we don’t look beyond discussions of the pros and cons of the Dove campaign for real beauty, how will we move past the disagreements body politics often inspire? Specifically, how do we talk about the periphery of what racist/sexist/colonial/ablest mainstream U.S. culture views as desirable?

On the heels of the video (and accompanying controversy) over Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda,” a friend posted this article about “The Myth of Skinny Shaming.” The comments it has generated, both on the article’s page itself, and on social media, ...

Like many gender-related issues, body politics is deeply personal, and many people feel passionately about their stances. For something that inspires so much rage and discordance, many don’t delve particularly deep into this topic. If we don’t ...

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Balkan women make inroads in peace and politics

Cross-posted from UN Women

With support from UN Women, women leaders in the Balkans are putting gender issues at the centre of politics and fueling women’s empowerment in order to bring peace and stability to the region.

Through the cracks of a tragic history, decades after the disintegration of Yugoslavia and the subsequent conflicts that engulfed the Balkans in the 1990s, a powerful group of women are uniting to overcome ethnic and political differences and build a better future. 

(From left to right) Memnuna Zvizdic, Slavica Strikovic, Edita Tahiri and Dijana Vukomanovic discuss the role of women in speeding up the implementation of the Brussels Agreement at the International Conference in Saranda, Albania. Photo: Art Murtezai/UN Women

 

With financial support and sustained ...

Cross-posted from UN Women

With support from UN Women, women leaders in the Balkans are putting gender issues at the centre of politics and fueling women’s empowerment in order to bring peace and stability to the region.

Through ...

Cultural tourism and its discontents: A personal essay on the ethics of travel

Probably not many people can say that they bought an international airline ticket to Bali, Indonesia in a state of blissful ignorance towards the island’s mythic image as a timeless and exotic Eastern paradise. A place just waiting for Western visitors to lose themselves along the white sand beaches of Sanur and rediscover their true selves across the expansive rice terraces rising along the Southern volcanic slopes.

But I did.

All I knew about this island as my best friend and I finalized our flight information in a delirious, admittedly ill-informed and adventurous moment three months ago from his bedroom in California was that it was humid, probably had some vegetarian food I’d never had before, and that people played gamelan there. ...

Probably not many people can say that they bought an international airline ticket to Bali, Indonesia in a state of blissful ignorance towards the island’s mythic image as a timeless and exotic Eastern paradise. A place just ...

Let them be who they want to be

Once upon a time, sometime in the spring, I visited one of my favorite art museums in the city. There was an interdisciplinary exhibit exploring the changing meaning of pink in art and fashion. Here I am thinking that this exhibit would showcase the evolution of color associated to gender, however, it did not. It was a room with pink jewelry and dresses and only two pieces for men.

As far as the exhibit goes, my thoughts may have been disconnected from what it was really supposed to signify but I really wanted to see that pink is not representative of femininity. I left upset thinking why does a specific color determine gender. Why can’t I be feminine wearing another color ...

Once upon a time, sometime in the spring, I visited one of my favorite art museums in the city. There was an interdisciplinary exhibit exploring the changing meaning of pink in art and fashion. Here I am ...

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