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Celebrities Are Not Activists, and Here’s Why

Lately, I’ve spent my precious free time reading HuffPost articles about the varying degrees of social consciousness from our favorite celebrities. Whilst perusing each article, I realized celebrities have a confusing relationship with social change. Either these people are considered beacons of social change or bigots fighting adamantly against any type of progressive action. Because the internet and other…

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Men, the missing actors in feminism

I am a feminist. My conceptualization of feminism aligns with the popular or mainstream definition: the social, political, and economic equality of women and men. I strongly believe that gender-based inequities is not any specific groups’ problem, it’s humanity’s problem. Men are part of the human race, and our equality in social, political, and economic spheres…

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Compassion and Minding One’s Own Business

  http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/10/17/article-0-18CCDDC800000578-616_634x379.jpg On March 23rd, 2016, the North Carolina state legislature passed a law that effectively destroyed progress previously made in the direction of protecting the rights of members of the LGBTQ+ community. HB2, formally known as the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, has officially made it illegal for individual cities, such as Charlotte,…

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ICYMI: International Women’s Day

Graphic Credit: Trevor Stansberry In case you missed it, International Women’s Day just passed by on Tuesday, March 8th. After years of women battling for some form of recognition or celebration, the first official International Women’s Day was celebrated in 1975 by the United Nations. The day was created solely to commemorate women and their accomplishments, as…

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Welcome Cecilia to the Women’s Center Blogging Team!

¡Hola gente! My name is Cecilia Rasgado and I am currently a second year gopher at the U majoring in Chican@ & Latin@ Studies and Communications, with a focus in Gender Women & Sexuality Studies. My majors and minor emphasize critical race feminisms, immigration rights, contemporary society, mass incarceration, and indigenous peoples. Needless to say,…

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We Matter Because We Are People

http://ocrcc.org/the-intersection-of-sexual-violence-and-disability/ (content warning: sexual assault) With the current statistics of people that will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime in the United States, it is not difficult for one to imagine family members, friends, and acquaintances being affected. Current campaigns about sexual assault have attempted to familiarize the crime by portraying mothers, sisters, daughters, etc.…

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Rewarding Virginity through Education Scholarships

Students studying at University in Pretoria in the uThekela district in South Africa. Photo courtesy of: http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/27/africa/south-africa-virgin-scholarship/ If you read this headline: “A mayor in South Africa institutes a scholarship program for virgin girls in her community,” you would think it’s just another hoax you’ve stumbled on a satirical site like The Onion. At least that…