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We Pick Up the Pieces and Turn Away

image: Genaro Molina/L.A. Times When I wake up in the morning I reach for my phone, switch off my alarm, type in my passcode, and scroll through any messages I received during the night. I respond to friends who sent me funny videos, I confirm plans made for later that day, and I smile upon…

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U Responds to Orlando Tragedy

(Photo from San Diego Union Tribune) The Women’s Center offers our deepest condolences in this tragic time and stands in solidarity with the LGBTQIA community and with all of you. We will continue to fight to end hate, oppression, and intolerance. The following email was sent to faculty, staff, and students on all University of Minnesota…

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The Fear of Femininity

  Credit: Katarzyna Babis I attended a holiday celebration when I was home from school after fall semester and was seated for dinner with a large group of people. The woman to my right was explaining why she had to leave early, and she briefly mentioned that her husband would be driving to the restaurant…

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“You’re Very Talented– for a Girl”

(Photo source: https://www.youthletic.com/articles/why-you-should-encourage-playing-like-a-girl/ ) It wasn’t until seventh grade when I found my love for running during one of my middle school basketball games. I would have other parents come up to mine and show their amusement by commenting how speedy I was on the court. I loved getting these compliments because they made me feel that…

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Five Ways to Make Your Graduation More Feminist

A week ago, I graduated from the University of Minnesota. While I am grateful for the people who helped me get there, I credit my fierce feminism for the fact that I did well in school and remained true to myself during the process of graduating. However, I find it can be difficult to remain feminist in family-related gatherings,…

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An Abuser is Coming to a Theater Near You

  image credit: Associated Press/Thibault Camus We know who they are. Their work and achievements have become household discussions, we fawn over their genius in academic and social circles, and we present them awards that apparently shine brightly enough to blind us when it comes to truths about them that have been overlooked. They are sexual…

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Welcome Ellen to the Women’s Center Blogging Team!

Hello friends! My name is Ellen, but I’m alright with Elle too. I am an incoming 3rd year transfer student here at the University of Minnesota. I am majoring in Sociology and am planning on attending physical therapy school after undergrad. It is helpful to learn to work with people if I’m going into a…

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Step Up: Bystander Intervention

  You can make a difference. This idea, the notion that everyone can recognize bad situations and do something about it, is the foundation “Step Up,” a program at the University of Minnesota based out of the Aurora Center. “A lot of the problems that happen on campus could be mitigated, or actually prevented, if…

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Magical installation ‘The Garden’ captures the allure of following trends and beautification of society

Karmel Sabri at ‘The Garden’ Photo credit Den-Zel Gilliard/Cej Pls This past Saturday I had the wonderful opportunity to attend Karmel Sabri’s interactive art show, The Garden, and explore the relationship between women, media, and sense of self. The Garden is an immersive installation using nature and self-reflection as a motif, aiming to provoke deeper contemplation…