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ICYMI Feminist Friday: The Art of Arguing

Does thinking about going home for the holidays leave you feeling anxious, mentally preparing yourself for conversations you wish you didn’t have to have? You may feel right at home with your friends in the city, living in a liberal bubble, agreeing on raising the minimum wage and pro-choice legislation. But if you weren’t raised…

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When Nothing Changes

So, this is the most depressing topic I could possibly have chosen for my last blog post on this forum. Yes, this is my last post with the Women’s Center at the University of Minnesota, but not in life. I hope to continue writing online and/or just in life generally, so, ya know… don’t be…

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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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Black Lives Matter: An Intersectionality of Race and Gender

  Most everyone has heard of the men involved in Black Lives Matter. Freddie Gray, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin– they’ve become household names in regards to the movement. However, rarely do we hear about the women subjected to the police brutality BLM disputes; Rekia Boyd shot by an unarmed Chicago police officer in 2012, Michelle…

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Planned Parenthood and the Right to Choose

Planned Parenthood has been under a lot of scrutiny lately, and people seem to confuse the support of Planned Parenthood with the support of heinous abortion tactics. However, Planned Parenthood is available for a variety of reasons, not solely for abortion services. Planned Parenthood Action Fund explains how it was founded with six main values, all regarding women’s right…

Staying Active this Summer

It’s coming closer to the end of the year, and the upcoming doom that is finals week is almost here. As we write our last essays and study for our tests, most of us must also figure out what the hell we’re going to do during the summer. Most organizations are already choosing its interns,…

Hollaback!: Why I’m Engaged in Fighting Street Harassment

By Guest Contributor Ami Wazlawik Hollaback! That’s exactly what my friend did when we were harassed on the street a few summers ago. Since then, I’ve heard many stories of street harassment, and have both witnessed and been a victim of street harassment. And every time, I’m outraged and upset that some people think it’s…

Discovering Environmental Justice, Part 2

This post (read Part 1)was written by one of the Women’s Center staff members and reflects our theme as an organization of exploring environmental justice. For simplicity’s sake I’ll call myself an environmentalist, or perhaps I am a good steward of the environment. Either way, what I mean is that I cannot live my life…