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…

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…

What about Samantha Bee? The Lack of Feminist Coverage for “Full Frontal”

Hey, y’all. So, remember that story from a year ago or so when Jon Stewart left the Daily Show, and many, many people were outraged that Trevor Noah, the south African comedian, replaced Stewart’s seat instead of a woman? Remember the hashtags directed at Jessica Williams, then one of the long-standing Daily Show correspondents, to…

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…

Accusations Don’t Educate

Image credit: http://www.frontpagemag.com/point/254911/new-york-times-opposition-obamas-iran-deal-racist-daniel-greenfield On October 28, Yale Dean Burgwell Howard sent out an email to the entire undergraduate body to encourage students to be cautious of their Halloween costumes. Two days later, Erika Christakis sent an email to the Silliman community to express concern over Howard’s email: I don’t wish to trivialize genuine concerns about…

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…