Learning While Homeless

The other day, I ran a quick Google search – nothing too difficult or fancy: just the terms “umn” + “homelessness” + “students.” The results were interesting. This past fall, the university received quite a bit of press for CEHD’s large study involving homeless and highly mobile students within the main counties of the Twin…

Why I’m Afraid To Go To School Today: Brother Jed

With my first post of the academic school year, I wanted to address the new freshmen who may stumble across the Women’s Center’s blog – welcome, you guys! – but in light of events occurring this week, I feel as though it’s more important to discuss something else first. For those of you who are…

Sexual Dimorphism in…Video Games [Part I]

It’s my second-to-last blog post of the semester, so I’m going to attempt a two-part one to be fancy. In this post, I’m covering the biological concept of sexual dimorphism, touching briefly on the human level of sexual dimorphism, and use human-generated fantasy examples from the game World of Warcraft to illustrate how the Western…

Worst Case Scenario: A False Rape Claim

Rape is one of the biggest issues for American feminists, I think. Nothing says “object” like being forced or coerced into non-consensual sex. There are tons of people far more educated than myself who’ve discussed this topic and delved into what is called the “rape culture” of today – aspects of our culture that facilitate…

Thinterest: A Disturbing Trend

**I am fully disclosing right now that this post involves some topics that are difficult for those with an ED (no, not erectile dysfunction). I’m telling you now – this is “mild” on the “trigger” scale, but if you’re sensitive to this, consider passing. There aren’t triggering pictures, but I’ll summarize so curiosity is sated:…

This Just In – Prop. 8!

Hello, friends! It has been such a long while, has it not? The post I originally wanted to have up for this day is honestly not quite done, and this is a little more important, anyhow: Ladies and gentlemen, we have ourselves a pretty darn happy couple in the audience, here! If you can’t tell,…

Pretty People Make Money

While researching and considering this topic, I came to the title’s conclusion. The stories they feed you are true: pretty people make money. Now, we all make money. Okay, apparently it doesn’t matter if you don’t wear makeup or if you aren’t attractive: there’s no jobs for which to doll yourself up! Phew. Dodged a…

The Obligatory Wedding Dress Discussion

Get it? Because I’m female, I must talk about wedding dresses at one point in my life. Although this post is not about why Dresses Are Bad, why women Don’t Wear Pants to these auspicious day(s) of their life, and any other standard gripes one could conceive, it will, however, mention Katy Perry. So, perhaps…

Just a thought.

Do you remember candy shops? Maybe you had the good fortune of parents who raised you on vegetables and whole grains, but not me. I had a father who was born in the ’50s and knew about life’s simplest pleasure – a sweet little confection in a pretty plastic package. So, I remember candy shops.…

Europe’s Dirty Secret: Roma Sterilization

So, I’m perhaps going out on a limb here by saying that when you hear the word “Roma,” you think of tomatoes or the Vatican. That’s okay! Roma culture traditionally prefers a lack of spotlight. Arguably, we are not a flashy people. It has only been within the past few decades that we’ve let ethnographers…