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Harry Potter and the Order of the Patriarchy

By: Mallory Harris SPOILER ALERT: This article features details about the Harry Potter books, including information from the final novel of the series. Throughout the Harry Potter series, characters encounter soul-sucking Dementors, fire-breathing Dragons, and perhaps most ominous of all, various detrimental gender stereotypes. Although the Wizarding World appears to be more egalitarian than our…

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Finding Body Peace

By: Julia Repisky I have a voice in my head. It screams at me when I indulge in sweets, it criticizes me every time I look in the mirror, and it belittles me when I skip a workout. It calls me fat, gross, and it tells me I’m not good enough. This voice is not…

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Female vs Male Journalists

By: Hannah Smith With the subject of journalism becoming a prominent component of film in the past year with the release of Nightcrawler, it’s important to analyze how journalists are portrayed based on gender. We see prominent male actors in the roles of investigative reporters taking all the risks necessary to create an important piece…

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How to Have a Productive Dialogue About Feminism (Or Anything) at the Thanksgiving Table

By: Rebecca Stapleford We’ve all been there. Your loudmouth, slightly drunk uncle goes off on a rant at the Thanksgiving table about how feminazis are ruining America and recruiting college students on this mission of destruction through Women’s Studies programs. How do you respond? Chances are, if you’re like most people, you’ll either ignore him…

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Why We Can’t Ban Feminism

By: Juhi Varshney TIME Magazine’s annual poll to ban a word included a delightful selection of colloquialisms this year including “kale,” “om nom nom nom,” and “feminist.” Yes, you read that right. TIME placed “feminist” – a word denoting a political and social movement committed to bridging disparities, defying stereotypes, empowering women, and eradicating oppression…

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Supporting Women’s Health Does Not Necessitate Legalizing Abortion

By: Rebecca Stapleford Safe abortion is almost always equated with legalized abortion, and we are often told that the only way to reduce maternal mortality is to legalize abortion. This is a common claim, but is quite baseless. In the first place, it completely ignores that fact that developed nations that have criminalized abortion, like…

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Bridging the Gap: Feminism and Female Friendships

By: Savannah Downing Ladies, we need each other. Not for our closets. Not for fixing make-up lines. Not for giving hugs every time we see each other. Not for crying about breakups or congratulating accomplishments. Not for having someone to post in #tbt pictures. Not for drinking wine or dinner dates. Not for any other…

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Sailor Moon Blues

By Erica Lee When I was six years old, I loved Sailor Moon. I was mesmerized by this normal schoolgirl who transformed into a superhero to save her town week after week.  I thrived on it.  I filled pages and pages of notebooks of drawings of all the Sailor Moon characters.  Six-year-old me even designed…

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Fear of Femininity

By: Julie Saxton I am not a “girly girl.” I never have been, I have never wanted to be, and I doubt I ever will be. I don’t like pink or frills or bows. I like shopping, but somehow I always end up picking out black clothes. I wear heels for the sole purpose of…

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Historical Georgia Women’s Narratives: “Marginalized, Dismissed, and Misunderstood”

By: Missy DeVelvis Most Georgians are hard-pressed to name five influential Georgia women of the twentieth century. Dr. Ann Short Chirhart and Dr. Kathleen Ann Clark, however, can tell you two volumes’ worth of names. The two editors of Georgia Women: Their Lives and Times Volume II held a discussion on November 11th in which…

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