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By: Caitlyn Beatty The rate of new cases of eating disorders has been on the rise since 1950, yet the level of funding, advocating and knowledge of eating disorders is dramatically lower than less pervasive mental illnesses including Alzheimer’s, Autism and Schizophrenia.  National Eating Disorders Association is a non-profit that provides support and  resources for, and…

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Throwback Time: Six Empowering Young Adult Novels I Grew Up Reading

By: Missy DeVelvis Like the moving Always commercial states, a girl’s self-esteem plummets as she goes through puberty. I experienced the same–middle school was and will always be the worst. The young-adult fiction books that I read during this time, however, were packed full of empowered, confident women, whether those women were the author or…

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Femvertising: The New Era of Advertising

By: Julia Repisky Advertising is necessary for the media world to go round. Let’s face it though, perceptions of advertising are bad—people consider advertising untrustworthy, greedy, and overall demeaning to women. Many analyze advertisements as an unhealthy component to our lives. These perceptions include how ads seem to set unreachable beauty ideals for women, establish…

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Feminist Spotlight: Shirley Chisolm

By: Kris Henry In my opinion, a large portion of the path to social justice is comprised of rewriting our history books. As well as acknowledging Black History Month, I would like to shine a feminist (and all around inspirational) spotlight on Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisolm (November 30, 1924-Janurary 1, 2005). Chisolm is most…

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Nip and Tuck, Plate and Coil

By: Mallory Harris Feminist dialogue often revolves around bodily autonomy and society’s negative influence on women. An often-overlooked context for these terms is female body modification. To preface, all cultures have their own traditions and concepts of beauty. Encouraging people to abandon their customs simply because they are unusual to us is close-minded and irresponsible….

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Why Science Majors Should Care About Social Justice

By: Erica Lee When I talk to science majors about sexism and oppression, the answer is usually “Thanks, but that’s not really my thing.” I get it.  Why study “mushy” concepts like social issues when the “hard” sciences honor established  pathways and strict laws?  There’s a comfort in knowing that a sodium-gated ion channel will…

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The Legacy of Valentine’s Day

By: Julia Connell Diamonds shining on a 14k gold ring. Heart-shaped latex balloons. Milk chocolate and red roses. Images of happy “masculine” men kissing “feminine” women on TV. What’s the price of “love” this holiday? Despite accusations of complete corporate fabrication, Valentine’s Day has a shaky but storied history. February has been celebrated as a…

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Powerful Lessons from Vada Sultenfuss

By Savannah Downing “I was born jaundiced. Once I sat on a toilet seat at a truck stop and caught hemorrhoids. I’ve learned to live with a chicken bone lodged in my throat for three years. So I knew Dad would be devastated when he learned my latest affliction.”   “Dad, I don’t want to upset you,…

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Masking with Makeup

By: Laurel Haislip Today is my birthday so naturally I want to feel special. I smooth the wrinkles out of my favorite dress, select a fitting pair of shoes to compliment, and head to the mirror.  There I fix my hair just right, curling, pinning, and spraying the waves into place. There I apply a layer…

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Lena Getting Naked: What Lena Dunham’s use of nudity means for the feminist movement

By: Caitlyn Beatty “Girls —it just gets really real.” That’s what my friend said to me when I first sat down to watch Lena Dunham’s popular HBO series Girls. She was right. The show portrays the very unglamorous world of being out of college, but not quite having reached adulthood. It tackles a host of…

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