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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Being Thin is In by Skyler Brodsky

           In my personal opinion I feel women have it extremely difficult this generation in comparison to the late 60's through 80's. Between still being discriminated against in general when it comes to jobs, abortion and even other daily activities! Women have a lot of unnecessary stress and we go through an enormous amount of challenges throughout life. Some of which we take on, others we can't quite grasp as well. Notice how I never said we couldn't conquer these irritations, because we can, just, with hardships. One specific problem women have is a low self esteem, we view our bodies negatively at constant. These two aspects most definitely correlate with one another. Many women, including myself, feel we have to live up to a certain standard. We see it in commercials, in media, between the magazines and the television shows, "being thin is in", or is it?



Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Activist Project Article by Skyler Brodsky

            I chose to visit the Safe Center of Long Island formerly the Nassau County Coalition against Domestic Violence. The reason I chose this specific organization is not only because one of my family members was a victim of domestic violence and it drove her both figuratively and literally into the wall, but also due to the fact I am a firm believer that women should never be both physically and mentally abused by anybody, under any circumstances. I am truly passionate and extremely defensive about this topic. Again, women, anybody for that matter never deservse to be abused in any way shape or form!

Maya Angelou

a woman whose work has been so important to so many of us, died today.  You can read the New York Times obit here.

Please email me at if you have any thoughts about Angelou's work or influence that you'd like to share on the blog.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Essential Feminist Writing on the Isla Vista Shooting

shared with you by Tim Strode

Feministing has collected a roundup of links.





shared with you by Sara

The wonderful MHP discusses the Elliot Rodger murders, the yesallwomen hashtag response, street harassment and the complicity of silence.

Monday, May 26, 2014


shared with you by Sara

In The Guardian, Valenti makes astute points about how we talk about white male violence and misogyny.

From the article:

"'Dismissing violent misogynists as 'crazy' is a neat way of saying that violent misogyny is an individual problem, not a cultural one,' feminist blogger Melissa McEwan tweeted.
The truth is that there is no such thing as a lone misogynist – they are created by our culture, and by communities that tells them that their hatred is both commonplace and justified."

Sunday, May 25, 2014


shared with you by Sara

Here's a sampling. See more HERE.
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  2. Because dress code in school meant covering our bodies to protect male students.

Saturday, May 24, 2014


shared with you by Sara

While not completely revolutionary, Getty Images' Lean In Project seeks to produce stock photos of women that highlight female leadership and that show girls and women engaged in activities that aren't traditionally associated with femininity.  

I like that there are a number of images showing women working on computers while holding children.  While perhaps a little unrealistic, the photos nevertheless remind us that people (and women-people in particular) often have families in addition to careers and intellectual lives.  (I also like the one that shows a man holding a baby while a woman works on a computer.

You can see more of the images  HERE 

Friday, May 23, 2014

Open Mike at BLUESTOCKINGS 5/27
shared with you by Sara

Bluestockings Bookstore in Manhattan is worth a visit even if you can't make it to their monthly open mike.  You can read more about this important bookstore/cafe/activist center at

An upcoming event that might be of interest:

Tuesday | May 27 | 7 pm
Women’s / Trans’ Poetry Jam & Open Mike
Hosted by Vittoria Repetto—the hardest working guinea butch dyke poet on  the Lower East Side—the  jam has showcased  the famous, the infamous, the unknown for over a decade. Come out and deliver (up to) 8 minutes of your poetry, prose, songs and spoken word. Visit for more information.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Check out a thought-provoking powerpoint by WST student Tara Hernandez.  You can see here work

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

This is an interesting article on whether or not professors should provide "trigger warnings."

Blogs often use "trigger warnings"to alert readers who want to avoid reading upsetting material.  In the article linked to above, Tracey Moore explains and responds to the recent controversy.



Shared with you by Sara.

Monday, May 19, 2014




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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

A Childhood of Lies

by Aleema Rafeek

I could only wish to go back to the day,
When I was just twelve years of age,
That’s when it all started,
The phases and trials that promises to build a female up,
That instead leaves her heavy hearted,
If I had the chance to tell her what I know today,
Maybe she would have grown up as a child in the right way,
Those magazines would be stacked and burnt to the ground,
They were full of tales that told a false story of being profound,
Maybe she would not have ran home when they made fun of her size,
She would have known that her body is a unique prize,
Always something to be won, not shunned,
Maybe she would not have wasted all those hours in front of the mirror,
Quickly beautifying herself for the boy that won’t remember her,
Maybe the acne and battle scars that covered her glowing face,
Would seem more like a starlit galaxy than a big disgrace,
She had the potential to receive the highest grades in her school,
If only she knew the difference between honest love and being treated like a fool,
Her thick Caribbean hair gracefully flowed down, shiny and grand,
Until the harsh fumes of blonde bleach damaged every strand,
She tried too hard to fit into society,
Only for her efforts to leave her with unnecessary stress and anxiety,
Tell me, are beauty myths really worth the pains of a child?
What gives society the right to engrave that meaning into a little girls mind?
Why does she have to set aside her books for a man’s eyes?
Why be the reason for her cries?

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Monday, May 12, 2014

Women Adventurers
shared with you by Sara 

This, "Five Stories of Kick-Ass Women Written Out of History" came to me from my colleague Art Friedman.

The discussion of women serving in the Civil War reminded me of an account I read several years ago.  In The Woman in Battle, Loretta Janeta Velazquez claimed that she cross-dressed in order to fight as a Confederate soldier.  Velazquez's memoir about her time as a soldier may or may not be true, but it's a pretty fascinating read either way.   The 2013 documentary Rebel deals with Velazquez's story.

Here's Velazquez:

Sunday, May 11, 2014

"WSA Survey on Harassment" shared with you by the WSA

This past fall, members of the Women Students' Association conducted a survey of over 300 NCC students.  The following powerpoint contains their results and recommendations.  Special thanks to all who participated in creating and distributing the survey, including Natasha Nurse, Shanice Bailey, Laura Perez, Lucia Arias, Nicole Wasik, Nicole Grgas, Monica Shin, Francine Freidman, Eileen Pollack,  Sara Hosey, Jennifer Loose, and Joylette Williams. 

Check out the Powerpoint!

Happy Mothers Day! from Sara Hosey

Yes, it's a Hallmark holiday, but Mother's Day is an opportunity to reflect on the mothers and mother-figures who've nurtured and supported us in our lives.  It's also an opportunity to think about the ways in which we can better support mothers in the United States as well as internationally.

Here, however, is a really interesting critique of Mother's Day from the Feminist Wire.

And here is a link to "What Women Need for Mother's Day".


Saturday, May 10, 2014

Representation and Spectatorship in NBC’s Hannibal by Shanice B.

            Feminist film theory emerged as a result of second wave feminism and the development of women’s studies as an academic discipline. It began as a social movement focused on challenging male-centric and consequently stereotypical depictions of women in Hollywood, and utilizes a method of analysis that focuses on the function of female characters in film and the ways in which these characters uphold gender roles.  The central elements of feminist film theory are representation and spectatorship. In this paper, I will use these values to conduct a feminist analysis of NBC’s Hannibal. Despite being the creation of a male showrunner, male directors, and an overwhelmingly male writing team, Hannibal manages to take on a genre focused almost exclusively on white, heterosexual, cisgendered men in a way that is surprisingly sensitive to issues of race, gender, and sexuality.

WSA's End of the Semester Party!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

White Privilege, posted by Sara Hosey

I think this article starts the discussion of how racism and white privilege can operate: Article 1

And it's an interesting counterpoint to an article by a Princeton student who has been skyrocketed to fame for his article arguing that he has not benefited from "White Privilege": Article 2

Mothers Day Gift Idea, shared by Sara Hosey

Check it Out!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

White House's 1 is 2 Many Campaign from Sara Hosey

It's heartening to see our leaders taking on sexual assault as a serious issue.  I'm also glad that the PSA calls on men to be aware and to be allies. 
Check out the Article!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Link to an article on the kidnapped Nigerian girls, shared with you by Sara Hosey

There are some local events happening this weekend in response to this crisis.  From 12 to 2 on Saturday May 3rd there will be a gathering in Union Square in New York City this Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 from 12pm to 2pm to pray for these innocent girls.  Also, Kechie’s Project is holding a rally at Nigeria House (44th and 2nd Avenue) from 2pm to 4pm.