If you have been on the internet anytime recently, it would be likely to think that you have seen the #metoo hashtag gain popularity. If you haven’t, to summarize, it’s a hashtag that was started ten years ago by a woman named Tarana Burke, but gained international traction a few weeks ago. It is a way to show how many people have been sexually assaulted in hopes that the sheer number of people can make an impact.
Much of the problem of this trend comes when people shut down certain people from telling their stories. Not only that, but many people don't feel safe enough to come forward with any part of their story, or tell people they have a story at all. Many people have the courage and the safety to come forward about their experiences, but what about the ones who don’t? Overall, I think this movement is a step in the right direction of recognizing and encouraging women who have been through these kinds of traumatic experience, as well as starting a conversation about how to end the epidemic of sexual assault all over the world.
With Halloween coming up, much of what is on all of our social feeds is Halloween-related. Many people go out and have fun on Halloween, as whatever they want. Some of these costumes might be showing some skin, and some not at all. But with the ones that do show skin comes something very haunting. DUN DUN DUN! Slut shaming!
I’m never going to understand why slut shaming is a thing. For one, it shouldn’t matter what someone wears as a costume. The night is for fun, and no one’s costume should get in the way of them having fun. Instead of looking at young women’s costume and wondering where the other part of it is, look at her, and notice that she’s probably trying to have the time of her life in that costume.
If you see the girl at the party whose outfit might be judged, look out for her. People often make advances that she doesn't want or need, and she often doesn't feel safe. This holiday is supposed to be fun, and everyone should be able to be safe and comfortable, however they decide to dress. Don't be the monster this Halloween and let people do what they want!
Technology is doing anything but going backwards. With every idea under the sun for an app or a website, it can often be hard to find the ones that work for you, or that are even worth looking at. Here are some of my favorites.
When I asked my audience about video content, a lot of you said you would enjoy it, and would watch it. This is part of something I did for school, but let me know if this (or something like this) would be something you would like!
If you have had the pleasure of being on the feminist-y part of the internet lately, you have probably noticed the two sides. One that is entirely supportive of feminism, and the other side that makes fun of the feminist movement by using words like “feminazi” and “social justice warrior”. My question to the world will be focused on the latter.
When using the word “social justice warrior” as an insult towards the activist and feminist communities, I wonder where that insult came from. When did fighting for human rights become a bad thing? I also wonder if this word is just used towards the feminist community, or if it is used towards many different activist groups.
I wonder why people feel that safe spaces and trigger words make someone weak? People seem to be so insensitive when it comes to mental illness. If someone were allergic to peanuts, you wouldn’t question why they didn’t want you to eat peanut butter near them. I don't understand why trigger words and safe spaces are any different.
Overall, I don’t see the problem with being a social justice warrior, or calling yourself one. I think the people using it as a negative thing don't quite understand that being a social justice warrior can be a good, rewarding thing, because we are working towards a better, more equal world.
If you are someone able to get pregnant between the ages of 16-30, you've probably partially considered getting birth control. But if you are working part time, a student, or someone who plain just can't afford birth control (who wants it and can't afford it), it's probably hard to live day to day.
Now, some people might argue that birth control is a privilege, not a right. I see where this is coming from, but as a woman, I see how it should be considered a right. For one, no one should be able to control your body except for you. That includes whether or not you want to be on birth control.
For women that do want to be on birth control, it can be hard to access it. Not only can it be pricey, but it also might be hard to find a doctor or clinic to prescribe it. But something to think about is that the women who can't afford birth control or other services like it, can often be the ones to have many babies, which can be even more expensive. In situations like this, it's hard to not see the cycle.
So, what do we do about it? Well first, I think it is so important to work towards opening more Planned Parenthood’s, not closing them. Clinics like Planned Parenthood provide all kinds of people with comprehensive health care, and can help close the gap of the cost of birth control and contraception for many people.
With the news that the DREAM Act is on it’s way out, many people around the country go personally unaffected. While this may be a sad reality, it should definitely affect the way you feel about this new rule, regardless of whether or not it personally affects you.
On the Statue of Liberty it says, “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” The poem just shows that we as a nation were welcoming. So the question is why? Why close the door to people that need it?
The people that the DREAM Act benefit, were, when they came to this country, essentially helpless young people. These young people were often brought here by parents working towards giving their young children a better and safer life. The DREAM Act matters because this country is supposed to be a place to find the American Dream, and help become an American because you want to better your life and the lives of your children.
While art and activism are great things as separate entities, but sometimes it is so hard to combine them. When you are an artist and an activist, it can be hard sometimes to combine the two without masking one. I have tried to make zines talking about feminist topics, but something made me question the art behind it.
When you combine art and activism, you bring two communities together that can make both activism and art more accessible. With the internet in the palm of our hands, making things accessible to everyone is relatively easy. That being said, art has many different mediums, not all of which appeal to everyone. By combining the two, we can make an important impact through beauty.
With the current state of affairs in the United States, and some of the rest of the world, many people, including myself, are wondering how they can change things. As only one person, I often doubt my ability to change things. But with a little encouragement and support, we can all do something to make changes.
While the society in the US and in many places around the world has progressed, there are still many things we can work on as a society. Out in the world, many people face microaggressions daily, and while they might seem harmless to some, they are ultimately harmful to the person, and can hinder us moving forward as activists. So, to help you understand what microaggressions are, here are some examples.
I know these are only a few, but I wanted to put them out there so that people understand how much power words have. Something that is little to you might be a big deal to someone else, so just keep in mind your affect on others.