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Success and the Double Standard

I created this post as a response to my friend Olivia’s doubts on a New Yorker article she read. As a girl, I’m naturally inclined to read into criticisms that seem focused on superficial details of female artists. I find female writers are often simplified to meet a certain symbol, which often neglects to recognize […]

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Being Day Of The Girl

I’ve been to New York plenty of times, but I never would have thought that I’d be going there for an international meeting at the Turkish Consulate in the United Nations Plaza. In fact, the idea was so extraordinary for my thirteen–year-old self that I rushed to apply as fast as I could in fear […]

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High Heels, High Pain

Recently in my Cultural Anthropology class, my teacher was discussing beauty standards around the world; and particularly pointed out how women are made to do often painful and unhealthy things to themselves because men like it that way, which then becomes an accepted part of that culture. For modern times, my teacher gave the example […]

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Evolution of Nails

Over the past few years America has seen a boom in incidents of date rape. Date rape in defined as non-consensual sexual intercourse and  is impacting our society. According to a poll completed by the University of Sciences 1 in 4 college aged women face date rape or attempted date rape in their college years. […]

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Plus Sized. So What?

I spend a lot of time on social media, which means I see my fair share of links circulating the web. Mostly I get links to things like Kylie Jenner’s Before and After photos and 17 Amazing Foods You’ve Never Heard Of – but increasingly, links pop up related to ‘plus sized role models.’ At […]

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The Problem of Girl On Girl Hate.

As a girl (especially a high school girl), one thing we all seem to hear at one point or another is insults from other girls. They often are comments about our clothes, or bodies; telling us our skirts are too long or too short, we wear too much or too little makeup; etc., or about […]

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Laughing it Off: The Resilience of a Design for Happiness

I laughed out of the ridicule of the statement. I laughed out of the curiosity of the mentality. I laughed because I could, and I laughed because every woman should. When I heard the news of Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arınc’s comments this week, I laughed. Despite the sadness that grew in my heart […]

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Bringing Back Our Girls.

On April 14, Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 girls from a school in Nigeria. Activists created the hashtag #bringbackourgirls to draw attention to the abduction, and it worked, at least for a while. Over four million tweets mentioned the hashtag, but the use of it has faded out, along with the search for the […]

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Elliot Rodgers: The (Forgotten) Angry Misogynist (With a Gun)

            About two months ago, a friend of mine linked me to a parody. It was a prototypical fedora-wearing Men’s Rights Activist-type entitled 22-year-old whining about how little success he had had with women. As a parody, I found it good – he put into unsettling words the tacit assumptions […]

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#strongerthan : Natalia Atwal

Malala Yousafzai a young women from a country close to our own. However the ideals of this country are far from our own. Swat Valley a place that over the years has fallen to the ruling of a notorious Islamist militant group. The ideals and foundation of this group hinder the growth of women and […]

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