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Five Months Later.

BY: Diana AbouSaleh It’s been five months since extremist anti-Western group Boko Haram kidnapped roughly 275 Nigerian girls from their schools. I’m somewhat relieved to hear that they will be released soon, but that doesn’t mean that these atrocities will stop. This isn’t the first time this has happened nor will it be the last. […]

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An Analysis of #heforshe

By Maggie McMorrow   I, like many others in the world, recently watched, and was affected by Emma Watson’s speech to the UN on gender inequality and introducing the new campaign #heforshe. My initial reaction to the speech was one of positivity and appreciation for someone articulating some of the issues I have had with […]

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Stopping Trans* Violence is EVERYONE’s Responsibility

TRIGGER WARNING: discusses violence against trans* women and violence against people of color. In light of the rallies at Ferguson, i began to look up stories of minority brutality. There were several stories involving issues of violence against women of color – something that has been relatively untouched on, as the focus mostly lies on men […]

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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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