‘They are Feminists After All’ and an Analysis of Online Hate

‘They are Feminists After All’ is a hand embellished wall hanging that I made in response to an article, and the sexist troll comments that it generated, that was written about a piece of my work. It also slated the work of Eleanor Haswell and Clandestine Collective, which we are both part of. I’ve built…

What’s So Funny About Feminism?

After being out of university for a year, a place where my sociology degree allowed me to be surrounded by like-minded, critically thinking individuals, I’ve missed not having to explain why I’m a feminist. In our lectures it was more a question of what kind of feminism you identified with, rather than whether you believed…

Street Harassers Are Winning

Last week Buzzfeed released a video, “What Men Are Really Saying When Catcalling Women,” which hilariously communicates the motives behind street harassment. As a woman living in Chicago where I have to walk around to get to most places, I have tirelessly sought an explanation for why men resort to street harassment. According to an…

The Importance of Making Sex Education…Sexier

A study in this month’s issue of the Guttmacher Institute’s Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health has attempted to start a discussion about whether sex education programs in the U.S. are comprehensive enough. “A Rights-Based Approach to Sexuality Education: Conceptualization, Clarification and Challenges,” by Nancy F. Berglas of the Public Health Institute, discusses the need…

Oh, Boy (Band): My Newfound Love/Hate Relationship with One Direction

I would like to blame Paul Rudd (sorry–Dan Charles) for my past six months of non-stop One Direction jamming in my car, at work, and at virtually every other possible opportunity. Prior to their Saturday Night Live appearance in December, when I discovered that they were not bad at all at singing or at looking nice,…