Your Gender is Valid

by Esperanza M How you feel and how you choose to define and present yourself is valid. Do whatever you feel happy and comfortable doing. And if you don’t feel like labeling yourself or defining yourself, that’s valid as well. If you’re still figuring out what you are, that’s also valid, you’ll figure it out eventually, don’t…

Boys (don’t) Cry

Toxic Masculinity describes the idea that men are inherently less emotional than women, as well as being more violent, stronger, and more able to tolerate pain and stress. A man who presents as emotional or un-aggressive is deemed effeminate and weak. This leads to many men repressing their feelings and cutting themselves off from people…

Does Wanting Success Make You a ‘Bad Feminist’?

In my childhood dreams, my life looked like ever power woman from the 90’s with a razor-sharp suit and an attitude that says, “Yes I’m the boss, but I’ll also cut your throat out.” Through the lens of shows with characters like Murphy Brown, Ally McBeal, and Maxine Shaw, the idea of an independent career…

‘Pink to Make the Boys Wink’ and the Transition from Little Girl to Young Woman

Recently I’ve been interested in exploring my transition from young girl to young woman in my work. It has always been something that has intrigued me, particularly the role that my sexuality played in this transitioning process. I feel that becoming sexually active was one of the main events that signified my new ‘young woman’ status…

A Response to “Double Standards in the Dating World”

  All too often, as an editor of this feminist site, I am bombarded with angry emails from men who feel compelled to remind me that NOT ALL MEN are racist, sexist, rapists, etc, etc, etc.  They are furious that I have published something from a point of view that makes them uncomfortable and challenges…