On Kara Walker’s Fons Americanus: A Black Femme Perspective on European Art

“Did you know that you can’t kill any of the swans?” Ronny exclaimed. Alexis and I looked at Ronny with confusion, it was a weird fact to proclaim as we made our way through St. James’ Park. The swans, viciously beautiful and unperturbed by the presence of so many people, were the last thing that…

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Combating Rape Culture: The Rape Culture Pyramid

Featured Illustration: Hanna Barczyk To combat rape culture, we need to first acknowledge the beliefs and attitudes that perpetuate it within our society. We are looking at only the top of the pyramid; whereas, it is being perpetuated by a chain of behaviors and daily practices. It is about time we look at the bottom…

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The language of love that you taught me

My mother told me to ‘Find someone who we love as hard as you’ I listened and this is where it has taken me An unwanted refugee of your heart A cycle of piercing memories Like my existence is for you to wear And my soul you stole so silently.   I cannot speak what…

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The Representation of Female Superheroes in Hollywood Movies

Featured Image: MovieMania The representation of superheroes in movies has been questioned by audiences and critics for a long time. The stereotypes, unattainable body standards, and use of certain characters have shaped the way moviegoers perceive these characters. Perhaps the biggest concern for people about these movies is the way female superheroes are represented, and…

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Global Girlhood: Where Women Tell Women’s Stories

Featured Illustration: Camila Rosa “Come on, not again,” is what I am told at times when I try to start a conversation about gender. I don’t think it would be fair to say that gender as a subject has not been vehemently researched or spoken about. However, gender discrimination continues to be one of the…

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The Terrifying Reality of Womanhood

Featured Illustration: Simply Sophie Designs Trigger warning: mentions of gendered violence, gun violence, transphobia, and sexual assault. A TikTok video of user @jatsiveh detailing the contents of her ‘If I Go Missing Folder’, recently went viral on Twitter, collecting over 2 million views and 200,000 likes and retweets. Her folder contains the following: social media…

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What You Didn’t Know About Pockets in Women’s Fashion

Featured Image: Kit Cronk The first thing I do when I try on a pair of pants in the dressing room of a clothing store is reaching down in the pockets and seeing if it can fit my phone and wallet. Having pockets that can hold these two things make me feel comfortable. It means…

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These WOC are Challenging the Stereotypical Asian Definition of Success

What does success look like to you? Generally, you would expect a unique answer from most people you ask this question to. But for many children of immigrants and their parents, their response to this question echoes one of the most deeply-rooted stereotypes socially constructed within immigrant cultures. Too often, children of immigrants are pushed…

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Noname and the Power of Radicalization Through Reading

Featured Image: Chantal Anderson Following recent events in the United States with the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and Rayshard Brooks, people have been asking themselves about where society went wrong. People all around the country are advocating for a different system, one that doesn’t end with mass incarceration, over-policed neighborhoods of…

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