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Disability Justice and Reproductive Justice: CLPP Recap

This weekend was my first time experiencing the amazing and inspiring Civil Liberties and Public Policy (CLPP) conference at Hampshire College…and just in time for its THIRTIETH anniversary (commemorated by three large dance break-outs/parties in just two days). I’ve honestly … Continue reading

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The girl you just called fat?

There’s a new anti-bullying facebook status being reposted that I think is really great. It goes like this:  The Girl you just called fat? She has been starving herself & has lost over 30lbs. The Boy you called stupid, he … Continue reading

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Compliments and beauty standards

Commenting on others’ appearances is strongly ingrained into our culture, almost unthinkingly so. Friends are supposed to do it. Family feels it’s their job to do it. Strangers think it’s nice to do it. We comment on others’ appearances as a way of socializing each other, of helping each other find a way to ‘fit in’ and sometimes, preparing for the judgment we will face in the outside world. But this is a reactive approach to dismantling lookism and promoting body acceptance. Continue reading

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You suck!

I believe that language always has meaning, and it sometimes has implicit or subconscious meaning that we’re not even aware of. Because we live in a culture of patriarchy, I’ve had to teach myself to question the things that I … Continue reading

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A ‘bi’ by any other name

I’ve been meaning to write this for a while because it’s something that really bothers me. I was having a conversation about my recent semi-coming-out with someone who identifies as lesbian, in which I confirmed that I was queer. She … Continue reading

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A rant about gendered insults

A group of friends and I have been on a year-long crusade to find feminist insults. Not to say to someone’s face, mind you, but sometimes you just want a word that really makes you feel powerful. And I’ve run … Continue reading

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