Tag Archives: relationships

Who decides children’s personal boundaries?

Children are more often denied the opportunity to consent in situations where it would be very appropriate. Children, collectively, are frequently and summarily denied rights that they would be entitled to if they were older. I’m talking about decisions everyone has a right to make about their personhood. Continue reading

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Don’t just talk to your kids about consent; practice it

The simplest thing we can do to teach children about consent is to model it through their relationships with US. If guardians and people close to them ask their consent before being touched, kissed, moved about, etc.; this will be the way they interact with other people in their life. […] Consent is not just about sex, it’s about a culture in which people are entitled to decide when, where, how, and whom they interact with in an intimate way. Continue reading

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Winter Girlfriend Syndrome

  There is a funny commentary by Edith Zimmerman (who is quickly growing on me) about an article that ran in Marie Claire titled “New Trend: Should You Lock In A Winter Boyfriend?”. It’s all about finding that special someone … Continue reading

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Too close to home: Queerness and female objectification

As a Women’s/Gender Studies major and as, well, myself, I’ve learned a lot about the way women dehumanized through the commodification of our bodies.  But although I’ve learned a lot about the way men objectify women and the way women … 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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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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