feminism

Cyntoia Brown, Trafficked Teen, Finally Freed from Jail

Cyntoia Brown, Trafficked Teen, Finally Freed from Jail

Today, August 7th, 2019 Cyntoia Brown finally walked free after 15 years in prison. Her crime? Defending herself after a prolonged experience of abuse and sex trafficking. Her story is sadly not unique, as countless women of color or victims of sex trafficking or intimate abuse who eventually defend themselves wind-up prosecuted and incarcerated despite […]

New PA Law Protects the Victims of Sexual Assault

New PA Law Protects the Victims of Sexual Assault

On Monday, July 15th, 2019, the governor of Pennsylvania signed multiple acts into law. That’s barely news, since it’s a basic part of the state’s legislative process. However, the content of those bills is something that we should all pay attention to. Many of these new pieces of legislation were created with the specific intention […]

Researchers Will Study How Cannabis Use Impacts Pregnancy

Researchers Will Study How Cannabis Use Impacts Pregnancy

Movies and television shows like to use morning sickness from pregnancy as some sort of punchline. A pregnant female character may vomit unexpectedly as a means of obtaining a round of laughter from the audience. However, for many women, the experience of morning sickness is far from amusing. It can persist through all nine months […]

Alabama Becomes the Third State This Year to Pass a Ridiculous Abortion Law

Alabama Becomes the Third State This Year to Pass a Ridiculous Abortion Law

Reproductive rights are a cornerstone of women’s freedom in the modern world. Without control over their reproductive capabilities, women would not be able to pursue careers or even education in some cases. Access to low-cost birth control can protect women from youthful mistakes and help new families and freshly married couples establish themselves before they […]

School-Age Girls Shouldn’t Have to Worry about Menstrual Products

School-Age Girls Shouldn’t Have to Worry about Menstrual Products

Being a young woman is not easy in the United States. Our culture sexualizes girls even before they reach puberty. We also offer almost no accommodations to young women who experience menarche (their first period). For many, the arrival of their first menstruation is marked by pain, confusion, and embarrassment. As though dealing with the […]

Cytonia Brown, Trafficked Teen, Finally Has Sentence Commuted

Cytonia Brown, Trafficked Teen, Finally Has Sentence Commuted

The popular saying is that justice is blind, but in reality, it seems like Lady Justice often sees color. Individuals with more melanin are much more likely to suffer the maximum penalties for criminal charges. They are also less likely to be given the benefit of the doubt in situations involving self-defense. The ludicrous prosecution […]

Immigrant Who Climbed Lady Liberty To Protest ICE Found Guilty

Immigrant Who Climbed Lady Liberty To Protest ICE Found Guilty

Much of the focus of the media and the nation as a whole right now is on immigration. Only a few days ago, our country was rocked with tragic information that a young Guatemalan girl named Jakelin Caal Maquin, only 7 years old, died due to what was likely a preventable illness while in Immigration […]

Remember Those Struggling With Holiday Grief This Season

Remember Those Struggling With Holiday Grief This Season

Most mornings, my routine looks roughly the same. I get my son up and ready for school and settle into my work once he’s gone. Typically, I start my morning off by reading the news to see if anything major has happened overnight. From there, I head to social media and do a quick 5-minute […]

Visiting a Washington’s Farmers Market After Living in Prohibitionist Utah

Visiting a Washington’s Farmers Market After Living in Prohibitionist Utah

Tucked behind a nondescript storefront on Pacific Avenue, between Larchmont and Parkland, near Lakewood, Washington and McChord Air Force Base, sits what might come as a surprise to some. Others find this place to be a lifeline.  It is a community of growers, caregivers, vendors and patients who work together to provide safe access to […]

Detained Immigrants Face Sexual Assault In ICE Detention Centers

Detained Immigrants Face Sexual Assault In ICE Detention Centers

The abuse of inmates and prisoners by correctional staff has long been an under-reported and serious issue. Molestation, rape, and physical assault should not be part of anyone’s experience in a correctional facility. Unfortunately, the power dynamics of prison lend themselves toward abuse, and the career path of prison guard seems to be one sought […]