There are relatively no inclusions of a father figure in the majority of social media depictions of parenthood, and that has the ability to be detrimental to the family as a whole. I believe that there is a disservice being done towards the fathers and potential fathers in a family. Here are three ways that we can promote parental equality.
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Most oppressed and underrepresented groups can readily provide a list of ridiculous examples of misrepresentation at the hands of privileged individuals, but the ones white people say to Asian people are especially notable. So what would these quips sound like if the roles were reversed? What would it sound like if Asians said the things white people say?
I was raised as an Evangelical Christian and after what like a lifetime of Sunday school, church solos, and purity pledges, I finally had a “duh” realization: I like ladies. My newfound liberation was a huge relief, but also tainted by the terror of what came next: telling my parents. I survived, and I come to you now with lessons learned for your benefit.
There’s this unspoken pressure within the black community to present a “respectable” image of blackness at all times. And I get that. We want to be represented, we want to be valued, and we want to be seen as human, and when we know that we as a race are being denigrated for whatever reason, we want to push back against that. But that’s bullshit. Here’s why.
It’s ironic that while women are constantly bombarded with attacks on abortion rights, our society and economic system provide virtually no support for women when they decide to have children. The reality is that the average American woman faces policies, practices, attitudes, and health barriers that make motherhood incredibly difficult. Here are four examples.
Sometimes the pleasure of being the one who has been wronged has no match. But soon this author realized that being angry had become a chore.
As many of us do every year around this time, I got some invites to attend Pride Parades, wear my “gayest outfit” for bar/club crawls, and just “come out and celebrate!” I couldn’t put my finger on it, but somehow I was not motivated to go. What exactly are we proud of and celebrating? And on the flipside, what do we have left to tackle in the movement?
About one year ago, I lost my job. The 6 months it took me to find a new position changed me, and maybe more importantly, it informed my feminism. It also brought me face-to-face with my own privilege. Having a “career” instead of a “job” is a privilege. Benefits, health insurance, and a living wage are all privileges, too – and I no longer take them for granted.
You may have heard the label “pansexual” at some point in your feminist readings, but how much about pansexuality do you really know? Watch as Laci Green (self-identifying pansexual!) explains what pansexuality is (attraction to all genders and sexes), what it isn’t (bisexuality), and how to figure out if you’re pansexual, too!
When women take note of sexism during their daily lives, they stop accepting it as “normal.” But, in general, sexism, so densely woven into our habits, language, and traditions, is a subtle and slippery thing. Research shows that most people don’t see sexism even when it’s right in front of their noses. How do you think about and respond to these 10 everyday sexisms?