EVERYDAY FEMINISM

5 Facts About Youth Homelessness That We Overlook

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The problem of youth homelessness is not often addressed. And when the media does bring attention to it, the discussion is often clouded by victim-blaming, misinformation, and an unfair representation of the situation. So let’s set the record straight with these five important facts about the real lives of the homeless youth population in the United States.

6 Must-Read Expert Perspectives That Destroy the War on Obesity

Source: Virgie Tovar

The individuals, companies, and media outlets responsible for the clamor of the War on Obesity would have us think about nothing more than the alleged “risks” of being fat. The last thing they want is for anyone to consider all the ways that the campaign has damaged the lives of fat people. Check out what six kickass fat activists have to say on the matter.

The ‘Problem’ With Male Virginity

Source: Business Insider

I’ve talked before about the toxic culture surrounding masculinity and how it hurts men. Today, I want to start the conversation to help dismantle it. One of the best places to start is to talk about sex. Specifically: male virginity and the shame in not having sex. Let’s talk about the problems with the way we think about male virginity and how to fix them.

4 Ways to Help Stop Hate Crimes Against People with Disabilities

Source: Weekly News

“She doesn’t make a good witness.” I will never forget those words. This was one of the first instances that made me take a serious look at my privilege as an able-bodied person. It took seeing a survivor of a violent crime being told that she would never see justice because of her disability. This is a serious problem. So how can we work to solve it?

11 Myths, Misconceptions, and Lies About Gender Non-conforming Children

Source: Lindsay Morris

Recently, a beautiful and moving video about a transgender child in California named Ryland Whittington went viral. Sadly, like every other conversation about transgender children, the comments section was often unkind. Scanning the comments, I saw the same poorly thought-out ideas keep popping up. I think it’s time to put these misconceptions to bed.

4 Ways to Celebrate Columbus Day (Without Celebrating Columbus Day)

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At best, Christopher Columbus was an explorer who got lost and got famous for it; at worst, he’s responsible for introducing slavery, human trafficking, and genocide to the New World. His holiday needs be replaced with accurate information that incorporates indigenous perspectives. So here are four strategies for anyone interested in sharing legitimate history!

Fifty Shades of White: On Being a Trans Latina

Source: Hunted Interior

I never really used to give much thought to the idea that society needs positive cultural images of minorities until I came to embrace my Hispanic heritage and come out of the closet. When I finally did, it raised the question: Where the hell are the transgender Latinas? Is it true that there really aren’t very many Latina/Hispanic trans women in this country?

5 Ways to Negotiate for the Paycheck You Deserve When You Work for a Sexist Company

Source: The Grindstone

Women, and particularly women of color, find themselves between a rock and a hard place when it comes to getting paid. The wage gap plays a detrimental role in women’s lives as they are systemically cheated out of money they should be receiving. But there are ways to ask for what you deserve and leave your boss wondering why they waited so long to give it to you!

9 Things Everyone Needs to Stop Saying to Black Women Immediately

Source: Hello Beautiful

Black women are routine targets for disrespectful jokes and questions about their everyday lives. These kinds of comments are deeply rooted in negative media stereotypes that have little-to-no connection with reality — and it’s about time we put an end to all of the ignorance. Here are a few statements that everyone should avoid while speaking with a black woman.

5 Steps to Unlearning a Lifetime of Patriarchal Lies

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Every one of us, no matter how educated our societies or loving our families of origin, makes moral and social judgments based on what we view as “normal.” But we can choose to reject beliefs and behaviors that we find personally limiting or detrimental to humanity as a whole. The seeds of feminism are planted in this unlearning process. Here are five key steps.