“Are you a boy or a girl?” For many of us, there’s no simple way to explain our gender – and that can be a difficult and lonely place to be. Read this author’s moving coming out story to see how anyone is capable of making assumptions about gender that are limiting and invalidating. Have you made those assumptions? Read on to expand your thinking.
There are all sorts of reasons people may not hang onto (troublesome) families, but our society will only allow us not to have family members if they’re dead. There are so many misled beliefs about people without family that the way we shun those who are already struggling is really ingrained in our culture. Here’s how to avoid those awful beliefs.
Been through tough times? In spite of what you may have heard, you don’t need to “get over” it. Here’s how you can learn something valuable about your own strength instead. We’re all in this together, trying to make oppression a thing of the past. In the meantime, while we’re still struggling, get some inspiration from the wisdom of author and rapper Humble the Poet.
For too long, the feminist movement has excluded too many people. And that hurts all of us. You might have learned about how oppression is connected and why solidarity is important, so here’s the next step – how to create actual inclusivity. From someone who’s fought for her own inclusion, learn what it takes to change how we do our work for a more equitable world.
You’re giddy with excitement for your first date with another woman! So don’t let narrow expectations of what relationships “should” be get you down. Take these tips on everything from what to wear to how to make a perfect plan. These are the keys to breaking down heteronormativity and building up meaningful relationships – full of respect and a whole lot of fun.
(Content Warning: Rape) You may have heard horrific stories about rape and victim-blaming. Maybe one of those stories is yours. With how often rape happens, what does it mean to raise children and hope for their safety? In this chilling spoken word piece, Elizabeth Acevedo explores how she would raise her daughter, showing exactly why it’s so important to fight rape culture.
The number one question the patriarchy is asking is: “How do we make women feel less-than, now that they think they’re enough?” And, often, patriarchy finds ways to do so. This article addresses four ways that Indian culture in particular works to stifle women’s liberation, as well as this author’s suggestions for how to push back against it and stand up for yourself.
It’s a go-to romcom staple: Boy likes girl, but girl doesn’t like him back. The determined boy will then spend the movie trying to convince the girl to give him a chance. And although audiences are supposed to cheer him on, the truth of the matter is that this trope actually portrays stalking behavior. And when we show stalking as romantic, we start blurring lines.
Have you ever stood in front of your closet, worried about what you’re choosing to wear because you know that no matter what you pick, someone will have an opinion about it? Whether it’ll be pegged as too revealing, too dowdy, too shabby, or just “too much,” it boils down to the same problem: Women’s clothing choices are constantly under attack. This comic shows how.
Calling someone inspirational seems nice, right? And it is – when it’s reserved for people who you actually know. But when you tell a stranger or acquaintance with a disability that they’re inspiring just for living, you might be offending them with your unspoken assumptions. Read this article to find out why the overuse of this word can be ableist and hurtful.