5 Oppressive (And Downright Rude) Assumptions About People Without Family

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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.

These Wise Ways to Deal with Tough Times Can Help You Through Life’s Struggles

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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.

7 Need-to-Know Steps for How to Have the Best First Date (And Possible Relationship) Ever with Another Woman

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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.

What Raising Our Daughters Can Teach Us About Fighting Rape Culture

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(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.

4 Ways Indian Culture Sends Its Young Women Toxic Messages – And How We Can Stand Up to Them

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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.

How Romantic Comedies and Social Media Teach Folks That Stalking Is Okay If It’s in the Name of Love

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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.

How Society Polices Women’s Clothing (No Matter What We Wear)

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.

7 Reasons to Stop Calling Disabled People Inspirational

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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.