School leaders and politicians are rampantly advocating for campus dress codes. However, most of those codes police, target, and negatively impact students who are girls, of color, poor or working class, and/or gender non-conforming. Further, they scapegoat those students for any problems the schools may have and force teachers to police students’ appearance.
Though America claims to stand for freedom, it reserves that freedom for a small, privileged, and entitled portion of its society. The parents of Black and Brown children, however, have to teach their children how to survive racism and other forms of institutional oppression. In this video, A’Driane Nieves passionately explains what freedom should look like.
With pregnancy comes changes to your body. And if you struggle with negative body image, those changes can provide a unique hurdle. For those struggling with or recovering from eating disorders, pregnancy can be a complicated time. So how do you cope with this in a healthy, productive way? Check out this infographic from NEDA for some quick and helpful advice!
Patriarchy has delegated the realm of parenting to women and girls. Consequently, fathers, specifically teenage fathers, are not given the resources or skills to emotionally and financially provide for their children. This invisible dynamic, with the support of legislative classism and racism, perpetuates class immobility for many teen fathers and their families. Let’s do better.
In a world filled with misogyny, children are taught to diet at terrifyingly early ages and women are perpetually assessed by oppressive, fatphobic, Eurocentric, patriarchal standards of beauty (as opposed to character or skill). Liz Boltz Ranfeld vows to break the cycle of fat-shaming by loving and celebrating her daughter regardless of weight or size.
What do you think of when you hear “reproductive rights?” Access to abortion and birth control, most likely. For most people, the list ends there. But reproductive rights are also about HOW a person will give birth. Where, when, and with whom a person gives birth is equally important a right as their ability to prevent, continue, or terminate a pregnancy. Here’s why.
Tween girls are too often silenced about their own girlhood, leading to their behaviors being determined by how comfortable or uncomfortable someone else seems to be with what they say or do. Here are a few prevalent but toxic messages to watch out for and some constructive alternatives to help encourage them to get in touch with their voice and speak up.
Most parents don’t want to believe that their child is capable of doing anything wrong — especially bullying others. But the truth is, this denial is only making the problem worse. Parents and guardians are the ones who have to face the reality of bullying, and take charge against it. Here are some helpful tips on how to begin this difficult process.
When it comes to addressing domestic abuse and working to eradicate it, feminism has played a critical role. But there’s one area of abuse that doesn’t get enough recognition in the movement: child abuse – especially child abuse committed by women. In order to address it, we need to see the abuse of children for what it is, regardless of the abuser’s gender.