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Feminspire | April 16, 2014

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Why I Know Feminism is Going to Make Me a Better Parent

April 14, 2014 | Lucy Grist

Growing up, I had no intention of becoming a parent. The idea of children didn’t appeal to me, and a career seemed a lot more important, even when I had no idea what career path I wanted to take. It has … Read More

Can Lupita Nyong’o’s Lancôme Campaign Help End Colorism?

April 11, 2014 | Keziyah Lewis | 2 Comments

Whether it’s her charm, beauty, talent, and grace, or her fortitude for shining on the red carpet and on screen, there is no shortage of reasons to appreciate Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o. And consequently, over the past year, she has … Read More

Somewhere in America, Hijabis Are “Hipster”

April 3, 2014 | Dina El-Rifai

After watching the Somewhere In America video, which consists of Muslim hijabi women, that call themselves “Muslim hipsters” or “#Mipsterz”, dressed in stylish clothing, goofing around with friends, taking selfies, skateboarding in heels, and just having fun, I watched it again, and … Read More

Women Authors Don’t Need John Green to Succeed

March 7, 2014 | Amanda Duncil | 4 Comments

My love for books is boundless, but discussing my predilections is a source of anxiety. Over time, I’ve learned that inquiries about my favorite titles are rarely expressions of genuine interest, but rather a litmus test for intellectual prowess … Read More

I’m Over the Trend of Black “It” Girls

March 6, 2014 | Alexsis Johnson | 8 Comments

I’m over black “it” girls.

It’s indisputable that Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar-winning actress, fresh faced fashion darling, and kick- ass flight attendant co-star of Liam Neeson is having a moment. Lupita’s face is everywhere, much like Jennifer Lawrence after the Oscars … Read More

Yes, We Need International Sex Worker Rights Day

March 6, 2014 | Madison Carlson | One Comment

“Society demonizes sexworkers because they demand more money than women should for services men expect for free.” - Anne McClintock

Held every year on March 3, International Sex Worker Rights Day began in India in 2001. Its original organizers were the Durbar … Read More

Oscars 2014: The Reign of Lupita & Forgotten Recognition of Trans Women

March 3, 2014 | Shelby Rosten | One Comment

So Ellen DeGeneres threw a giant pizza party for the stars Sunday night, or haven’t you heard? There were record-breaking selfies, and Brad Pitt passed around the paper plates. Award shows are always a mixed bag when it comes to feminism and diversity, … Read More

Why Aren’t Canadian Inmates Entitled to Human Rights?

February 24, 2014 | Sherrie Silman

The Prison Industrial Complex is one of the last vestiges of institutionalized (legalized) slavery in North America. And, for Canadians, it’s about to get worse.

Canadian inmates are expected to pay for their own toiletries (soap, shampoo, deodorant), as well … Read More

How a Pope Became One of the World’s Biggest Superstars

February 17, 2014 | Kristy Pirone

Rolling Stone’s February cover star has never had a hit single. He hasn’t won an Olympic medal or established a trillion-dollar tech empire. But over the course of just one year, Pope Francis has touched the hearts and minds of … Read More

Our Media Keeps Disappointing Us and Doesn’t Know How to Stop

February 12, 2014 | Lauren Slavin | One Comment

“And remember,” I told the new writer with a smile, “One of the best parts of being a journalist is that you get to act like an idiot.”

I was a newly appointed editor at my college newspaper. Not even … Read More

Why Lena Dunham’s Curves Make Me Feel Like Shit About My Own

February 7, 2014 | Chelsea Leibow | 2 Comments

It’s true: Lena Dunham’s very public, extremely naked, hotly discussed body has made me more self conscious of my own. As a woman who “sort of looks like that,” as a girl who was always “chunky” or “slightly overweight,” Lena’s … Read More

I Can Be a Christian AND a Feminist! …Can’t I?

February 6, 2014 | Danielle Aleman | 8 Comments

A few years ago, as I was eating lunch with a few classmates, a woman came around asking for signatures for a petition. My classmates had no hesitation and signed it while saying how great of a cause the petition … Read More