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Feminspire | April 24, 2014

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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

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

If There Are No Women, Does That Mean There’s No Sexism?

February 4, 2014 | Sully Moreno | 5 Comments

Over the past few years, Super Bowl ads have been highly scrutinized for sexism. This year, Miss Representation even launched an app fashioned after their #NotBuyingIt campaign so tracking offensive ads could be easier than ever. And it seems that … Read More

Why White Feminists Need To Shut Up and Listen When It Comes To Race

January 9, 2014 | Briana Ureña-Ravelo | 22 Comments

Ya’ll, we’ve gotta talk.

We’ve got a privilege problem within “anti-racism” and white feminism.

We’ve got too many people like Tim Wise who make a profit positing themselves as authorities on people of color’s issues, our lives, and who are … Read More

A Kiss on the Hand May Be Quite Continental, But Our Kids Need to Learn Consent

December 31, 2013 | Sully Moreno | One Comment

When the story of a 6-year-old boy suspended from school for giving a classmate an unsolicited kiss on the hand emerged, most of the public attention was outrage at the school for using the term “sexual harassment”. While admittedly that … Read More

That Peter Pan Collar Blouse Won’t Change Who You Are

December 16, 2013 | Noor Al-Sibai | One Comment

I can’t be the only one who does this.

It usually starts with an ad on the side of my news feed, or maybe just boredom, or procrastination. I find myself on ASOS, Modcloth, Nasty Gal, or any … Read More

Reading Aloud: A Cure for Depression?

December 12, 2013 | | One Comment

During my ongoing battle with depression, I’ve experimented with all sorts of things to get myself out of the dark places. I’ve signed up for swing dance classes again, and started doing yoga on my own. I’ve watched less … Read More

Our Selfies Our Choice: Why “Feminist” Writers Need To Stop Judging Our Instagrams

November 25, 2013 | Malia Schilling | 6 Comments

Despite a fierce and abiding love for Rihanna, I’d always felt annoyed and somewhat turned off by her seemingly endless stream of Instagram selfies. A few weeks ago, this feminist discussion via Google Hangout about Rihanna’s music video for “Pour It Up” provoked … Read More

Blackface vs Boston Bombing Victim: You Want Us to Pick the Worst One?!

November 4, 2013 | Sully Moreno

Halloween is meant to be a fun, stress-free holiday. It doesn’t involve putting together an elaborate dinner party for the family like Thanksgiving, or of finding a date like New Year’s Eve or Valentine’s Day. But as I stand a … Read More

Diamonds: A Woman’s Best Friend, Or Worst Nightmare?

November 1, 2013 | Mansi Kathuria | 12 Comments

In our society, a marriage proposal is strikingly incomplete without a diamond ring. I have friends who have already imagined or even picked out their dream engagement rings from places like WP Diamonds.

Your fiancé should spend three months’ worth … Read More