Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Are you a feminist?

By Jillian Washburn

I hear it every semester in at least one of my classes, “raise your hands if you consider yourself a feminist”. Immediately, as if without thought, my hand shoots into the air before my professor can get the words out of their mouth. I glance around trying to see which of my fellow classmates are willing to raise their hands proudly (usually a small percent) and which much to my chagrin, keep their hands low by their sides, while the rest don’t raise their hands at all. The following discussion, about why people didn’t raise their hands, often leads into stereotypes about what a feminist is, or what you have to do to be considered a feminist. Things like you have to hate men, you must want women to have special privileges, you must be a woman, etc. None of these statements are necessarily true in order for someone to call themselves a feminist; by the most basic definition, a feminist is someone (no matter what sex, gender, sexual orientation, or identity) with the belief that men and women should be treated equally in all aspects of life (politically, economically, socially); if you agree with this statement then you are a feminist! Being an activist isn’t a requirement for being a feminist. There are of course, feminists who are more active than others, they may attend protests, marches, or conferences trying to make a difference in the lives of women, but there are also feminists who commit small, daily acts of feminism by simply speaking up against something they don’t agree with, then of course there are all the feminists in-between and beyond that don’t simply fit into one category or the other. What it means to be a feminist changes from person to person just as any other part of an identity does, but we all have common goals in mind. While at Umass Dartmouth I have discovered more of who I am as person and being a feminist is an important part of my identity. For me it has become a way of life. Although I am involved in many different aspects of the ‘feminist world’, I also make sure that I speak up in class, become involved with different activities on campus through the Women’s Resource Center, and try to educate people in my life who don’t know as much about a subject as I do. If more people were willing to listen to what being a feminist truly is, then we might be able to break down those stereotypes and show them they are probably a feminist too.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Dont Ask Dont Tell Dont Fix

By Brandon Keller

The battle over Don't Ask Don't Tell (DADT) has been going on for a while now, years really. If the subject itself was so serious and the process so agonizing the situation would almost be comical. There have been senate debates, panels, advertising from both sides of the issue but ultimately little has been done to progress the issue out of a congressional deadlock.

Well, that's not entirely fair... Those who want to block the repeal of DADT have made several advances, and the fight to repeal it has come a long way since 1993.

The issue is both straightforward and complex, however, so perhaps some background is needed.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Nicki Minaj: Black Hanna Montana? GLBTQ Role Model? Or Influencing Body Consciousness?

by Nikki Rivera

Putting her love life aside to focus of her rising career, Minaj, whom says she does not have time to date, appears to be struggling to balance the sexual power she has accumulated with her fame.  Refraining from speaking about sex in interviews while freely expressing herself through her work,  Minaj says "I do put the block up because I feel like all people want to talk about is sex. I give you enough in my record."  Even creating a male alter ego to  to express her masculinity without criticism, Minaj fights to break double standards saying "I do what the boys do. The boys take their shirts off , they work out,  they feel on their crotch. Why don’t people talk about that?"

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


Nikki Rivera, UMDWRC

What the fck do I buy my uncle and his new husband for Christmas this year?  Guys are already hard to buy for, but what do I fcking get my gay best friend, who lacks the "hair, make up, and glitter gene," for Christmas?  Where can you find fcking awesome Christmas presents and also support homosexual youth suicide prevention?

This is the site you want to check out!!!  With online shopping being so popular this Christmas, FCKH8.com is making it easy for shoppers to beat the holiday rush, find great gifts for gay, lesbian, trans-gendered, questionable AND straight family members, and support youth suicide prevention.

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Monday, December 6, 2010

A Cold Shoulder for Women’s Hockey by Gregory Allen

The World Hockey Summit met in August to discuss the future, foundation, and prominent  aspects of the sport of ice hockey. On the agenda, the looming expulsion of women’s hockey from the Olympics. Committee president Jacques Rogge decided to place women’s hockey on notice following several lopsided scores in the most recent Olympic Games, held in Vancouver, Canada.
Also an important topic at the summit, the dwindling participation in youth hockey across North America. Misconceptions of violent occurrences, and notions equipment required is too expensive to play, have kept most children from continuing activities in the sport into their teen years. Statistics revealed at the summit imply that nearly half of all children participating in youth hockey quit before the age of ten. Despite this evidence that the foundation of the sport is in increasing jeopardy, Rogge and others have renewed their push to remove women from participating in ice hockey.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, "She doesn't have what it takes." They will say, "Women don't have what it takes." ~Clare Boothe Luce

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Why Women Stay

As a woman, it can be difficult to find your voice and feel comfortable saying no. Because of how society socializes women, we are taught that it is important to please others, regardless of our own desires. If you have ever agreed to have sex with someone when you really didn't want to, then you know what I mean. Some women pass down the idea to their daughters that they should put others first, perpetuating a cycle that results in the abuse of women. This is one reason that women remain in abusive relationships, or seek them out.

A Season of Light. A Season of Stress.

I watched a re-run of Family Guy last night. In this episode, Lois freaks out because she is exhausted from Christmas preparations. She sets fire to their tree and goes on a rampage through the town of Quahog. This episode really resonated with me, even though I don't have children. I have done the majority of the shopping for the approximately 40 people on our list, many of whom are nieces and nephews on my husband's side of the family. Last Saturday I spent hours wrapping all of those presents. And I'm still not done. I have to pick up something for my Dad, find the perfect book about trains for my Godson, get something for my neighbors who were overly generous last year, a gift certificate for my brother in law and his wife, go to Target and get dog toys for nine dogs, and maybe something else for my mother.