Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Blame it on Fraternites or Rape Culture?

After reading Chloe's post: Caitlin Flanagan calls for the end of fraternities @ Feministing.com
I quickly realized that this is a battle both myself and some feminist friends on campus have been dealing with all semester. What is the real problem here? Why don't we have more co-ed fraternity/sorority groups? Why don't we start a feminist one?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

How do you tell someone you have an STD?

By Samantha Coffin
After viewing the video below I decided it was time for me to share my opinion on talking to sex partners about STDs.


In 2007 I was diagnosed with an STD. Herpes. I got genital herpes from a boyfriend I had been dating for six months but just started sleeping with. He was my first sexual partner after my rape in 2005. I was very confused when my doctor told me what I had and who I got it from. Convinced I got herpes from my rapist, I apologized up and down to my "then" partner and told him I couldn't believe that happened. Why did we have sex that one time without a condom? OMG?

It felt like my life was over and I was stuck with my partner for the rest of my life and we should just start picking baby names and talking about marriage. I was 18 years old.

In 2009 my partner decided to end our relationship. I wanted to go places and he didn't. I wanted to travel and he was comfy right where he was. So the relationship ended and I was left as a single 20 year old women with an STD that I would have FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Were You Watching?

     Women's basketball continues to gain recognition thanks to the outstanding play of the college elite. This year's NCAA tournament provided upset and superior athleticism, as well as showcased a blend of talent and dedication to academics offering positive examples to women of all ages.

     Were you watching? You may be reminding yourself at this point that you came across a game or two by accident while you were watching the men's tournament. Unfortunately this may be the case for many as the women's games were not easily found on the major networks until the final four. However the women of college basketball certainly made sure that someone was watching this year. The defeat of UConn in the semi finals shocked every sports fan as it opened up the door for an unlikely champion. Texas A&M took the title this year defeating Notre Dame 76-70.

     If you were wondering what became of the UConn women after their loss...you likely missed the WNBA draft on April 11th. Senior, Maya Moore took the number one pick sending her to the Minnesota Lynx where she'll begin a lengthy professional career. Continue to follow and support these amazing athletes and amazing women as they begin their WNBA season this Spring! Viva women's sports!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Feminism's Identity Crisis: The Future of Feminism!

Miriam Perez of Feministing.com will be coming to Umass Dartmouth April 7, at 7:00 p.m. in the Woodland Commons. Miriam Perez is a writer, consultant, and renowned speaker.

Everyone is curious: What's the future of feminism? We hear mostly about inter-generational feminist cat fighting and how feminism must be dead, but what's really going on?

Feministing.com Editor Miriam Perez will talk about the future of the women's movement in an increasingly diverse community and how online activists are pushing the envelope!

This event is sponsored by the Women's Resource Center and the Women's Studies Program.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Start Smart Workshop @ Umass Dartmouth!!

Tuesday, April 12th @ 5pm (EQUAL PAY DAY!!!) we will have a Start Smart workshop for Juniors, Seniors and Graduates in the Woodland Commons at Umass Dartmouth.

Register by April 11th with Kim Sylvia at  508.910.4584or ksylvia@umassd.edu

Also if you cannot be at Umass Dartmouth on this day, please check out the wage project website: http://www.wageproject.org/

FOR MORE information on what the Start Smart workshops are, look here: What Is A $tart$mart Workshop