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Terms You Should Know #5: Heteronormativity

By: Nicole Rizzo  Here’s a brief definition of heteronormativity from Cathy J. Cohen’s insightful article “Punks, Bulldaggers, and Welfare Queens: The Radical Potential of Queer Politics?” “By ‘heteronormativity’ I mean both those localized practices and those centralized institutions which legitimize and privilege heterosexuality and heterosexual relationships as fundamental and ‘natural’ within society” (Cohen, 440). Why … Continue reading

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Terms You Should Know #4: Sex Positivity

By: Nicole Rizzo Here’s a brief definition of sex positivity from the Women and Gender Advocacy Center at Colorado State University at http://www.wgac.colostate.edu/sex-positivity: “Like many terms within feminism, sex positivity means different things to different people. As a broad ideology and world view, sex positivity is simply the idea that all sex, as long as it is … Continue reading

International Women’s Day is Today
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International Women’s Day is Today

Visitors to the Google Homepage today will see a new Google doodle celebrating… what now exactly? Womanness, or womaninity? Well at least it has something to do with women. Women world-wide. Pardon this blogger’s confusion; I was not familiar with International Women’s Day before yesterday — when the Humanist Observances calendar linked to my personal … Continue reading

Laverne Cox on Transphobia
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Laverne Cox on Transphobia

Laverne Cox, Orange is the New Black actress and trans* advocate, recently stood up to Katie Couric for asking a rude question about transitioning. Cox, eloquent as always, responded that “the preoccupation with transition and its surgery objectifies trans* people.” This preoccupation takes away the focus from the mass amounts of violence that faces the trans* … Continue reading

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TYSK #3: Misandry (and why it’s not a thing)

Misandry (definition: hatred of men) is not a thing. This is a controversial statement to make. However, when feminists use this catchy slogan, we are completely aware of the fact that there are, indeed, situations in which men are disadvantaged by their gender. We are not disputing this fact, we are simply pointing out that, … Continue reading

Terms you should know

Terms You Should Know #1: Street Harassment

Here is a definition of Street Harassment, courtesy of StopStreetHarassment.org: Unwelcome words and actions by unknown persons in public places which are motivated by gender and invade a person’s physical and emotional space in a disrespectful, creepy, startling, scary, or insulting way. There are various definitions of street harassment, but all of them specify that street … Continue reading