There are these two young fish swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says, “Morning, boys, how's the water?” And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes, “What … Continue reading For The Girls of Tomorrow Existing Today: Reclaiming Our Bodies
"I pulled away and coiled myself at the top of the bed hoping he'd leave me alone/give up but he only pulled me closer to him and spread my legs open I begged him to at least use protection but he did not listen." A few days ago I opened my email account and was … Continue reading 6 Women Allege That XO Senavoe Raped Them
Won't let my freedom rot In Hell. Imma keep running 'cuz a winner don't quit on herself. - Beyonce Before we begin asking questions about who we are, we are told who we must be. Confined to simplistic binaries, we the Black women of the world are told that we can only be what whiteness … Continue reading Resolving Existential Angst Through Lemonade: Black Women Are
"Why are smart men still sexist?" The question itself is a bad one. Why do we presume smarter people possess better ethics? Well, it is because we are ableist. Ableism is the systematic maltreatment and disenfranchisement of people with disabilities. One's moral code has much to do with their socialization and their integrity, and little to do … Continue reading Why “Smart” Men Still Hold On To Sexism – 5 explanations
There is a popular metaphor used to deny women full control of our bodies, and used to justify a sexual double standard. It goes like this: "A key that can open many locks is called a master key, but a lock that can be opened by many keys is a shitty lock.” This metaphor is … Continue reading The Flimsy Analogy ofPenile-Vaginal Penetrative Sex As A Key And Lock?
There are many ways people pretend to be ethical. A popular way is to focus on religious identities while ignoring the substantive ways in which religious people treat others. As previously discussed, hyper-religious, post-colonial spaces like Ghana pay closer attention to whether people call themselves "Christian" or "Muslim" than to whether people treat other people … Continue reading Why Abusive Men Falsely Believe They’re “Good Guys”: Chivalry’s Distortion of Morality
Regrettably this post exclusively focuses on sexual autonomy in a heterosexual context. The idea of "saving yourself for marriage" is a patriarchal concept that stifles women's sexual autonomy. Even worse, "saving yourself for marriage" places women's right to bodily ownership into men's hands. Utilizing concepts from American Legal Jurisprudence, this essay argues that while men … Continue reading Saving Yourself For Marriage: Examining Women’s Inferior Right To Body Ownership