The Woman Who’s Making a Difference for Pregnant Workers

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When Peggy Young became pregnant in 2006, she needed her job’s health benefits at UPS the most. But instead of being given a new light-duty job or offered the chance to continue her regular job so long as she didn’t lift anything heavier than 20 pounds, Young was forced out of work. For the last six […]

Ferguson: “A Grave Injustice”

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The following is the statement of Eleanor Smeal, founder and president of the Feminist Majority Foundation: The Feminist Majority Foundation is outraged at the decision not to indict Darren Wilson. This should have been a public trial. Wilson should have been charged immediately after the shooting of Michael Brown, who was shot at least six […]

What Bill Cosby and the University of Virginia Can Teach Us

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As accusations of sexual assault against Bill Cosby mount, students, faculty and staff of the University of Virginia, meanwhile, are adding their names to a petition addressed to the college’s president, demanding that campus organizations be held accountable for sexual violence. Both cases have gained a significant amount of media attention recently for allegations that […]

We Need to Talk About Sexual Violence

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Reprinted with permission from Old Gold & Black TRIGGER WARNING: Some of the content in this column may contain triggers for individuals who have experienced various forms of sexual assault. Read at your own discretion. Rape has become normalized in college culture. It’s normal to wake up in a fellow student’s bed and not remember […]

Why I Created Bye Felipe

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I created the Instagram account @byefelipe three weeks ago in order to compile harassing and hostile messages men send to women after being rejected or ignored. Since creating Bye Felipe, it has become apparent that a standard trajectory of discourse with men online is this: Man hits on woman, woman rejects or ignores him, man […]

This is What Democracy Looks Like

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Today marks the 19th annual National Day of Protest To Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation. It also marks the 74th day since Michael Brown was killed by Ferguson Police Department officer Darren Wilson. It has been 74 days since Leslie McSpadden hugged her son. When unarmed Brown was shot down […]

Why Schools—Not Law Enforcement—Should Investigate Campus Rapes

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There’s one question about campus rape that comes up again and again: Why isn’t the crime handled exclusively by law enforcement? In a perfect world, the legal system would effectively arbitrate this crime, but given law enforcement’s dismal record on sex crimes, schools have no choice but to adjudicate campus rapes in order to comply […]

Federal Judge Faces Wife-Beating Charges; Refuses to Step Down

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A federal judge in Alabama was arrested in August after his wife called 911 to report domestic violence. On the 911 tape, Kelli Fuller, wife of Judge Mark Fuller, says, “Help me, please. Please help me. He’s beating on me,” while the sounds of one person striking another can be heard in the background. Judge […]

The Women in This Room

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I am not like the women in this room. There are hundreds of them, plastered to the walls of the Korean Cultural Center in the mid-city neighborhood of Los Angeles. Some are as large as ostrich eggs; others are petite and demure. They announce themselves in shimmering metallics and matte pastels; uneven clumps of glitter […]

Why Outing the Domestic Violence Survivor — and Her Abuser — Might Just Save Lives

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[TRIGGER WARNING: Discussion of domestic violence] I’m outing myself. It’s not an easy thing to do, out yourself. I’ve kept a lot of my story secret for many years, for many reasons. Reflecting on my life with my abuser, I now realize I minimized the conflicts, marginalized the incidents, telling myself I was making more […]