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  • Cheyenne Harrison
    Published a day ago
    Why I didn't speak out

    Why I didn't speak out

    February 2018, I was in the midst of a crisis. I was in an abusive relationship at the tender age of 17. Now a question you might ask is, why did you stay with him? Well, any woman that has been abused by a spouse, will say this. "I loved him".
  • Kate Charlton
    Published 2 days ago
    Feminism

    Feminism

    t.w. sexual assault
  • Whitney Sweet
    Published 3 days ago
    Facebook targeted ads and how to disappoint a robot.

    Facebook targeted ads and how to disappoint a robot.

    My husband and I were married in 2012. The first time we were asked when we were going to have kids was by a family member, at our reception.
  • Isabel Jaramillo
    Published 3 days ago
    Catholic Schoolgirl turned Feminist
  • ME
    Published 3 days ago
    Pro-choice or pro-life?

    Pro-choice or pro-life?

    Pro-choice or pro-life. These are the two options and possible answers when it comes to the question 'What is your opinion on abortion?' I will be honest with you all and say from the start that I am pro-choice, and in the next few minutes (and words) I will explain to you why. And I will do that by sharing some of the views of the opposition and why I disagree with them.
  • Miquela Wallace
    Published 4 days ago
    #METOO

    #METOO

    I want to start this out by saying, that this is my story. It was my biggest kept secret. I hid the truth of what really happened that night, because for a long time- I wasn't even sure it constituted as assault I suffered for months and pushed down, bottled up and allowed my attack to remain a silent joy stealer in my life. Even now, I still have flash backs, And I question it all the time.
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Activism
  • Stephanie Hale
    Published 11 days ago
    Why Did You Wait So Long To Speak Out?

    Why Did You Wait So Long To Speak Out?

    I understand that we are currently facing many challenges; however, I wanted to talk about an issue that has been weighing heavily on my mind. As the 2020 presidential race heats up, I feel the need to start a conversation regarding the sexual assault accusations against presidential nominee Joe Biden. I am not here to, nor will I, offer my opinion as to whether I believe he is guilty of the accusations. Individuals who are in support of Joe Biden, who also happen to be supporters of the #MeToo movement, have raised several legitimate issues against his accuser except for one. It is this issue that I want to address. Supporters of Biden, and under similar circumstances supporters of supreme justice Kavanaugh, appeared to doubt the truth behind the victim’s account due to the fact that they remained silent on the alleged attacks for several years. They claim to find it suspicious that the women are just now coming out with these accusations when the accused is seeking a position of importance and authority. With that being said, women’s right advocates have provided numerous explanations, all backed by scientific research, as to why a woman would remain silent. In some instances, it is because it happened during a time when women were not taken seriously. In others, it is due to fear of repercussions, being accused of making a false accusation, ostracization, humiliation, and so on. Perhaps they did speak up and were silenced by the accuser? These are but a few examples that need to be considered.
  • Shoaib Rahaman
    Published 14 days ago
    Allegations Of Gender Inequality In Articles On The English Wiki

    Allegations Of Gender Inequality In Articles On The English Wiki

    This is according to a report published in the US-based news outlet Telegraph. Wade is a British physicist. He has created 620 articles on Wikipedia over the past two years. Almost all of which are related to the biography of the person. Wade’s main complaint is that the administrators and editors of the English Wikipedia have unfairly identified many of the articles he writes about women as unfit for Wikipedia.
  • Tarice Simone
    Published 15 days ago
    My Blackness, and Lady Parts

    My Blackness, and Lady Parts

    I became aware of my blackness when I was in the 8th grade; oh, excuse me, I became aware that I was African American in the 8th grade. It seemed as though a great majority of the black kids I grew up with in school discovered their ethnicity that year. You see, I started to hear things like "I'm not black, I'm Jamaican." or "I'm only half black, I'm mixed with..." or even "My family is from Ghana, but I was born here. I'm African, but not African American."
Beauty
  • Grace Seymour
    Published 9 days ago
    On Self Image

    On Self Image

    Along with the rest of the (privileged) world lockdown has me confined to my home with absolutely nothing to do. Along with nothing to do comes the desire for obsessive social media usage, and absolutely bugger all to share with the world. My lockdown posts so far have been a few pictures of my dog looking cute, one selfie, a compilation of little things that had made me smile, and one snapchat thirst trap of an especially booby selfie with an inane caption about managing to get dressed. While wasting away another day in lockdown I (unusually for me) decided to do a full face of makeup, which lead to wandering around my home until I found the most flattering lighting, then banging out about 100 selfies until I found one where I liked my facial expression. Clearly, this was already very much me at my best, but because of the time of day the lighting wasn’t quite as flattering as it could’ve been, so I figured I’d whack it in Facetune and knock down the contrast a bit and up the saturation to recreate that perfect “golden hour” lighting. After a lot of little tweaks I finally had “the perfect selfie”, which in my eyes was still just a selfie because all I’d really done was touch up the lighting. At this point I paused before instagramming it purely because I was worried about posting two selfies too close together and seeming vain, so the selfie sat in my camera roll for a few days.
  • Lisaidy Zabala
    Published 15 days ago
    Beauty of being Latina

    Beauty of being Latina

    Hi!. My name is Lisaidy and I'm a proud Latina.
  • Marge Purifoy
    Published 18 days ago
    10 Facts about Careprost Eye Drop Lash Growth Serum

    10 Facts about Careprost Eye Drop Lash Growth Serum

    Achieve lusciously long and thick eye lashes with Careprost serum
Body
  • Cheyenne Harrison
    Published a day ago
    Why I didn't speak out

    Why I didn't speak out

    February 2018, I was in the midst of a crisis. I was in an abusive relationship at the tender age of 17. Now a question you might ask is, why did you stay with him? Well, any woman that has been abused by a spouse, will say this. "I loved him".
  • ME
    Published 3 days ago
    Pro-choice or pro-life?

    Pro-choice or pro-life?

    Pro-choice or pro-life. These are the two options and possible answers when it comes to the question 'What is your opinion on abortion?' I will be honest with you all and say from the start that I am pro-choice, and in the next few minutes (and words) I will explain to you why. And I will do that by sharing some of the views of the opposition and why I disagree with them.
  • Jasmine Turner
    Published 5 days ago
    Seven to Twenty-Five

    Seven to Twenty-Five

    The sexualization of my body began when I was seven years old.
Book Reviews
  • Alexander Gates
    Published 23 days ago
    Women, War and Power in David Malouf's 'Ransom'

    Women, War and Power in David Malouf's 'Ransom'

    Women in David Malouf’s Ransom are significant in their absence, remaining confined to the historical and social realities of the novel’s setting. While Malouf’s reinterpretation of the world of Homer’s Iliad explores the nature of violence, war and patrimony, these themes are never removed from their traditionally-understood place within the ‘masculine’ sphere of influence, and the author presents a society, in which woman’s importance exists only in her association with the deeds of great men. As a result, the women in Ransom serve only the roles a patriarchal society will permit; those of wives, mothers and handmaidens. Malouf’s choice not to challenge these stereotypes may be read as a result of his authorial loyalty to the source material, or, more-critically, as an exploration of the ways in which cultural narratives surrounding war and violence are presented as almost-entirely masculine affairs.
  • Reija Sillanpaa
    Published 3 months ago
    Inspirational Women in Fiction
  • Cheryl E Preston
    Published 4 months ago
    Queen Haley is a woman to be admired

    Queen Haley is a woman to be admired

    Alex Haley, the author of the best selling book Roots. also wrote a book named for his paternal grandmother, titled Queen, the story of an American family. Each book was turned into a made for television mini series. Queen, aired over three nights in February 1993 on CBS. Alex Haley died before the book was completed and it was finished by his co author David Stevens. I’ve watched the mini series three times and read the book at least five times. I find the story of this woman to be simply fascinating. Since March is women’s history month I decided to celebrate this woman in American history who I believe is very inspiring. According to Wikepedia, David Stevens said he had hundreds of pages of notes that Haley’s left behind, but he completed the book mostly from the memory of conversations he had with the heroine’s grandson.
Career
  • Ashley Beeby
    Published 8 days ago
    A Female Apprentice

    A Female Apprentice

    Being a tradesperson in the heavy vehicle transport industry as a female is a factor that I will not prioritise while sharing my experiences of work and the world, for reasons you will soon understand, but I cannot deny its influence on my experiences – and it might not be in the ways you’re expecting.
  • Destiny Smalls
    Published about a month ago
    Femininity in the workplace

    Femininity in the workplace

    As a working woman, it is really hard to be feminine and soft at your place of employment. It some times feel like you have to take on very masculine energy just to keep up and stand in your place.
  • Matiria Baker
    Published 3 months ago
    Women Rule the world

    Women Rule the world

    As the world keeps spinning and one or two cars buzz by, what is the best way to remember the amazing women who make other women? Well I have a quote that I made up. Would you like to hear it? Of course you do, well it goes like this, "Beauty is just a mask you hide behind but the true beauty is you're creative and you're imagination and how you bring it to the world". The wonderful woman who inspires me to be a creative and out of the box is my favorite actress Meryl Streep. She inspired me to be an actress myself and I'm very passionate about it and I know I have what it takes to be one.
Fact Or Fiction
  • EnlightenedMindzSpeak
    Published 20 days ago
    A Cry Never Heard Too

    A Cry Never Heard Too

    As time went on Lilianna became best friends with Mary Jane. Her father had never looked at her the same and it felt like wonderful life that she once knew would never be the same. Before the travesty against her body she had been somewhat an ambivert, knowing when to be introvert and extrovert. However after the rape she went completely changed, becoming an introvert completely. It was as if her spirit internally had been crushed, no longer in touch with God. She started to question if he was real, why would he let that happen to her, was it her fault for being disobedient or sneaky. Poor Lilianna, a child that had to face so many hard questions.
  • Lena Bailey
    Published 23 days ago
    Myths about abortions

    Myths about abortions

    When all the bans came down last year there was a lot of misinformation that swirled around. The pro life and pro choice people both believed lies. A lot of Americans are pro choice. I wanted to put out the truth as a neutral person.
  • Ola
    Published 2 months ago
    It’s okay to objectify men I guess

    It’s okay to objectify men I guess

    I came across an article online posted on Elite Daily. Author Alexia LaFata apparently thinks it is “completely okay to objectify men” because men are always the oppressors and women are always the oppressed. LaFata emphasizes on the existence of “the male gaze,” which is the idea that women are portrayed as sexual objects to satisfy a straight, male audience. Notice how I made the previous words bold and italicized, because LaFata just loves to stress on straightness and maleness.
Feminism
Gender Roles
  • Whitney Sweet
    Published 3 days ago
    Facebook targeted ads and how to disappoint a robot.

    Facebook targeted ads and how to disappoint a robot.

    My husband and I were married in 2012. The first time we were asked when we were going to have kids was by a family member, at our reception.
  • Dominic Warr
    Published 7 days ago
     Modern Day Woman and Mom

    Modern Day Woman and Mom

    In the 1800s and even early 1900s women were the housekeepers, the children bearers, the right side of a man. And in the late 1900s and early 2000s women had to either CHOOSE to be mothers/housekeepers or career driven, business focused powerhouses.
  • Raine fielder
    Published 10 days ago
    Girly =/= Stupid

    Girly =/= Stupid

    If a teenage girl would enjoy it, it must be shallow, stupid and bad. That’s what everyone is supposed to believe right? I am even guilty of this myself, when I tell a male to watch a “girly” show I’ll say, “I know it seems girly but it’s actually good”. Yeah, just think about that statement for a moment, read it again and really think about it. How horrible is that?
Health
  • Miquela Wallace
    Published 4 days ago
    #METOO

    #METOO

    I want to start this out by saying, that this is my story. It was my biggest kept secret. I hid the truth of what really happened that night, because for a long time- I wasn't even sure it constituted as assault I suffered for months and pushed down, bottled up and allowed my attack to remain a silent joy stealer in my life. Even now, I still have flash backs, And I question it all the time.
  • Poppy
    Published 10 days ago
    And that’s on Period.

    And that’s on Period.

    We’ve all been there. We all have that one (or several) horrendous tales that we tell our girlfriends over the G&Ts, about our monthly duelings with ‘her downstairs’. An embarrassing accident on the bus, or that one time you wore white and, well... Every woman battles it at some point. And it's a journey you can't wait to start, until it happens. I had one friend at secondary school who managed to stave off having a period till she was 15, and we were all incredibly jealous. And yet, she couldn't wait to get it and be 'part of the gang'. The gang that had to endure P.E lessons in shorts because trackies weren't allowed. Or the excruciating embarrassment of changing in front of your entire year group, only to discover your pad was hanging out like a chavs tits. She couldn't wait for all that? I assured her, she really wasn't missing out, she was one of the lucky ones.
  • Femicure Healthcare
    Published 10 days ago
    What Is Unexplained Infertility? Can It Be Treated?

    What Is Unexplained Infertility? Can It Be Treated?

    As per the fertility specialist in India, the inability to have a baby even after trying at least for one year can be defined as infertility. A woman near her forties who is unable to have a baby even after trying for six months are also infertile. Today, infertility is a common issue that is faced by many people. Especially, people who are in their mid-thirties, or near their forties are more likely to be infertile. Around 10% of all couples are affected by infertility. Infertility can be gender-based, but the issue is faced by both the genders, almost equally.
History
  • Mae McCreery
    Published 16 days ago
    The Lost Generation

    The Lost Generation

    It’s easy for one to imagine the colossal leap basic education has bounded in the last hundred years. Back in the 20’s women were just being allowed into colleges, albeit these were mostly colleges for women only. Harvard didn’t even allow women on the main campus; a separate college called Radcliffe worked with Harvard but did not give out diplomas until 1963. Although most women were allowed equal education through certain colleges, they were not allowed an equal diploma.
  • Adriane Kirby
    Published 18 days ago
    The Roll of a Woman

    The Roll of a Woman

    This world is changing all of the time. And as it changes so does our roll as as a woman. As you can tell through out history , change is very important. If we are not changing we are going backwards , and the point is always to move forward.
  • Paula C. Henderson
    Published 27 days ago
    We Celebrate the Birthday of Anne Frank

    We Celebrate the Birthday of Anne Frank

    We Remember Anne Frank on June 12. Her Birthday.
Product Review
  • Jiska Stuij
    Published 2 months ago
    EVERYTHING you need to know about BIRTH CONTROL!

    EVERYTHING you need to know about BIRTH CONTROL!

    Birth control. For one a miracle cure, for another hell on earth. Since the birth of the pill, many different variants of the contraceptive have appeared, each with its own side effects.
  • Jane Kenney
    Published 3 months ago
    I Used a Menstrual Cup For the First Time... This Is What Happened

    I Used a Menstrual Cup For the First Time... This Is What Happened

    Periods are a weird topic. Some people get too into it and some people get too grossed out by it. Honestly, it's a normal part of the female reproductive system, so get over it. If you get skeeved out by blood and feminine product talk, then this article is not for you.
  • Brianna McCormick
    Published 3 months ago
    Birth Control

    Birth Control

    I first started taking birth control because my periods were so heavy and long. I started with the pill, I think it worked for awhile but I always forgot to take my pill so it just wasn't the right one for me.
Relationships
  • Kourtney Husnick
    Published 26 days ago
    Stolen Kisses

    Stolen Kisses

    A kiss used to mean something to me. This time last year, I had only ever kissed three people.
  • Ellie
    Published about a month ago
    Low self-esteem and abuse

    Low self-esteem and abuse

    At first you're afraid of being alone. Maybe you came from a home that felt more like a battleground; where you were equal measures 'spoil of battle' and 'prisoner of war'. Maybe you heard one too many backhanded compliments as you became a woman.
  • JJ
    Published 2 months ago
    The Reflection of Connection

    The Reflection of Connection

    I would like to think that I am unique, but maybe you have similar experiences. At my age it is easy to say that I have an extensive dating resume. Think back to all of the guys you dated, had sex with, kissed, touched, dreamt about. What would your dating resume reveal about you?