CW: Institutional violence, campus sexual violence With the impending implementation of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ new Title IX regulations, students and advocates across the nation are mourning the regression of protections for students impacted by sexual violence. Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 prohibits gender discrimination in education and provides […]
Reproductive Health and Its Racist Origins
CW: nonconsensual experimentation, exploitation, & sexual abuse of enslaved people; forced sterilization J. Marion Sims, commonly referred to as the “father of modern gynecology,” owned slaves. Not only did he enslave people, but the bodies of those he enslaved were also the bodies that he experimented on–without anesthesia. One Black woman, Anarcha, was operated on […]
The New Title IX Rule Is Irresponsible, Dangerous, and Cruel
In May, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos released the final version of a new, 2,033-page Title IX regulation that shows a massive rewrite of schools’ obligations to address sexual harassment and assault complaints under Title IX—the federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in education. And like most things to come out of the Trump administration—it’s bad. The […]
Sex Work is Work: COVID-19’s Impact on the Sex Industry
How Does COVID-19 Affect Sex Workers? As the number of COVID-19 cases rapidly increases and most public places have closed due to social distancing, the livelihoods of sex workers are at risk. Sex workers cite that they have lost thousands of dollars due to cancelled conferences, travel restrictions, and clients’ fears of being in public […]
Change Is Happening–Just Look at Virginia.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam certainly had a busy weekend last week. Virginia undeniably has a history of oppressive legislation, particularly in regards to race relations, gun control, and reproductive rights and access. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the governor’s own less-than-palatable past, which is putting it mildly: he’s not exactly the poster […]
If I Were a Rich Man:
Franchise and Subcontracted Workers, Beware!
Join Feminist Majority Foundation intern Serena Saunders each week in If I Were a Rich Man as she explores the topic of money–as it relates to feminism–to provide young people with the information and resources they need to survive, thrive, and fight economic injustices. This week, Serena’s tackling a new federal rule on subcontractors and […]
#MyRightMyDecision: Join Us at the Supreme Court to Rally for Abortion Access
ACTION ALERT: Rally with us tomorrow, Wednesday, March 4, from 8AM–11:30AM at the U.S. Supreme Court to protect #MyRightMyDecision and abortion access! Tomorrow the U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments for June Medical Services v. Russo and will decide whether Louisiana’s admitting privileges law (Act 620) is unconstitutional based on the precedent […]
Consent Stained by Patriarchy is Not Black and White
Terms like “grey zone sex,” “lukewarm sex,” or even just “bad sex” have been used to describe intimate acts that appear consensual (i.e. the word “no” was never said) but can feel deeply violating and far from pleasurable. Writer, podcaster, and educator Ashley C. Ford shared a conversation she had with a friend that rings […]
Afghan Women Weren’t at the Negotiating Table Then, and They’re Not in the Peace Agreement Now
After 18 years of war, $780 billion spent on combat, and $130 billion spent on reconstruction, the administration’s new stated goal in Afghanistan is “to achieve a peace agreement that ensures Afghan soil is never used again by terrorists against the United States, its allies, or any country and allows American troops to return home.” […]
The Future is Feminist. The Future is the ERA.
If you haven’t heard yet, Virginia made history last month by becoming the 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment—marking a watershed moment of progress in the 97-year fight to add protections on the basis of sex to the U.S. Constitution. The ERA is a simple amendment, reading, “Equality of rights under the law […]