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 […]
Black Motherhood: An Inescapable Disparity
A study comparing infants of college-educated mothers found that rates of infant mortality and low birthweight were twice as high for Black infants compared to white infants. Additionally, Black infants were three times as likely to die from causes attributable to perinatal events. A different study observed similar disparities even when controlling for socioeconomic status. […]
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 Black Maternal Mortality Rate: A Fatal Side Effect of Racism
Black women in America are four times times more likely to die from pregnancy or childbirth than white women. In New York City, this number rises to twelve. Not only are Black mothers more likely to experience increased rates of preterm delivery, infertility, and maternal mortality, but Black infants are twice as likely to die […]
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 […]
The Stimulus Bill Isn’t Enough.
It’s Time to Demand More.
Just two weeks ago, the Trump administration signed into law the largest stimulus bill in U.S. history. The package, dubbed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act, is set to inject a desperately needed $2 trillion into the economy to curb the effects of the pandemic. Media outlets have praised the CARES […]
If I Were a Rich Man:
Caregiving in the Time of Coronavirus
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 explaining how responding to COVID-19 is creating a […]
COVID-19 School Shutdowns: Stories from Students at Cal State Long Beach
Across the country, colleges and universities are transitioning to online courses either for an extended period of time or for the rest of the semester due to COVID-19. With campus buildings closing, graduation ceremonies becoming postponed, and on-campus resources coming to a halt, students are dealing with displacement, unemployment, and canceled opportunities; for many, their […]