By its very definition an apology is an admission of guilt and a request for forgiveness. Too many of us think our very speech is an act of treason. To apologize before speaking morphs our voices into an act of wrongdoing, and we are neither wrong nor guilty of any offense.
Words with such a derogatory history are still hurtful and offensive today. The individual doesn’t get to decide what is offensive, especially if they are not part of the group that is being insulted.
As copies of Kurt Cobain’s suicide letter pass through the generations, many tend to feel a sympathetic pull to the black and white words, inked in the lyrical pain and flowing empathy so characteristic of Cobain’s writing. A lesser known side of him, however, is that he thought of himself as a feminist.
With the 39th anniversary of her death approaching (April 14, 1975), Josephine Baker remains a prominent presence in women’s history. An actress, dancer, and singer, she also acted as a spy during World War II for the French Resistance.
In November of 2013, China implemented new legislature to relax its controversial one-child policy, which has been in effect since the 1970s. According to this new amendment, couples will be allowed a second child if one of them is an only child.
Hermione’s sense of social justice, focus in school and bravery in the face of danger and death easily place her at the top of any feminist icon list. But this does not make her perfect. In fact, there are many issues with Hermione Granger throughout the series that are looked over.
Why am I taught to never speak about a body part that is instrumental to my existence? When people continue to forbid the word “vagina,” it only insinuates that having one is something to be ashamed of, ultimately contributing to a cycle of self-hatred.
They’re feminists. They make art that challenges discrimination and social injustice. They run around in the middle of the night pasting up hundreds of provocative posters, and they do it while wearing gnarly gorilla masks.
1996 marked the start of the cable news station Fox News Channel by Rupert Murdoch, who “faced allegations that his companies, including the News of the World, owned by News Corporation, had been regularly hacking the phones of celebrities, royalty and public citizens.”
Having walked through the hallways of my suburban high school, I’ve experienced my fair share of hypocritical double standards and misogynist cat-calls, the highlight of which was the comeback, “Are you PMSing?” I learned to blame blissful ignorance and disregard these remarks. In my creamy naivete, I assumed such absurdities to be pretty much non-existent…