Privilege is a right or benefit, often in the form of power, given to certain people and not others by societal systems based on demographic characteristics like gender, race, wealth, or sexuality.
Women may choose to talk as an attempt to obtain justice, or as a way to gain personal empowerment, raise awareness, and show solidarity. #NotAllMen disrespects that process because it negates the feelings of the women who have chosen to be vulnerable and reveal their wounds.
The GOP has always had a reputation for invalidating, ignoring, and outright insulting women, especially when it comes to sexual assault. This election cycle is an unfortunate example of how little things have changed.
The fact that the 78 cents statistic is so widespread is indicative of a much larger issue: feminism too often ignores people of color, people with disabilities, and transgender people.
Heterosexual men control women’s bodies in a variety of ways, including restricting our access to abortion and healthcare, sympathy for accused rapists, and objectifying and trivializing our sexuality. That last one is especially true for non-heterosexual women, who are consistently a target of objectification and fetishization for heterosexual men.
Taking a class on postcolonial literature this quarter made me aware of the insularity my education had bred.
Fetishization is usually defined as the sexual fascination with things that are not inherently sexual. But when it comes to the fetishization of people because of their genders, races, or sexualities, it quickly becomes a means of oppression, subjugation, and dehumanization.
On Tuesday women began using the hashtag #WhenIWas on Twitter to share their experiences with childhood sexual harassment.
If you are able to observe fear in people, such that everyday activities like walking down the street are considered dangerous, it is likely that you are living in a rape culture.
Sex is about feeling good, but should also be about making your partner(s) feel good. For that to happen, there is a certain amount of body language and cue reading that you have to do.