14 Songs that Empower Women

Midterms are over and finals are quickly approaching. I find myself overwhelmed with readings, essays, and studying galore. But in the midst of the chaos that is being a UCLA student, I always find time to blast my favorite anti-patriarchal and women empowering songs. I’m not the only one with that specific playlist, am I?…

“Rave Slut”

The author of the article claims that while at a Dada Life event, a man she had never met read her shirt and “thought it said ‘touch these tits,’ or something equally childish, and proceeded to squeeze [her] breasts.” This man simply assumed that because a woman was dressed a certain way it would be acceptable to grab her breasts. That was a terrible assumption. The woman did not give the man permission in any way to touch her, but he assumed that just because she was dressed a certain way it would be acceptable.

THINSPIRATION

Posts and blogs catering to pictures of extremely thin bodies, “self-encouragement”, and lofty weight loss goals have exploded over the internet via numerous websites similar to Pinterest such as Reddit, Tumblr, Facebook, and Instagram. Despite the seemingly good intentions of promoting healthy eating and exercise, thinspired posts have had adverse affects and created controversy for sparking a culture encouraging eating disorders.

In Defense of Kim Kardashian



Gloria Steinem recently defended Kim Kardashian, in stating that, “Our bodies are never public property under any circumstance. Our bodies belong to us.” Even after Kim has the baby, we are in no place to tell her to lose the baby weight. Although she is a person of the public, she does not and will never belong to us. We have no right to tell her how to use her body, pregnant or not.

Who is Beyoncé?: Life is but a Dream Rejects Our Need for Answers

Also, as much as I love you B, the sentiment was slightly flawed. Of course we need to change our perceptions of ourselves, but aren’t equal rights just as important? Realistically, we live in a society where the political is still very personal, and it is important to change ideas that socially and socioeconomically marginalize people on a scale much larger than the personal level.