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Let’s Talk About Porn

by Stephanie Cole Let’s talk about sex. Actually, scratch that, let’s talk about something that has no connection to sex at all. Let’s talk about porn. In the conversation about sexism and the objectification of women in the media, it seems like pornography is the elephant in the room. We go on and on about…

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Playing the Sexist

by Diana Martinez My first encounter with the video game Grand Theft Auto took place in my middle school years. I went to a friend’s house and her younger brother of about 10-years old was playing the game in the basement.  In the game, he was driving through the city picking up prostitutes and engaging…

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In Defence of the D-Word

by Stephanie Cole Every time we media-oriented feminists start to discuss advertising targeted towards children, or the concept of feminity as it is presented to young girls, many of us have the D-Word on the brain. Disney is the unspoken bad guy for many of us, the embodiment of everything that is wrong with how…

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A Girl Scout Speaks Back

by Crystal Ogar Girl Scouts is an organization that is extremely important to me. Having been a Girl Scout for 11 years–exactly half of my life–it shocked me to read about the anti-abortion rights website targeting this organization. Two Texas teenagers named Tess and Sydney Volanski, started a website called “Speak Now: Girl Scouts” with…

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Run the World? I’m Afraid Not.

by Stephanie Cole My last two weeks of my college experience between finals and graduation were incredibly hectic. Ceremonies and impromptu celebrations reigned, and the general emotional overload gave me little time to really examine what my four years at a Women’s College has meant for me. However, on the night before graduation, my friends…

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Real Talk about Really New Research on the Sexualization of Girls

We are excited to launch the latest SPARK initiative, the SPARK Research Blog:  Real Talk about Really New Research on the Sexualization of Girls, brought to you by the ASAP Initiative at Hunter/CUNY, one of the SPARK leadership team partners.  The goal of the bi-weekly SPARK Research Blog is to tell you about the latest…

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SlutWalks Empower Women

by Camilla Ostrow On January 24, 2011, a representative from the Toronto police department stated that, “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized.” Well, yeah, that makes sense. And I say, why stop there? Black people should avoid looking so black so as not to be labeled as criminals. Also,…

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Men at the Boston SlutWalk

Renee Randazzo is a 31-year-old activist who serves as the Training Institute Manager for Hardy Girls Healthy Women in Maine. I drove three hours south from Maine to attend the Boston Slutwalk.  This was partially due to my enormous crush on Jaclyn Friedman.  It was partially because I longed for in-person solidarity on a mission…

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