Hillary Plays with the Doll House, Bernie Plays with the LEGOs

By Theia.

My sister likes playing with her doll house. The house itself is a very old an antique and very pretty. My sister has spent years filling up each room of the doll house. At this point nearly all the rooms have been fully furnished, down to the last spoon in the kitchen. All the people for the doll house have an elaborate story too. They all have a certain role in the dollhouse and have specific relationships with the other people in the house and my sister is very good at maneuvering through all these built stories. My sister uses all of her allowance to fill up her dollhouse. A couple times she got in trouble for abusing her allowance money to get certain items. In the end, she has a beautiful doll house she’s worked really hard one. There’s only one room left she needs to build…

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Abby Fisher: Yes, Education in Texas (and else where) Does Need to Change

By Grace O’Malley. 

Teach American history properly and we won’t have white people who believe in “reverse racism.”

It is worth noting that the majority of the Black Lives Matter protests that have gained attention and momentum have been in cities outside of the historical South: Ferguson, New York, Baltimore, Chicago, Minneapolis, Oakland.

As it turned out, the North was not the benevolent haven my grade school and high school textbooks taught me it was. If only the slaves could escape to the North, I learned, everything would be okay. But the North wasn’t exactly a great place for runaway slaves during the time of the civil war. It wasn’t that great for black people during Jim Crow either, or during Great Migration, or today. The neighborhoods and schools remain segregated, the income gap between black and white remains steep. Police violence against black men remains a constant in these cities.

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Moments of Awakening

By Grace O’Malley. 

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the role of white people in the fight for racial justice.

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That our nation needs to undergo large-scale structural change is obvious. The systemic discrimination of black and brown people has been well documented by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Michelle Alexander, Bruce Western, and others. People have been talking about it, been writing about it, been protesting about it. Our criminal justice system is fucked. We’re building for-profit prisons while we chip away at our commitment to public education. We criminalize poverty and homelessness, conditions that our policies and economy create. Our society has explicit biases that keep people of color in the lowest rungs of society. We do not live in a post-racial society.

But how are we to change this? What is the role of white people in this movement?

I know that the nation needs to change its laws and policies. But to do this, don’t we also need to change people’s minds?

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The Force Awakens… with Diversity?!

By Theia. 

I don’t consider myself a Star Wars fan, especially since there are some crazy fans out there. But the trailer IS SO GOOD! It’s so good, even the people who acted in the film freaked out about it. The music is great, the shots are great, the costumes and design are great etc, but why is my feminist side SO PUMPED ABOUT THE STAR WARS EPISODE VII?

ONE MAIN CHARACTER IS A WOMAN, THE OTHER IS A BLACK MAN.

Adjusted to inflation, the Star Wars is the third highest grossing film of all time. Could the highest grossing film of this year, and possibly EVER have a woman and black male main characters?

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Devil’s Advocate for Columbus Day

Positionality: This is written by a half-white half-Asian female who grew up in New Jersey, and ever since leaving New Jersey has been teased by people who think NJ consists of nothing but ignorant Italian Americans that drive on highways.

Recently governments at the municipal and state level have been doing two things:abolishing Columbus day and adding an additional holiday, Indigenous People’s Day. From my understanding, this is coming from the defense that Columbus Day is not only the falsely-claimed European discoverer of the Americas, but that it praises a history of white Europeans conquering the Americas. Indigenous People’s Day then is a response by praising Indigenous/Native American/Indian  culture and their history on the same land.  I agree that it’s about time we change how we talk about our history.

I want to talk about Christopher Columbus and what he represents.

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On Growing Up: ‘childhood’ is a better word than ‘girlhood’

By Grace O’Malley. 

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In a conversation with my uncle last week, I mentioned off-handedly that I had heard about “gender-neutral” preschools in Sweden. At these preschools, the staff avoid using the pronouns “he” and “she” and instead use “friend” to address and refer to all preschoolers. With the goal of freeing children from societal expectations based on gender, they try to avoid books and toys that present or reinforce traditional gender roles. It was pretty cool, huh? I said. My uncle scoffed at the idea, and at me.

“That seems so unnecessary. Unless you have some sort of gender identity disorder, I just don’t see the point of that,” he remarked.

His comment shocked me on many levels. First of all, his understanding was that there were only a few, and a very rare few, strange cases of individuals who do not fit the categories of Male and Female. Now I’m wasn’t qualified to argue biology with him, but he missed the part about the social expectations and traditional roles that are attached to the Male/Female binary and taught to children at a very young age. I was also shocked because he overlooked the fact that I had grown up hardly knowing I was a girl.

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Gender Equal Road Trip?

By Theia. 

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I was just recently on a road trip, and Eric’s car was a manual. “I can drive stick! Please let me drive your car.” Out of the five people in the station wagon, only Eric, Chris, and I knew how to drive manual. Chris got to drive Eric’s car and I didn’t. Instead I got to sit in the worst spot possible. Yes, that middle seat that is shaped like a camel’s hump with no leg room. But I sit there because I have the shortest legs, so since my legs are 10% shorter than the tallest person’s legs, it’s 10% less painful for me to sit bitch for eight hours.

Once again, a woman’s body was valued over her skill.

Only once have I been on a road trip with just women. We rotated drivers every four hours, and we rotated seats so no one had to sit in the seat-that-should-not-be-a-seat the entire ride. This already makes this the best road trip I have ever been on, and that does not even add to the fact that we talked about hook-ups, first kisses, and so much more entertaining topics than what was on ESPN two weeks ago. Plus, the music was superb. This made me realize that in my experience women are more willing to share the spot of driving than men are. They are also more empathetic and offer to sit bitch (Eric and Chris never sat in the middle back seat, even though all the women did). Women not only trust other women to drive their car, but they trust other men as well (even though adolescent males have the highest car insurance rates). To me, that’s equality.

Letter to the Minneapolis Star Tribune

By Grace O’Malley. 

To the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

Thank you for Not Letting Jim Souhan Write about the Women’s World Cup

At the time of the 2006 Men’s World Cup, I was 14 years old.

Despite being pretty wrapped up in my own 14-year-old girl life and only superficially following the Cup, I remember being outraged after reading a column by Jim Souhan titled, “A Dozen Ways To Fix Soccer for the U.S.” I was just entering high school and didn’t know much about feminism or gender equality, but as a soccer player I was deeply offended by Souhan’s “suggestions” about what would make soccer better, which apparently were supposed to be funny.

In order to “make the world a better place,” and have soccer succeed in the American market, he proposed twelve ridiculous improvements, including:

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I’m a female athlete, and I’m part of the problem that female athletes are not supported

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It’s a great time to be an American woman. The US women’s team just won the world cup. I went to one of the games during groups, and I loved seeing how many American fans there were. There were girls and women of all ages concerned more about their face paint and red-white-and blue head bands rather than their mascara or straightened hair. Apart from the women, there were plenty of boys and men cheering the women’s team, making the gender ratio of the fans pretty balanced. This is the most viewed soccer event by Americans in history. The baseball world series 7th had 23.5 million viewers and this world cup was not far behind with 22.86 million viewers(NPR).

For a New York Times article, Julie Foudy, star midfielder on the 1999 team states explains

“We’re talking about them as athletes, rather than some of the conversations we had in ’99 — ‘My God, who are these women? They’re kind of hot!’ ” This comment well portrays the transition of US women’s soccer over the past 16 years.

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Maybe this is What Men Feel Like When They Watch the NFL

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The day before Super Bowl Sunday, I asked my brother, in my mind an expert and authority on most sports, to give me a thirty second run down on the game. Which teams were playing, who were their best players, interesting stories about players, etc.

When he started explaining to me, it became very apparent very quickly that not only did I know nothing, but I couldn’t care less about professional football. My brother looked at me quizzically, and said, “You know, it surprises me, that you don’t get into sports more. You are so competitive and you love sports. But you never watch professional sports.”

I lulled that one over for a moment, just as perplexed as he was.

“Hmm, I guess you’re right,” I told him.

I’d spend my whole life running around and playing all kinds of sports, and I loved going to any sporting event at my high school or college was playing in. But why didn’t I care about the ones on TV?

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