Myself and others that I work with, now as well as in the past, are feminists. And feminism, in its simplest of definitions, is a belief in and practice of equality.
Remember Shel Silverstein's classic story The Giving Tree? In it, a female tree gives everything -- her apples, branches, even her trunk -- to this little boy she loves. She has a total martyr complex; it's messed up! So I started wondering, what if the genders were reversed?
Sex is a basic human right -- a human right. Not a man right. Women want to have sex and, more than that, they want to enjoy it.
In reading two memoirs by members of the LGBT community, I was reminded of our similarities and differences.
You don't get to decide who calls themselves a man or a woman. You don't get to decide how that person presents or how that person lives their life. You wouldn't want anyone doing that for you, why should transgender people be any different?
We get to choose how we define what it means to be a woman and we also get to define feminism. There's room for stay at home mothers, women with career ambitions, the single mother who struggles to support her children, the wealthy Upper East Side wife, and, yes, Caitlyn Jenner.
Sometimes a handshake lasts too long. That brief connection between two strangers can quickly turn awkwardly intimate with one too many pumps due to lack of focus.
Since Kevin O'Leary first broke the news that his woman-led companies are responsible for all his investment portfolio returns, I've seen a lot more information surface (or resurface) on the advantages of diversity in leadership roles.
HONK. Rectangular and red, the Karnataka State Transit bus tilted almost comically as it avoided a motorcyclist and thundered around the bend. "Oh my god! Hurry!" The driver made some unheard motions at us and the door cranked from partially open to open.
Confidence is aqueous and ever-changing. Just when you think you're grasping it in your hands, it can trickle through your fingers. I am reminded of this as I awkwardly haul a leg over the torso of my lover and sink into his chest as we sink deeper into the soft mattress in our room at the W.
What if we decided not to follow the crowd? What if it became an option to never shave or only shave if we wanted to? What if we freed ourselves from the judgement of ourselves and others? What if it stopped being radical? What if there was no standard?
We do not need other people to take their cameras and claim to know what the world looks like through our eyes. We do not need others to speak over us, pretending to tell our stories, when we have our own voices and our own cameras and are fully capable of documenting our lives.
In a piece originally written for her school paper very clearly titled "I Don't Shave and I'm Not Going To Start," the 19 year-old student recounts her personal grooming history, admitting that she started shaving at the age of 10 after boys made fun of her body hair.
Calling something sexual assault that clearly isn't helps no one; worse, it diminishes the trauma of real sexual assault and its consequences.
The truth is that there's not a whole lot of hope for women-owned businesses to reach the same levels of impact and profitability as male-owned ones if standards of gender in the family don't also change, and significantly.
Accepting a transgender woman as female doesn't devalue the institution of womanhood any more that accepting gay spouses devalues the institution of marriage.
Just as Ariana Grande -- pop princess, wearer of cat ears -- revealed herself to the world as a self-possessed female standing up for other women, Beyoncé -- fierce, outspoken feminist, champion of equality -- told us her secret to flatter abs. It was a confusing day.
The subject of our hair, and the notion of 'taking it back' is something that we can all do, together.
Fraternities should not control who attends social events. Competition should not be a way of life for college women. Sex should not be an obligation. The sooner the problems of an archaic fraternity-sorority dynamic are corrected, the sooner the overall college experience can be far richer.
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