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#WhyIStayed: A Lesson In Empathy [OPINION]

Domestic violence is incredibly common. The statistics are staggering: In the U.S. one in four women experiences domestic violence in her lifetime. Internationally, domestic violence kills more people than war. Yet domestic violence and violence against women is generally misunderstood and mischaracterized by individuals and the media, focusing on victim-blaming and excuse-making. Depictions of domestic violence are sensationalized, rationalized, […]

Call for Contributors: Ferguson, Social Media, and Activism

Hashtag Feminism invites contributions that provide insightful perspectives on the recent events transpiring in Ferguson, Missouri. Specifically, we are looking for perspectives that account for the ways social media, namely Twitter has played a role in igniting activism in Ferguson and across the country. Topics may include (but are not limited to): The disconnect between […]

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#HobbyLobby: Feminist Twitter Responds to Hobby Lobby Ruling

  On the heels of a decision to overturn the law that guarantees “buffer zones” outside of women’s health centers, the Supreme Court has once again devalued women and their reproductive health choices. Monday’s 5-4 decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby states that commercial enterprises can cite religious belief as a reason to withhold contraception coverage […]

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Not Funny #LaughingAtGirls

On Thursday, February 20, Michelle Obama appeared on The Tonight Show as part of a longstanding media campaign to support healthy lifestyles for children and teens. The didactic sketch into which she was inserted was “Ew!”, a recurring skit that originated on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.  In its new iteration on The Tonight Show, […]