Women’s History Month 2012: Mary Beth Fecteau

During (almost) all of my years at Wheaton College I had the opportunity to be a Resident Advisor. I got to lightly ‘supervise’ the residential setting of college students throughout the years. This time was not by any means ‘easy.’ There would be constant roommate spats, marijuana smells and raucous parties (some of which I…

Women’s History Month 2012: Audre Lorde

Every March we celebrate the history of over half the Earth’s population – their history, tenacity, and amazingness. Every March we celebrate Women’s History Month. This month I will write about 30 women who have shaped me into the person I am today, inspired me to never stop fighting for what’s right, and encouraged me to be…

Sexual Health Sunday: Is Seeing Believing?

After a brief hiatus, I’m back. Thursday’s New York Times featured an article ripe with material for discussion regarding sexual displays, public exhibition, ‘kinky people’, and how these representations of ‘alternative’ sexual behavior interact with academe. In a stunning display of ‘hands-on learning’ a professor at Northwestern University invited two people to demonstrate sexual arousal….

Sexual Health Sunday: 3 Things We Lose Without Planned Parenthood

  Founded by Margaret Sanger in 1942 (1941 if you’re being technical), Planned Parenthood has become an iconic representation of a sex-positive organization that promotes “a commonsense approach to women’s health and well-being, based on respect for each individual’s right to make informed, independent decisions about health, sex, and family planning.” Last week the U.S….

Pardon The Interruption

I’m angry. I’m disillusioned. I’m cynical. With that said, I’m idealistic, motivated, and I like to think of myself as a catalyst for change. Today, November 2nd, represented a chance for 300 million Americans to voice their opinion regarding the country’s current state of affairs. It represented a chance to use a right bestowed upon…

Agency From Below?

Feminists for Life…really? More women-centered programming? Maternity classes? Access to safer-sex materials? Yes, that all sounds absolutely wonderful but what happens when women don’t access these programs (either because of lack of information, structural barriers, etc.) ? We need a contingency plan that affords women the agency to make their own decisions. With all the information we can provide women – they must be their own agents in the control of their whole bodies. More after the jump…