Founded in 1974, the Women’s Center was established to:
Dismantle, from a feminist perspective, all forms of oppression, including but not limited to those based on ability, age, class, ethnicity, gender, race, and sexual orientation.
Advocate for an equitable environment free from violence and harassment based on gender, race, and sexual orientation.
Create an anti-racist, non-sexist, queer-affirmative space where all people can feel valued and safe.
Facilitate and strengthen connections among people across lines of difference through programming and educational campaigns.
Integrate an appreciation of Women's Gender and Multicultural Studies across the disciplines.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Homophobia in the black community—indeed, even among the leaders of the civil rights movement of the 1960s—was some of the most virulent and stubborn of all, and there are still some who resent the equation of the gay rights movement with their struggle.
Friday, May 3, 2013
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Thursday, May 2, 2013
|Fresh Produce: Courtesy of Your Local Farmer|
- You are supporting your neighbors
- You are reducing the amount of effort (and not too mention, fuel and transportation) required to get food from the vine to your table.
- It’s healthy- locally grown food doesn’t have to travel far, meaning that it can be enjoyed at its peak of freshness.
- It could be fun: Many farms allow you to pick your own produce, think about how fun a trip to one of these farms could be on a nice summer day!
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
First of all, let's inform our understanding of cultural appropriation. This occurs when a group or individual adopts certain elements of a culture. Usually it is a dominant group appropriating elements of a marginalized group, and usually these elements are taken completely out of context. A common example is that of the Native American war bonnet. When folks who have no ties to Native American culture choose to wear a war bonnet as a costume, it is insulting to the original culture. There is a lot of history to that element that is simply being erased: only men could wear war bonnets, and each feather signified an act of bravery (additionally, there are far more specific nuances to this aspect of culture that differ among the many, many Native American tribes that wore war bonnets). Choosing to wear a war bonnet because it's "cool" or "cute" or "fashionable" without respect or consideration of the history is unacceptable. Unfortunately, this is all too common in everyday America, especially with the rise of the "hipster" identity.
Let's return to the initial example of henna. This one is a little sticky, for me, and I'll explain why. The substance is widely used across many cultures as a dye for the hair and skin. Only in certain South Asian cultures does it hold deep meaning and significance. So, is using the substance okay if one is not parading some false or fashionable meaning? Or is even that rude to some? This is a topic the folks of the internet are deeply divided on. Some say it is never, ever okay to utilize any elements of a culture that is not your own, while others don't see the big deal at all. I, personally, lie somewhere in the middle. I think this blog post does a great job of balancing artistic expression and respect for cultural roots.
That being said, I'm still strongly opposed to cultural appropriation. Universally labeling prints of triangles and dots as "Aztec" or "tribal," wearing kimonos with chopsticks in your hair, doing makeup in the design of a "sexy" sugar skull...these so blatantly disregard the fact that they are misunderstanding or misrepresenting cultures that are currently living in our world! To put a bit of harsh realism on the effect of dominant groups appropriating elements of marginalized cultures, I turn to this quote from an article by Karina Banuelos: "ask any indigenous individual how they feel about seeing their culture being worn on the backs of the people of power. Things like this are deeply rooted in oppression, and for people of color, culture is all that we have left. It's the one thing that hasn't been taken from us. When you're in a position of power, picking and choosing what seems "cute" from our culture to make you feel more cultured is the biggest spit to the face."
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
I found this lovely list on Pinterest--it lists the 31 most awesome Dads! Obviously more awesome Dads exist out there, but this particular site touches on some super duper people. Naturally, I am partial to the Star Wars things: a walker stroller, a Millenium Falcon playpen, and father-daughter Darth Vader costumes. Besides these bright flashes of awesome, a number of these Dads support the mission of the Women's Center in some way or another. Here is the short list:
#8-The Dad who dressed as Little Red when his daughter wanted to be the wolf
#17-The Dad who lets his daughter pamper him with pedicures
#19-The Dad who wears skirts to support his dress-wearing son
#23-The Dad who built his wheelchair-bound son an ice cream seller Halloween costume
#30-The Dad who saved his son some of the stress of coming out by writing him this letter
Let's hear it for those Dads! This list really lit up a hopeful part of me. Seeing parents support and protect their children is a special thing, and it highlights how important it is to be supportive and understanding of each other in all cases. Finally, just to capitalize on the hopeful, happy nature of this post, I want to share with you a music video that strips away labels, leaving behind whole human beings.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Their curriculum ideal and goals are including but not limited to, Anti-Bias Education. Bullying/Cyberbullying, Holocaust EducationConfronting Anti-Semitism, Campus Affairs, Curriculum Resources, No Place for Hate, Interfaith Affairs, and Hispanic/Latino Affairs. Their exposure of this public awareness initiative will use public service announcements, video and social media to empower, encourage and instill individuals and communities to stand up to hatred and bigotry. Ethics is not what you do, but what you do when no one is watching. Take a stand today, spread the word and create change. Taking a single step encourages others to move with you. A million single steps can take you on a long journey to change. Take a step today to ensuring a safe, secure and welcoming America!