Monthly Archives: May 2010

Fathers: A symbol of inequality?

They say every girl dreams of her wedding day.  I don’t know if I would buy into all the hype about it being the happiest day of your life, but I know I have thought about it a time or two and I know that even my friends have admitted to thinking about it as […]

Elena Kagan’s Sexual Orientation… Is it a Big Deal or Not?

Lately in the news, there has been much debate about Solicitor General Elena Kagan’s sexual orientation and whether or not it matters when considering her nomination to the Supreme Court.  A recent article in the Washington Post addressed the issue from both sides of the argument.  Some American’s feel that it is our business to […]

Women Riders Month

I recently just became aware that in May, Harley Davidson celebrates Women Riders Month. Apparently, the motorcycle company has events all over the country celebrating, as they like to put it, “women taking to the handlebars”. This trend of more women riders definitely owes something to more women riding and selling bikes, like Kansas City’s […]

Blame it on her clothes… and “biology”!

The following article originally appeared on the author’s Man Up! blog and has been reposted with the author’s permission.  David Belt is the Man Up! Program Coordinator for the Missouri Organization to Counter Sexual Assault. Working in the field of sexual violence prevention, we regularly bump up against men (and women) that – though they […]

Stop Blaming the Victim

I recently read an article that talked about how victim-blaming attitudes are still so prevalent. The article began by talking about the rape case in Australia where the man was acquitted based on the fact that the girl was wearing skinny jeans. The defense’s argument was that the perpetrator could not have removed the jeans […]

So What If You Are A Man, You Are Still Important to the Women’s Center

 “So why is there only a women’s center and not a men’s center?”  “How can a man benefit from a women’s center?”   These are just a couple questions the Women’s Center staff at UMKC receives from men who walk into our office.  We are constantly asked these questions because there seems to be a perception that men are […]

Trying to Understand Abuse

“Why didn’t she just leave?” “How could she stay with him?” These are the kind of questions that one hears when someone admits to being in an abusive relationship or when someone hears about a woman who wasn’t able to leave and either she or her abuser ended up dead. Understanding why women stay in […]

A Case of False Advertisement?

Not long ago, I stumbled across an article about a 19-year-old student from New Zealand who had put her virginity up for auction to pay for her education, supposedly agreeing on a sum of roughly $32,000 USD. I would have liked to have been shocked by the story, but I wasn’t. My lack of shock […]