Monthly Archives: June 2010

Want to be a part of the UMKC Women’s Center?

The UMKC Women’s Center is beginning Volunteer Fridays this summer.  We need volunteers to help staff our front desk on Fridays from 9am to 3pm. There is no experience necessary, just a great attitude and enthusiasm for learning about women’s issues. If you are looking for a way to get involved with the Women’s Center […]

Where is Your Line?

As is usual for my job I was scanning feminist blogs and websites for news, information, anything that I can share with people who follow the Women’s Center on Twitter or Facebook or read this blog. On my most recent search I came across a piece about how regular women could learn something from the way […]

Our Role as Feminists

I was having a talk with one of the work-studies at the Women’s Center about “feminists” and how people oftentimes associate this term with “man-hating, angry, loud, dominating, non-shaving” women who are always complaining about the inequalities between men and women.  As we chuckled at this horrible depiction, we did agree that there are still […]

Plastic Surgery Shouldn’t Be the Answer

I don’t know if you can pinpoint exactly when plastic surgery became all the rage. Maybe it was when The Girls Next Door became a hit on E!, showcasing three very blonde and surgically altered women living the life of luxury in the Playboy mansion. Or maybe it was when shows like Extreme Makeover came […]

If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say…

I am sure we all remember being told at some point during childhood that if you didn’t have anything nice to say then you shouldn’t say anything at all. Apparently that particular lesson didn’t stick very well. More and more I am noticing people’s casual use of demeaning words like “slut”, “whore”, and “ho”. Not […]

We Can’t Remain Silent Any Longer

For the past week now, I have been training with MOCSA to become a volunteer assisting victims of sexual violence.  MOCSA, Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault, is an organization which serves individuals who suffered from any form of sexual violence.  Their mission is to lessen the ill effects of sexual assault and abuse through […]

The Women’s Words

I am a bookworm. A bibliophile. A lover of the written word. If given the choice between going to a party and staying in with a good book, 98% of the time I will choose the book. I read all types of books from sci-fi/fantasy to historical fiction to young adult novels to contemporary fiction, […]

A Disturbing Trend

In a recent column in the New York Times, writer Maureen Dowd discussed a group of young men who were setting up a “fantasy draft league”.  However, this league was not for football or basketball, but for young girls in their community. Apparently the boys set up a ranking system for how “hot” a girl […]

Miller Lite Wants You to “Man” Up

Miller Lite has created two commercials advertising their beer product.  Unfortunately, the commercials are very sexist towards women. They assume women don’t care about the taste of beer and actually insinuating that beer is a ‘man’ thing.  After looking at this commercial numerous times, this is clearly a misrepresentation of all women.  The fact of […]

“Real” Women, Body Image, and the Media

I was talking to a friend recently and we were discussing how we had both put on weight since high school (when we met) and one remark that she made really stood out for me: “I know that I should feel really bad about how I look and I should want to lose weight but […]