The lone male speaks up in the Feminist Theory classroom


Editor’s Note: Author Jason Schweizer is a student in the Spring 2009 Feminist Theory class in The University of Akron’s Women’s Studies Program. To read more student posts, click here. It’s strange to be the only male feminist in a Feminist Theory class. When reading feminist thought (especially second-wave thought), I often find myself defending men’s […]

Feminists fight for equality for all, including gays, lesbians


Editor’s Note: This post was written by a student in the Spring 2009 Feminist Theory class in The University of Akron’s Women’s Studies Program. To read more student posts, click here. Is it just me, or is the issue of a civil union between gays and lesbians still an issue for the straights and people […]

Moms in their 40s worry about body image too


Body image is not just an issue for young girls and women in their 20s. Women in their 40s also get bombarded with images of the perfect body, a flawless face and gorgeous hair. And if you have had children, how your body looks is another cross to bear. The other day I read this […]

Connecting the unconnected through Womanism


Editor’s Note: The author, Kat Bengston, is a graduate student in the spring 2011Women’s Studies Program Feminist Theory course at The University of Akron. Feminism has never been an easy subject. From mythical bra burning to the infamous Betty Friedan-dubbed “Lavender Menace,” feminists have spent as much time combating stereotypes as they have working for social […]

Rape is more than a statistic


Editor’s Note: The author, Amber Hill, is a student in the spring 2011 Women’s Studies Program Feminist Theory course at The University of Akron. Rape.  The very mention of the word makes a sick, debilitating feeling slither through your whole body. Your blood curdles, and your skin feels like you have a million festering wounds […]

My first steps towards becoming an independent woman


Editor’s Note: This post was written by a graduate student in the Spring 2009 Feminist Theory class in The University of Akron’s Women’s Studies Program. To read more student posts, click here. This year I am trying to accomplish something new. I do not usually try to accomplish specific things or make short-term goals for myself. However, […]

Abstinence-only sex ed is not the answer


Editor’s Note: Author Megan Ohls is a student in the Spring 2009 Feminist Theory class in The University of Akron’s Women’s Studies Program. To read more student posts, click here. From a health standpoint, if we want to stop the spread of AIDS and other STDs, abstinence-only sex education isn’t the answer. Sexually Transmitted Diseases among young people are spreading at […]

One shoe could fit all — if shoes weren’t gendered


Editor’s Note: Author Christine Cox is a student in the Spring 2009 Feminist Theory class in The University of Akron’s Women’s Studies Program. To read more student posts, click here. Why do we separate women’s shoes from men’s shoes? I work in a shoe store, and I’ve noticed how people behave when it comes to the whole gender […]

Women athletes deserve a full stadium too


Editor’s Note: This post was written by Leah Taylor, a student in the Spring 2009 Feminist Theory class in The University of Akron’s Women’s Studies Program. To read more student posts, click here. In today’s society, men rule the world of sports and always have. Have you ever seen a full stadium at a WNBA […]

Gendered by purple pens and buzz cuts


Editor’s Note: This post was written by Jessica Hale, a student in the Spring 2009 Feminist Theory class in The University of Akron’s Women’s Studies Program. To read more student posts, click here. It is too late to fix us. Here I sit, twenty years old, and gendered as can be. My hair is long, […]