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Commentary: Sorority women are feminists, too

<i>Commentary</i>: Sorority women are feminists, too
Hayley Hulin, LV LIfe Editor The word “sorority” carries many meanings, stereotypes and stigmas — some of which are true, while others are incredibly false. The media, especially the movie industry, portray sorority women as dimwitted party-girls and, worst of all, as women who reverse the work feminists have accomplished. It has been my experience that all of these ideas are false. I was skeptical... 

Commentary: There is room for women in sports, too

<i>Commentary</i>: There is room for women in sports, too
Jolene Nacapuy, Editor in Chief Women are not acknowledged enough or shown much respect in the sports world. This has gone on long enough. Women are starting to break the barriers, but it seems they remain in a man’s world, and that needs to change. Women are constantly treated as second-class citizens in the sports world. They have a limited role in professional sports and to me, that is not OK. The... 

Hollywood lacks diversity

Viola Davis became the first black woman to win an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama for her performance in “How To Get Away With Murder” this past Sunday, but it should not have taken this long for a woman of color to have won this prestigious award. The Emmys premiered in 1949, and in 67 years, only four black women have been nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama. “The... 

Fixing the Mirror: Peering Into Body Image Issues: ‘Thinspiration’ perpetuates unrealistic body ideals

<i>Fixing the Mirror: Peering Into Body Image Issues</i>: ‘Thinspiration’ perpetuates unrealistic body ideals
Sexualization of women leads to eating disorders, depression and low self-esteem Elizabeth Ortiz, senior journalism major, has her waist trimmed, arms slimmed, eyebrows raised, thighs reduced and boobs lifted using Photoshop. Edits made to the photo are similar to those made to models in magazines and advertisements. The Truth in Advertising Act of 2014, which will be reintroduced to Congress this... 

NFL breaks gender barriers

NFL breaks gender barriers
editorial cartoon by Jacob Bogdanoff and Des Delgadillo Sarah Thomas will soon be on football fields alongside six other referees as the National Football League’s first full-time female official, but some doubt her ability to participate in a historically male-dominated sport simply because she is a woman. Thomas was one of 21 finalists in the NFL officiating development program and was hired as... 

Periods aren’t shameful

In the beginning, a woman menstruated. Today, women still menstruate, yet after thousands of years of documented human existence, periods are still seen as taboo and disgusting in mainstream U.S. culture. Last week, Canadian-based poet Rupi Kaur posted an Instagram photo of her sister sleeping on her side displaying a small circle of blood on her sweatpants—a period leak. Instagram removed the photo... 

Commentary: Real feminism involves intersectionality

<i>Commentary</i>: Real feminism involves intersectionality
Kristina Bugante, Editorial Director Lately I’ve been noticing that feminism is being gradually (albeit very slowly) accepted by more and more people. I applaud that. In my ideal world, we’re all feminists, tolerant of each other and fighting for the rights of marginalized people. However, feminism is complicated. There are many misconceptions that surround the label and there are even more misconceptions... 

Women’s history visibility is essential

The month of March is Women’s History Month — however many people would not know that due to the lack of exposure and acknowledgement of it throughout the country. We cannot stress this enough: gender inequality is still a problem — not only in the United States, but throughout the world. Women today have to deal with misogyny, wage inequality, lack of representation in positions of power, economic... 

Equal pay is seriously long overdue

In 2013 women working full time in California made about 84 cents for every dollar earned by a man, according to Equal Rights Advocates. The pay gap is even larger for women of color — African American women get paid 64 cents and Latina women 44 cents for every white man’s dollar. That could change — and really should. Last Tuesday, female lawmakers proposed a law aimed to help get females and... 

Guerrilla artists challenge sexism

Guerrilla artists challenge sexism
The Guerrilla Girls characters are identified by the names of deceased famous artists. Their objective is to promote feminism by shining a light on what they believe to be inadequate representation of women in the creative world. The “Frida Kahlo” character expresses the importance of including more female artists in museum exhibitions at the group’s Feb. 5 performance. She also wants to change... 
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