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As a girl with chronic illness, The Fault in Our Stars isn’t just a love story

by Montgomery Jones I first read The Fault in Our Stars in February of 2012. As a nerdfighter and avid book reader, I make it a point to read books by my favorite authors hot off the presses.  At that time there was not a huge following for the book, so there were no whispers [...]

“If I don’t say anything, I feel rude,” and other experiences of street harassment in Paris

the authors in paris

by Annemarie McDaniel and Anya Josephs Annemarie and Anya are both SPARK bloggers, in Paris studying abroad for the summer! We’ve both had magical experiences here, but we’ve also noticed significant street harassment. We wanted to write this blog together to talk about the ways we’ve experienced harassment here differently than back home in the [...]

Who is the World Cup for?

not pictured: brazil

by Brenda Guesnet The FIFA World Cup is the largest sporting event in the world. The 32 best national male soccer teams compete, attracting an audience of more than 26 million people worldwide and costing billions of dollars every time it is staged. This time, the host country of the cup was Brazil, and advertisers [...]

SCOTUS’s Hobby Lobby Decision is Dangerous for Girls

by Lande Watson Every morning when I wake up, I put on my feminist suit of armor, ready to face a day of sexism and misogyny. As a girl activist fighting for gender equality I always knew there would be plenty of issues to tackle in my lifetime. How will sexism impact a successful female [...]

How to Lose Your Virginity: an interview with Therese Shecter

by Alice Wilder We’re all pretty big fans of filmmaker Therese Shechter, who you might know from her film I Was a Teenage Feminist. Her 2013 documentary How To Lose Your Virginity, which is available for streaming in July, explores the ways we think about sexuality and how it changes the way we feel about ourselves [...]

I’m a Girls State alum, and the sexism at Texas Boys State 2014 is not OK

Aside from being sexist, this is also incredibly poor design

by Annemarie McDaniel What do astronaut Neil Armstrong, President Bill Clinton, basketball star Michael Jordan, and singer Bon Jovi all have in common? When they were juniors in high school, they all attended a prestigious but little-known program called Boys State. That’s just the beginning of the incredibly long list of famous Boys State alumni, [...]