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Research Blog: Black Girls Matter

"Black Lives Matter protest" by The All-Nite Images - https://www.flickr.com/photos/otto-yamamoto/15305646874/. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

by Marisa Ragonese What a year for talk about racism in the US. No criminal charges for Darren Wilson, the police officer in Furguson, MO who shot unarmed Black teenager Mike Brown last August. Or Daniel Panteleo, the cop in NYC caught on video putting Eric Garner, Black father of six, in a fatal chokehold [...]

Research Blog: Posturing to feel powerful

Feel it, live it, be it

by Kim Belmonte I’ve never tried picturing the crowd in their underwear.  That’s the advice people sometimes give you when you’re nervous about speaking in front of a crowd.  Instead of picturing everyone’s skivvies, before a presentation in front of a group, I’ll sneak away for a few minutes and stand in the hall with [...]

Research Blog: What are the consequences of kicking butt in high heels?

tomb raider

by Stephanie M. Anderson Over the holidays, I spent time in Michigan in my childhood home. When I wasn’t preparing food, napping, or indulging in too much TV, I found myself rummaging through closets full of keepsakes from my adolescence: personal diaries, pictures from dances, artwork that only my mother could love. And then I [...]

Research Blog: Hallelujah! Feminist activism sets me free

photo by Sarah Bures

by Jenn Chmielewski Okay, so I’ll admit it. Post-Turkey day and just a couple weeks off from my family’s Christmas dinner (and my awesome candy cane cookies) I’ve started to think a little too much about how this holiday season might be putting a few pounds on me. When it’s just me with a mirror, sometimes [...]

Research Blog: I Wanna Belly Dance with Somebody

Belly dancer

by Christin Bowman When I was a kid, gymnastics was my life. I spent hours and hours at the gym, and I was closer to my teammates than I was to my schoolmates. At school, I wrote all of my book reports and biography assignments about gymnasts, and I spent every recess balancing, swinging, flipping, [...]

Research Blog: Barbie can limit girls’ career dreams

Not really a career

by Jenn Chmielewski Okay, I admit it. As much as I would love to say that I was a little feminist socialist as a child, impervious to the sexualized gendered marketing scheme that is Barbie, I cannot. I was one of the 99% of girls that played with that skinny, large-breasted, blond haired plastic toy[1] [...]