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Bikini Season

It’s getting to be that time of year again. The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and if I have to see another ad on getting ready for “bikini season,” my head will explode. On a quick Google search of the term, some of the first articles to appear had titles such as “7 things you can do now to get ready for bikini season,” “4 weeks to a bikini body,” and “How to Prepare for Bikini Season.”

When looking at pictures tagged with #bikini season on tumblr, I found a lot of disturbing pictures.

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We Won’t Go Back!

Wednesday is supposed to be 82 degrees and mostly sunny; could you think of a better day to fight paternalistic, patriarchal politics? No? Me neither!

Ohio politics have once again made national news with the reintroduction of the “Heartbeat Bill.” This bill comes after a string of anti-abortion measures, seen as some of the most restrictive in the country, have popped up in state legislation this summer.

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A Toy Dilemma?

As someone who not only celebrates but absolutely LOVES Christmas, I’m so excited that winter break is fast approaching. I’m looking forward to eating too many Christmas cookies, burning my tongue on hot chocolate at least a half dozen times, and sledding regardless of the snow status. Okay, so this might be a bit of a challenging, possibly dangerous Christmas for me.

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Lessons from Disney…

I love Disney movies. Put The Little Mermaid or Lion King on while I’m in the room, and I am seven years old again, singing every song and reciting my favorite lines along with the characters. However, as an adult woman, I now notice the sexism in many Disney movies. What is even more disturbing than the sexism present is the fact that, as a child, these movies impacted the way I thought about a woman’s role in society:

A prince rescues a princess… that is just the way it is.

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