Love&Sex

The Art Of Reconciling The Sexist Attitudes Of Those You Know

The Art Of Reconciling The Sexist Attitudes Of Those You Know

It’s one thing to dismiss a stranger’s sexist remark or attitude. You probably won’t see them again after that encounter. But what happens when it’s with someone you’re related to, a close friend, or even someone you have to work with on a daily basis? As much as we’d like to see it cease to exist, sexist attitudes are out […]

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A No-Nonsense Guide To Building A Stronger Relationship With Your Community In A Trump Era

A No-Nonsense Guide To Building A Stronger Relationship With Your Community In A Trump Era

It hasn’t even been a full month yet and Donald Trump’s presidency has already turned the world on its head. From trying to erase evidence of climate change to enacting what people have dubbed the #MuslimBan, we’ve seen both love and hate battle at both sides of the spectrum. In a presidential era where hateful rhetoric, claims of fake news, […]

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Desirability And Attraction Are Always Political

Desirability And Attraction Are Always Political

Many of us would like to think that our attraction to others is simply our own. That, perhaps innately or from experience, we learn what we like in a romantic interest. But inevitably, desirability and attraction are shaped by oppressive systems in our society. “He’s nice, but you know you could do better,” my friend told me shortly after meeting […]

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How Criticisms Of “Sacrifices” For Love Are Anti-Feminist

How Criticisms Of “Sacrifices” For Love Are Anti-Feminist

You’ve heard the phrase, “The things we do for love.” Many people categorize certain actions and decisions, like a young woman traveling across the world to be with a romantic partner who makes her happy, to be “crazy.” For a woman to make a such big move is sometimes considered by some to be a “sacrifice” that warrants criticism and skepticism. […]

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Is Chivalry Dead, Or Should We Kill It?

Is Chivalry Dead, Or Should We Kill It?

In feminism of 2016, in which women strive for equality in all aspects of life, chivalry is a concept that is somewhat confusing. Today’s feminists are unsure of whether or not they should let their dates open doors, or pay for their dinner. Here is an analysis of how we should view chivalry, and how it affects a woman’s independence: I have […]

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Knowing How To Express Anger Keeps Your Relationship Healthy

Knowing How To Express Anger Keeps Your Relationship Healthy

Anger is an unavoidable feeling that we all experience. Although it’s not the most pleasant of emotions, it is natural. It is inevitable to fight, even a little bit, with our partners, friends, and family. What matters most when having a fight or feeling angry is knowing how to express it properly. Because, if anger is not expressed right, it […]

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The Freeze Response: How A Warrior Handles The Trauma Of Sexual Assault

The Freeze Response:  How A Warrior Handles The Trauma Of Sexual Assault

When I speak at colleges about my own story of sexual abuse, I never forget how difficult it was for me to even speak the words, “I was sexually abused.” It took me an even longer time to believe it, or to understand it could happen to me. And what took so much longer than I ever could have predicted was to […]

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Sexual Empowerment Without Sexual Entitlement

Sexual Empowerment Without Sexual Entitlement

For both parties involved in sexual enjoyment, the desires and preferences of both should be held at an equal level. However, when we demand for what we want, we break consent and can make the other party uncomfortable. One can still be sexually empowered, but enforcing entitlement does not support equality. Read on: Many feminists have recently come to realize […]

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Focusing Too Much On Women’s Pleasure Can Be Sexist

Focusing Too Much On Women’s Pleasure Can Be Sexist

As our society becomes more aware of gender inequality, we grow to understand how to treat each other in our daily lives. In heterosexual relationships, there is encouragement to focus on a woman’s sexual pleasure in bed. But this could be interpreted as sexist when men focus too much on satisfying women. Here are three ways on how it is […]

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A Guide To Complimenting Women Without Objectifying Them

A Guide To Complimenting Women Without Objectifying Them

Ah, the stereotypical man-to-women  come on attempt. Boy sees girl. Boy finds girl attractive. Boy approaches girl and attempts to get into her pants by telling her how sexy she looks in her lime green halter top and skinny jeans, and how if she sleeps with him, he’ll treat her to a breakfast in bed consisting of homemade Eggs Benedict with […]

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How To Solve Difficult Conflicts In Close Relationships

How To Solve Difficult Conflicts In Close Relationships

Love is a many splendid thing — until your partner does something that drives you up the wall.  Whether it’s a minor, annoying habit or a downright socially problematic behavior, I’m sure your partner has done or said something that made you vomit in your mouth a little bit. But if everything else in your relationship is healthy, your partner’s actions […]

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5 Myths That Twisted The Meaning of “Friendzone”

5 Myths That Twisted The Meaning of “Friendzone”

Friendship. It’s a word that’s supposed to have positive connotations, right?  The word reminds me of lovely things — things like feeling supported, feeling loved, doing exciting things and making happy memories with people I adore. I would hope that friendship would evoke a similar joy for everyone. But if I tell one of my male friends — especially a friend […]

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Spot A Toxic Friend In 5 Questions

Spot A Toxic Friend In 5 Questions

Often, we are taught from a young age how to recognize abusive romantic relationships. But friendships as vehicles for abuse almost never cross our cultural radar. As a general rule, romantic relationships take social precedence over friendships. And because people assume that friends aren’t capable of abuse (since, supposedly, they lack the degree of intimacy and emotional access that a […]

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