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Pussy hats unite women, but ignore intersectionality

Pussy hats unite women, but ignore intersectionality

Gabby Lescadre

February 3, 2019

Power to the pussy is a great mantra — just not for the entire feminist movement. For a sex that is predisposed to oppression at birth and whose sexual anatomy is a synonym for weakness, turning the word pussy into a symbol of strength and resistance is a no-brainer for feminists. Especially in t...

Guerrilla Girls UNMASKED: Donna Kaz

Guerrilla Girls UNMASKED: Donna Kaz

Amanda Martino, Multimedia Reporter

November 5, 2018

The undercover feminist group the Guerrilla Girls formed in 1985 and has since been fighting against racism and sexism in the arts. Donna Kaz put down the mask and gave a talk to the Burlington community about her life as an activist and artist.

Janelle Monae’s new song empowers women

Janelle Monae’s new song empowers women

Kim Henry

April 29, 2018

Janelle Monae’s new music video, “PYNK,” paints a radically queer and black sci-fi landscape. And the way things are going right now, I want to jump in the painting with her. For many black, femme oddballs out there, Monae has long been the android queen of our dreams, bopping and singing as her r...

Review: “Blockers” falls flat on plot, brings feminism

Review: “Blockers” falls flat on plot, brings feminism

Hunter McKenzie, Culture Columnist

April 19, 2018

If you enjoy feminist perspectives and John Cena butt chugging beer, “Blockers” might be the film for you. “Blockers” stars Leslie Mann, John Cena and Ike Barinholtz, and follows three parents as they try to prevent their daughters from losing their virginities on prom night. Although it...

Drag scene redefining femininity

Lilly Sharp

March 8, 2018

Growing up it was hard for me to find a relatable female role model. I wasn’t raised to be stereotypically feminine. It wasn’t until I found the world of drag that I found “female” role models I could relate to. The Vixen, a drag queen from Chicago, described drag as “the male interpretat...

Feminism has to transcend generational differences

Feminism has to transcend generational differences

Mills Sparkman

January 26, 2018

While watching the Golden Globe Awards with my parents, I noticed something interesting. As I cheered on Seth Meyers and his jokes skewering Harvey Weinstein, Woody Allen and other male celebrities accused of sexual assault, my parents seemed bored about 10 minutes in. They began questioning the legitimacy ...

Female artists speak up and make an impact in 2017

Female artists speak up and make an impact in 2017

Bridget Higdon, Assistant Arts Editor

December 13, 2017

I bought my hardcover copy of Virginia Woolf’s essay “A Room of One’s Own” in the basement of a New York City bookstore almost three years ago. It now sits on my desk in my dorm room. I have revisited her words on the need for women to build creative spaces of their own often in the past...

Western feminism has it wrong

Western feminism has it wrong

James Simpson

March 30, 2017

There have been tremendous strides made in the realm of gender equality and women’s rights over the past several decades in the western world. Today, men and women are equal under the law. American women are among the freest, most well educated and most self-determining women on the planet...

Girl group gets in gear for Burlington

Greta Bjornson

February 17, 2016

Sisterhood is a source of power for one Brooklyn-based band. The four women who make up TEEN are set to perform in Burlington Feb. 25 at Signal Kitchen. The alternative rock band is currently touring to promote their third album, “Love Yes,” which will be released Feb. 19 with Carpark...

C.U.N.T.S: Why do we need feminism?

January 27, 2016

According to UVM’s feminist club, CUNTs, its name has been a source of controversy.Stevie Hunter, a sophomore and co-leader of College Undergraduates Not Tolerating Sexism, shortened to CUNTS, said a man who approached them at an October tabling event was offended by the name. She said the man was ...

Feminist teaches history of the ‘F-word’

Jackie Morris

April 7, 2015

UVM welcomed an internet celebrity to discuss feminism and sex education March 31. Members of the UVM and Burlington community gathered in the Grand Maple Ballroom to hear feminist and sex education activist, Laci Green.  “I thought it was awesome," first-year Julia Blanding said. “I thin...

On the ‘Fifty Shades’ movement

February 24, 2015

This weekend, while tuned in to National Public Radio, I listened to a discussion regarding the immense cinematic success of “Fifty Shades of Grey”.As of this writing, the movie has grossed around $400 million worldwide, according to USA Today.The NPR discussion focused on what this means for Ame...

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