EducationFeminismPrimary EducationSecondary Education

Bathrooms: for trans students who have considered suicide when the rainbow is not enough

bathroom – a room in a public place with a toilet and a sink sex – the state of being male or female as assigned at birth gender identity – a person’s internal sense of being male, female, some combination of male and female, or neither male nor female transgender …

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FeminismPedagogySecondary Education

Sex Ed: Teaching consent

Trigger warnings: Sexual abuse of children   As unexpectedly as a virgin giving birth I found myself in charge of teaching sex ed to 6th graders. It’s been an interesting (and sometimes depressing) experience. We don’t have any of that “Abstinence Only” crap over here and while the parents were …

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Feminism

Category Error

Let’s look at some skeptical topics. Of course, every topic can be a skeptical topic because every topic can be critically examined, but I’ve got some specifics I need to address. I don’t believe in sacred cows, but there are certainly some beliefs that are better grounded in evidence. Vaccine …

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Feminism

Explaining Feminism

I often find myself needing to oversimplify things. As much as a hate the idea of oversimplification (for example, many of the problems with homophobia in society are related to an oversimplification of human sexuality) I do need to do it regularly. In the context of education, this makes sense. …

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Crafting Gender

Permit me one of those exasperated sighs from the intersection between parenting, feminism and teaching. As I am writing this, my daughter is in her room, trying to finish a crafting project for school. She’s been postponing this for a while. The others in her class have all finished, but …

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Doing Diversity and Doing Diversity Right

Hello folks. I’ve been away for a while, and if you’re good kids I will one day tell you what I did while I was away. So now I’m back, and school’s back, so it’s time to talk a bit about diversity in schoolbooks. Diversity has been a big topic …

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EducationFeminismHigher Education

Towards Better Sexual Assault Prevention Tips?

It is no secret that colleges and universities are paying more attention to sexual assault on their campuses. This school year, The Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act went into effect with a look towards better prevention and accountability for instances of campus sexual assault. The media and opinionated onlookers have …

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Academic science and sexism

A recent New York Times article declared academic science isn’t sexist.  The article has already been heavily criticized, and rightly so.  I just thought I’d add my two cents from the perspective of a female science professor at an all-women’s college.  Allow me to sum it up for everyone, based …

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Campus security

So the news has been full of Ebola and guns on campus.  I was asked last week in a meeting of some top level administrators if students has been talking about the Ebola outbreak.  (The gun article refers to the Anita Sarkeesian threats in Utah, and may not have crossed …

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No More Rape? Easy! Women Don’t Drink

Okay, I almost ran into the person in front of me on the way to work yesterday while listening to the Diane Rehm Show on NPR.  The show topic was The Role of Fraternities and Sororities Today (click link for transcript and show) and I tuned in after it had …

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