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Research Blog: Shaving Toxic Masculinity

BY JESSICA LIN
The recent #MeToo-inspired Gilette commercial has stirred up quite the controversy with responses ranging from positive feedback to pledges to boycott Gilette products. The razor ad shows boys bullying and fighting, men touching women and dads saying, “Boys will be boys.” It questions, “Is this the best a man can get?”

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Research Blog: Navigating the line of consent: Rape myths and hook up culture

BY BIANCA VALLE
As a survivor of sexual assault, I’ve often felt conflicted over my experience. The thing is films and tv tend to present rape and sexual assault in a very limited way. There’s a mainstream image of a male aggressor taking advantage of a defenseless female, presenting rape and sexual assault as something that’s obvious. But obviously, it is not.

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Research Blog: Sexism in Men’s Decisions about Women’s Reproductive Rights

BY ELISE BRAGARD
Remember that photo that went viral last year of all the men standing around Donald Trump in the oval office, looking particularly smug, as he signed an executive order that would make it difficult for women around the world to access abortions? The global gag rule was put back into place, ensuring that no US funding would help international organizations that offered abortions.

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Research Blog: Moving Toward a More Gender Inclusive World: Progress! (And a few setbacks…)

BY LAURA HOOBERMAN
Here’s some cool news in the world of gender diversity: A 2017 Harris Poll survey conducted by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) found that among Americans between the ages of 18 and 34, 12% describe their gender identity in terms other than cisgender.

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Research Blog: Reflections on body hair and Januhairy

BY LAURA HOOBERMAN
January of 2019 will be immortalized in my mind for a few reasons: it was a month marked by unbearable coldness, Nancy Pelosi’s triumphant outmaneuvering of Donald Trump (sidenote: for a master negotiator, Trump sure does seem to get pretty easily flummoxed, no?) and, lastly, the advent of Januhairy, a social media campaign spearheaded by 22-year-old drama student Laura Jackson, designed to encourage women to give up shaving their body hair for an entire month.

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Research Blog: Sexist jokes are for sad little blokes

BY HUNTER KINCAID
Many of the celebrities I follow on social media use their platform to raise awareness about important social issues. When the celebrities I follow are women, like Lynda Carter and Gillian Anderson, I fear reading the comments section. Each time I do, there seem to be small-minded men who feel the need to reword the phrase “bitch, shut up,” in as many forms as possible.

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Research Blog: The Great Wall around periods: Beliefs and attitudes towards menstruation in China

BY JESSICA LIN
When I asked my mom what the colorful wrapped squares (sanitary pads) in the bathroom were, the reply I received was “Don’t worry about it.” Being raised in a Chinese immigrant family, I was never given a heads up that I would start bleeding. So when I first got my period in middle school, I didn’t even know I did.

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Research Blog: Seeking language and representation for girls who like girls

BY ELISE BRAGARD
When was the first time you realized you were sexually attracted to someone? And what did that sexual attraction feel like, either emotionally or physically? It can be difficult to answer these questions, because it’s possible that when we did have that feeling for the first time, we may not have had the language or knowledge about sexuality to think of it as sexual attraction.

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Research Blog: Beyond STDs and Pregnancy: Can sexual experimentation be good for girls’ agency?

BY HANNAH BERNHARDT
My favorite scene in “Mean Girls” is when the entire school is brought together for Sex Ed. In this scene, all the students are gathered in the gym while the P.E. teacher rants about the dangers of sex. It’s ridiculous, it’s over-the-top, and honestly… it’s kinda relatable.

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