A Heroic Change

 

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A Powerful POSEition

 

The Scene is Set

Our group chose the issue of the lack of representation of minority groups in comic books and how that can affect the readers. This includes people of color, women, individuals of all shapes and sizes, and the LGBTQ+ community. To complete this project, our group held a table at the Commons Mainstreet where students could come over and hear what we had to say. To attract more people, we had a large cardboard cut out of Groot (as seen in attached photos), a large collection of comic books provided by Mehr, and free merchandise from a local Baltimore comic book store called Cosmic Comix.

Our group invited people to the table and attempted to create a discussion and raise awareness and like any activist, we collided with negative comments, arguments from people we thought would be on our side, and differing opinions. Continue reading

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The Zero-Credit Gym Requirement Has Zero Chance

My activist project was centered around obtaining and advocating for elective credit for the zero credit gym classes that all UMBC students are required to take in order to graduate. I decided to focus on this issue for my project because it is an injustice that I have noticed from the moment that I arrived at this university and I have also heard many other people voice their frustrations about having to pay for classes that will not move them further toward graduation. I was inspired to stand up for all UMBC students and I truly was, and still am, motivated to enlist change in this aspect of UMBC.

My project focused on how the university requires all students to take physical education classes that do not count towards their 120 credits needed to graduate because they are “institutional credit” Screen Shot 2018-05-01 at 12.38.46 PM

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Woman Noir: Black Women in Media

When coming up with an idea for my activist project I thought about what kinds of ideas and issues I am passionate about. Since we are in the age of technology I knew that I wanted to do a social media based project. I decided to focus on the image(s) of black women presented in popular media.

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Activist Project: Am I An Activist?

In early March I attended the National Young Feminist Leadership Conference. There I networked, learned how to utilize media in activist campaigns, and gained more knowledge about discourse. But was attending NYFLC activism? It didn’t feel like it. I had thought surrounding myself with activists would achieve something. I don’t know what that something was, but maybe that was enough? I doubted it.

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(An inspiration to us all)

Anxiety and depression played a part in this mediocrity. I don’t have much energy and motivation is rare. However, my friend Xixi attended the conference with me. She also acted as my motivation, dragging, or inviting me, to events on campus in April. She mollified my anxiety so that I could have fun at the conference and at on-campus events.

Two of the events she took me to were held by the Women’s Center; “Telling Their Stories” and “Take Back the Night”. It was great to see women of color dance, sing, and recite poetry at “Telling Their Stories”. A large crowd gathered in the Commons for TBTN to hear the stories of survivors of sexual violence. Everyone was respectful; each moment, even in silence, felt sacred. It was a spiritual experience.

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But what affected me the most was the march held later that evening for TBTN. I never expected that I would ever be holding up a sign while loudly chanting and marching around campus. But I did it, and it made me feel that, in a small way, I was doing activism. I’m not a loud person, but it was comforting to be in a group so that I wasn’t the only one yelling in public.

Holding up painted cardboard and screaming was the most powerful experience I have had on this journey towards activism. It wasn’t a part of my original plan, but I think that’s a good thing, as the activism happened naturally. Overall, I feel my project is successful; I’ve learned activism can be impactful at a micro level.

I discovered that I have it in me to be an activist even if it’s a struggle. I aim to participate more in the future, look out for more events, and become more comfortable with myself. This is a never ending project; I can never stop learning about feminism and activism.

 

When No One Is Looking

When No One Is Looking

WNOIL is about unrestrained expression. It is intended to give a voice to an issue that is silently felt and shared amongst women. Today we live in a culture that objectifies and sexualizes women daily. One main symptom of the internalization of these attitudes is self-monitoring. To put it simply, because we are taught that our bodies are objects to be viewed and consumed, women are often caught in the daily struggle of ensuring that the way we look, walk, talk, smell, eat or even sit is “up to par” with the expectations of others. Often we can be limited in what we do by the fear of judgment and criticism. Because of this WNOIL has been created. It is a safe space to showcase our talent, skill, passion. Our uniqueness. It is a space to be who we are When No One is Looking. Continue reading

We’re All Beautiful.

Being called “too fat” or “too skinny” has caused women to feel insecure about their own bodies. Social media has led women and young girls to believe that there is only one type of perfection and beauty. The pressure to seem and look a certain way has affected women to buy certain products that could potentially make them thinner or use certain tools to get a certain waist size. Why is the “perfect body” idolized? Individuals joke, laugh, and make judgmental remarks for their “fat waist” or their “skeleton-like waist”. However, individuals are unaware of the consequences. Young girls, starting from a young age, are preoccupied with obsessing over magazine covers and focusing on achieving a body of small waist, thin legs, and thin arms. However, there is no “perfect body”. The pursuit of the “perfect body” leads to eating disorders, low self-esteem, and health problems. So, let’s say “NO!” to body shaming.  Continue reading