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Am I a Feminist? Feminism, It’s More Complex Than You Think

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Erin Holve, Staff Writer

March 6, 2020

For many years I struggled with calling myself a feminist.  I lacked all confidence in myself. Feminists were these mythical creatures filled with all the conviction and power their gender offered them. I hated my body, a blaring sign of how unfeminine I was. My confidence, nearly non-existent. ...

Norman Fucking Rockwell! tears up the modern feminist message

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Kati Morris

September 18, 2019

Listen to the track "The Man" from Taylor Swift's new album, "Lover" and the message it sends is immediately clear. If I was the man, she said, "I'd be a fearless leader. I'd be an alpha type."Swift is no stranger to penning grade-A girl-power bops — her pop debut, "1989" was a self-empowerment album f...

Women’s symposium brings 600 people to advocate for female leaders

Elaine Kramer (left) and Pam Farly (right) were two of four women panel members during the Tuesday night discussion session. Photo credit: Kendall George

Kendall George

February 18, 2019

From Feb. 12 to Feb. 15, the Wildcat Leadership Institute hosted a "Women Like You" convention, featuring five days of events all under the theme of female empowerment in business/professional settings. All events led up to a symposium on Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Bell Memorial Union Auditorium....

BMU hosts interactive, insightful art gallery

A portrait of U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his Senate hearing regarding accusations of sexual assault. Acrylic ink printed on plexiglass. Photo credit: Angel Ortega

Mitchell Kret and Angel Ortega

February 1, 2019

The third floor of The Bell Memorial Union is currently filled with collages and plexiglass prints focusing on women's empowerment and conversations about American sexism. The "Resist, Persist & Rise" gallery by Kelli Marie S. Lavin and Christine M. Ponce has been hosted in the BMU since Jan. 22...

Chico Women’s March 2019 highlights Camp Fire recovery, indigenous advocacy

Protestors showcased their signs at the 2019 Chico Women's March. Photo credit: Christian Solis

Kendall George

January 19, 2019

Early Saturday morning, Chico residents filled the city plaza for the third annual Chico Women’s March. People took to the downtown streets to stand in solidarity for women’s rights, climate change and intersectionality. This event comes just three months after the Camp Fire left Paradi...

Feminists respond to meninism

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Rachael Bayuk

October 17, 2018

Do we even have to?Meninism started as a joke. It should end as one too.To suggest that the Meninist "movement" is a legitimate and positive thing is ridiculous. They are not revolting against a power structure designed against them. There are not healthcare issues they must fight for. No laws that go...

Men should not be left out of the equality fight

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Brooke Martin

October 17, 2018

Meninism: myth or fact?President Donald Trump was recently quoted saying, “It is a very scary time for young men in America…” He has since faced much backlash for this comment, but it has brought up the question: Do men face gender inequality too?Feminism is a term and social movement promot...

Bikini barista coffee: Stop objectifying women’s bodies

Bottoms Up Espresso opened Friday after receiving criticism for the attire of their employees. Photo credit: Caitlyn Young

Natalie Hanson

October 3, 2018

Why “breastaurants” are a dying business model For the last month, the newest coffee chain to come to Chico has been generating a lot of buzz. Bottoms Up Espresso began to garner criticism from residents before it officially opened, and since its location’s unveiling last week, it’s clear t...

‘F Word’ series comes to campus

Karla Guzman and Casie Arechiga start out the conversation by explaining the

Hannah Yeager

April 4, 2018

Student-run and advertised, the feminism talk given on March 28 brought more than 20 people into the Cross-Cultural Learning Center for a workshop turned open forum on the word feminism.“This what it is meant to be, the Exposed series...because there is more conversation on topics like this, eve...

Party culture does not condone sexual assault micro-aggressions

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Danielle Cortes

April 1, 2018

Sexual assault is an ongoing issue prevalent on college campuses. The risks that increase these intolerable behaviors include drugs, alcohol and overall poor decisions. However, it should never be the victim's fault. No one asks to be taken advantage of, no matter what she is wearing. What bothers...

Trump is destroying the work feminism has created

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Danielle Cortes

October 17, 2017

It is the year of 2017, humans have been living for about 200,000 years. Every year, we are evolving and bettering our lives for the future. However, we still somehow find ourselves regressing. As a nation, we really downgraded by electing Donald Trump as president. There is just simply no other way...

Let the Panama Papers be a reminder to pay attention

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William Rein and Dongyoung Won

April 17, 2016

There are many reasons right now to get involved in politics: whether you’re part of Black Lives Matter and believe we live in a racially contracted state; or you align with feminism and believe we live in a patriarchy; or you side with fringe political groups and believe we live in a police st...

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