Rape Culture

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⌈Trigger-Warning for victims of sexual assault/rape/non-consensual⌋

I don’t know a single woman who wasn’t sexually harassed, yet. Not a single one who did not get catcalled. Not one who doesn’t feel the need to say more than “no” to sex, because a sick stomach is more of an excuse than simply not wanting to have intercourse.

A guy once said “Female privilege is getting to claim a headache to avoid sex” 

Female oppression is having to claim physical illness to avoid sex because men won’t take a simple “no” for an answer. Female oppression is men being so entitled that they think being denied sex is oppressive.

I was 12 when I got catcalled for the first time in my life. It was scary. But it happens to everybody, right? It’s normal. And on top of that I should be happy about it because we all want attention, we all like…

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Reading list for your period!

Yes to ALL of this

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Guess what, internet? I’m menstruating right now! GASP! I know, right!? Shocker! Let’s talk about it! At the moment I am on day 1. Day 1 is the worst. Part of me wants a Java Chip Frappucino, part of me wants sleep, and part of me wants to bend in half backward because, for some reason, I feel like if I do that, the jackhammer that is currently hammering away on my lower back will stop. I took a shower but I still smell weird, I did a workout, and now I’m writing this post! How normal!

A while back, several bloggers wrote some great posts about how there should/should not be more mention of menstruation in books, specifically in YA. I’m not going to talk about that because my simple opinion is that, yes, we need more of it. But this post, this post, and this post are…

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Trans Day of Visibility

Happy Trans Day of Visibility

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Today, March 31st, is Trans Day of Visibility!

This is hosted by Trans Student Educational Resources, and this years theme is Trans Resistance.

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With these statistics it’s clear that today is a very important day!  This year 8 trans women have been murdered:

  • Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow
  • Mesha Caldwell
  • Jojo Striker
  • Jaquarrius Holland
  • Tiara Lashaytheboss Richmond
  • Chyna Doll Dupree
  • Ciarra McElveen
  • Alfonza Watson

All of these women were women of color as well. Last year twenty-seven trans women were murdered, making it the deadliest documented year for trans related murders. Although it is likely that there were even more murders that didn’t make the news or the victims weren’t reported as transgender. Trans day of visibility is described as “not a day for mourning: this is a day of empowerment and getting the recognition we deserve!” by the TSER. I fell like part of that recognition is shedding light on…

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Serenity Blog Award #6

Hi everyone! The team here at Serenity hope you all had a wonderful March! At the end of each month, we try to celebrate some of the best blogs out there by awarding them with The Serenity Blog Award!

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The Serenity Blog Award is awarded to the authors of blogs whose goal is to spread peace and unity through love and respect, while shining light on important topics.

We ask that, if you choose to display this award, you do so with your reasoning of why writing about peace is important to you.

Here are the nominees for March:

Rob Talks Mental Health

Jenny in Neverland

Social Underground

Congratulations to all the nominees!

Rae’s Rules to Remember #78: Ignoring racism won’t make it “go away”

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“The only way to end racism is to stop talking about it.”

In case you didn’t already know, this quote is complete bullshit.

Ignoring a problem is not the proper way to handle it. For example, if you find out that you have cancer you don’t just wait for it to kill you. You start treatments and take medication to slow it down, remove it, and fight it. Obviously, I’m comparing apples and oranges here but the concept is somewhat the same.

Most people have heard this quote from Morgan Freeman and think, “well if a black man said it then it must be true.”

Wrong.

Morgan Freeman was wrong. That is not the way to deal with racism.

In my experience, the people who repeat this phrase the most are white people.This is an issue because as a member of the majority, you can’t tell someone else how to…

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Book Recs: Feminist Reads

Read, Think, Ponder

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Every March is Women’s History Month; a time for us to remember, celebrate, and commemorate the contributions and achievements women have made in history and in modern society.

I chose this month’s Book Recs theme to center around feminist reads not only because it’s Women’s History Month, but also because I understand that, for those who want to learn about feminism, it can feel like a daunting and overwhelming task. Where do I start? What’s a good start for an individual interested in feminism? Who do I listen to? Though I cannot answer those questions – as feminism can look different to different groups of people and cultures – my advice is to, a) begin with history, b) read widely, c) listen to a diversity of authors/activists/academics, and d) ensure your feminism is intersectional.

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Basic Self Care You Really Shouldn’t Overlook

We really can’t say this enough: TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF!

Jenny in Neverland

I am all for self-care. Despite the fact it’s deemed a by-product of our generation and sense of entitlement, I can’t help but think, ‘why shouldn’t we be entitled to look after ourselves the best we can?’ And even, on occasion, before we look after anybody else. We are our own biggest commitment after all and we’re the only person in the entire world that we are stuck with forever so for that reason, I believe in self-care and its importance. But what I’ve been thinking about more and more recently is the actual self care “routines” we are often bombarded with which are sure to make us feel better and increase our mental wellbeing.

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