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AU Alumni, feminist, master of peanut butter brownies. Lover of Teddy Roosevelt, politics, analyzing popular culture, and general nerdery.

4 Affordable Gifts for Givers on a Budget

Becka Wall – @beckawall

‘Tis the season… for gifting, cookies, holiday parties and blowing half your paycheck on holiday gifts for all your friends and family.

The holiday season can be rough if you’re on a tight budget. Here are a few ideas of things you can make to share en masse with family and friends this holiday season. Continue reading “4 Affordable Gifts for Givers on a Budget”

New TV Shows to Watch this Fall

By Becka Wall –@beckawall

The leaves are turning, the air is crisp and the scarves and boots are back – which means one thing: it’s the season for new TV shows! Here are a few shows shaping up to be the best of the season. Continue reading “New TV Shows to Watch this Fall”

Your Voting To-Do List

By Becka Wall – @beckawall

Guys, THIS IS IT! This election year is almost OVER! After what has been a long, emotional journey – from the highs (nominating our first female candidate to one of the two major parties) to the lows (almost everything Donald Trump has done), we only have one week left. It all culminates on November 8. Election Day. THE BIG KAHUNA.

I could go on and on about how this is one of the most important elections of our lifetimes, and how important it is you vote, but hopefully, you know about that already (IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT, AND YOUR VOTE REALLY DOES COUNT).

So, here are the top 5 things you need to do before election day:

Continue reading “Your Voting To-Do List”

Singlehood’s Slums: An Exploratory Essay

Being single isn’t always easy. This week, we’re exploring the negative aspects of being single – and next week we’ll be celebrating the positive.

By Alexis Cheney – @Alexis-Cheney

You send him a text message and wait for the upward-lilting ding that will lift your spirits – the proof he takes interest in your life and wants to see you again. The proof he is attracted to you and, in-turn, that you may find yourself attractive. You wait. Wait. Wait. You delete his previous messages so the last one does not hang unanswered, mocking you. You glance at the screen. A few minutes later, you look again because you’re still holding onto the hope he will respond. Even after days and weeks of silence. Continue reading “Singlehood’s Slums: An Exploratory Essay”

Planned Parenthood’s 100th Anniversary: The fight for fundamental rights continues

Alison Channon – San Francisco, CA

Over the course of its hundred year history, Planned Parenthood has become synonymous with the fight for women’s rights. Birth control and abortion are the proxy for our society’s fight over women’s autonomy and the role of gender in modern society.

Today, we understand the same deep truth that Margaret Sanger understood 100 years ago – a woman cannot be free unless she has the fundamental right to bodily autonomy—final say of our own bodies. For us, in 2016, birth control and abortion are part and parcel of that fundamental right. But it wasn’t always so. Continue reading “Planned Parenthood’s 100th Anniversary: The fight for fundamental rights continues”

Doin’ It for the Kids

Becka Wall | @beckawall

Kids as young as five have body image issues. Girls’ self esteem peaks at age nine, and decreases from there. 90 percent of those with an eating disorder are between ages 12  and 25. More than 90 percent of girls ages 15 to 17 want to change at least one aspect of their physical appearance, with body weight ranking the highest. 80 percent of 10-year-old girls have dieted. 90 percent of high school junior and senior women diet regularly. Young girls are more afraid of becoming fat than they are of nuclear war, cancer or losing their parents. Continue reading “Doin’ It for the Kids”

The Healing Power of Wine & Will (on the Hill)

Becka Wall – @beckawall       Photos by Emma Wall

After Sunday’s tragic shooting in Orlando, I felt sad and angry. I wasn’t sure what to do. When it came up in conversation, I felt lost and frustrated. I wanted to come together to express love and tolerance, but as with every shooting in our country, the unity and solidarity is tainted by the fact that we have a culture which divides us, not unites us. Even in the thoughts and prayers and calls to action in honor of the victims, there were arguments over gun control, homophobia and ISIS. Continue reading “The Healing Power of Wine & Will (on the Hill)”

When Life Gives You a Hot Dog Costume…

Becka Wall  – @beckawall

This little girl came to dance class on “Princess Day” as a hot dog, and so Hot Dog Princess was born. All hail our new princess/superhero/icon/life goal.

Stay Strong with the Ladies of “Strong”

By Lauren Linhard –

I was staring into the freezer last night, deciding whether to not to crack into the frozen chocolate muffins stored away as a special treat.

Then I heard the following from the television two rooms away: “I can’t do this. I’m a mom of four from the midwest – I raise babies.” My inner-feminist made me shut the freezer door in outrage at any woman thinking they couldn’t do something because they are a mom. Continue reading “Stay Strong with the Ladies of “Strong””

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