To the Food Police in My Life

  Samiksha Manjani is a Student Staff member at UMBC’s Women’s Center. She is a Political Science and Sociology double-major graduating in May 2019.       Eating around other people has become the bane of my existence. I don’t remember the last time I’ve eaten in peace without the “food police” (family, friends, strangers, etc)… Continue reading To the Food Police in My Life

Makeup Microaggressions: Let Me Wear My Full-Face Makeup in Peace

 Student staff member, Samiksha Manjani, takes a deeper look at the impact of makeup microaggressions. I normally hate getting ready to go out with girls; or well, I hate putting on my makeup in front of other girls. Instead, I’ll put it on in my own house and then go to my friend’s house to… Continue reading Makeup Microaggressions: Let Me Wear My Full-Face Makeup in Peace

Fatness. Fitness. Feminism.

A reflection by student staff member, Sydney, about her experiences with body image, working out, and how these things connect with her feminism and self love. Trigger Warning: This blog deals with body image, body dysmorphia, and unhealthy eating practices. Please use self-care. We live in a day where thick (curvy, slim-thick) is in but… Continue reading Fatness. Fitness. Feminism.

Treat Your Body Lovingly: A Twelve-Step Program

A Women's Center blog post by staff member Daniel Willey  Note: I hope what I've learned can be applicable to other people, but I know my experience isn't universal. I use a lot of action verbs in my post, but I don't intend to make assumptions about what a body can do. I encourage readers to challenge… Continue reading Treat Your Body Lovingly: A Twelve-Step Program

I Loved You Once – Reflections from NCCWSL on Authenticity and Leadership

The following post are reflections from rising-sophomore Nitya Kumaran who represented UMBC at this year’s National Conference for College Women Leaders (NCCWSL). When Nitya found herself in my office after attending the conference in May she was full of energy, passion, complex thoughts, and challenges for herself. I asked her to write some of what she… Continue reading I Loved You Once – Reflections from NCCWSL on Authenticity and Leadership

How MY Feminism Intersects Body Consciousness With Health Benefits

Freshman 15? The first time I heard of this it hit me hard. I was complaining that my eating habits changed drastically since I stated college and I put on some weight. My caring friend said, “Yeah, that’s freshman 15.” I said, “What does that mean?” She said, “It’s when you put on 15 pounds… Continue reading How MY Feminism Intersects Body Consciousness With Health Benefits

My Body and Me: The Original Arranged Marriage. A guest post by Ashley Sweet.

This was originally posted on Unruly Bodies a group blog for UMBC’s Gender and Women’s Studies course, Unruly Bodies.  As long as I’ve been alive, I’ve been some version of overweight. I was my mom’s biggest baby. There was the “baby fat” phase (which I tried to ride to middle school, much to my embarrassment); the “I’m… Continue reading My Body and Me: The Original Arranged Marriage. A guest post by Ashley Sweet.

On Makeup and #nomakeup

With last week’s No Makeup Day Reflection, I've been thinking about my own relationship with makeup and beauty culture as a femme feminist. I’m trying to push past my initial defensiveness and come to a self-reflexive and nuanced analysis. There are a hundred directions to take such an analysis, but right now I’m most troubled by what… Continue reading On Makeup and #nomakeup