Dear Survivor

This guest post was written by a UMBC community member who has asked to remain anonymous to allow for privacy while sharing this important experience.  ***Content Note: This post contains detailed descriptions of physical threats and sexual violence, and mentions of suicidal ideation. Please practice self-care while reading.***  Dear Survivor, I would like to tell… Continue reading Dear Survivor

The Importance of Critiquing What We Love: An Alumni Post

We're excited to share our very first alumni post! The reflection below was written by Cassandra Morales (UMBC Class of 2013) who worked in the Women's Center from 2012-2013. Binge-watching Netflix is a favorite college past-time that I carried into my post-undergraduate life. There is nothing like the satisfaction of finishing all seven seasons of Buffy… Continue reading The Importance of Critiquing What We Love: An Alumni Post

The Cognitive Dissonance of Internalized Victim-Blaming

This is a guest post that the author asked to be posted anonymously to allow for privacy while still sharing an important experience. **Trigger warning for extensive discussion of sexual assault and victim-blaming** I’m an ardent anti-sexual violence activist. I've read the feminist literature and participated in consciousness-raising activities. I've attended awareness rallies  and signed petitions.… Continue reading The Cognitive Dissonance of Internalized Victim-Blaming

On double standards and women. A guest post by a Women’s Center community member.

It was nighttime when I pulled out my favorite dress to wear. There was no special occasion; it just made me feel gorgeous. Nevertheless, I was experiencing an all too familiar nagging feeling as I examined the material. The dress was cut so as to expose the back, and was short in length. Years of… Continue reading On double standards and women. A guest post by a Women’s Center community member.

Domestic Violence: Why women stay. A guest post by a Women’s Center community member.

This anonymous guest post was written by a member of the Women's Center community. Yes, this is a very complicated and broad topic for a blog, perhaps not so ideal for a short blog since this topic delves deep inside the psychological interplay of the domestic relationship. However, I’d like to share my two cents,… Continue reading Domestic Violence: Why women stay. A guest post by a Women’s Center community member.

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.