‘Pandemic: New Horizons’ or How Animal Crossing and Other Games Offer Comfort in Chaos

Kaitlyn is a junior Social Work major and is a student staff member at the Women's Center. Are you feeling isolated? Lonely? Lost in a chaotic world that doesn't make sense anymore? Me too! At a time where we feel more out of control than ever, video games are something that I know many of… Continue reading ‘Pandemic: New Horizons’ or How Animal Crossing and Other Games Offer Comfort in Chaos

Bodily boundaries or how the world told me I hated affection

A blog written by student staff member Sydney about her journey with understanding bodily boundaries, consent, and the perpetuation of rape culture in society. Including tips about consent in daily life and resources to stay informed and about how to talk to kids and other adults about the issue.   If you would have asked… Continue reading Bodily boundaries or how the world told me I hated affection

What are Pop Culture Pop Ups?! The Golden Globes: Black Out and Oprah

A blog post written by student staff member, Sydney.   It's official! The Women's Center has a new ongoing event starting this spring semester. What is it you ask? Pop Culture Pop Ups! You're probably wondering, "What the heck is a Pop Culture Pop Up?" Well, that's what I'm here to explain. If you frequent… Continue reading What are Pop Culture Pop Ups?! The Golden Globes: Black Out and Oprah

Me too. And now what?

The following is a guest post from UMBC alumna Juliette Seymour, MCS and GWST '14, who was both inspired and incensed by the recent "Me Too" campaign. Although this widespread social media initiative has shed light on the pervasiveness of sexual violence and assault in our communities, Juliette writes about follow-through and next steps.  Content… Continue reading Me too. And now what?

Women are Funny, TOO or “Why do we have to keep writing these posts?”

A team effort by some of the Women's Center staff! So in 2015, UMBC brought Hannibal Buress to campus as our homecoming comedian. We rejoiced. We love him as Lincoln in Broad City, we appreciate his stalwart bend toward social justice, and he’s hella funny. We were ALSO frustrated. For every UMBC Homecoming comedy event,… Continue reading Women are Funny, TOO or “Why do we have to keep writing these posts?”

Co-Opting the Message: How Companies Are Not Our Friends

A reflection by student staff member Shira Devorah    By now, many of us have heard of that Pepsi ad with Kendall Jenner appropriating the Black Lives Matter movement. Immediately after the ad debuted, the internet blew up in opposition to it. Activists were not complacent with the whitewashed, safe, and commercialized rip-off of Black Lives… Continue reading Co-Opting the Message: How Companies Are Not Our Friends

Performing Pregnancy As A Black Woman

A reflection by Women's center staff member, Kayla Smith.   Full disclosure: I'm a Beyonce stan. I support pretty much everything she does. There are very few things Beyonce can do that I wouldn't damn near worship. Needless to say when she released pictures from her maternity shoot I was ready to bow down.   I scrolled… Continue reading Performing Pregnancy As A Black Woman