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Of course diversity matters

Genie Ruzicka May 4, 2018
It is not realistic to have a New York City filled with only white people or to go to work and only interact with straight, cis people.
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Angela Peoples holds a sign at the Womens March in Washington, D.C  on Jan. 21, 2017. KEVIN BANATTE/TWITTER

I hope the future is NOT female

Genie Ruzicka February 18, 2018
“The Future is Female.” This phrase is purported to be a feminist rallying cry and if you question its merit, you are seen as anti-feminist. But what if you are a feminist who does question the merits of this phrase?
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Donald Trump speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland. He won the 2016 US election stunning many media outlets who thought he had no chance of winning. GAGE SKIDMORE/FLICKR VIA CC BY-SA 2.0

Not all criticism is created equal

Genie Ruzicka January 21, 2018
Calling Trump crazy is to excuse the racism this country was built on and the mindsets that are still prevalent enough today to get Trump elected.
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Me too?

Genie Ruzicka October 22, 2017
Halfway through a conversation about how women and femmes often downplay encounters that constitute harassment or assault by saying “It’s just par for the course” or “He didn’t mean it” or “That’s just the way it is,” I realized I had been doing the exact same thing.
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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. GAGE SKIDMORE/FLICKR VIA CC BY-SA 2.0

Title IX no more?

Genie Ruzicka September 17, 2017
Betsy DeVos has stated that Title IX protections are unfair to both survivors and those who have been “falsely accused.”
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President Donald Trump speaking in 2016.
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We need to talk about DACA

Genie Ruzicka September 10, 2017
My friendly neighborhood conversation made me realize that I didn’t know enough about what DACA does, who it affects and what could happen if no legislation is passed within the six-month window.
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Men should step up and step in

Genie Ruzicka August 28, 2017
Most “staying safe on campus” articles read more like rape-prevention articles. Basically saying to people at-risk “make sure that, if someone gets raped, it’s not you.”
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Food for fun

Genie Ruzicka April 24, 2017
Sex and food can be combined to create a fun and exciting experience for all parties involved.
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Protesters gather in Washington D.C. for a rally in solidarity with the transgender community in March 2015. TED EYTAN/FLICKR VIA CC BY-SA 2.0

Trans women’s rights are women’s rights, too

Genie Ruzicka March 19, 2017
If we are truly committed to safety for all women, trans women must be a part of the conversation, and they must lead this conversation.
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Consent: an ongoing education

Consent: an ongoing education

Genie Ruzicka February 13, 2017
If someone is being taught the dynamics of consent when they are entering college, it is too late. Sexual education as a whole needs to improve drastically.
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Donald Trump speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland. He won the 2016 US election stunning many media outlets who thought he had no chance of winning. GAGE SKIDMORE/FLICKR VIA CC BY-SA 2.0

White people, all of us, elected Donald Trump

Genie Ruzicka November 27, 2016
Be there for your marginalized friends to listen and be a shoulder to cry or scream on.
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Republican Presidential nominee Donald trump speaking at a rally in Phoenix, Arizona. GAGE SKIDMORE VIA FLICR CC BY-SA 2.0

Trump isn’t the problem, toxic masculinity is

Genie Ruzicka October 10, 2016
This isn't a problem with Trump. This is a problem with the society that let Trump turn into Trump unchecked.
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