Although many activists are not threatened to the extent that Yousafzai was, it is important to remember that no matter where you come from, how old you are, or what your background is, your voice can have an impact on the world.
A “Blurred Lines” parody video in which men dance shirtless was briefly removed from YouTube after being flagged as “inappropriate,” sending a clear message that the idea of women dominating submissive men is unsuitable.
Generation Z—made up of people who were born between the early 1990s and 2010—is so accustomed to everyday sexism that most of us do not even notice when demeaning language is used, let alone call it out, when we hear it in songs like “Blurred Lines.”
While online declarations of love from teens can be cute, sappy, and oddly entertaining—though sometimes veering into lewd harassment—I do wonder why young adults must hide behind anonymous forums to tell each other how they feel.
Why would the Obama administration support such restrictions, which not only put the health and lives of young women at risk, but also further disable young women from taking control of our sexuality?
No young woman should accept that sexual assault is just another part of college that she must avoid like the “freshman 15″ or early morning classes.
Industry and societal pressures push women to two character extremes: the innocent, sweet girl-next-door type or the crazy, wild party animal.
It’s great that the White House has launched an initiative to help stop teen dating violence. But if no one realizes that these resources exist, the efforts will accomplish very little.
With the popular TV show What Not to Wear coming to an end, maybe we can finally stop tricking ourselves into believing that making a woman look beautiful is just as good as making her feel intelligent or important.
The abysmal representation of women in the media and in politics negatively affects women’s confidence levels. But there is hope for young women who want their voices to be heard.