Essays, Feminism & Women's Issues, Fighting White Supremacy

The Suffragist Problem: Roots of White Feminism

by Candice Huber, The Dissenting Cupcake “The history of American feminism has been primarily a narrative about the heroic deeds of white women.” - Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Words of Fire: An Anthology of African-American Feminist Thought As Beverly Guy-Sheftall states in the quote above, the narrative of feminist history has primarily been about the heroic deeds of [...]

Essays, LGBTQ+ Issues, Lifting Voices: Guest Posts

LGBTQ+ Erasure in History and Media

by Emily A. Roldan This post is inspired by a Tumblr post that floated around the Internet regarding Leonardo de Vinci’s status as a gay or bisexual man. The post asks: Why were we not taught this in school? I’ve had conversations with some people about it, and for the most part the response has been: Does [...]

Essays, Feminism & Women's Issues, Fighting White Supremacy, Lifting Voices: Guest Posts

Dear White Women: This is Not About Us

by Rosie Campos There were still three states that were “too close to call,” and I could barely keep my eyes open. As I climbed under the covers, my head was reeling. We were so sure. A little over 24 hours earlier, I was standing in the sunshine in front of the Cathedral of Learning [...]

Essays, Feminism & Women's Issues, Fighting White Supremacy

So What is White Feminism, Anyway?

by Candice Huber, The Dissenting Cupcake white feminism noun a brand of feminism centered around the ideals and struggles of primarily white women feminism that doesn't understand western privilege or cultural context. feminism that doesn't consider race as a factor in the struggle for equality. a set of beliefs that allows for the exclusion of [...]

Essays, Feminism & Women's Issues

The Power of Our Neverending Stories

 by Candice Huber, The Dissenting Cupcake [Content Warning: The following post discusses sexual assault and rape.] I. We get comfortable inside the stories we’re told as children. Fairy tales, bedtime stories, stories of distant pasts heard from grandparents and older relatives. Even our own narratives are weaved by the people around us, and we know that [...]

Essays, Feminism & Women's Issues

Why Tubby & Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop Removed “Fables” From Our Shelves

by Candice Huber, The Dissenting Cupcake Each year, I attend Gen Con, the largest tabletop gaming convention in North America, and the experience of being surrounded by so many like-minded people is, simply put, amazing. Everything from the Writers' Symposium to the panels to the gaming leads me to inclusive, progressive, accepting people and genuinely interesting [...]

Education, Essays, Lifting Voices: Guest Posts

A Word from Your Geeky School Psychologist: Build Social Emotional Learning, Nerd Style

by Shereen Naser, Ph.D. You are sitting quietly. The room is comforting, well lit, and everyone seems jovial. They are chatting nonchalantly, sipping a beverage as they pass cards around the circle. While on the outside all look calm, on the inside each person is tense with anticipation, aware that in less than five minutes [...]

Essays, Feminism & Women's Issues, Fighting White Supremacy

The Problem with the Women’s March on Washington and White Feminism

I debated whether or not to share this story, and then I thought it could be used as an educational experience for others, so here we are. Right after the election, I underwent a flood of emotions, like many of you. I experienced everything from depression and anxiety to outright anger and aggression. I was [...]

Essays, Feminism & Women's Issues

An Open Letter to the Stanford Victim from a Fellow Survivor

[Content Warning: The following open letter discusses sexual assault, rape/rape culture, and the Brock Turner case.] Dear Stanford Victim, I may not know you, but I do know what it’s like to be you. And I hope this message finds you, wherever you are. I’m writing this letter, from survivor to survivor, because I’ve found [...]

Essays, Feminism & Women's Issues

The Inspiring Women of JoCo Cruise 2016

I recently embarked on a seven-day cruise in the Caribbean with a bunch of nerds. And it was glorious. The JoCo Cruise, established by musician Jonathan Coulton in 2011, is a yearly con on water. Except it’s much more than that. As we all know, it can be difficult to be a nerdy woman at [...]