I Hate the Term “Date Rape” and Other Rape Qualifiers

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olivemylove

[TRIGGER WARNING for rape and graphic discussion of rape.] I hate the term “date rape.” I hate “acquaintance rape” and “partner rape” and “spousal rape” and “prison rape.” Why? Because rape is rape, and descriptors do nothing but soften the term.

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The Duchess of Cambridge and the Language of a Royal Pregnancy

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olivemylove

Unless you’ve been living under a rock or in an internetless hole, you’ve undoubtedly heard that Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, (formerly known as Kate Middleton) is pregnant. First of all, congratulations to the Duchess and her family. She looks happy, and even if she wasn’t, we’d never really know. While I’m happy for her, I am pissed at the Internet. … Read More

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How Cosplay Helped My Body Image

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[TRIGGER WARNING: Eating disorders and related thinking and behaviors.] If you had asked me three years ago to put on a skintight leotard and a pair of tights and then go to an event with thousands of other people, I’m not sure if I’d have laughed at you or thought you were playing some sort of cruel joke on me. … Read More

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So Much for the “Life of the Mother”: The Death of Savita Halappanavar

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olivemylove

Last month, a young woman named Savita Halappanavar was murdered by an Irish hospital. Yes, murdered. Let’s call it what it is. I refuse to sugarcoat a topic that should be treated as honestly and straightforwardly as possible, without the anti-choice rhetoric or pleasant popular media wording. Savita Halappanavar was denied an abortion, and it killed her.

ElfitySo Much for the “Life of the Mother”: The Death of Savita Halappanavar

The Time Sir Patrick Stewart and I Talked Feminism

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olivemylove

A couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege of meeting and speaking to Sir Patrick Stewart. Yes, that Patrick Stewart, who many of you may know as Captain Jean-Luc Picard of Star Trek: The Next Generation. I know, right?! I ventured out to Austin Comic Con (dressed as a slightly femme Tenth Doctor, naturally), intent on buying as many … Read More

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Leaving My Feminist Ivory Tower

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olivemylove

It’s official, I’ve left my ivory tower of feminism. In a way, I’ve been on my way out for years, volunteering at rape crisis centers and women’s clinics and lobbying at the Capital. Those were all situations I could walk away from, places I could go home from at the end of a shift and never deal with again. But … Read More

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Disney’s Latina Princess Sofia Isn’t So Latina After All

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olivemylove

Last week, Disney announced the arrival of a new princess. A Latina princess. Sounds fantastic, right? Unfortunately, this has been just one more case of capitalist selfishness trying to edge into a vulnerable market, because Princess Sofia is everything I never wanted in my Latina princess.

ElfityDisney’s Latina Princess Sofia Isn’t So Latina After All