Posts By: Caitlin Gullickson

What does “love your body” mean to you?

Love Your Body, a campaign of the NOW Foundation, “challenges the message that a woman’s value is best measured through her willingness and ability to embody current beauty standards.” Women and girls are told, every day and in so many ways,that being admired, envied and desired based on their looks is a primary function of true womanhood. The beauty standards enforced by our society are rigid, narrow, unrealistic, and very, very white.

VA Marriage Ban Struck Down

On Monday, July 28 The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled in a 2-1 decision that Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. Judge Henry Floyd argued that personal opposition to same-sex marriage is not a legitimate reason for legally banning gay marriage.

Happy Birthday Social Security!

Welcome to the National Organization for Women’s Social Security Birthday Blog Bash! For 78 years, Social Security has been a lifeline for millions of Americans. Currently, there are 56 million beneficiaries; 70% are retirees, 11% are survivors

Remembering on Roe Day

I don’t treat the anniversary of Roe v. Wade as a day of celebration. For the other 364 days in the year I celebrate that women have the options they do, and I lament the roadblocks partisan activists and politicians throw up to prevent women from having choices. To me, Roe day is about remembrance.

Media Hall of Shame: Media Reinforces Offensive Rape Narratives in Steubenville Coverage

While the coverage is problematic, it is even more so in a culture that devalues women and regularly downplays the crime of rape, particularly sexual assaults committed by talented athletes. Our society laments the loss of the football careers these young men may have had, yet fails to seriously consider the affect this crime could have on the victim.