College Feminisms

The Feminist Wire is proud to publish outstanding works by millennial feminists between the ages of 18-24 in our college column. This column is managed and edited by college age feminists, and features exclusive works such as articles, videos, poetry, interviews, public service announcements, youth and campus advocacy, and more. It is intended to 1) showcase young feminist voices through writing, publication, speaking, and activism, and 2) serve as a teaching tool and source of resistance on college campuses and beyond. If you are interested in submitting to this column, please see our “Submissions” tab and submit your work through the category “College Feminisms.”

Surrogate Feminism

July 30, 2014
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By Rebecca Heilweil She has my eyes. They’re a cool dark-blue, shaped by chubby almond lids and framed by cornstalk blonde hair. They’re our eyes. When I look at pictures of me next to ones of her as a young girl, I have to find my father’s subtle Eastern-European features in my face before...
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Refusing to Compromise My Beliefs

July 11, 2014
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By Christina Peterson As a student, I never thought I would be stuck in a place where I face the possibility of failing a class because I refuse to conform to another person’s beliefs. During my junior year of college, I took a course that required me to make a survey, send it out...
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Pretty Black Girls Just Don’t Exist

July 3, 2014
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By Kaila Philo At least, this is what I’ve taken from you all these years. Black women aren’t meant to be love interests or high school crushes, dynamic leaders or multi-dimensional heroes; but rather, they are seen as wise God-fearing grammies and sassy big-boned caricatures. I’m a strong black woman who don’t need no...
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Poetry By Jaclyn Weber

May 30, 2014
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  The Walking Dead   Girl in my history class totally started looking like a zombie from The Walking Dead.                 Maybe I’m watching too much Walking Dead…   She’s shake, shake, shaking those rotten corpse legs in off-brand Ugg’s in ripped up faded jeans blue. In...
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Women with Bad Aim

May 15, 2014
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By Colleen Ladd A group of girls stand in line at the back of a large house with white French doors, the only thing that divides you and your group as outsiders. This is the fourth door you’ve been to and the house is an olive green with the trim a lighter version of...
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Woman Made From Iron

May 2, 2014
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By Mohadesa Najumi Dedicated to my mother.  They try to shrink you. Tame you. Convince you that all your rage is a product of your own deficiencies and not theirs. They tell you to cover up. Sink in. Become invisible so they won’t have to come eye to eye with your iron. Your flesh...
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Finding Your Different

April 28, 2014
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By Vaidehi Mujumdar  We’ve already buried so much of our different, it feels so hard to find. Almost every day, my friend and I exchange poetry, current articles, quotes, and the casual Buzzfeed posts in an effort to satiate our love of reading. We live in different places, work different jobs, and have different...
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Gazes: The Politics of Sex

April 25, 2014
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By Natalie Hartsfield-Crowe   He didn’t want to fuck me from across the street. But he did notice my fine gold fish net hair then right as he passed me, I peeked up and shot him my “look.”   He was bold and knew exactly how to return the look showing me he wanted...
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‘Night, Beautiful

April 22, 2014
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By Emma Weisberg You’re beautiful. Why are those the hardest words to believe? The thing is I believe in what other people say pretty easily.  I’m actually an extremely gullible person.  So, how can the single phrase, “You’re beautiful,” face so much mental resistance? I’ve always had a hard time with confidence—with thinking “I...
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For Darker Sisters

April 17, 2014
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By Ahmad Greene-Hayes I am the great-great-great grandson of former enslaved Georgians—the Johnson family to be exact. I come from a lineage of individuals whom I do not know, and unfortunately know little about. All I know is that they picked cotton and tobacco, tilled fields, and did all they could to comply with...
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