Research Blogging

It’s written all over your Facebook

Confession: Facebook is a big part of my life. I was actually one of the first people to sign up for an account in 2004, and I haven’t looked back since. For a long time, Facebook felt like a warm, cozy living room where my friends and family could meet and stay connected. I would … Continue reading It’s written all over your Facebook

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I Wanna Belly Dance with Somebody: Belly Dancing and Body Image

When I was a kid, gymnastics was my life. I spent hours and hours at the gym, and I was closer to my teammates than I was to my schoolmates. At school, I wrote all of my book reports and biography assignments about gymnasts, and I spent every recess balancing, swinging, flipping, and dancing. I … Continue reading I Wanna Belly Dance with Somebody: Belly Dancing and Body Image

Objects Don’t Object, or, How Objectification Discourages Activism

Here at SPARK, if there’s one thing we all love, it’s activism. We protest and picket and petition for change.  We struggle to take sexy back with a fiery passion that burns deep within all of us – a SPARK that ignites us (pun very much intended). Being an activist isn’t always easy. In fact, … Continue reading Objects Don’t Object, or, How Objectification Discourages Activism

3 Components of Rape Culture and What You Can Do to Fight Back

Original post on APA's Public Interest Directorate **Trigger warning. This blog is about sexual violence.** Let’s make something clear right from the start: Rape is caused by rape culture. Rape culture has many ingredients, and like any successful recipe, once you blend them together, it’s harder to taste the individual flavors. Rape culture is so … Continue reading 3 Components of Rape Culture and What You Can Do to Fight Back

How Teaching Men Not to Rape Can Work Long-Term

**Trigger warning. This blog is about sexual violence.** If you’re anything like me, you’ve been thinking about the Steubenville rapes for a while now. You’ve seen the horrific details of the crime, the multiple sad excuses for journalism, and the even more disturbing public outrage when the rapists got what they had coming. You’ve tried … Continue reading How Teaching Men Not to Rape Can Work Long-Term

Some Environments are Just Plain Worse: What it’s Like to be a Hooters Girl

Cross-posted at SPARK Women get sexually objectified all over the place. As recent installments of this blog have made clear, music videos and advertisements are prime examples of the sexualization of women in the media. This constant sexualization of girls and women makes me super-skeptical when I hear people arguing that women and girls have … Continue reading Some Environments are Just Plain Worse: What it’s Like to be a Hooters Girl