When the Right to be Responsible is Taken Away

When the Right to be Responsible is Taken Away

By: Grace Alexander, Guest Contributor There’s a lot of talk these days about taking personal responsibility for one’s life and actions. This is particularly true when it comes to women. Politicians seem caught in a cycle of alternately trying to woo and trying to legislate women, and the words “take responsibility” come up a lot. […]

FGM – “Why?” Is Not Good Enough

FGM – “Why?” Is Not Good Enough

By: Tracy Madlener  They told her that she would be rewarded.  They lured her to believe it was easy.  She believed her parents would never harm her.  She trusted them and followed their lead. Once she entered the room, her 8 year old body was restrained by grown women, her legs spread far apart and […]

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) In The Modern World

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) In The Modern World

By: Carrie Eckles Female genital mutilation (FGM) or female genital cutting (FGC) is the partial or complete removal of the outer female genitalia. There are various forms of female genital mutilation, and they run the gamut from cutting of the clitoris to completely scraping out and gutting the vulva, and, in many cases, sewing it […]

How To Stop Bullies From Having Power Over Our Children

How To Stop Bullies From Having Power Over Our Children

By: Adriana Contreras Yesterday, my five year old daughter, told me that two girls in her kindergarten class made fun of her at school for having Wet Ones in her lunchbox. Apparently, the girls were chanting, “Vanessa is a baby! Ha-Ha! She uses baby wipes!! Ha-ha!” You get the picture. They laughed to their little […]

What is a Feminist and Why Aren’t You One?

What is a Feminist and Why Aren’t You One?

By: Amanda K. Fox Here at Spicie, we get called feminists a lot and not always in the nicest tone. It’s true, we are feminists. There is quite a bit of confusion about what a feminist is though, so let’s try to come to a better understanding about it. The basic definition of feminist is […]

Rape culture: How it flourishes before our eyes

Rape culture: How it flourishes before our eyes

By: Amanda K. Fox Rape culture. Those are two words that don’t appear to go together, yet it is a phrase that is an all too familiar part of our lexicon. Rape culture is generally defined as an environment in which rape and sexual assault are not only common, but accepted. The general reaction to […]

The War on Women: Personhood and Birth Control

The War on Women: Personhood and Birth Control

By: Amanda K. Fox When discussions concerning the War on women arise, the first thing most people think of is abortion. A real and pressing concern in it all, however, is contraception. As misunderstood as personhood laws are regarding abortion, they are potentially even more misunderstood regarding birth control. We’ll save what this means for […]

Personhood: Reproductive “rights” devoid of science and logic

Personhood: Reproductive “rights” devoid of science and logic

By: Amanda K. Fox The personhood bills are among the most potentially frightening pieces of legislation that lawmakers have brought to the floor in many years. What makes them frightening is not just the language they use, but how radically misunderstood what exactly personhood is. No woman, on either side of the political divide, can […]

Redefining rape: A timeline

Redefining rape: A timeline

By: Carrie Eckles Rape has made headlines recently due to the inane remarks made by Rep. Todd Akin regarding rape and pregnancy. According to Akin, “It seems to be, first of all, from what I understand from doctors, it’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut […]

My mother deserved the option to abort me

My mother deserved the option to abort me

By: Amanda K. Fox Rape is a topic that is at the forefront of our news. It isn’t a pleasant topic nor is it one we can ignore. Like it or not, the current debate on reproductive rights has gone off on this tangent and once Pandora’s box is open, you cannot ignore what comes […]