Volume IV / Issue 3

FROM THE EDITORS

The Voice is extremely proud to present this issue in partnership with the Vagina Monologues, known fondly as VM, one of UCI Law’s strongest and best traditions. For the second time, UCI’s Women’s Law Society (WLS) has take over the Voice  in honor of  WLS’s VM performance and to focus on the themes VM encompasses. The event lets us celebrate women in all their wonder, while it also raises important issues about the many challenges women continue to face in today’s society. Women have come a long way towards realizing equality with men, and yet society is hardly gender-equal, which means we still have important work to do. VM and the articles in this edition help foster and shape a necessary discourse for progress towards true gender equality. These articles also recognize that feminist issues matter to women and men alike, and that true gender equality is predicated upon mutual respect and inclusion. Furthermore, our understanding of gender must recognize and include other identities besides the traditional “male” and “female;” and thus the discourse must encompass new types of issues that exist in a more gender-open world. This paper is pleased to help facilitate the exchange of these ideas, and we wish to thank all of this edition’s contributors for their passion and dedication to these issues. And special thanks to our Associate Editors–Jeremy Cowan and Anna Rea–for all their extra hard work in helping produce this issue.

Sincerely,
Caroline Reiser and Sam Titelman
Executive Editors

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The F Word

Feminism has become a dirty word. Some view feminism as an attempt by angry, scorned women to insult men. Others view feminists as the ultimate man-haters. Feminism is none of these things. Feminism is not about bringing men down to women’s level, nor is it about elevating women up to a man’s level…Below are the voices of UCI Law, explaining why feminism is important to them.  READ MORE.

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Everyone Deserves a Safe Space to Pee

 I’m standing at the sink, washing my hands, worrying about the pages I forgot to read for class that day.  A woman walks in to the bathroom, sees me standing there, and our eyes make contact.  She startles, makes a face that tells me she thinks she’s just made a huge mistake, and quickly exits the bathroom.  I chuckle to myself and count 3…2…1.  Cue re-enter.  Woman realizes that she didn’t walk into the men’s room, as she thought, comes back into the women’s bathroom, and makes a beeline for the stall so she doesn’t have to make eye contact with me.  This is just a day in the life of a biologically-female, gender non-conforming person who has to use the women’s restroom.  We, in the genderqueer community, call it “getting Sir’d.”  READ MORE.

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“I hate you, never leave.”

I lived constantly clenched, anticipating the silence and withheld affection that signaled to me that I’d yet again disappointed him. Had I said something in the wrong tone? Does he not like my dress? Did he not like the dinner I made him? I’d start off indignant that he could treat me that way and end up apologizing, begging for forgiveness, convinced I wasn’t worthy of his love within a matter of minutes. I both hated him and never wanted to leave. READ MORE.

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The Link Between Animal Cruelty and Domestic Violence

On February 5, 2014, the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund partnered with the cast and crew of the Vagina Monologues to raise funds for a local shelter that provides temporary housing for pets of victims of domestic violence. By selling delicious and delightfully-monikered baked goods (Pumpkin Poonani Cake or Lavender Douche Scone anyone?)  READ MORE.

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Violence, Success, and the Irrelevancy of Gender or, What My Vagina Didn’t Teach Me

Frankly, I am tired of celebrating “vaginas and vagina culture” this week.  What UCI Law’s production of Vagina Monologues does for the Family Violence Clinic is commendable. The hearts of the student actors are in the right place, motivated to address gender discrimination and violence against women. But the focus on “all things vagina” is short-sighted and destructive. We got into this mess by a culture of men who felt superior to women.  How is exalting the woman not going to lead to the exact same culture in the not-too-distant future, except it will be women repressing men?  READ MORE.

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Feminist Playlist

Alanis Morissette, Still, on Alanis Morissette: The Collection (Maverick Recording Company2005).
Alanis Morissette, You Oughta Know, on Jagged Little Pill (Maverick Records 1995).
Alicia Keys, Girl On Fire (feat. Nicki Minaj), on Girl on Fire (RCA Records 2012).
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Good Faith Advice

“I feel like feminism is important but I don’t feel comfortable being vocal about my position on women’s issues because I am not a woman. How can I, as a man and as a legal professional, advocate for (or at least not create more resistance to) women’s issues? What can I do in the workplace to demonstrate on a personal and structural level that I am a feminist?” READ MORE.