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Author: Erica Smith

Speak Up: Identifying Rape Culture in Everyday Conversation

You can find it in this 2011 New York Times description of an 11-year-old girl who was horrifically gang raped: “she dressed older than her age, wearing makeup and fashions more appropriate to a woman in her 20s.” You can find it in this story shared by Girls Gone Strong co-founder Molly Galbraith: “When I […]

A Clear Understanding of Consent, in Sexual Situations and Beyond

If someone kisses you, does that mean they’re also consenting to sex? What if they go home with you and kiss you? If someone has had sex with you before, can you safely assume that you have their consent for another time? If someone made it clear last week via text that they want to […]

Why Not Having Children is a Valid and Healthy Choice

Women are constantly questioned about our reproductive choices: How many kids are you going to have, and when? Are you going to breastfeed? Do you use birth control or support reproductive rights? Are you, as a pregnant woman, really going to eat that food or lift that weight? It’s impossible to answer these questions in […]

Creating Welcoming Gym Environments for Trans and Gender Nonconforming Athletes

It’s no secret that working out and strength training can have positive effects on our mental health. Exercise can reduce anxiety and depression. 1,2 It can also contribute to increased self-confidence and help us feel more at-home in our bodies. Transgender individuals tend to struggle with depression and anxiety at higher rates than the general […]

Gender 101 and How to Be An Ally

At Girls Gone Strong we believe there is no wrong way to have a body and recognize that everyone who identifies as a woman is a real woman.   As someone who works with and advocates for transgender and gender nonconforming youth, I really value this particular statement from the GGS mission. GGS believes in helping […]

Reconnecting With Your Sexuality After Sexual Assault

A note on the terms victim and survivor in this article: Words have power. The word victim is often used to describe someone who has experienced sexual assault, but many women prefer to call themselves survivors rather than victims. Proponents of using survivor feel that it is an active term implying a journey of healing, […]