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The Simmons College Sexuality Women and Gender (SWAG) Center is a student-run college community organization dedicated to increasing awareness about health and social issues concerning members of our community. The center does this by creating a safe and inclusive space that supports and empowers every person, aims to educate its members and the community on issues around gender and sexuality. SWAG fosters multiculturalism and celebrates the differences in every individual. The SWAG Center is located in the Main College Building in W007. Events that we put on every year are World AIDS Day, the Vagina Monologues, Take Back the Night, and feminism and dessert panels.
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Romantic Orientations


Alloromantic: someone who experiences romantic attraction.

  • Heteroromantic: romantically attracted to people of another gender only.
  • Homoromantic: romantically attracted to people of the same gender only.
  • Biromantic: romantically attracted to two or more genders.
  • Panromantic: romantic attraction has no regard to gender.
  • Gynoromantic: romantically attracted to femininity
  • Androromantic: romantically attracted to masculinity

Aromantic: someone who does not experience romantic attraction.

  • Cupioromantic: does not experience romantic attraction, but still desires a romantic relationship.(previously kalosromantic)

Grayromantic: someone who is neither alloromantic nor aromantic, or someone who is between alloro and aro.(Also called gray-romantic, grayaromantic, gray-aromantic)

  • Akoiromantic: experiences romantic attraction, but does not wish for (or does not require) those feelings to be reciprocated. (Can be either akoiromantic or akoineromantic, and was previously called “lithromantic” but there were issues with that term)
  • Demiromantic: experiences romantic attraction only after forming a close bond.
  • Quoiromantic: is confused by romantic attraction, or cannot tell the difference between romantic and platonic attraction.(also called WTFromantic)
  • Recipromantic: does not experience romantic attraction until they know someone is interested in them first.
  • Idemromantic: experiences romantic and platonic attraction similarly or identically, but categorizes them into romantic or platonic based on factors other than the feelings themselves.(source)

A list of romantic orientations! I included all of the ones I could find, but I’m expecting the list to be either incomplete or flawed, so if you have any corrections, please let us know.

Also, if you know the source of a term and it isn’t included, drop us a message and we’ll add it. Thanks!

—Mod Kau


Hell yeah, I’m designing for AAW this year.

Step 1: Save that date.

Step 2: Pretend this image is a hot potato and share it all over the place.

This Wednesday: Workshop on Domestic and Dating Violence


We at SWAG would like to invite you to an evening workshop on domestic and dating violence hosted by our friend Gina Capra, the new Violence Prevention and Educational Outreach Program Coordinator! 

You will learn about red flags, cycles of violence, and tactics of power and control used in abusive relationships. Additionally, we will discuss resources available to assist students in need, and explore ways that we can help to support our friends and peers.

This training will be held during the next Betsy’s Friends student group meeting, and all students are welcome to join. 

  • When: Wednesday, October 29 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
  • Where: Simmons Campus- Room TBA


"It’s disturbing and unacceptable when we, as white women and feminists, the very same women who swear up and down that our movement means we’re all in this together, take it upon ourselves to come down on women of color for not writing in ways that keep us comfortable and don’t challenge our thinking.

And yet, that’s exactly what’s happening when white women descend on articles and blog posts to police an authors tone, showing little to no respect for the value in stories and cultures that differ from our own. We abandon nuance. We throw temper tantrums and work up a whole lot of offense over not being shown the deference we feel entitled to.”

Men Aren’t the Only Ones Behaving Badly in the Comment Section


Join us on November 8th in Boston at Simmons College for a training about how to effectively engage and communicate about abortion and affordable access.


Girl Who Was Called ‘Ugly’ After Donating Hair To Cancer Patients Gets Major Support From Internet

A few snips at the hair salon turned Jetta Fosberg’s selfless act into a school nightmare.

After the 10-year-old Ohio girl cut and donated 14 inches of her hair to Wigs for Kids, an organization that supports children who have lost their hair due to cancer treatments, she started being bullied at school, her mom told WHIO News in Dayton.

For what happened with the bullies from Jetta’s school go here. 

To show support for Jetta, “like” her anti-bullying page on Facebook.

I wouldn’t want a man to say, ‘I can have a writers’ room full of men and we can write women just fine. I can’t say that I can create a show about a trans woman and not have a trans woman writing for me. It’s absolutely necessary, and it’s gonna change the show. —

Jill Soloway on hiring a trans writer for season 2 of ‘Transparent’

It is politically and culturally important that marginalized people speak for themselves.

(via micdotcom)

Meeting tomorrow!!!

Hello lovelies and happy Tuesday.

We’ve got an exciting plan for tomorrow night’s meeting! We’re going to be watching Miss Representation! 

Miss Representation


Another response to arielleishamming about how to NOT be an ally. 

As trans people it’s important to we communicate to our Allies what our needs are. And as allies, it’s important for them to listen to our concerns and work with us towards a solution. Allies use their privilege to amplify the voices of the people they’re joining hands with. They do not dismiss their concerns when their concerns become inconvenient for them. If your ally status is conditional, you’re not an ally. And honestly, that’s ok. 

If you like this video, share it!

Kat Blaque



Laverne Cox corrects Gayle King on CBS

Love her soooo much!

If one man can destroy everything, why can’t one girl change it? —Malala Yousafzai, I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban (via wordsnquotes)




What Harajuku Girls Look Like These Days

New video about modern Japanese decora
fashion by Refinery29! We helped to connect the producers with the Harajuku kids for this video. I’m very happy that they treat the subculture - and the people in it - with respect. We never know how things will turn out when we connect foreign media to Harajuku subcultures, but this one is well done. Please check out the video!

This honestly was such a good watch! It is always a bit scary sometimes when people do informational pieces on fashions like decora because you worry how they are going to perceive it but I can honestly say this was a good piece. It was so nice to see how the japanese decora cuties feel about their fashion and it was also cool that they compared it to how decora originally looked when it began. I guess Im just so glad that decora is a fashion thats still alive and kicking (even if its just in small groups) because its a fashion that makes me so extraordinarily happy. 

A great watch! Brought me back to the FRUiTS livejournal days <3

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