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Katerina

Major: Public Health
Hometown: San Antonio, TX
Favorite writer: Angela Davis
Favorite sex scene from a movie/TV/book: Zombeavers, in the middle of hiding from their friend that just got attacked by a zombie beaver, two characters decide that it is a great time to have sex, but their now-zombie friend breaks into the room and kills one of the characters by biting off his genitals. We love a good dismissal of unnecessary cis-heterosexuality!
Hidden Talent: I can name all of the movies Seth Rogen has starred in and have gotten pretty well at drawing in the pop-art style.

Posts By: Katerina Tsvetkova

Is Hate Speech, Free Speech?

Anytime a protest happens on my campus, whether it be a counter-protest or a protest in response to signs to something, the argument of hate speech versus free speech is brought up. It seems as if nobody can come to a consensus, and it usually ends in people shaming our university administration and policies for allowing and tolerating “hate speech”. I often find myself torn between arguing for and protecting something a constitutional right and advocating for what I feel lines up with my morals and beliefs. This truly brings up the question: Is hate speech, free speech? Attempting to answer this question has forced me to do a lot of research. So much so, that I’ve read about 50 court cases on the matter. Yet, somehow I feel like… Read more »

Dealing With Activist Burnout

Whenever I publicly identify myself as an activist, I often find myself looking into a metaphorical mirror, staring at my reflection, asking me, “But are you really?” The question then leads me down the never-ending rabbit hole of imposter syndrome. I know that most of this comes from my white privilege and trying to be as self-aware as possible about it, and making sure that I am utilizing it for good and the protection of others. I am very fortunate to have both a supportive and educational activist community, where women of color (WOC) validate me and help me change my language and learn when to step back. This kind of support and learning is what motivates me to continue to be involved with my community as much as I… Read more »

San Antonio’s Economic Segregation Was and Still Is Intentional

The 210. Countdown city. Dueces dimes. San Anto. San Antonio, Texas is the 7th most populous city in the United States. It has ranked both 1st and 2nd place in reports on projected city growth across all America. The city is often promoted as family-friendly, and a great place to settle down and retire. I was born and raised in San Antonio, and currently, work and go to school here. The city has changed before my eyes, and sometimes I wonder if it was for better or for worse. It is well known amongst San Antonians, other Texans, and people across the U.S., that San Antonio is one of the most economically segregated cities in America. Median household incomes, the percentages of people living at or below the federally recognized… Read more »

Instead of Trying to “save” Sex Workers—Pay Them

Saturday, September 14th, 2019 was the first-ever Sex Worker Pride day. The day was aimed at highlighting the beauty and self-told stories of sex workers and bringing positivity around a career that is often stigmatized and criminalized by the media and the general public. I saw so many beautiful posts about the love, support, and sexual liberation that many sex workers have experienced and have been surrounded by. Launched by the Global Network of Sex Work Projects, this day of pride is focused on these tenants: Sex Worker Pride is an opportunity to celebrate and share stories of sex workers’ self-determination and the achievements of the sex worker rights movement over the last year. Sex Worker Pride extends to all marginalised by criminalisation, discrimination and stigma across the sex worker movement… Read more »

Abortion Shouldn’t Be Rare and It Isn’t

From the most recent data available from the Guttmacher Institute and the American Journal of Public Health, approximately 1 in 4 women will have had at least one abortion by the age of 45. While this statistic does not include research around trans men and non-binary people that obtain abortions, it still goes to show that this is a very common procedure; but people do not choose to talk about it that way. I’ve seen protesters outside of clinics with signs that say “women regret abortion” and “men regret lost fatherhood”, and other anti-abortion phrases. In my early exposure to organizing around and for abortion rights, I found that many people I worked with, and even myself, would say things like, “No one wants to get an abortion…it is such… Read more »