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The Purity Standard Is Outdated And Unfair. And it's Time For It To Go

Ali Owens | Posted 10.06.2015 | Women
Ali Owens

If I could sum up the era of my life in which I was discovering my sexuality in one word, that word would be: shame. Despite the personal nature of this story, I feel compelled to share it, because I fully believe that no young woman should have to experience such intense shame -- yet the sad truth is, most do.

I Didn't Keep My Maiden Name

Brita Long | Posted 10.05.2015 | Weddings
Brita Long

I'm a feminist. I didn't keep my maiden name. But I didn't change my last name either. If a woman doesn't change her last name upon marriage, she does not keep her maiden name. She keeps her last name.

Should We Teach Girls to Push?

Zanthe Taylor | Posted 09.25.2015 | Parents
Zanthe Taylor

From now on, in addition to zipping my lip on the sidelines, I am going to seek out opportunities to encourage my two daughters to push more--legally, of course. Life, after all, can be a contact sport.

Yes, She's a Real Person: Can We Please Stop Hill Bashing and Move On to Real Issues?

Judith Barnett | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics
Judith Barnett

In campaign 2016, some things have changed, many have not. Hillary has served as a U.S. Senator and the U.S. Secretary of State, helping thousands, maybe millions, of people to create, reconstruct, and resurrect their lives. And yet people keep asking, who is this woman?

Feminism and Its PR Problem

Annie Grayer | Posted 07.07.2015 | Women
Annie Grayer

My mother's generation, propelled by the scars of my grandmother's generation, raised their daughters to feel like they could do anything. I'm starting to believe that girls my age misconstrued anything to mean everything.

Helen Mirren Drops F-Bomb When Calling Out Hollywood's Ageism

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 06.17.2015 | Fifty

We've come to know that Dame Helen Mirren is not afraid to speak her mind ... and one surefire way to get her riled up is to talk about the double sta...

Tough Cookie

Small Answers | Posted 05.26.2015 | Women
Small Answers

I wish knowing women and men are perceived very differently for the same behavior in the workplace didn't leave me questioning whether that is what had happened to me. Being forced to contend with my own ambivalence about having "unfeminine" qualities has, however, allowed me to find some new perspective.

Double Standards in Our Foreign Policy -- and That's Just the Way It Is

András Simonyi | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
András Simonyi

Pragmatism however should not be an easy way out of the responsibility for human rights and dignity that we, as democracies, share in the world. We should not suggest that we do not have an influence, when we actually do.

The New Yorker's Dreck Problem

Lynn Messina | Posted 03.22.2015 | Media
Lynn Messina

The New Yorker called my writing dreck. It did not level the slight directly at me but lobbed it wholesale at the self-publishing community of which I'm a member.

Dear Working Father

Reem Kassis | Posted 02.10.2015 | Parents
Reem Kassis

Your identity changed, your responsibilities increased, you were no longer the most important person to your partner and your needs and feelings took a back seat. You and your life were entirely changed, yet all this was overlooked.

It's Okay To Know (Or Not Know) How You Want To Shape Your Life

Isabel Song | Posted 12.20.2014 | Teen
Isabel Song

Even with all those unknowns, I'm not letting them -- or anyone else -- keep me from chasing after my dreams, my wants. Just because there's a possibility I'll change my mind one day isn't justification for not pursuing my current dreams at all.

Sexually Active Teen Girls More Likely To Be Bullied Than Similar Boys, Study Finds

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Svokos | Posted 09.26.2014 | Parents

Sexually active high school girls are more likely to say they've been bullied than sexually active high school boys, a study from Brown University rel...

'The List Of Rules For Women,' As Explained By A Guy Who Gets It

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 09.03.2014 | Women

"Does anyone have a complete, up-to-date list of everything that women are supposed to do and not do so that they qualify for having their humanity re...

Wait! A Former College President Who Implies It's 'Her' Fault?

Elaine Williams | Posted 11.03.2014 | College
Elaine Williams

How many more girls and boys are going to get eating disorders because of the pressure they feel to look a certain way? I don't know what is in a young man's heart and mind. I can't imagine what it is like to have testosterone pulsing through my body. But if we keep talking about ALL of this, maybe, together we can find a solution.

#FreeTheNipple: Facebook Changes Breastfeeding Mothers Photo Policy

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 08.09.2014 | Parents
Soraya Chemaly

The idea that women should be able to share non-sexually objectifying images of their bodies, a form of counter-speech to our pervasive sexual objectification, eludes many people, who seem to skim the surface of what the core issues are.

The Female Double Bind

Kali Rogers | Posted 07.29.2014 | Women
Kali Rogers

Instead of turning on each other, we can support each other. We shouldn't be making these decisions alone, and we shouldn't expect every one else to make the same choices we do. Think about any regrets you may have and realize the woman standing next to you has them as well.

Comprehending Comprehensive Sexual Education

Hannah Berkman | Posted 06.10.2014 | Education
Hannah Berkman

The message is clear: the United States public demands the amelioration and perhaps an overhaul of the sexual education system. More importantly, students deserve to receive accurate and objective information.

5 Things Women Are Judged More Harshly For Than Men

Posted 03.07.2014 | Women

When it comes to gender, double standards are alive and well. Let's face it: despite all of the advances toward gender equality, many people still exp...

What This Commercial Gets Scarily Right

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 12.10.2013 | Women

"Don't let labels hold you back." That's the takeaway message from a new Pantene Philippines commercial, which first aired in November 2013. The sh...

Do Men And Women Have Different Sexual Regrets?

Posted 01.23.2014 | Women

In an ideal world, no one would regret their informed, consensual sexual choices -- or feel like their sex lives need to fall in line with what's ster...

Double Standard for Women: Democrats and Republicans on Common Ground

Cynthia Dill | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Cynthia Dill

The challenge for women regardless of party in the blood sport of politics is to succeed without appearing to want success. To win a fight without being scrappy. What's admired as "bold" in men is scorned as brash in women. What's sharp is shrill.

The Great Halloween Double Standard

Sheila Moeschen | Posted 12.26.2013 | Women
Sheila Moeschen

Hello, Mr. Ghostbuster. His barely there, tight coveralls (Coveralls, you think, quickly wracking your brain for a clever line like, "Looks like those coveralls don't cover... all") do little to hide the outline of his packed pecks, his astonishing abs, his tight titanium glutes.

The Insulting Double Standard I Wish Would Disappear

Mike Spohr | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Mike Spohr

It's sad that in a situation like that, people are so quick to think "kidnapper" instead of "father," and that probably says something about how our society views men and fatherhood.

The Last Time You Saw a Congresswoman Naked on Twitter Was Never

Susanna Quinn | Posted 10.02.2013 | Women
Susanna Quinn

I'm not suggesting for a moment that women are less capable than men of wrongdoing. But it is rather evident that women in politics seem vastly less inclined actually to fall victim to the temptations of sin.

If George Zimmerman Was a Cop, He Never Would've Been Charged

Eliyahu Federman | Posted 09.29.2013 | Crime
Eliyahu Federman

When it comes to civil lawsuits under Title 42 of the civil rights act of 1982, the police have broad immunity from "harassment, distraction, and liability when they perform their duties reasonably." But when it comes to criminal charges, no such blanket immunity exists.