Gender inequality, sexual objectification and sexist attitudes need to be a relic of the past. A persons worth, to any extent or dimension, should not be determined by their physical being.
Both homophobia and sexism are part of the structure of the patriarchy. They are the most enduring building blocks in the construction of prejudice. And when those ideas come from within the gay community, we have a paradoxical situation.
For some teenage girls at The HOPE House, a NGO in the South Indian town of Vellore that's helping children who've lost their parents -- some to AIDS, the cultural prejudice they face is not only based on their gender but also on the families they are born into.
The truth is we are humans programmed for emotional connection. We are meant to feel, cry and share with those closest to us and yet our definition of strength keeps us walled off from the connection we need for survival. To live any kind of authentic, happy, solid life we must redefine strength.
Critics have long alleged that few women could make it past the first day, let alone the rest of the course. So, what happened?
So long as there are men on the planet, we will need men to mentor, guide, and lead them. Men mentoring men. Not people doing a job. Jobs may be largely gender neutral. But roles sure aren't. And many positions in the military go way beyond a job.
There is no doubt that historically, oppressive patriarchal societies have caused mayhem to women in the past and today, but do we ever think to ourselves, were men truly "free" in these systems, despite being the privileged sex?
We were about a third of the way through The Hobbit when my 9-year-old asked skeptically, "Mommy, where are the girl characters?"
I came away from the conference confident we are that much closer to gender equality in the United States -- and are making strides in developing nations. But I also know there is enormous work to be done.
I just feel like Juicy's killing the vibe here. Usher's trying to show his sensitive side about his bitch's career choice, but Juicy just comes in all brash about it. Maybe it's that Juicy is also confused about Usher's position on this matter.
It blows my mind that someone would fret over the gender of volunteers. Isn't the reason why we organize events for girls to show them that gender isn't a barrier? We shouldn't criticize men for their gender when they want to help us with our goals.
My French Creole features speak to a long history of miscegenation: green eyes, skin the color of a white peach and a sharp Puritan nose to match my thinly drawn Vermillion lips. Still, my blackness is always in question because of my lightness, especially among my darker sisters.
I asked director Ufuk Bayraktar to comment on why he, a man, was drawn to make such a moving political film about patriarchal oppression, and why this story of bigamy was relevant in contemporary Turkey.
A woman president will only make a difference if that woman, while in office, stands for the rights and equal representation of women and girls, without apology, without dilution, and without her actions contradicting her words.
I just cannot be satisfied until we are all treated as humans regardless of sex, and I credit The Vagina Monologues for causing this unrest.
In a room full of feminists the other day, someone asked 'What have we achieved over the past 10 years?' To my surprise, the room fell silent. Is it really that hard to name a couple of recent successes?
I have noticed how often I -- and my female friends -- apologize for things that are out of our control. This, of course, is different than saying, "I am sorry for being late," or "I'm sorry I picked a fight last night because I was really hungry and you were taking forever to figure out our plans."
To be sure, we have a long way to go to achieve true gender equality. Yet as I work side by side with young feminist activists from all over the world, I am inspired, energized, and yes even optimistic about the future for which this new generation of young women is fighting so hard.
Madonna, Drake and the apparent tonguing that went on at Coachella dominated my Twitter and Facebook feeds for what seemed like a very long time.
Yep, we totally live in a post-feminist world, where gender doesn't matter, everyone's on an equal playing field, and sexism has been stamped out. And can we get a pony, while we're at it? Maybe a unicorn? Because that's just not the reality we live in.