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The Vulgar Face of Purity Culture

Anne Almasy | Posted 11.16.2013 | Women
Anne Almasy

What purity teaching did for me was distill me down to my body. The core of purity culture was that my mind didn't matter, my personality didn't matter, my dreams and desires and goals didn't matter -- if my shorts were too short.

How Women Rocked This Male-Dominated Field

2013-04-05-logo.jpg | Posted 08.16.2013 | Impact

By Hajer Naili, Women's eNews A year after The New York Times ran an article about Silicon Valley, which opened with "Men invented the Internet," F...

Pondering Male Privilege Post-Transition

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 10.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

The reality of male privilege is well established, but sometimes it feels taboo to ask how far male privilege goes. Who better to ask about it, though, than trans men and women who have lived on both sides of the divide?

She, He and Ze All Have the Right to Make Own Identity Choices

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 10.07.2013 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

Issues around sex and gender have been heatedly floating around my social networking circles recently. An uncomfortable divide seems to be brewing among those who see feminist assertions around gender as a challenge to transgender identities, and vice-versa.

What It Really Means To Have A Feminist Marriage

Heather Wood Rudúlph | Posted 09.30.2013 | Weddings
Heather Wood Rudúlph

Whether it's "man and wife," "wife and wife," or "man and man," a feminist union is one that divides domestic and economic responsibilities equally.

Words Have Power, Use Them Wisely

Peg Fitzpatrick | Posted 09.29.2013 | Women
Peg Fitzpatrick

As women, we need to support each other and lean in to boost our sisters, but this doesn't mean that we need to bash men. This negative stance shows weakness, anger, and poor judgment.

The Rules Girls Are Back -- and More Annoying Than Ever

Gina Barreca | Posted 09.25.2013 | Style
Gina Barreca

Let's cast our gaze outward rather than inward. Let's look at the what the world expects of us and let's see what expectations need to change to accommodate our lives and ambitions -- let's not waste more time figuring out how better to contort ourselves.

Helen Thomas Paved the Way for Women Journalists

Nancy Wurtzel | Posted 09.20.2013 | Politics
Nancy Wurtzel

Presidents showed Helen Thomas, who died Friday at age 92, deference. Deference for the longevity of her reporting and for her sharp questions that could puncture a carefully crafted facade and go to the heart of an issue.

Am I Angry Enough: A Follow-up

Aliza Polkes | Posted 09.16.2013 | College
Aliza Polkes

In the wake of the responses to the blog post I published in April, I think it necessary to write a follow-up post. In this post I mean not to retract...

The Hammer Takes Shape With Pussy Riot

Fariha Roisin | Posted 08.21.2013 | Media
Fariha Roisin

"Art is not a mirror to reflect the world, but a hammer with which to shape it," says the opening quote to the film Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer. The line, from poet Vladimir Mayakovsky, suggests that art is an act of dissidence, and therein dissidence creates a better tomorrow, a better future.

What Does Sheryl Sandberg Want? Just 5 Things

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 08.10.2013 | San Francisco
Alison van Diggelen

What does Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg really want? Fresh Dialogues explores Sandberg's top 5 wish list on this special day, 50 years after President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act.

Not Certain That I'm a Black Feminist, But Please Take Note

Ernest Owens | Posted 08.07.2013 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

What I am beginning to realize is that there is a level of subconscious sexism in the black community that is misguided and misunderstood. The truth of the matter is that no woman asks for sexual harassment, and no woman (regardless of how short her shorts may be) wants to be a part of rape culture.

What Happens When Women Tell Rape Jokes?

Gina Barreca | Posted 08.06.2013 | Comedy
Gina Barreca

The funny woman wields humor in such a way as to remove one gag (through her refusal of silence), even as she makes another -- a joke. Thus, she simultaneously resists shutting down and shutting up.

5 Things to Remember While Watching Comic vs. Feminist on Totally Biased

W. Kamau Bell | Posted 08.03.2013 | Comedy
W. Kamau Bell

Could it have been better? Sure? I certainly could have done a better job of playing traffic cop. But it was exactly what I wanted it to be: a well-mannered, intelligent, often funny, and always impassioned discussion about a sensitive and charged issue that you rarely see on TV.

Angela Davis: 'I Don't See Myself As An Icon'

Greg Archer | Posted 07.24.2013 | Impact
Greg Archer

Angela Davis is undeniably one of the more unique creatures to emerge out of the turbulent political waters of the latter part of the 20th Century. ...

What Being A Feminist Really Means

Ella Gonzalez | Posted 07.20.2013 | Teen
Ella Gonzalez

"Feminism" is not a scary word, and identifying as one does not make you any of the aforementioned stereotypes: feminism is for everyone. The definition of feminism cannot be packed neatly into a box.

What Does Head Girl Mean?

Helen I. Hwang | Posted 07.17.2013 | Parents
Helen I. Hwang

How did my 8-year-old daughter start thinking along gender lines? By girl and boy categories? That there's worth in being the best girl, even if you're not better than two boys?

Friend, Feminist, Unsung Hero: In Praise of Mary Thom

Angela Bonavoglia | Posted 07.08.2013 | Media
Angela Bonavoglia

Mary Thom is many things. A founder of Ms., long-time Ms. executive editor, editor-in-chief of features for the Women's Media Center, lively author, devoted sister, aunt and great aunt, loyal friend. But she was also a committed, skillful, some might say incorrigible motorcycle driver.

Emily Swanson

Poll: Don't Call Me This (Even If It's True) | Emily Swanson | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics

Only one-fifth of Americans identify as feminists, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll. But the vast majority fit the basic definition of the word...

Feminists: Beyoncé Is the Ultimate Woman

Bethany Blankley | Posted 06.15.2013 | Celebrity
Bethany Blankley

Real feminism recognizes that strength can be found in what it means to be a woman -- like Beyoncé has expressed -- she can successfully pursue a career without placing it above her marriage or family -- and still love being a woman at the same time.

'Boys Can Be Feminists, Too'

Kassandra Fotiadis | Posted 06.09.2013 | Teen
Kassandra Fotiadis

I still want to go to my junior prom, and I still apply makeup every morning. Women's equality will not come from diminishing femininity; in fact, being feminine might be the most essential way to dismantle patriarchy.

Will Princeton Replace and eHarmony?

Gina Barreca | Posted 06.05.2013 | College
Gina Barreca

It's not a dating jungle out there, Mrs. Susan Patton. It's a university.


Valerie Baber | Posted 05.27.2013 | Women
Valerie Baber

Sex was only something I did for a living. It didn't define me and I resented that people passed judgment about my character based solely off topless photos on the Internet.

My Message To Brides: You Don't Have To Wear White

j.n. salters | Posted 05.26.2013 | Weddings
j.n. salters

While the idea of marriage may be outdated and tied to patriarchal, gender/sex-biased traditions, it remains an ideal for the majority of Americans

Why Write Women's History?

Nancy Rubin Stuart | Posted 05.07.2013 | Women
Nancy Rubin Stuart

That social disconnect between the rhetoric of the woman's liberation movement and the realities of suburban life led me to wonder about women across the country who were also beginning to change traditional roles. As a journalist I I had to find out.