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The Thing All Women Do That You Don't Know About

Gretchen Kelly | Posted 11.23.2015 | Women
Gretchen Kelly

There's this thing that happens whenever I speak about or write about women's issues. Things like dress codes, rape culture and sexism. I get the comments: Is this really that big of a deal? Aren't you being overly sensitive? Every. Single. Time. And every single time I get frustrated. Why don't they get it?

When It Comes to Street Harassment, Bravery Isn't Cut-and-Dry

Olivia Kuncio | Posted 11.18.2015 | Women
Olivia Kuncio

On Halloween, four boys who most likely went to my university pulled up next to me in a battered sedan as I walked to meet my friend. "Must be cold in that skirt," they yelled, and then gunned the engine before I could respond. I ran the rest of the way home.

This Tiny Device Might Save You From Assault -- But It’s Horrible We Need It

Fusion | Farah_Mohamed | Posted 11.09.2015 | World

A lie I tell my female relatives is that I carry pepper spray. My mom gave me a small, pink keychain canister of pepper spray a few years ag...

Until It Happens to You

Shealagh Whittle | Posted 11.04.2015 | Women
Shealagh Whittle

Everything about domestic violence and harassment is about power -- robbing the victim of any sort of agency and giving the abuser the feeling that he or she has the right to do what he/she is doing. The dual face of domestic violence perpetrated through threats in person and online is that there is literally nowhere in my daily life that I feel completely safe anymore.

Trans* People Murdered for Truth Telling

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 10.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

When any group of people is targeted for oppression, it is ultimately everyone's concern. We all, therefore, have a self interest in actively working to dismantle all the many forms of oppression, including cissexism.

The Theology of Spirit Day: As LGBTQ People, We Are All Loved By God

Yagnaram Ramanuja Dasan | Posted 10.16.2015 | Religion
Yagnaram Ramanuja Dasan

I distinctly remember during class one day in my freshman year, someone asked my theology teacher about the Church's position on gay people. I sank into my seat and wanted desperately to disappear.

Berkeley Professor Resigns Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

The Huffington Post | Nadya Agrawal | Posted 10.14.2015 | College

A famed astronomy professor at the University of California at Berkeley has resigned in the wake of allegations that he sexually harassed severa...

No Service Dogs Allowed

Janice Celeste | Posted 08.31.2015 | Impact
Janice Celeste

September is National Service Dog Month and these animals and their handlers are truly partners that have a unique bond. According to, it is estimated that there are approximately 100,000 to 200,000 service dogs in the U.S. and this number seems to be growing.

Dear Men, Women Don't Owe You An Explanation For Rejection

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray | Posted 08.18.2015 | Women

Man gives attention to a woman. Woman expresses her lack of desire for said attention. Man immediately turns hostile.  Unfortunately, it's a dyna...

Is the Woman Sleeping on the Train Alone?

Maria Alejandra Casale-Hardin | Posted 07.31.2015 | Women
Maria Alejandra Casale-Hardin

The decision to sleep on a train is yours to make. The fact that I was asleep does not, in any way, excuse the drunk man's behavior. We need to respect people, especially in our shared spaces. We need people to keep speaking up. Not only for ourselves but for those around us as well -- we are not alone!

Democrats Want To Extend Civil Rights Protections To Unpaid Interns

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Unpaid interns in most states aren't covered by the same workplace discrimination and harassment laws as employees, but some House Demo...

Going Abroad? Save Big Money On Your Phone Bill With 'Flyp'

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Ma | Posted 07.27.2015 | Technology

If you hate the idea of having a work phone and personal phone, paying long-distance calling overages and feeling obligated to pick up calls from unk...

Online Harassment Is Nothing New. So Why Haven't Laws Caught Up?

Beth Winegarner | Posted 06.29.2015 | Technology
Beth Winegarner

I'm a female who's been online since 1991, which means my adult life is peppered with online harassment stories the way a country dog is peppered with ticks. I wanted to be left alone, and it was clear that my own say-so wasn't going to be enough, so I explored my options.

Sign Up to Stand Up for Global Academic Freedom

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 06.26.2015 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Perhaps the greatest threat to academic freedom may be the Department of Education, which has promoted a definition of harassment so broad that cases like Laura Kipnis's are all but inevitable.

Terror by Stalker

Gretchen Carlson | Posted 06.23.2015 | Crime
Gretchen Carlson

His name was Constantine Kargas. I had never met him or spoken to him. He was a complete stranger to me. And yet he believed we were soul mates, destined to be together. In fact, he was planning our wedding. For years I was terrorized by a stalker whose sick attentions might have derailed my career -- and ended my life.

Avoiding the Manshake

Mindi Westhoff | Posted 06.18.2015 | Women
Mindi Westhoff

Sometimes a handshake lasts too long. That brief connection between two strangers can quickly turn awkwardly intimate with one too many pumps due to lack of focus.

My Testimony in Front of Congress About Free Speech on Campus (LIVE STREAM)

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 06.02.2015 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Blinn is a public college bound by the First Amendment, but when a student wanted to protest in favor of her Second Amendment rights she was told that she had to limit her free speech activities to this tiny zone.

In Boston, Street Harassment Is More Than Just Catcalls

Alexandra Prim | Posted 05.26.2015 | Women
Alexandra Prim

Safe Hub Collective, an organization devoted to creating public spaces that are secure for all people, conducted a harassment survey in 2013. Out of the more than 500 participants, 88 percent said they had experienced street harassment in Boston.

I Was Scared To Report Being Sexually Harassed At Work -- But I'm Glad I Did

Erin Whitten | Posted 06.09.2015 | Teen
Erin Whitten

"Nine dollars per hour... I need the money... I can handle this." I couldn't handle it. Imagine going into work every day living in fear, never knowing what would come out of someone's mouth.

It's Time To Change Our Approach To Sexual Assault

Rachelle Menn | Posted 05.31.2015 | Women
Rachelle Menn

When it was over and he was snoring loudly on the couch while I lay shivering on the floor, the last thing I thought was sexual assault.

For Trolls, Not Even My Young Child Is Off Limits

Ravishly | Posted 05.30.2015 | Women

I don't know whether it's a good idea to write about this; I'm worried that I'll make things worse by addressing the threats that were made. On the other hand, I want people to be aware that this is how dire the consequences can be for outspoken mothers on the Internet.

I Set Out To Expose A Hate Movement In Gaming -- So They Set Out To Destroy My Life

Ravishly | Posted 05.18.2015 | Women

Photos of my immediate family members that had passed away were sent to me with vile messages -- some blaming me for their deaths. I was tweeted pictures of my house, along with messages asking if I would rather be shot or stabbed.

EEOC Releases 2014 Statistics

Nora T. Akins | Posted 05.11.2015 | Business
Nora T. Akins

Harassment training needs to be comprehensive. Long gone are the days of the narrow focus of sexual harassment. Racial, ethnic and harassment based on disability are too common today. Training and policies need to reflect that harassment of any kind is unlawful and inexcusable.

The Resilient and Heroic Women of South Sudan

Winnie Byanyima | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Winnie Byanyima

When it comes to tackling sexual and gender based violence, as well as gender equality, it's time for leaders in South Sudan and the international community to follow the leadership displayed by Josephine and the inspiring women of South Sudan.

Women and Self-Defense

Miri Ben-Ari | Posted 04.28.2015 | Women
Miri Ben-Ari

As International Women's day approaches, here is my conversation with Karl Romain on this subject with some insights for the ladies out there that would like to be able to defend themselves...