iOS app Android app

Misogyny

No, Islam Is Not Inherently Misogynistic. Here's Why.

Bina Shah | Posted 07.23.2015 | World
Bina Shah

The advent of Islam sought not only to introduce a new kind of social order but to limit the excesses of Meccan society, which directly harmed women and girls. Early Islam sought to elevate women and define them as independent agents possessed of free will, responsible for their own actions and imbued with certain rights and privileges over men.

Sandra Bland and Texts of Terror

Susan M. Shaw | Posted 07.22.2015 | Religion
Susan M. Shaw

The Bible contains a number of stories that biblical scholar Phyllis Trible calls "texts of terror." These stories of abuse, exploitation, and violence against women expose the misogyny of patriarchal biblical cultures, and their lack of comforting resolution leaves uneasy questions for people of faith.

Why Women Don't Get Promoted on Wall Street

John LeFevre | Posted 07.16.2015 | Business
John LeFevre

Forcing or pressuring companies to promote women based on anything other than merit is simply a different form of prejudice. There's also no point unless there are substantive changes in company policy and corporate culture.

God is Transgender

Christian Piatt | Posted 07.02.2015 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Many of us have accepted such patriarchal theology because it feels familiar. But that doesn't make it right.

Can I Love Hip-Hop and Not Hate Women?

Rich Hawkins | Posted 07.01.2015 | Women
Rich Hawkins

No man should consider women as disposable, irrelevant or only as sexual playthings, even if he can sell a million copies of the track by doing so. I guess all I'm saying is let's drop some feminism into hip-hop.

What Teenage Boys Should Know About Teenage Girls

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 06.24.2015 | Women
Soraya Chemaly

Our lives, beginning when we were teenagers, have distinctly different aspects and are affected in ways that teenagers today are usually still not talking about. As young as 11 or 12, different rules and double standards based on gender begin to alter our day-to-day experiences in subtle, and often not-so-subtle, ways.

His Watch Has Ended, And So Has Mine: An Open Letter To 'Game Of Thrones'

Sezin Koehler | Posted 06.22.2015 | Women
Sezin Koehler

I can't in good conscience, feminist and otherwise, continue watching a show that is so blatant -- so over the top -- in its sexism and misogyny and makes no apologies for it. As a human being, I agree with Tyrion Lannister: "There's always been enough death in the world for my taste: I can do without it in my leisure time."

Auto Repair: No Place for Women

Lora Frost | Posted 06.18.2015 | Women
Lora Frost

I learned a powerful lesson when I took that car for its first drive with a working clutch. Knowing I could fix anything on my own was liberating and I was hooked on the freedom of knowing that I could learn anything.

The Problem With Sir Tim Hunt's Comments About Women in Science

Dr. Zoe Schnepp | Posted 06.12.2015 | Science
Dr. Zoe Schnepp

I realize that Sir Tim Hunt probably thought he was being light-hearted or funny, but in a world where women still face real discrimination in science it is spectacularly inappropriate for someone so prominent to say the things he has said.

Gwyneth Paltrow Blasts 'Misogynistic' Comparisons In The Media

The Huffington Post | Nina Friend | Posted 06.05.2015 | Women

Gwyneth Paltrow is fed up with being compared to and pitted against other women -- especially when those comparisons stem from her leadership of lifes...

The New Misogyny: Taking Aim At The Women Of The One

Wednesday Martin | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics
Wednesday Martin

Our zeal in excoriating modern-day Marie Antoinettes reveals an insidious, widespread, and totally accepted form of misogyny -- one that masquerades as engaged cultural critique while rehearsing and repeating the very same sexist salvos most enlightened men and women have long banished from their vocabularies.

Women Are Growing Tired of Conforming to Men's Standards

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 05.30.2015 | Women
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Many women like how they look in heels. They shouldn't be made to feel as if they're abandoning the feminist cause, or kowtowing to the patriarchy if they choose to wear them. It's possible to want to wear high heels and also want equality in the workplace at the same time.

Stones' (Dis)Satisfaction Defined the Summer of '65

Candy Leonard | Posted 05.28.2015 | Fifty
Candy Leonard

Listening to "Satisfaction" today, I hear a tirade against a culture that thwarts the basic human need to feel fully alive and engaged -- intellectually, emotionally and physically.

What Exactly Does 'It's A Man's World' Mean?

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 05.28.2015 | Women
Soraya Chemaly

In the United States, women in the House of Representatives didn't get a bathroom near the Speaker's Lobby until 2011. It matters that the vast majority of architects, engineers, construction workers and legislators are not affected by this problem.

Gay Men and Bottom Shaming (VIDEO)

Matthew J. Dempsey | Posted 05.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Matthew J. Dempsey

2015-05-18-1431962062-5981619-ScreenShot20150518at11small.jpgIn my latest video I break down the psychological nuts and bolts of why we tend to label and judge sexual roles and the gay men who fill them -- pun intended. I describe how this common practice can be limiting, both individually and collectively, as well as what we can do to challenge bottom shaming so that we can all grow, heal, and have better sex. Heels up!

Stop Minimizing Fraternity Misogyny

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 05.21.2015 | Women
Soraya Chemaly

Women do not benefit in anywhere near equal measure from the Greek system, and they pay a high price being part of it. An estimated 40 percent of women in sororities report rape or attempted rape, much higher than those who are not in sororities.

Black Lives Matter... They Always Have and Always Will

Michael Carosone | Posted 06.29.2015 | Arts
Michael Carosone

I urge all of my sisters and brothers of the LGBTQ Community to stand with the Black community.

In Brazil's Macho Culture, Homophobia and Misogyny Are Intertwined

Frente Feminista Casperiana Lisandra | Posted 06.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Frente Feminista Casperiana Lisandra

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.

Celebrating National Poetry Month 2015

Michael Carosone | Posted 06.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

For National Poetry Month 2015, here is one of my poems: "My Laundromat"//I will buy a Laundromat//so that//I can take the perfectly blue and green//rounded sphere which we call planet Earth// and give it a very needed cleaning.

It's Time for Equal Pay Now

Latifa Lyles | Posted 06.14.2015 | Women
Latifa Lyles

This Tuesday, April 14, marks Equal Pay Day. The date symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. That's right; women must work more than four extra months to earn the same about as her male counterpart.

Want to Go to Paris? Take a Shortcut Through Broadway

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 06.14.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

Don't get me wrong, there's no problem with being a sex worker, or a wife, or a ballerina, or a heiress if you so choose. But what the female protagonists and antagonists in Gigi and An American in Paris lack is agency in their happily ever afters.

Things My Male Tech Colleagues Have Actually Said To Me, Annotated

Cate Burlington | Posted 06.07.2015 | Women
Cate Burlington

"It's not 'P.C.' to say this, but..." Thank you for this helpful preface alerting me to the fact that I can spend the next 30 seconds fantasizing about "Star Trek" without missing anything important.

Azealia Banks Addresses the 'New Face' of Misogyny

Tyree Rush | Posted 06.06.2015 | Women
Tyree Rush

While Azealia Banks may not "own everything" as she claimed multiple times in her argument with Mitch Sunderland, she does have a point about owning her own identity separate from the patronage of a man (regardless of that man's sexual orientation).

What Is Feminism?

Women's Rights News | Posted 06.03.2015 | Women
Women's Rights News

Feminism is not the belief that one gender should be raised in power above another. The very definition of feminism shows a complete opposition to this belief. So when people comment against feminism, they are supporting sexism. There is no sitting on the fence.

For Trolls, Not Even My Young Child Is Off Limits

Ravishly | Posted 05.30.2015 | Women
Ravishly

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.