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The Purity Standard Is Outdated And Unfair.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.

Mass Killings in the US: Masculinity, Masculinity, Masculinity

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 10.06.2015 | Crime
Soraya Chemaly

Yes, we need strict gun control laws, a deeper understanding of the role of media and better mental illness treatment. However, what we really need, central to all of those dimensions, is a public conversation about hegemonic masculinity in the United States.

When Glenn Beck Calls You A Racist -- Well Then Pot Meet Kettle

Marvin Meadors | Posted 10.02.2015 | Entertainment
Marvin Meadors

Glenn Beck may not be a card carrying member of the Klan, but he rarely hesitates to pander to the racial antipathies of his viewing public!

Is Patriarchy the Religion of the Planet?

Susan M. Shaw | Posted 10.02.2015 | Religion
Susan M. Shaw

The world has a problem of gender of religious proportions. We need a reformation, perhaps a revolution, to tear down the altars to male power and rebuild a global sanctuary of inclusion, equity, justice, peace, and love.

26 Halloween Costumes That Never, Ever Needed To Be Sexy

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 10.01.2015 | Women

Ah, Halloween. That wonderful time of year when we all get to overindulge in candy and dress up in our favorite ghoulish or clever costumes....

Queen Latifah Won't Take Misogyny In Rap Lying Down

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 10.01.2015 | Black Voices

Rap music was a male-dominated industry when Queen Latifah was coming up (and it still is), but the rapper-turned-actress and TV producer st...

Misogynistic Coffee Shop Owners Get Served A Cold Cup Of Humility

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 09.23.2015 | Women

After learning about the misogynistic online presence of the owners of a local coffee shop, many Asheville, North Carolina residents have come togethe...

Black Queerness/Queer Blackness

Michael Carosone | Posted 09.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

My thesis is that homophobia -- or heterosexism -- exits in the African-American community because of its strict adherence to religious traditions and norms. Consequently, such homophobia appears in the community's literature, arts and culture.

Woman Calls Out Sexist LinkedIn Message, Gets Branded A 'Feminazi'

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 09.14.2015 | Women

After receiving a sexist message from a man on LinkedIn, Charlotte Proudman decided to expose his unprofessional behavior online. She soon received ba...

Why More Gay Men Need To Claim Feminism

Aaron Barksdale | Posted 09.10.2015 | Gay Voices
Aaron Barksdale

Gay men need to stop perpetuating misogyny and ally themselves with the feminist movement. And the first step toward becoming a true ally is listening to women speak about the issues that are important to them, whether it's wage equality, reproductive rights, access to birth control or anything else.

This Is The Kind Of Bullsh*t You Face As A Woman In The Music Industry

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 08.27.2015 | Women

With the help of women on Twitter, a music critic has shed light on an uglier aspect of the industry she works in. Jessica Hopper, music and culture c...

Above the Keyboard Warriors' Din

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 08.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Let us look at a few examples of activists and artists rising above the din of the keyboard warriors to propose useful reforms or tell their stories in ways that help us see differently.

This Feminist on Straight Outta Compton

Vanessa Carmichael | Posted 08.20.2015 | Entertainment
Vanessa Carmichael

I would recommend seeing Straight Outta Compton. I hope the producers recognize their obligation to the community that is making it such a success. The movie has a lotta heart. Now Cube, Dre, and F. Gary Gray, please show that heart to Compton.

Yes, Bernie Sanders, "Hair" Is an Important Issue

Charles Clymer | Posted 08.18.2015 | Women
Charles Clymer

Bernie Sanders has the luxury of dismissing a woman reporter's concerns over double standards as "worrying about hair styles instead of important issues."

Donald Trump Has Blood On His Hands

Janet Eve Josselyn | Posted 08.12.2015 | Entertainment
Janet Eve Josselyn

I would never say that your hormones render you a misogynist, Donald Trump. Your hormones don't render you anything other than who you are. Nor do mine. Nor do Megyn Kelly's.

How the Return of BET Uncut Would Have Set Us Back

Cierra Lockett | Posted 08.12.2015 | Black Voices
Cierra Lockett

The uncensored music videos with women dancing to sexually-charged lyrics were welcomed back with open arms by some. What wasn't considered by that portion of the community was how BET Uncut would set African-Americans back in terms of black women's imagery and sexuality.

Dads Against Dads Against Daughters Dating

Mike Reynolds | Posted 08.11.2015 | Parents
Mike Reynolds

Oh summer. A time to spend with our families doing things we often end up fighting over, a time to complain about how hot it is (only if we're talking about the humidity of course), and a time to watch men on the beach walk around with their young daughters proudly wearing their D.A.D.D. t-shirt.

Megyn Kelly Reportedly Getting Death Threats

New York Magazine | Annum Masroor | Posted 08.11.2015 | Media

In the fallout since the first GOP debate, Fox News chairman Roger Ailes has found himself caught between Donald Trump, who has the full backing...

Take It From a Middle School Teacher, Trump's a Bully

Raina Bowe | Posted 08.11.2015 | Entertainment
Raina Bowe

It took the observation of a Facebook friend who's also worked with young adults to point it out to me. "Kids that bully are bad kids, but adults that bully are apparently funny." Trump is a bully.

Why Us 'Fat Pigs' And 'Slobs' Won't Vote For Donald Trump

Janet Eve Josselyn | Posted 08.07.2015 | Women
Janet Eve Josselyn

In the Republican presidential primary debate on August 6, 2015, Donald Trump failed to retract or even apologize for calling some women "fat pigs" and "slobs." When questioned by Megyn Kelly about whether he was part of the "war on women," Trump responded that he didn't "frankly have time for total political correctness." Apparently, misogyny is a time saver. Who knew?

Straight Outta Rape Culture

Sikivu Hutchinson | Posted 08.20.2015 | Black Voices
Sikivu Hutchinson

As national outrage over state violence grows, the release of the film should prompt fresh reconsideration of how institutionalized sexual and intimate partner violence against black women continues to be all but invisible in mainstream discourse about black self-determination.

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.