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The One Big Difference Between Raising A Daughter And Raising A Son

Joe DeProspero | Posted 10.26.2016 | Parents
Joe DeProspero

They told me. They all told me. Having a daughter is different than having a son. You’ll feel differently about her. To be frank, I thought they wer...

One Awful Tweet About T-Swift Sums Up Society's Retro Ideas About Female Sexuality

The Huffington Post | Jenna Amatulli | Posted 07.11.2016 | Women

PSA: Women are not things, and their body parts are not food items. Unfortunately, Twitter user Jennifer Mayers, a self-described “wife, mother, Chr...

Artist Creates Nipples To Put On Her Nipples Because #FreeTheNipple

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 11.12.2015 | Arts

A photo posted by @esmaywagemans on Nov 11, 2015 at 10:12am PST As you likely well know, nipples are not welcome on Instagram and Facebook. Sor...

Why This "Girl in Tights" is Over the "No Homo" Defense of Ballet Boys

Nadia Khayrallah | Posted 10.17.2016 | Arts
Nadia Khayrallah

What does it say about our cultural values that staring at butts (as long as it's hetero) is considered a more acceptable motivation for boys in ballet than practicing a challenging art form?

No Straps, No Service: When Censorship Goes Too Far

Neel Swamy | Posted 05.13.2016 | Education
Neel Swamy

I cannot fathom the idea that while males have a certain degree of freedom in their physical expression, female students of all ages are constantly sent home for "distractions" ranging from pink hair to nose piercings to strapless prom dresses.

Here's What Happened When a Feminist Lesbian Had Wings at Hooters

Jenny Block | Posted 05.03.2016 | Queer Voices
Jenny Block

So here's my quandary: What's a girl to do about places like Hooters and Twin Peaks or -- eek -- strip clubs when one both loves and respects the female body?

One Hour on the Sidewalk

Abby Klinkenberg | Posted 11.11.2014 | Women
Abby Klinkenberg

As a woman, I exist solely to be commented upon -- unsolicited opinions, either positive or negative (their stupidly contrasting judgments only further show the caprice of the male gaze), are mandatory conditions to which I tacitly agree upon entering the public sphere.

If Fashion Ads Treated Men And Women The Same Way

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 07.25.2014 | Women

Hypersexualized advertisements showing women's bodies (or disembodied parts) are all too commonplace -- but would we react to these ads differently if...

The 'Sexy Lie' We Should Be Talking About

Posted 01.25.2014 | Women

"I am here today to talk about a lie." That's how politics professor Caroline Heldman opened her Jan. 2013 TEDxYouth San Diego talk on the topic of...

The Revelation Norma Kamali Had While Watching 'Bridesmaids'

Posted 11.05.2013 | Women

Designer Norma Kamali had an epiphany about women and body image -- while watching the movie "Bridesmaids." In a Nov. 5 interview on HuffPost Live,...

What's Wrong With Boys, Luscious 'Lolitas' and Yummy Mummies?

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 06.08.2013 | Media
Soraya Chemaly

"Stacy's Mom" is the family-friendly national anthem of our broadly female-objectifying mainstream everything. Products like this both reflect and create culture.

What About Love?

Birute Regine | Posted 04.07.2013 | Women
Birute Regine

How do you think of love -- as an object, or as a felt experience? In a consumer-oriented culture, most people tend to objectify love.

On Our Perceptions Of Physical Beauty

Sam Sommers | Posted 01.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Sam Sommers

Just what, exactly, can we learn from a pretty face? Because despite axiomatic warnings to the contrary, when we meet other people we spend an awful lot of time judging books by their covers.

Responding to Catcalls

Erika L. Sánchez | Posted 10.09.2012 | Latino Voices
Erika L. Sánchez

It's not that I don't ever want anyone to look at me. I subtly admire people's aesthetic qualities on a daily basis, but I don't think it's unreasonable to ask not to be whistled at like some sort of farm animal or have my body parts discussed obscenely.

Aren't We Greater Than the Sums of Our Parts?

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 09.30.2012 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

What if the inventories we take of our lives are false, misleading? What if our value as a person has nothing to do with a score on a checklist?

Brain Sees Men As Whole, Women In Parts

Posted 07.25.2012 | Women

A glimpse at the magazine rack in any supermarket checkout line will tell you that women are frequently the focus of sexual objectification. Now, new ...

The Fetishized Object's Survival Guide

Justin Huang | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Justin Huang

"I just think that..." he paused, searching for the words. I suppressed a seasoned urge to interrupt him and change the subject. He finally continued: "I just have always thought of you as a sex god, not as boyfriend material." He smiled at me bashfully, as if he'd just paid me a great compliment.

Sadly, It Seems Sandra Fluke Wasn't The First Woman Falsely Accused of Being a Prostitute by an Intimidated Man.

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 05.16.2012 | Women
Sarah O'Leary

It seems the Bible never referred to Mary Magdalene as a prostitute. A Catholic Pope did.

Gender Slurs: Why What Rush Limbaugh Said Is So Damning to Women

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 05.13.2012 | Media
Sarah O'Leary

Rush Limbaugh's use of "slut" and "prostitute" was a textbook example of how horrifically damning gender slurs are, and why such forms of abuse deserve swift and serious action.

Where's Our Muff March Against Designer Vaginas?

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 02.08.2012 | Women
Soraya Chemaly

Guess what an increasingly common and popular form of plastic surgery is?

Why Revealing Clothing Hurts Men, Too

Posted 01.11.2012 | Women

Mom tells us to dress conservatively if we want men to respect us for who we are on the proverbial inside. Women are also often told that showing too ...

The Rules According to a Fraternity "Cocksman"

Carol Muske-Dukes | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Carol Muske-Dukes

Read and weep or laugh, shake your head -- but be warned. If you dismiss this frat email as a joke or more of the "acceptable" "just being guys" open season on women -- you are missing that drone in the sky.

Countering The Sexualization Of Your Youth

Dr. Yvonne K. Fulbright | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Yvonne K. Fulbright

Miniskirts, fishnet stockings, feather boas. It all sounds sexy - 'til you realize it's being sported by that every-girl-wants-one Bratz doll.

Sex Objects: Study Shows Pictures Shift Men's View Of Women | Ian Sample | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Researchers used brain scans to show that when straight men looked at pictures of women in bikinis, areas of the brain that normally light up in antic...