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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.

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.

Divorcing Josh Duggar's Monster God

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 08.26.2015 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

In response to this unfolding scandal, I submit to you that joining the shame parade is an unhelpful response that misses an important opportunity. The opportunity for the church, for followers of Jesus, for all of us, is to divorce this Monster God once and for all.

My Life as a Latina Feminist

Tatiana K. Tenreyro | Posted 08.18.2015 | Latino Voices
Tatiana K. Tenreyro

Latinas need feminism. We are the ones who are most affected in the wage gap and are also among the most affected by domestic violence, among other issues.

Don't Treat Religious Women As Second-Class Feminists

Jennifer Zobair | Posted 08.17.2015 | Religion
Jennifer Zobair

While mainstream feminism seems desperate to have in its fold a 19-year-old reality television star who is famous in no small part because her older sister's sex tape went viral, mainstream feminism rejects empowered women of faith.

'Diary Of A Teenage Girl' Star Breaks Down 'Taboo' Of Female Sexuality

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 08.11.2015 | Entertainment

"The Diary of a Teenage Girl," Marielle Heller's film adaptation of Phoebe Gloeckner's coming-of-age novel, has been hailed for its hon...

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.

Bristol Palin, Stop Judging the World. World, Stop Judging Bristol Palin.

Chelsea Stone | Posted 07.07.2015 | Women
Chelsea Stone

We are all a product of our upbringing, and Bristol grew up a fundamentalist Christian in a patriarchal society, the daughter of a highly visible Republican. She grew up surrounded by ideas of what a good woman is and what a good woman isn't. She is what she was raised to be.

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.

Why Do Women Find It So Difficult to Put Themselves First?

Rosjke Hasseldine | Posted 06.22.2015 | Women
Rosjke Hasseldine

The language that asked women what they felt and needed was not spoken in our mother's and grandmother's day. They did not know how to ask themselves what they felt and needed, and they did not know how to teach their daughters how to honor their own feelings and needs.

FtM Feelings On Father's Day

Basil Soper | Posted 06.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Basil Soper

Fathers don't have to be biologically related to their children. Dads can be queer. They can be kind. Fathers shouldn't have anything to do with upholding patriarchal male standards. Fathers are all genders. Fathers can be so much more then what our traditional view of them is.

No, They Didn't Do the Same Thing: Why It's Dangerous to Compare Josh Duggar and Lena Dunham

Chelsea Stone | Posted 06.12.2015 | Women
Chelsea Stone

Calling something sexual assault that clearly isn't helps no one; worse, it diminishes the trauma of real sexual assault and its consequences.

Hate, Homophobia, and Heteropatriarchy at the Hampton Minister's Conference

Ahmad Cheers | Posted 06.09.2015 | Black Voices
Ahmad Cheers

As upwards of 8,000 clergy convene next week at Hampton University, an interesting yet disturbing subtext has emerged that casts a cloud over the gathering.

Caitlyn Jenner, Chelsea Manning and the Problem People Have With Transgender Women

Chelsea Stone | Posted 06.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Chelsea Stone

We as a culture do not like women as autonomous beings. We do not support them -- sometimes we punish them.

Cult of Patriarchy

Melissa Charles | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics
Melissa Charles

His family, fans, and a politician have weighed in talking about how this was a 'teenage' mistake. And that God challenged them. They talk about how hard it is for Josh. About his victims? *crickets*

Celebrating Mother's Day and the Sacred Feminine

Tim Ward | Posted 05.10.2015 | Religion
Tim Ward

Mother's Day is just around the corner, the day we venerate the women who gave birth to each one of us. Kind of a penance for the other 364 days a year during which women suffer discrimination, unequal pay, harassment and, in all too many cases, live in financial insecurity and fear of abuse.

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.

Why One Artist Is Carrying A 'White Man' In Her Pocket

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 04.03.2015 | Arts

"Privilege is plastic," artist Kenya (Robinson) explained in an interview. "Just like 'race' is a plastic material. It's totally made up. It's...

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.

What I Learned When I Turned The Camera On Myself

Giselle Noelle Morgan | Posted 06.03.2015 | Women
Giselle Noelle Morgan

The mere act of being a woman artist is an act of rebellion since it was and still is male-dominated. These handpicked pieces take the rebellion one step further by illustrating the stories of women in isolation through their own art.

When Is It Bad to Seek Attention?

Matt Hartman | Posted 05.27.2015 | Impact
Matt Hartman

Most of us are called attention-seeking at some point, and it's usually a way to silence or delegitimize. We silence and delegitimize those who are oppressed -- those we want to stay in their place. Often, its done subconsciously, but just as, if not more, often it's done with purpose.

A Challenge for Women: Love Yourself Even When Society Says Otherwise

Nora Turriago | Posted 05.04.2015 | Women
Nora Turriago

It must be noted that the process of confidence and self-love is exactly that: a process. It doesn't occur overnight. Rather, consider every day an opportunity to practice reminding yourself who, exactly, you are. Love yourself unconditionally.

The Conversation That Harms Women

Amy Chan | Posted 04.29.2015 | Women
Amy Chan

The actresses were the subject of much scrutiny and criticism, mostly around their physical appearance. The people doing the bashing? Women. All women

First World Ignorance

Rebecca Tinsley | Posted 04.11.2015 | Impact
Rebecca Tinsley

Perhaps we should also ask a simple question about the rights of a woman in any given society: can she determine when she has children, and how many of them she will have? If she cannot, then what use are her supposed positions of honor or status? But come to think of it, shouldn't that right extend to women in the so-called developed first world, too?

Is the Gay Community Scaring Away Our Straight Allies?

Mason Hsieh | Posted 03.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Mason Hsieh

When one of my new straight-male friends asked if he could sit in on a QSA meeting, I immediately said yes and took him to a panel on LGBT dating, hoping to show him how cool the queer community is. The discussion was mostly civil, until my fledgling ally worked up the courage to ask one simple question.