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5 Common Behaviors Cis Men May Not Realize Are Abusive (And How To Stop Them)

Jamie Utt | Posted 08.24.2016 | Women
Jamie Utt

My actions exist in the context of how I was taught to be a man. My actions exist in the context of patriarchy. And patriarchy is violent. Full stop.

All-Female Skate Crew Challenges Patriarchy, Gentrification In NYC

The Huffington Post | Tanisha Ramirez | Posted 08.04.2016 | Latino Voices

Meet the Brujas, the Bronx’s all-female skate crew and the subject of the New York Time’s aptly named mini-doc, “Brujas of the Bronx.” The vid...

The Case Against Honor Killings In Pakistan

Talal Almas | Posted 07.26.2016 | Religion
Talal Almas

Honor killings in Pakistan have climbed to an acme in recent years. Every year, countless girls and women, naïve otherwise, are persecuted as a consequence of having relationships with individuals of their own choice.

How Religion Might Influence Rape Culture

Kimberly Carfore | Posted 06.27.2016 | Religion
Kimberly Carfore

While religion in the past has taught us how to live ethical lives and be moral people, it seems as though society is going through some sort of transition. When that which used to keep us safe begins to perpetuate violence, it is time to reevaluate these systems. The problems and promises of religions are most worthy of thought and consideration.

The Toll of Muslim Masculinity: How It Is Pondered, Practiced, Perpetuated - and Poisonous

Zoha Qamar | Posted 06.15.2016 | Religion
Zoha Qamar

There is a stand. Maybe it's marked by a booming black mic, a large maple podium, some tape on the carpet, an etch in the dirt. Perhaps it's nestled u...

How About We Stop Policing Women's Language?

The Establishment | Posted 06.14.2016 | Women
The Establishment

I was in my mid-twenties the first time someone called attention to the way I spoke in a professional setting. She was my supervisor, a few years older than I, and had already accomplished an impressive amount in her career.

Can I Be A Feminist Yet?

Alex McKelvey | Posted 06.08.2016 | HuffPost Live 321
Alex McKelvey

I made sure I was an ally before pitching this article, but I'd like to go as far as to appropriate the label. So can I? Can I go ahead and be feminist now?

The Bathroom Bogeyman: Policing Trans* Bodies and Protecting Women

Liz Hanssen | Posted 06.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Liz Hanssen

Outing the true culprits hiding in the stall: transmisogyny and gender-based violence.

Men Need To Step Up To Combat Female Genital Mutilation, Activists Say

Thomson Reuters Foundation | Sarah Grossman | Posted 05.17.2016 | Impact

COPENHAGEN, May 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Female genital mutilation (FGM) will never end until men also throw their weight behind efforts to e...

Motherhood Shouldn't Be a Competitive Sport

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 05.06.2016 | Women
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

When I first became a mother, I hoped to find a supportive community among the sisterhood of other moms. Instead, I found myself on a battlefield. Knowingly or unknowingly, mothers get drawn into a competitive landscape -- and it's one that offers no trophies or awards.

Why We Made a Video Making Fun of Patriarchy

Jim Wallis | Posted 04.15.2016 | Religion
Jim Wallis

In the midst of a sexist and even misogynist conservatism that calls itself "Christian," and a secular left that too often discounts the value of faith in the public sphere, we desperately need women faith leaders.

My "Hips Don't Lie," but They Do Demand Consent

Erin Moyer | Posted 04.13.2016 | College
Erin Moyer

While some people argue that grinding is simply "all in good fun," even the definition of the word grind, "to oppress," leaves me wondering if other women are having a hard time having fun in this culture of no consent.

It's Important For Men to Understand That They Need To Stop Telling Women to Smile

Erika Hardison | Posted 04.11.2016 | Women
Erika Hardison

The sexualization behind telling women to smile is alarming. It makes women feel that we are only meant to be happy and pretty and it's a passive way to engage into an unwanted conversation.

'Female' Is an Adjective, Not a Noun

Joshua Adams | Posted 04.04.2016 | Women
Joshua Adams

While some men may not have have ill-intent by making this mistake, many women are keen to its underlying microaggressive, patriarchal power, regardless of intent.

On César Chávez Day, Honor Farmworkers' and Women's Struggles for Equality and Justice

Gaye Theresa Johnson | Posted 03.31.2016 | Latino Voices
Gaye Theresa Johnson

This week we observe one of the most significant holidays of the year: César Chávez Day, in honor of the farmworkers movement and the hard-won triumphs of some of the most marginalized among us.

Bernie's "Revolution" Ignores Race and Gender

Liz Hanssen | Posted 03.29.2016 | Politics
Liz Hanssen

Some may well see a revolution in Sanders and the impressive grassroots campaign he has waged. Others may see that the old hierarchies and status quo remain firmly in place, supported by the myth that gender and race are insignificant to the larger issues at stake.

My Voice Is My Right, Not "Your Gift"

Zoha Qamar | Posted 03.29.2016 | Women
Zoha Qamar

My brain frantically scours for the line between the patience we have grown and groomed over these days on Umrah and the right to defend one's dignity against defamation -- not to mention an additional stand against an entire gender's general reduction into one, incapable stereotype -- but my mind quickly realizes we are way past this point.

The Smile Award

Marci Auld Glass | Posted 03.18.2016 | Religion
Marci Auld Glass

Vote for whoever you think will be the best president. But if the only comment is about Secretary of State Clinton's smile, then know you are participating in, and validating patriarchy, which rewards women for being pretty while ignoring what it is they have to say.

Are You Ready for a Woman President? Am I?

Annie Finch | Posted 03.17.2016 | Politics
Annie Finch

I read an article about Trump and the political future of the country today that mentioned in matter-of-fact terms what Hillary would likely do on arr...

Owning Our Power and Using It

Donna Henes | Posted 03.09.2016 | Women
Donna Henes

I firmly believe that women, especially women of a certain age, will be the changing force of society, and that we possess the vision, the wisdom, the experience, and the wherewithal to lead the charge for change toward sustainability, sanity, and peace. However, we cannot do it alone.

After 2 Years Of Marriage, This Is Why I'm Returning To My Maiden Name

Em LaFave Olson | Posted 03.10.2016 | Weddings
Em LaFave Olson

After two years, I'm changing my last name back to Olson from LaFave. No, this isn't a story about divorce. I'm still happily married and building a company together with my husband. This is a story about equality.

What The Malheur Occupation Teaches Us About Masculinity

Susan M. Shaw | Posted 02.01.2016 | Politics
Susan M. Shaw

While the folks who illegally occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge claimed to want to overthrow the tyranny of the federal government, they seemed quite willing to leave the tyranny of patriarchy unquestioned.

Gloria Steinem Defines What Is Holding Feminism Back Today

Quora | Posted 01.22.2016 | Impact

Violence against females in all its forms -- domestic violence here, sexualized violence in war zones, sex trafficking, FGM, son preference and daughter deficit -- have added up to the fact that there are now fewer females on earth than males.

Is Consent Sexy? Breaking the Unspoken Rules of Sex

Mason Hsieh | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mason Hsieh

I believe if we can integrate these messages into our cultural narratives, we can reshape our society's sexual focus from that of negation to that of consent and mutual respect. Boys will grow up actively soliciting consensual language, and girls will feel comfortable actively providing it.

An Open Letter to Women Struggling With Their New Year's Resolutions

Esther Litchfield-FInk | Posted 01.11.2016 | Women
Esther Litchfield-FInk

Well, it's not you, it's your resolutions. We make them, and statistically all but 8% of New Year's Resolutions are kept. The job, the man, life. The kids, the divorce, the move, financial insecurity. The patriarchy. Women's roles.