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An Open Letter to My Mom and Black Women

N'Kosi Oates | Posted 02.25.2015 | Black Voices
N'Kosi Oates

Multiracial, intergenerational communities have proudly proclaimed that Black lives matter. But "Black lives matter" seems to be associated only with Black men. I want to tell you, Mom, that when I chant those three words, when I march, lie in the streets, or raise my hands symmetrically in the air, I do so to assert your humanity too. You are worthy.

What Is Your Story - and Is It Holding You Back?

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 02.24.2015 | Impact
Lisa Abeyta

The gloss of our public rendition allows us to hide from the real truths that have shaped our journey. By the same token, we can color the way we forever view our own journey by the way we choose to frame the story about any given experience.

Hey Hollywood: Where Are the Women?

Colleen DeBaise | Posted 02.20.2015 | Women
Colleen DeBaise

How come there's not a single female protagonist in any of the films nominated for 2015 Best Picture? We can certainly enjoy the films nominated for Best Picture. But let's save the popcorn for when we have a greater choice of flicks that better represent society as a whole.

Dear Tom Corbin, I Am Not a 'Lesser Cut of Meat'

Erin Spencer | Posted 02.20.2015 | Politics
Erin Spencer

Most days, I'd be proud to say I'm a resident of the state of smiling faces and beautiful places. But, today, I'm not going to be tooting my SC pride horn, because a man from Greenville, SC, ironically a city rich in culture, has decided to open his mouth.

Beards and Armpits: The Silly Sexism of 'The Walking Dead'

Olivia Cole | Posted 02.19.2015 | Women
Olivia Cole

We're so used to its erasure in advertising, film and television that its absence is somewhat realistic: women don't have body hair, we're told. So when it's missing -- even in the most unlikely scenarios -- we don't even notice.

Closing the Confidence Gap

Robin Hall | Posted 02.17.2015 | Women
Robin Hall

Self-confidence is a matter of perception, and the good news is that if one does not have it naturally, it can be developed.

When Words Justify Sexism

Rennie Pasquinelli | Posted 02.12.2015 | Women
Rennie Pasquinelli

Talking about feminism and opening the door for discussion is the best way to get the ball of equality rolling down the rocky hill that is American society.

Ethan Czahor's Tweets: Why Media Should Stop Saying 'Offensive' or 'Controversial' to Describe Sexism

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 02.11.2015 | Media
Soraya Chemaly

Just because people, particularly in this instance, self-serving conservative Republican men in party leadership, fail to acknowledge sexism and gender discrimination that is as clear as the noses on their faces, doesn't mean media should too.

Thank You, Dr. Beverly Scott

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics
Adam Kirk Edgerton

Leave Dr. Scott alone, and show up and vote in your local elections if you actually care about fixing the MBTA. The voters have let the state legislature stagnate, and now we are reaping the consequences of our fatal disinterest.

One Search of a Stock Photo Site Will Show You Every Sexist Stereotype You Can Think of

Katie Tandy | Posted 02.09.2015 | Comedy
Katie Tandy

To give you a sweet-and-sour taste--like the cheapest, shittiest Chinese food you've ever tasted--of life in the trenches of Thinkstock, I've gone ahead and rounded up some of our favorite search terms, side by gender side.

Feminism Is a Popularity Contest That I'm Losing

Erin McKelle | Posted 02.07.2015 | Women
Erin McKelle

No, I don't live in New York; I'm not competing for press; I'm not trying to be the most liked or endorsed. Sure, I still have moments of frustration, but I'm focused on me. And I can honestly say I've never felt more comfortable in my skin.

The Loophole That Denies Fighters Their 72 Virgins

Em & Lo | Posted 02.06.2015 | Arts
Em & Lo

Itai Anghel, an Isreali Jewish news correspondent and filmmaker with the balls the size of pumpkins, recently wandered into Syria and Iraq with a camera and not much else (no helmet, no bullet proof vest) to capture the front lines of the Kurdish fight against ISIS.

Women Read Playboy For The First Time

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 02.06.2015 | Women

Fun fact: Between pages of naked women, there are actual articles in Playboy. BuzzFeed asked 10 women who had never read Playboy to read the magaz...

Alanna Vagianos

The Reaction To #LikeAGirl Is Exactly Why It's So Important | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 02.04.2015 | Women

Out of all the controversial ads that aired during the Super Bowl, the one that may have spurred the most vocal backlash was the one that promoted ge...

Stacey Dash Still Just as 'Clueless'

Jaleesa Jones | Posted 02.02.2015 | Black Voices
Jaleesa Jones

I'm just curious as to why victims are always expected to modify their behavior in hopes of deflecting abuse from a society that devalues them anyway. Why are we not working to change our cultural ethos?

Investigating Hollywood's 'Celluloid Ceiling'

Colleen DeBaise | Posted 02.02.2015 | Women
Colleen DeBaise

In the unlikely event that Hollywood were to bestow an award for "Best Researcher on Sexism in the Industry," Martha Lauzen would take top prize. For 17 years, the San Diego State University professor has published an annual study called "The Celluloid Ceiling."

7 Things You Should Never Say To A Woman Who Loves Football

Bustle | Posted 01.31.2015 | Women

I'm not sure when females liking football became some rare disease that afflicts only remote sections of our population, but I've actually lost count of how many men, and yes women, are mystified by me. I'm talking about my sincere love for the game of football.

Sexism: The Original Sin Of The Church

The Huffington Post | Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 02.03.2015 | Religion

Welcome to this week’s ALL TOGETHER -- the podcast dedicated to exploring how ethics, religion and spiritual practice inform our personal lives, our...

Newspaper Calls Famous Writer 'Overweight' In Obituary

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 01.30.2015 | Books

When a notable figure dies, it’s typical to lead an obituary with that person’s remarkable achievements. When famed Australian author Colleen McCu...

Like a Man, a Good Bra Is Hard to Find

Mara Menachem | Posted 01.28.2015 | Style
Mara Menachem

Speaking of financial investment, bras are not cheap. And I've been racking my brain, trying to understand what women, no matter the age, would frivolously throw out such expensive undergarments, especially when like a man, a good bra is hard to find.  

5 Ways Parents of Preschoolers Can Raise a Body-Positive Kid

Common Sense Media | Posted 01.28.2015 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Here are five ways to immunize your kids against poor body image, with conversation starters, media picks and resources to support your discussions.

When Street Harassers Realize The Women They're Catcalling Are Their Moms Undercover

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 01.28.2015 | Women

If you've ever wanted to tell a street harasser to stick it where the sun don't shine, but couldn't find the right words -- don't worry, these mamas g...

My Bias Against Measuring Bias

Margie Omero | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics
Margie Omero

We'll need far more than a single question to decode the role gender has in Clinton's political fortunes. We would need to control for party, and mask that we're investigating bias. Because if voters are viewing Clinton through the lens of party, rather than gender, perhaps that may be progress after all.

What's Your Kids' Wage Gap? Boys Paid More, More Profitably

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 01.26.2015 | Parents
Soraya Chemaly

Fathers are, in the words of researchers, "gatekeepers" of their daughter's ambitions. Father's have to put in the time at home doing chores with their kids, especially daughters. Paying lip service to "equality" isn't good enough.


Helen Eisenbach | Posted 01.27.2015 | Entertainment
Helen Eisenbach

Thursday morning when I learned the Academy's list of nominees, I spent the rest of the day alternating between despair and rage. In fact, I have loved movies unabashedly since I was 18 months old and my mother took me to see my first feature.