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Nina Bahadur

Viral 'Terre Des Femmes' Photo Series Shares An Important Message, But Not An Original One | Nina Bahadur | Posted 03.21.2015 | Women

A powerful feminist poster series about judging women by their clothing has gone viral -- but it looks strikingly similar to a project from 2013. T...

'What Was He Wearing?' Why the Media Needs to Ask the Right Questions About Rape and Violence

Phoebe K. Schreiner | Posted 03.09.2015 | Impact
Phoebe K. Schreiner

Violence against women is learned, not innate or inevitable. It's everyone's problem and everyone's responsibility to solve, and we urgently need to insist on keeping our focus on challenging the culture of violence that perpetuates values almost none of us want to embrace.

A Powerful Look At How Devastating Sexual Bullying Can Be

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 02.25.2015 | Women

Twelve million people have read one woman's diaries -- and her entries show how much power the word "slut" has. Emily Lindin was branded the schoo...

If Reporting A Robbery Was Like Reporting A Rape

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 02.25.2015 | Women

What if law enforcement talked to people who have been robbed the same way they often treat people who have been sexually assaulted? A new video wr...

No, The Glass Ceiling Is Not Women's Fault

Nikki Gloudeman | Posted 02.19.2015 | Women
Nikki Gloudeman

Things will only start to change once we stop blaming women, and start challenging the flawed system they must navigate. And I have no problem saying that assertively.

Valor, Victimhood, and Valentine's Day: How I Recommitted to Love

Meghan O'Dea | Posted 02.17.2015 | Women
Meghan O'Dea

This year for Valentine's I'm cooking myself a steak and pouring myself a glass of Merlot. I will cut into my steak, red and rare, decant my dark, rich wine, and this is its own bloody communion.

Harvard Law Professor Blames Victim in Child Trafficking Case

Anna Joseph | Posted 02.13.2015 | Media
Anna Joseph

Co-authored by Kerry Richards, J.D. candidate at Harvard Law School Alan Dershowitz--famed defense attorney and former professor at Harvard Law Sch...

The Truth About Trafficking

Elisabeth Corey | Posted 01.28.2015 | Impact
Elisabeth Corey

It is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. And if any crime deserves its own month of awareness, it is trafficking. Owning and using another person for your own financial benefit and sense of power is horrific.

How I Learned to Use Pain to Leverage Unstoppability

Carol Egan | Posted 03.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Carol Egan

Do you ever feel stuck, like something is blocking you from feeling empowered in life? You know that "over the moon" confidence and happiness that tho...

The Sin of Provocation

Marci Auld Glass | Posted 03.17.2015 | Religion
Marci Auld Glass

This morning on the news, I heard someone complain that the editors of Charlie Hebdo were guilty of the "sin of provocation" for continuing to publish any cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammed. It clarified something for me.

The Attack On Charlie Hebdo Was A Symbolic Tragedy So Quit Trying To Change The Subject

Liam Smith | Posted 03.12.2015 | Media
Liam Smith

We must recognize the value that comes from pushing the boundaries of what is acceptable, of breaking taboos, of standing up to thugs. Not to do so speaks to a form of cowardice only supplanted by the news outlets who have refused to show the cartoons and the even more pathetic attempts to justify that decision. It gives those who wish to intimidate us exactly what they want: self-censorship brought on by fear.

9 Absurd Justifications For Police Killings Of Unarmed Black Males

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 12.15.2014 | Black Voices

In recent weeks, protests have spread across America in response to multiple grand juries declining to indict police officers responsible for the ...

Fight for the Right to Take Nude Photos

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 02.04.2015 | Women
Dr. Peggy Drexler

The surest way to avoid ever having your most private photos shared publicly is to not take them in the first place. This is the philosophy behind the most common advice given to teens, among whom the rates of "sexting" continue to rise. Trust no one. Share nothing. Even better: Take nothing. It's ridiculous logic.

If People Talked About Stolen Wallets The Way People Talk About Rape

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 11.20.2014 | Women

Rape is a crime where people often blame the victim in a way they wouldn't had another crime occurred -- for example, the theft of a wallet. Caitl...

Tyler Kingkade

It Really Matters When College Officials Say Terrible Things About Rape. Here's Why. | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 11.20.2014 | College

When Tom Hogan, the district attorney for Chester County in Pennsylvania, heard about a local college president's remarks in September about campus ra...

Football Players Accused of Sexual Assault; Fans Worried About Season

Madison Lawson | Posted 01.18.2015 | College
Madison Lawson

In the South, college football reigns. And with a program as storied as that of the University of Tennessee's in Knoxville, football is second to nothing. And in the eyes of the fan base, second not even to the respect and safety of women.

Stop Calling It 'Hazing' -- Call It 'Rape'

Mike Mennonno | Posted 12.21.2014 | College
Mike Mennonno

And as long as we continue to call it a "hazing scandal" or "football controversy", we signal our willingness as a society to let it slide. Let's call it what it is.

LAPD Is Helping to Make It Safe to Rape in Los Angeles

Maxwell Kennedy | Posted 12.08.2014 | Crime
Maxwell Kennedy

A significant number of LAPD Detectives feel "stranger rape is the only 'real' rape," according to a report published by the Justice Department.

Anyone Scoffing at 'Active Consent' Is Missing the Point

Shannon Deep | Posted 12.07.2014 | Women
Shannon Deep

Active consent policies exist to change hearts and minds about how we think about sexual boundaries. They are not meant to entrap drunk college students with unfounded rape accusations, which under active consent are no easier to "prove" than before. The policy of active consent is a banner, not a barrier.

Dr. Phil Gets Honest About Shame And Domestic Abuse

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 10.06.2014 | Dr. Phil

Following the Ray Rice scandal, which caused a firestorm both within and outside the world of professional sports, Dr. Phil says that a “window of f...

UVA Student Hannah Graham Didn't Disappear Because She Was Drunk

Bustle | Posted 12.01.2014 | Women

You may wonder how feminism pertains to a missing-persons case, but it has both everything and nothing to do with Hannah Graham's disappearance. It has nothing to do with how we respond to Hannah's disappearance: We need to locate her and bring her home. But it has everything to do with our reaction to, and perception of, the case.

The Dangerous Myth Of The Crazy, Easy Drunk Woman

Nikki Gloudeman | Posted 11.25.2014 | Women
Nikki Gloudeman

Frezza's outrageous article is hardly an outlier. It's just the latest example of people demeaning drunk women and blaming them for anything that may happen to them while in said inebriated state. Meanwhile, men who get hammered are just fun-loving bros with wild stories.

If You Don't Want People To Steal Your Nude Photographs, Then Don't Be Nude (or: The Sociology of the Celebrity Cell Phone Hacking Scandal)

Galanty Miller | Posted 11.08.2014 | Comedy
Galanty Miller

Coincidentally, I post a similar tweet whenever I hear about a kidnapped child. "If you don't want your child to be kidnapped, then don't have kids!"

'The List Of Rules For Women,' As Explained By A Guy Who Gets It

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 09.03.2014 | Women

"Does anyone have a complete, up-to-date list of everything that women are supposed to do and not do so that they qualify for having their humanity re...

I Can't Believe I'm Writing This: Street Harassment Is Not a Compliment

Shannon Deep | Posted 10.21.2014 | Women
Shannon Deep

Letting someone know you find them desirable does have a time and place; say, flirting at a bar or party. Or maybe on a date. Or how about in bed? The difference is simple and monumental: Consent.