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Soraya Chemaly
Soraya Chemaly writes about gender, sexual violence, free speech and the role that gender plays in media, politics, religion and education. Her work appears in TIME, The Guardian, Salon and Role Reboot among other media. She is the Director of the Women's Media Center Speech Project. Follow at @schemaly

Entries by Soraya Chemaly

Donald Trump's Rape Metaphor Says A Lot About His Views

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2016 | 5:37 PM

Last night, just days after appearing before what seemed to be an actual heap of heap of trash, Donald Trump compared the effects of the Trans-Pacific Partnership on America to rape. The TPP, he explained, is "...pushed by special interests who want to rape our...

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Does Your Daughter Know It's Okay To Be Angry?

(0) Comments | Posted June 7, 2016 | 3:27 PM

This piece is reprinted with permission from Role/Reboot.

Anger is a recurring theme of the current presidential election. Every male presidential candidate has directly and overtly tapped into the very evident rage that the American public feels. They've thumped podiums, raised their voices, cursed,...

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DC Metro Rape Highlights Why Women Are Always Aware of Rape

(78) Comments | Posted May 27, 2016 | 6:07 PM

Earlier this week, a man was arrested in the rape of a woman on a Washington, DC metro train. That's Washington, DC, USA, not Washington, DC, "Somewhere-over-there-where-women-have-it-much-worse-so-shut-up." He is charged with brazenly assaulting her at knifepoint, on a moving train, at 10 a.m in the morning on a...

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This Part of Me, One of Hundreds of Great Videos, Is Winner of #TheFWord Contest

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2016 | 3:05 PM

In January, SheKnows Media, a digital media company, and the Ms. Foundation for Women launched #TheFWord, a video contest that encouraged people to submit short films about what feminism means to them. Today they announced a winner.

"It was collaboration between about 15 men and women," says...

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Women's Health and Equality: Why We Supported Cecile Richards' Speaking at A Catholic University

(5) Comments | Posted May 5, 2016 | 11:03 AM

Two weeks ago, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards spoke at Georgetown University, an event that drew criticism from some students, alumni and outside organizations, such as the Washington Diocese. There are three reasons why we, alumnae of the school who work on social justice issues, including reproductive justice and ending...

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Online Harassment Is a Social Problem That Requires a Social Response

(7) Comments | Posted April 15, 2016 | 6:23 PM

This week The Guardian is publishing a fantastic series of articles about online harassment and culture. In an editorial titled "The Internet We Want," editors introduced the series, which includes an unprecedented analysis of more than 70m comments on The Guardian's website. What was particularly insightful about the research...

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Take This Test to See How Biased You Are Against Having a Woman as President

(385) Comments | Posted April 4, 2016 | 3:17 PM

Last week, Vox writer Emily Crockett wrote a great article about gender bias in how we think about leadership. She reviewed the results of new political science research. "One experiment," she wrote, "just found that Clinton's gender could cost her as much as 24 points against Trump among male...

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Trump and Cruz: "Manly" Posturing Putting Honor Culture and Benevolent Sexism on Full Display

(13) Comments | Posted March 24, 2016 | 6:46 PM

Just when you might think the GOP race couldn't get any more ridiculous, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are now facing off over their wives' virtues and reputations.  Earlier this week, hoping to appeal to Utah Mormon's sensibilities, an anti-Trump organization placed slut-shaming ads in Facebook featuring nearly nude...

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'성폭력'에 대한 우리의 잘못된 생각 7가지

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2016 | 3:19 PM

1. 우리는 거짓 강간 신고의 비율이 실제 이상으로 높다고 생각한다.

남녀 대학생들을 대상으로 한 2002년 조사 결과에 따르면, 그들은 신고된 강간 사건 중 50%에서 여성이 거짓말을 한다고 생각한다. FBI는 실제 강간 신고 중 1~2%가 거짓이라고 추정한다. 가짜 신고에 대한 서로 다른 주장들을 관찰한 2009년 슬레이트...

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If You Don't Take Women's Harassment Seriously, You Don't Want to Understand The Problem

(63) Comments | Posted January 27, 2016 | 8:49 AM

On the night of January 22, 29-year old Janese Talton-Jackson was shot to death on a sidewalk by a man who was angry that she'd refused to give him her phone number. Her story is sadly reminiscent of Mary Spears', who was killed in similar circumstances in...

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#Roe43: What Every (Progressive) Boy Should Know

(193) Comments | Posted January 22, 2016 | 4:15 PM

A couple of years ago, the Pew Research Forum surveyed Americans under 30 years old, asking them questions about abortion and, specifically, Roe v Wade. The survey revealed the following:

  • 41 percent thought Roe v Wade involved the death penalty or the environment, or they could...

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Take the 2016 #ChoreChallenge

(5) Comments | Posted January 8, 2016 | 7:01 AM

Chances are, if you are like most people in the world, you live in a family where chores are done along gender lines and women and girls are spending an average of two hours more on chores per week.  Many boys and men feel strongly, anecdotally, that this can't be right....

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Biology Doesn't Write Laws: Hillary Clinton's Bathroom Break Wasn't As Trivial As Some Might Like to Think

(2489) Comments | Posted December 25, 2015 | 1:28 PM

As a lot of the world now knows, last Saturday night, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was late returning to the stage at the Democratic Debate after a five-minute break. Almost immediately media reported that she was delayed because of a line at the women's bathroom. As the break came...

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'Asking For It': It's Not Just Ariel Winter's Harassers, It's Our Culture -- Kate Harding on Her New Book

(2) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 12:13 PM

"Asking for it" is a timeless and timelessly gendered expression that rolls easily off the tongue. It's a go-to default for many parents, grandparents, teachers, coaches and even teens and their friends.  It refers, almost exclusively, to girls or women when people are policing their clothes and behavior. When's the...

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12 Reasons Why Gender Matters to Understanding Teenage Sexting

(4) Comments | Posted November 10, 2015 | 1:42 PM

Portions of this post are updated from an article published at Bitch Magazine.

In what media is again calling a "sexting scandal," a community in Colorado is grappling with the fact that hundreds of students have been exchanging "lewd" pictures, using photo vault apps...

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'Why Won't She Go to the Police?' or How the Police Tolerate Gender-Based Violence in Their Own Ranks

(1) Comments | Posted November 3, 2015 | 8:40 AM

Why won't women "just go to the police"? Maybe because they don't have faith the police will help them. Brutality often begins at home, including in police families. In department after department, law enforcement officials are ignoring disciplinary and legal standards for officers accused of sexual violence and domestic...

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Mass Killings in the US: Masculinity, Masculinity, Masculinity

(132) Comments | Posted October 5, 2015 | 12:55 PM

Schools in Philadelphia are currently on high alert because of a threat of violence made against "a university near Philadelphia." The threat was posted on 4chan, an anonymous message board, on Friday, the day after a murder-suicide that left 10 people dead in yet another campus shooting. Today's...

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Every Reason Your School's Gendered Dress Code Is Probably a Sexist Mess

(13) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 6:08 PM

Dress code conflicts announced the beginning of the school year with a bang.  Usually, I'd provide an example, but it makes more sense to talk about the Missouri Legislature, where a few weeks ago, a dress code for interns was proposed, to much dismay and no...

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What Gender Stereotypes and Sexism Have to Do With Algorithms and Robots

(4) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 3:51 PM

As technologists, and no small number of films, frequently remind us, the singularity, a time when the realization of smarter-than-human computers irrevocably alters our future, is nearer every day. Futurists take this prospect very seriously.  They gather to discuss what it means at the annual Singularity Summit, a...

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