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Soraya Chemaly
Soraya L. Chemaly writes about feminism, gender and culture. Her work appears in The Huffington Post, The Feminist Wire, BitchFlicks, Fem2.0, Alternet and Feministe among other media. She considers it a major accomplishment that the people in her house dance with abandon. Follow on Tumblr, Facebook, Feminism's Fantastic, Twitter @schemaly

Entries by Soraya Chemaly

How Many of the Hundreds of Thousands of Untested Rape Kits in the US Are in Your City?

(11) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 5:36 PM

For decades, anti-rape activists have been fighting to raise awareness about backlogged rape kits, the forensic evidence gathered after a rape report is made. And yet, today, the Department of Justice estimates that there are more than 400,000 unprocessed rape kits in the United States.

One of these 400,000 belonged to...

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10 sexismos do dia-a-dia e o que você pode fazer a respeito deles

(77) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 7:18 AM

As pesquisas mostram que a maioria das pessoas não enxerga o sexismo nem mesmo quando ele está diante de seus narizes.

"As mulheres endossam crenças sexistas, pelo menos em parte, porque não prestam atenção nas formas sutis e agregadas de sexismo em suas vidas pessoais", escreveram Julia C....

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People Think Women Lie Because That's What We Teach Our Children

(1) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 2:21 PM

Portions of the post first appeared in Role Reboot.

In her recently-released memoir, Democratic nominee for Texas governor Wendy Davis writes about two abortions she had many years ago. A National Review Online contributor would like her to prove it. Like Erin Gloria Ryan, who...

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Change Culture, Not Cabs: Woman-Only Taxis and Commodifying Female Fear

(15) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 2:59 PM

SheTaxis (known as SheRides in New York City) is a newly-launched app that will help women-only passengers find women-only taxi drivers. If you are a woman, the creators argue, it makes sense to use this car service, because taking taxis and Ubers driven by men can be dangerous. There...

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School Dress Codes: The Funny-Not-Funny Video You Have to See

(53) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 2:36 PM

Last year, when I wrote about how dress codes and, more importantly, their enforcement, many girls, and a few boys, wrote to me about their experiences and attempts to challenge discriminatory rules at their schools. One of the best responses I received however was this one, from Anna Russett.

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Ebola Isn't Unique: Women Are Significantly More Likely to Die in Disasters

(13) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 1:29 PM

Two excellent stories, one by Buzzfeed's Jina Moore and another by Lauren Wolfe at Foreign Policy, recently brought to light the fact that women make up 75 percent of the current Ebola epidemic's victims in Liberia.  Earlier in the week, the Washington Post reported that in other affected...

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10 gestos sexistas del día a día y cómo actuar al respecto

(7) Comments | Posted August 17, 2014 | 3:57 AM

Hay investigaciones que demuestran que la mayoría de las personas ni siquiera ven el sexismo cuando lo tienen delante.

"Las mujeres tienen pensamientos sexistas, al menos en parte, puesto que no perciben las formas sutiles de sexismo en su vida personal", explicaban Julia C. Becker y Janet...

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Genderdiskriminierung: 10 Beispiele für alltäglichen Sexismus - und was Sie dagegen tun können

(3) Comments | Posted August 9, 2014 | 4:10 PM

Dieser Post ist ein Update einer früheren Version, die auf Role Reboot erschienen ist.
Forschungen zeigen, dass die meisten Menschen Sexismus auch dann nicht erkennen, wenn sie ihn direkt vor der Nase haben.

„Frauen bestärken sexistische Überzeugungen - wenigstens zum Teil - weil sie dem subtilen,...

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10 Everyday Sexisms and What Do You Do About Them

(142) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 4:44 PM

This post is updated from an earlier version that appeared on Role Reboot.

Research shows that most people don't see sexism even when it's right in front of their noses.

"Women endorse sexist beliefs, at least in part, because they do not attend to subtle, aggregate forms of...

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Stop Minimizing the Costs of Teaching Girls to 'Stay Safe'

(29) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 6:45 PM

The other day, for the umpteenth time in my life, I heard a man making fun of a group of girls for going to the bathroom together. Have you done the same, or wondered why girls and women tend to do this? Most girls and women don't even think about...

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Las 10 palabras que toda chica debería aprender

(53) Comments | Posted July 13, 2014 | 3:50 AM

Este artículo es una actualización del original, que apareció en Role Reboot.

"Deja de interrumpirme".

"Lo acabo de decir".

"No necesito explicaciones".

Cuando tenía 10 años, en el colegio gané un premio a la cortesía. Dicho de otra manera, me dieron un premio por ser educada. A...

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Warum niemand Frauen zuhört, aber Männern schon

(0) Comments | Posted July 5, 2014 | 4:48 PM

"Unterbrich' mich nicht"

"Das sagte ich doch"

"Ich hab es verstanden.

In der fünften Klasse habe ich einen Preis für Höflichkeit gewonnen. Mein Bruder war der Klassenclown. Wir hatten die klassischen Rollen: Die "Kleine Lady" und der "Junge, der eben ein Junge ist". Überall auf der Welt werden Kinder in...

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10 Words Every Girl Should Learn

(582) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 1:57 PM

This article updated from original, which appeared in Role Reboot.

"Stop interrupting me." 

"I just said that."

"No explanation needed."

In fifth grade, I won the school courtesy prize. In other words, I won an award for being polite. My brother, on the other hand,...

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#FreeTheNipple: Everybody's Got to Eat

(8) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 2:37 PM

Everybody's got to eat.

With this short statement, we wanted to communicate a strong but simple message: a woman should never be made to feel indecent for feeding her children in public. At her workplace, school, a gym, or in a

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#FreeTheNipple: Facebook Changes Breastfeeding Mothers Photo Policy

(82) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 6:48 PM

Note: Some images in this post contain nudity.

Two weeks ago, if a photograph of an actively breastfeeding mother with nipples exposed was shared in Facebook, that photograph would have violated the company's guidelines regarding nudity and obscenity and been removed. According to my conversations with Facebook spokespeople, as the...

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What's Really Important About 'Trigger Warnings'

(70) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 1:56 PM

In an article title "Warning: The Literary Canon Could Make Students Squirm," the New York Times yesterday described ongoing debates on college and university campuses about whether or not trigger warnings should be used in advance of discussions that include, among other things, violent, racist and misogynistic content. This...

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Our Visible Spectrum Is One in Which Some of Us Are Simply More Expensive Than Others

(12) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 3:46 PM

It's been three weeks since almost 300 Nigerian schoolgirls were abducted from their boarding school by the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram, whose name translates roughly as "Western education is sinful." While shockingly audacious in its scope, this abduction is not the first, and it won't be the last....

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Why Is the Math Gender Gap So Much Worse in the US Than in Other Countries?

(6) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 7:43 PM

Could it be the boy crisis?

A new international study released last week shows that during the past 100 years, the first in which girls have been educated en masse, girls have out-performed boys academically. I'm not going to write here about what that may mean in terms...

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Fox, Feminism and the Boy Crisis: In the Beginning There Was Darkness

(89) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 1:21 PM

On Tuesday morning my husband hid the newspaper from me because he thought it was better if I drank my coffee before reading a New York Times article called "A Link Between Fidgety Boys And Sputtering Economy." It was an act of genuine kindness, knowing, as he does,...

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Maren Sanchez and the Gender Gaps No One Is Talking About

(130) Comments | Posted April 25, 2014 | 8:10 PM

We know all about the Confidence Gap. So let's talk about the Self-Control and Entitlement Gaps no one seems to keen on delving into.

Maren Sanchez, who was 16, was stabbed to death by a classmate in a stairwell at her Connecticut High School on Friday....

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