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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

Corporations, Especially Media and Tech Companies, Should Clearly Commit to Gender Equality and Get Gender Certified

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 1:03 PM

A few months ago, the New York Times ran a piece by Liza Mundy titled, "The Media has A Woman Problem." The title is the standard media formula to describe corporate gender imbalances, particularly in leadership. Tech has a "woman problem." Hollywood has a "woman problem."  Religion has a "woman problem." Museums have a "woman...

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Kids Need to See Women on Currency, Here's Why and What You Can Do

(23) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 4:17 PM

How many times a day do you handle or see money? It is a form of media that everyone is exposed to, but the vast majority of people don't think about. And yet, our paper currency is one of the most subtle ways we teach kids to ignore and overlook...

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The Danger of Viewing Fifty Shades of Grey As Sex Ed

(56) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 10:07 AM

In what may be the greatest orgasm omission of all time, it turns out that Ana, the protagonist of Fifty Shades of Grey, never has an orgasm on screen. You have to ask, how is this possible in a story purported to be about female sexual liberation and pleasure?


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10 Ridiculously Sexist and Dangerous Laws From Around the World

(87) Comments | Posted February 15, 2015 | 1:39 PM

Once in a while in the U.S. we hear about a bill or a law that seems like it must be a joke. For example, in Florida it is illegal for a single woman to parachute or skydive on a Sunday. This week in Montana, a legislator explained...

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

(10) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 3:16 PM

In what may well be the shortest-lived career as a political technology officer, Jeb Bush's newly appointed Chief Technology Officer, Ethan Czahor, resigned yesterday after he was called out in media for deleting a series of "offensive" tweets.

The Washington Post's headline was, "Jeb Bush's chief technology officer...

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

(23) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 1:44 PM

Chances are, if you have kids, there is a wage gap in your house. Consider these facts:

Girls do more chores and for longer periods of time. In A 2009 study, University of Michigan economists found a two-hour gender disparity in responsibilities per week in a study of...

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Our 'Rape Problem' Can't Be Solved By Colleges

(55) Comments | Posted November 28, 2014 | 1:44 PM

Last week, Rolling Stone published an explosive story about a gang rape at a UVA fraternity. The article, "A Rape on Campus", written by Sabrina Rubin Erdely, is graphic and jarring and, for people not immersed in the topic, shocking. Erdely describes, in detail, a violent rape allegedly perpetrated during...

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Sexual Surveillance of Women is a Consequence of Conservative Norms, Not Liberal Social Mores

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 3:49 PM

It is a powerful and sad truth that the only place men are subjected to the levels of surveillance and sexual assault that women live with is in prison. A casually dismissed, and now camera-enabled, "boys will be boys" spying on girls and women, is the muted background noise...

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12 Examples: Pew's Online Harassment Survey Highlights Digital Gender Safety

(6) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 12:31 PM

This morning, Pew Research released the findings of their most recent report, Online Harassment. This is a timely study, coming fast on the heels of hacked photographs of more than 100 celebrities, this month's ongoing Gamergate, and this week's Lewis' Law Twitter welcome to...

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#ENDFGM: A Tipping Point for Female Genital Mutilation?

(4) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 5:23 PM

(This post contains graphic descriptions.)

Last week, a new campaign to end female genital mutilation launched in Nairobi, Kenya. The effort, The Girl Generation: Together To End FGM, taking place in 10 African countries, aims to end FGM in one generation.

The World Health Organization defines FGM as...

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What's Wrong With Denigrating Girls and Women in Schools?

(54) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 1:37 PM

Earlier this month, two boys, separately, appeared in LA teacher Lynn McGonicle's classroom wearing a bright red T-shirt that caught her eye. The shirt featured a "giant photo of a buxom, topless young woman in heels, fishnets and thong. The woman's eyes were covered by a sign that read...

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20 Facts Everyone Should Know About Gender Bias in Movies

(57) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 2:52 PM

A new study, Gender Bias Without Borders, was released by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media this week. Conducted by Dr. Stacy Smith and a team at USC's Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism, it looks at 120 films in the 10 most profitable film markets,...

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

(22) 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

(89) 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

(16) 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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