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Is Wearing High Heels Unfeminist? It's Complicated

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 10.10.2014 | Women

Can you wear high heels without pandering to the patriarchy? It's... complicated. At an Oct. 7 panel at The New School in New York, renowned femin...

Alanna Vagianos

Gloria Steinem On The Great Part Of Being A Feminist

HuffingtonPost.com | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 10.07.2014 | Women

Two of feminism's biggest icons chatted, reminisced and debated Monday night with a theater full of people listening in. On Oct. 6 feminist author...

Living at the Intersection of Sexism and Fatphobia

Erin McKelle | Posted 10.02.2014 | Women
Erin McKelle

I live at the intersection of sexism and fatphobia. This is my daily reality, so in all honesty, I expected the backlash I received. It's what keeps many fat women quiet. But I'm here to give all of us a voice. I will not be silenced.

Black Female Survival and the Myth of the White Gay Cultural Savior, or, Dear Anthony -- Stop It!

Darnell L. Moore | Posted 09.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Darnell L. Moore

We know that heterosexism is real and that white gay men, especially gender non-conforming men, experience antagonism, and, yet, we should be clear not to minimize the reality of white patriarchy and the advantages daily afforded to white men, regardless of their sexual identities. Privilege much?

What Will '12 Years A Slave' Teach the U.S.?

Sheril Antonio | Posted 09.10.2014 | Education
Sheril Antonio

I read in Variety that 12 Years a Slave will now be taught in U.S. high schools. What an achievement. I learned a great deal from the film and am thrilled others will have the opportunity to engage in both the written form as well as the cinematic portrayal of Solomon Northup's story.

Listen Up, Girls: This is The Number To Give Sketchy Guys

HuffPost Live | Posted 06.14.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

An anonymous female activist never wants another girl to feel pressured to give her phone number out again. For that reason, she's developed her ow...

This Feminist Hotline Replies To Your 'Unwanted Suitors' With A bell hooks Quote

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 06.13.2014 | Women

The experience is all-too familiar for many women. An overly aggressive suitor asks for your number. You feel uncomfortable or unsafe, manipulated or ...

Heavy Makeup, Fishnets And Short Shorts Don't Make Me Less Of A Feminist

Gabriela Rivera-Morales | Posted 08.11.2014 | Women
Gabriela Rivera-Morales

You can't convince me that I'm immediately complicit in a sexist system for loving makeup, and wearing booty shorts or itty-bitty crop tops.

Feminist Activist Says Beyonce Is Partly 'Anti-Feminist' And 'Terrorist'

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 05.12.2014 | Women

Famed feminist, author and social activist Dr. bell hooks has some qualms about Beyonce and the feminist perspective she projects. Hooks took part...

Pam Oliver, Indifference, and the Disrespecting of Black Women

Kumera Genet | Posted 04.02.2014 | Black Voices
Kumera Genet

I don't want to insinuate that discussions about how racism impacts Black men are not important. Of course they are. But Black male issues constitute the vast majority of conversations about oppression towards the Black community.

Feminism Is Big Business

Bhakti Shringarpure | Posted 02.18.2014 | Women
Bhakti Shringarpure

As 2013 comes to an end, this is the icing on the cake for a year in which lucrative, mainstream, corporate, capitalist and celebrity feminism has twerked its way to relentless media exposure.

Meet Your First Black Girlfriend And All The Things You Shouldn't Say To Her

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 01.25.2014 | Black Voices

Meet NYC-based writer and comedian, Akilah Hughes. She is your first black girlfriend. Akilah has a few things to say in the ways of love, interracial...

WATCH: You Won't Want To Miss This Riveting Discussion On Black Womanhood

The Huffington Post | Rhonesha Byng | Posted 11.13.2013 | Black Voices

On Friday afternoon, The New School hosted a riveting conversation with bell hooks (née Gloria Watkins) and Melissa Harris-Perry on race, black woman...

bell hooks Offers Her Perspective On Sheryl Sandberg's 'Lean In' Concept

The Feminist Wire | Posted 10.28.2013 | Black Voices

Mass media (along with Sandberg) is telling us that by sheer strength of will and staying power, any woman so inclined can work hard and climb the cor...

Feminism Gets Presidential Seal of Approval

Charles Clymer | Posted 10.09.2013 | Politics
Charles Clymer

Fifteen other Americans will also be honored, including Oprah Winfrey and Bill Clinton, but what makes Gloria Steinem's selection notable is how, by extension, the movement she has helped lead over the past four decades will be honored.

Rethinking the Male Gaze

Michaela Pommells | Posted 02.19.2013 | Women
Michaela Pommells

When I was younger, my rebellion was personal.

Closing the Gap

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 08.19.2012 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

Like the characters in Eve Ensler's Vagina Monologues, when students claim their voices they experience self-love.

What Men Can Learn From Annie Lennox

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 05.06.2012 | Women
Soraya Chemaly

It's about expanding the definition of human to include what is female and about working together to dismantle systematized biases in culture.

The Polarities Of An Occupying Ethos

Eric Simpson | Posted 02.15.2012 | Religion
Eric Simpson

An occupation of diversity and of transformation is an occupation and a vocation for which we are born, which is to be in communion with all things and each other through love.

'Django Unchained'

Naima Ramos-Chapman | Posted 01.20.2012 | Black Voices
Naima Ramos-Chapman

As seductive and fresh the film sounds -- I mean how often do we get to see movies about slavery that don't depict black people as victims; powerless to take matters into their own hands? -- I am still very skeptical of how Django will turn out.

Seeking Novels with Strong Single Characters, Matrimania Not Included

Bella DePaulo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Bella DePaulo

I'm always looking for fiction that is not matrimaniacal.