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Why 2015 Will Be the Year of the Powerhouse Woman

40 Percent and Rising | Posted 12.24.2014 | Women
40 Percent and Rising

My bet is that 2015 is going to be a year when we see powerhouse women rise, not just to add to the dialogue, but to take action and effect change on issues that matter to women everywhere. Here's why.

A Line-by-Line Take Down of 'Baby, It's Cold Outside'

Em & Lo | Posted 12.19.2014 | Women
Em & Lo

If our rape problem is still so bad today, 70 years later, but we're at least now aware of this problem, then why does this creepy song still get so much play?

What Role Should Men Play In Feminism? 5 Men Weigh In

Ravishly | Posted 12.18.2014 | Women

The fight for equality among all genders, races and sexual orientations requires just that same rainbow of people who want change -- and this includes men.

Time to Equalize Islam

Coming of Faith | Posted 12.17.2014 | Religion
Coming of Faith

To tell women to pray at home, especially during the last ten nights of Ramadan, is dehumanizing. I am not a houseplant or a goldfish to be left by the window.

An Illustrated Guide To Feminism

Katherine Fritz | Posted 12.18.2014 | Women
Katherine Fritz

Sometimes, when I tell people that I am a feminist, they are a little confused about what, exactly, I mean.

Amanda Scherker

The Badass Feminist History You Never Learned In School | Amanda Scherker | Posted 12.15.2014 | Women

For many in the United States, the feminist movement has been reduced to vicious stereotypes that are still repeated today: feminists are angry, man-h...

What Aging Women Want Most That Money Can't Buy

Iris Krasnow | Posted 12.09.2014 | Fifty
Iris Krasnow

The perfect gift for your female partner over 50 cannot be found in jewelry or clothing stores. You have likely bought her enough sweaters and jewels to last 50 lifetimes -- and much of the stuff has never come out of safes and drawers. What aging women want most money cannot buy. What we want most is to be left the hell alone -- and to be loved.

What's So Feminine About Being a Feminist?

Lisa Marie Jenkins | Posted 11.25.2014 | Women
Lisa Marie Jenkins

Do we need a few policy changes, sure, but the real issue is the lack of balance between masculine and feminine characteristics in the world. And I don't mean male vs. female. True empowerment comes from peace, which is exactly what the 21st century should be about.

Celebrities, Being a Feminist Isn't Just About Sex And Beauty

Ernest Owens | Posted 11.25.2014 | Media
Ernest Owens

op culture has reduced feminism to a fight for body politics and sexual liberation only. It makes us forget about equal employment opportunities, equal access to medical health protection and benefits, sharing parenting responsibilities, and sexual assault and abuse prevention.

Online Feminism: Who Are We Excluding?

DebateOut | Posted 11.20.2014 | Media

The feminist blogosphere has become as much a space for social activism and encouraging change as it has for people to air their opinions and comments without fear of consequence. Though online feminism has been instrumental in bringing important issues to light, others worry that it has become exclusive to a fault.

Time Apologizes For Including 'Feminist' In List Of Words To Ban

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 11.17.2014 | Media

Time magazine has apologized for including the word "feminist" in a readers' poll of terms to ban in 2015. The original post, which was published ...

Hey, TIME Magazine, Feminists Are Here to Stay

Gina Barreca | Posted 11.14.2014 | Women
Gina Barreca

When I was coming of age back in the '70s, Andrea Dworkin described herself as a feminist, but "not the fun kind," and I understood that I was going to represent the other side of that spectrum: I was going to be a feminist, but the really fun kind.

Erica Jong on Feminism for the Future

Omega Institute | Posted 11.13.2014 | Women
Omega Institute

The absolute bedrock of our independence is having control over our own bodies. You cannot be independent if the government or someone else says whether or not you can use birth control.

Emma Gray

Newsflash: 'Feminist' Isn't A Buzzword, It's A Movement | Emma Gray | Posted 11.16.2014 | Women

"Feminist," "bae," "yaaasssss" and "kale." What do these seemingly unrelated words have in common? According to Time Magazine, they're all terms that...

How My Single Mom Made Me A Male Feminist

TueNight | Posted 11.10.2014 | Women

I used to think that my mom made her stand when I was seven in order to teach me to be a gentleman, a concept laden with the trappings of chivalry, often landing at odds with the equality demanded by feminism. Now I realize that she was actually teaching me that it was my job to show respect, keep my head up and look at the world through the lens of others.

The Homesman Is a Woman

Sandra Ramos O’Briant | Posted 11.07.2014 | Entertainment
Sandra Ramos O’Briant

There is the hope of redemption for everyone: the lunatic moms who minimally respond to kindness, for Mary Bee who makes another bold move involving this new man in her life and for Briggs, if that really is his name, who survives and tries to do right.

The Feminine Ideal: How I've Been Brainwashed to Never Cut My Hair

Mich Cardin | Posted 11.07.2014 | Women
Mich Cardin

It's sad knowing these standards still exist, and are more stringent in some regards then during our parents' generation. But I don't think women are allowing those standards to define their entire identities as much and, well, that makes all the difference.

'Hello' Isn't Always 'Hello' in NYC

Shannon Deep | Posted 11.06.2014 | New York
Shannon Deep

I stared at my computer, at a loss for how to explain to a male non-New Yorker exactly why 'Hi!' doesn't mean 'Hi!' in certain situations to a female New Yorker. It can be a one-sided message from a man to a woman. And the message, loud and clear to the woman on the receiving end is: "I'm sexualizing you."

How Twitter Made Me a Feminist

Joe Randazzo | Posted 11.11.2014 | Women
Joe Randazzo

So many conversations are initiated and shaped by women on Twitter. Important conversations about terms that used to fly right by me in their ideological camouflage: Rape culture. Misogyny. Privilege, gender bias, slut-shaming.

Why Women Are the Moralist's Favorite Scapegoat

Diane Ducret | Posted 11.21.2014 | World
Diane Ducret

Today, in France, whenever I hear certain right-wing moralists denounce the "feminization" of our society, I realize that we are once again going through one of these periods of instability when the female sex becomes an object of political tension.

The Meaning of Consent

Erin McKelle | Posted 12.26.2014 | College
Erin McKelle

While the best way to get consent is verbally, it's not the only option. Yes, consent can be and given and received through other cues such as body language and reciprocation. Yes, can be given in other ways.

No One Will Tell You This: A Letter To My Daughter

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 12.27.2014 | Parents
Kathleen Buckstaff

You would put your hand on my belly to feel the baby kicking. You loved the new life that was stirring inside of me. Sometimes I would let you rub an ice cube on my belly to awaken your brother, and we would laugh when we saw a tiny foot or elbow move across my stretched skin.

How I Set Off To Define Feminism Using A Sharpie And Tumblr Page

Celia Buckman | Posted 12.24.2014 | Teen
Celia Buckman

To be a feminist doesn't mean that you have a quota of protests to attend or spend a minimum amount of time ranting about the patriarchy. It means you believe in equality.

Annie Lennox: Feminism 'Is A Great Word, And There Isn't An Alternative'

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 10.21.2014 | Women

The word "feminism" can be divisive, but Annie Lennox says there's no better way to describe the cultural push for women's equality. When Lennox jo...

Trans Women's Place In The Feminist Movement

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 10.17.2014 | Gay Voices

As more high-profile women (and men!) proudly call themselves feminists, the conversation around feminism is getting bigger and louder. But where do t...