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'Boys Will Be Boys' Is Never An Excuse

Allison Lantagne | Posted 03.08.2014 | Teen
Allison Lantagne

Ah, yes. The saying "boys will be boys." It doesn't sound anything but innocent, but it is probably the most blunt way we subconsciously promote sexism in our day-to-day lives.

The Perfect Threesome? Porn, Patriarchy and Capitalism

Jennifer Ketcham | Posted 02.27.2014 | Women
Jennifer Ketcham

Just like the price tag on her education, patriarchal capitalism and free market principles determine the price tag on her body.

An Open Letter to the White Woman Who Felt Bad for Me at Yoga

Maya Rupert | Posted 04.02.2014 | Black Voices
Maya Rupert

I'm not sure what you thought you saw in my eyes, but, believe me, I don't resent your body or your whiteness for a very simple reason. I don't envy them.

Attention Straight People: Being Gay Isn't a Stereo System with Controlled Volumes

Ernest Owens | Posted 02.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Ernest Owens

It wasn't until I was in a conversation with a group of peers that someone suggested (first prefaced that they weren't homophobic) that many gays such as myself would be accepted more if we "turned it down a bit." Come again?

How I Became a Jesus Feminist

Micah J. Murray | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Micah J. Murray

I was the least likely person to ever become a feminist. The world I grew up in was pure, concentrated patriarchy. Though I would have resented the suggestion, I was simply narrow-minded -- convinced that what I was believed was right though I had never honestly examined it.

Label Mayhem: The Problem With a Binary System of Sexuality in a Society That's Changing Its Views on Love

Bekki Charbonneau | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Bekki Charbonneau

I am a queer woman. I flip-flop between identities. I have been "straight," then "bisexual," then "pansexual," then a weeping puddle in the middle of the floor (which has occurred frequently enough to be considered an identity, in my opinion). But I have figured out a few things (probably).

I'm Not Vain -- But I Can't Survive Without My Makeup

Sarah Barness | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Sarah Barness

My version of the American female road trip is told through the lens of a makeup mask. I have internalized subliminal and explicit messages that tell me natural girls who don't need makeup are pretty, but those pretty girls naturally don't have unibrows and acne.

The Power of the Pregnant Body

Frida Berrigan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Frida Berrigan

The fact that pregnant women are running, rapping, dancing, giving speeches and wielding paint brushes on top of step ladders helps to put to rest the enduring sexist notion that pregnancy is a malady, weakness or condition.

Animated Janis Joplin Interview Might Surprise You

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 09.27.2013 | Arts

On Sept. 30 1970, four days before Janis Joplin's death, she gave what would be her final interview. Forty-three years later (almost to the date), tha...

Girls, No More Kissing the Frog Prince

Zainab Salbi | Posted 11.24.2013 | Women
Zainab Salbi

How many women fear that if they claim their voice and put a boundary on a man's unacceptable behavior, they will be the "bad, evil witch"?

Banning Lingerie From Storefronts Won't Solve India's Gang Rape Problem

Mary David | Posted 11.17.2013 | World
Mary David

To suggest that viewing lingerie somehow induces a man to inflict sexual bodily harm against someone else reinforces and validates the idea that men cannot and need not temper their impulses.

165 Years Since Seneca Falls: Continuing to Organize for Equality

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 09.16.2013 | Women
Elisabeth MacNamara

"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal." --Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Declaration of Sentiments, Seneca Fall...

The Global Frat Party

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 08.18.2013 | World
Soraya Chemaly

Patriarchy is of our own making and we can unmake it. But first, we have to acknowledge the word itself.

We Need an Enlightened Version of Fatherhood for the New Age

Donna Henes | Posted 08.12.2013 | GPS for the Soul
Donna Henes

The hand that rocks the cradle, has, from antiquity, ruled the world. Motherhood has been the only recognized blood kinship for the majority of people...

Fish Discover Water Last

Iram Ganju | Posted 06.05.2013 | Impact
Iram Ganju

Part One The boundary between what is custom and what is law, differs from culture to culture. The lines can become blurred without our knowledge and...

We Must Target the Origins of Homophobic Violence: Religion, Patriarchy and Heterosexism

Murray Lipp | Posted 07.23.2013 | Gay Voices
Murray Lipp

Although the increasing visibility of LGBT people and gains in equality may be associated with short-term rises in homophobic violence, these changes are merely triggers. We must move beyond superficial and individualistic analyses of such heinous events and target their root causes.

We Don't See Things as They Are, We See Them as We Are

Iram Ganju | Posted 07.17.2013 | Impact
Iram Ganju

Heck, I was born and raised in Pakistan. To some, that's reason enough to be afraid, but I accept that in a post 9/11 America, my country conjures up all kinds of misconceptions and contradictions. To be fair though, what country is without them?

My Wife Is Not A Rotisserie Chicken Or Leaky Faucet

Morgan Guyton | Posted 07.06.2013 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

Complementarian megachurch pastors are like pitchers who only throw 40-mile-an-hour change-ups. It feels cheap and dirty to swing at their pitches, but I'm genuinely bothered by what I've been hearing lately from that strange foreign land where Christians believe that wives are supposed to submit to their husbands.

Patriarchy Dominates Media's Steubenville Coverage

Carl Gibson | Posted 05.20.2013 | Media
Carl Gibson

This cultural rot will continue, and we'll continue to see incidents like Steubenville happen on a regular basis until men become allies, embrace feminism not as a pejorative label but as something to be proud of, and collectively speak out against patriarchy.

Women's Rights Depend On The West

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 03.17.2013 | Religion
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Activists who are prepared to champion reform need urgent solidarity and support, and there is a strong case to be made for Western aid to be contingent on adherence to women's rights in countries such as Afghanistan and Pakistan, where gender violence is rife.

Iowa Court Blames Woman for Man's Lustful Desires

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.27.2013 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Though females stand as the numerical majority in the United States and many countries throughout the world, we must not confuse majority in terms of numbers with dominance in terms of social power.

Transitioning In A Misogynistic Society

Lucas Waldron | Posted 02.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Lucas Waldron

I took my seventh shot of testosterone just a few days ago, and I still don't have a way to reconcile my utter disgust with misogyny and personal commitment to feminism with my male identity. I find it hard to believe that feminism and masculinity are mutually exclusive.

Eve Ensler's Emotional Creature Speaks the Language of Girls

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 02.12.2013 | Arts
Marcia G. Yerman

Not every playwright wants their work to start a movement. That's where Eve Ensler differs. Therefore, it is not surprising that Ensler's new theatrical endeavor, Emotional Creature, would take on issues faced by girls across the world.

Soul Seasoning

Kenya (Robinson) | Posted 01.30.2013 | Arts
Kenya (Robinson)

E'rybody in the Othered Art World is harrumphing over the review of "Now Dig This" in the New York Times.

Raising A Ruckus Over Biblical Womanhood

Carolyn Custis James | Posted 01.06.2013 | Religion
Carolyn Custis James

It may take a village to raise a child. But it only takes one bold out-of-the box woman asking honest questions and sitting on her roof to raise a ruckus. Rachel Held Evans did exactly that.