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The Worst Marriage Advice I Ever Gave

Steph Wagner | Posted 07.01.2014 | Divorce
Steph Wagner

I was still reeling in the painful aftermath of learning that my husband of nearly two decades had been living a double life. The father of my three sons and the man I had built a life around, had been having an affair for almost three years.

No, Thought Catalog, My Short Hair Cut Still Isn't the Same as Rape

Kelsey Bain | Posted 06.19.2014 | Women
Kelsey Bain

In a culture where women's bodies are constantly objectified, where men such as yourself seem to think that they have some kind of claim over them, a post such as this only serves to further the idea that consent is some silly slogan those "crazy feminists" throw around, rather than something that is essential for safe and healthy sexual encounters.

Empathy Depletion: An Environmental Hazard

Harold A. McDougall | Posted 06.18.2014 | Green
Harold A. McDougall

It seems more and more clear that sustainable development requires that we look closely not only at how we treat the environment hut at how we treat each other.

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

Gabriela Rivera-Morales | Posted 06.11.2014 | 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.

Why a TV Presenter's Comments About Early Motherhood Made My Blood Boil

Zoe Strimpel | Posted 06.04.2014 | Women
Zoe Strimpel

Too many people, such as Allison Pearson of The Telegraph and everyone who has remained silent, seems to think that TV presenter Kirstie Allsop had a point when she said women should get pregnant instead of going to university.

#YesAllWomen Awakens the Beast

Lynn R. Huber | Posted 05.27.2014 | Religion
Lynn R. Huber

It is the Beast's pervasive and pernicious nature, as well as its tendency to destroy those who are innocent, that Revelation seeks to reveal and ultimately resist. It is patriarchy's pervasive and pernicious nature, as well as its tendency to destroy the innocent, that #YesAllWomen seeks to reveal and ultimately resist.

To LCWR: Be Out of Order

Carole Ganim | Posted 07.22.2014 | Religion
Carole Ganim

If the good ol' boys want to keep their robes and mitres and rules and constrictions and money and their insistent antimony toward women, let them. Religious women can love God and others without the bureaucracy and the rules and the dictatorship.

Patriarchy and Religion: Built to Oppress Women

Dennis Trainor | Posted 07.20.2014 | Women
Dennis Trainor

From Texas to Alabama to Congressmen saying that women can't get pregnant when raped because their bodies have a way of shutting that down, men, usually white conservative men with ties to patriarchal religious institutions are working their balls off trying to control women; specifically a woman access to birth control and abortion.

11 Reasons Christianity Needs Feminism

Eliel Cruz | Posted 07.21.2014 | Religion
Eliel Cruz

Without women leaders in visible places of our church, we hinder young people by not teaching them to look up to women.

What the White House Isn't Getting About Sexual Assault

Amber Madison | Posted 07.14.2014 | Women
Amber Madison

Although the White House tackling sexual assault is a victory for advocates for sexual assault survivors and prevention, the way the task force is framing this issue is fundamentally flawed. This PSA, while an honorable effort, promotes an extremely patriarchal view of women

Until A Decade Ago, You'd Be Considered A 'Spinster' If...

The Huffington Post | Taryn Hillin | Posted 05.01.2014 | Weddings

When you think of the term "spinster," the image of a bitter, old maid comes to mind. But alas, history is here to remind us that single women of any ...

Three Ways to Be a Game Changer

Birute Regine | Posted 06.18.2014 | Business
Birute Regine

In day-to-day office politics, the domination game of seeking power and ego boosting is a great distractor from the real work that needs to be done.

Men Must Play Their Part in the Battle for Arab Women's Rights

Ziad J. Asali, M.D. | Posted 06.18.2014 | World
Ziad J. Asali, M.D.

The culture that marginalizes women is largely the product of men. Therefore, the onus is on Middle Eastern men to be the first to demand and create changes in this unacceptable situation.

'Boys Will Be Boys' Is Never An Excuse

Allison Lantagne | Posted 05.07.2014 | 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 04.29.2014 | 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...