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The NFL Must Stop Promoting Sexism -- and Start Promoting More Women

Teresa C. Younger | Posted 09.18.2014 | Women
Teresa C. Younger

The goal of the NFL policy should be to stop violence against women -- not to punish perpetrators to turn down the heat when a high-profile case causes a public relations nightmare.

Battle of the Sexists: 'Blurred Lines' VS. 'Rude'

Em & Lo | Posted 09.18.2014 | Women
Em & Lo

With "Blurred Lines," you know you're getting a sexed-up, sexist song -- there's no hiding it. With "Rude," its retro sexism is hidden under layers of romance and love, which makes it more insidious.

Angry White Men on the Right

Andy Schmookler | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

The Republican Party, as the instrument of the forces of corporatist oligarchy, has had a major hand (more so than the Democrats) in injuring the economic prospects of these men. But the ways these injuries have been inflicted are more hidden than the social revolutions that toppled the old order of automatic superiority.

Yes Means Yes: Breaking Down Sexual Violence on UC Berkeley's Campus

Hannah Berkman | Posted 09.18.2014 | College
Hannah Berkman

The California state legislature unanimously passed a bill this month requiring universities to redefine their official definitions of consent as an "affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity." The bill's passing is an incredibly needed step in the right direction.

What Happened When My 4-Year-Old Received Her First 'Blonde' Joke

Mike Reynolds | Posted 09.16.2014 | Parents
Mike Reynolds

Well, my 4-year-old daughter has been presented with her very own blonde joke and like many things that happen to my oldest child I find myself wondering if this is a milestone I'm supposed to be celebrating or one I should be shuddering from.

Dream, Girl: How One Film Is Inspiring Girls to Go for Their Dreams

Erin McKelle | Posted 09.12.2014 | Women
Erin McKelle

Meet Erin Bagwell: She's the director and creator of Dream Girl, a film that is encouraging girls everywhere to become leaders and realize their entrepreneurial dreams. This documentary is redefining what it means to be a businesswoman.

Are Taylor Swift and Katy Perry Really Fighting Over John Mayer?

Nikki Gloudeman | Posted 09.12.2014 | Entertainment
Nikki Gloudeman

Apparently, the fact that Swift said there was a "personal element" to the fight is proof-positive that it has to do with Mayer. Because, you know, the only personal thing that can exist for women is men.

People Think Women Lie Because That's What We Teach Our Children

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 09.12.2014 | Women
Soraya Chemaly

This "wink, wink -- we all know women lie" masked as journalistic concern isn't just about Davis, but all of us. Words like "highly suspect" "evidence" and "verification," used in circumstances like this, leverage a diffuse and atavistic suspicion of women.

9/11: On Terror, Grief and Forgetting

Jay Dodd | Posted 09.11.2014 | Black Voices
Jay Dodd

What 9/11 did to us as a nation is solidify tensions of Brown/Black bodies carrying terror. From the security line to workplace to college campuses, brown bodies are policed and monitored. But this is how we are. This is the America we foster and develop.

The Princess's New Clothes

Mical Darley | Posted 09.11.2014 | Parents
Mical Darley

I want to be wary of making her embarrassed or ashamed of what she likes, especially if it seems girly. Because misogyny gets internalized. Because fantasy is the one game in which we all have autonomy. Because that unembarrassed power is a thing I want to preserve for my daughter.

Is Coverage of the Apple Watch Sexist?

Nikki Gloudeman | Posted 09.11.2014 | Women
Nikki Gloudeman

The Internet has its proverbial panties in a bunch over the new release of the gee-whiz Apple Watch. Except "panties in a bunch" may be a bit of a misnomer. Because as also tends to happen when a new tech product is dropped, the people doing the reporting are predominantly male.

Mark Driscoll, Women as Penis Houses, and Crumbling Temples

Christian Piatt | Posted 09.11.2014 | Religion
Christian Piatt

What does it matter what Mark Driscoll wrote some 13 years ago, especially considering he has since stepped down (at least temporarily) from his role at the helm of Mars Hill? It matters because the information is only coming to light now that the church seems to have nothing left to lose and only something to gain by distancing itself further from Driscoll.

Prosecutorial Misconduct and the "P" word

Andrea Lyon | Posted 09.09.2014 | Crime
Andrea Lyon

Using what you consider to be the ultimate pejorative word to describe someone critical of your work, Mr. Former D.A., is unethical, sexist, selfish and weak. Like most bullies are.

I'm A Dad. I Have Daughters. And Worries.

Mike Reynolds | Posted 09.09.2014 | Parents
Mike Reynolds

I'm glad there are posts like Jeff Bogle's about how it only gets better when it comes to raising daughters, because I need to be reminded that my girls themselves are just fine. I worry a lot, though. About my girls.

Let's Not Pretend Joan Rivers Was A Feminist Icon

Nikki Gloudeman | Posted 09.05.2014 | Women
Nikki Gloudeman

Yes, Rivers often zinged herself too, but isn't that also a form of woman-bashing? Indeed, it seems Rivers' shrewdness was in recognizing a patriarchal appetite for misogynistic humor -- and exploiting it.

School Dress Codes: The Funny-Not-Funny Video You Have to See

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 09.05.2014 | Parents
Soraya Chemaly

Dress codes have less to do with sexy than with social order. They are like sumptuary laws, frequently, unconsciously or not, designed to protect a sexist, frequently racist and homophobic status quo and kids know it.

Male Senator Has Never Seen Sexism In The Senate, Thinks Kirsten Gillibrand Should Name Names

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 09.03.2014 | Politics

In his four years in the Senate, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) has never witnessed the type of sexism detailed in Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's (D-N.Y.) new b...

Why is God White?

Marta Ibarrondo | Posted 09.03.2014 | Comedy
Marta Ibarrondo

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Sexuality Is Not Morality

Sierra Vandervort | Posted 09.02.2014 | Women
Sierra Vandervort

It's time for women to stop judging each other and discriminating based on an aspect of our lives that is supposed to be private. We live in the 21st century, and if boys get to high-five each other over beer and pizza about their sexual adventures, why can't women do the same thing?

6 Things That Got Better After I Went Gray

Robin Korth | Posted 08.29.2014 | Fifty
Robin Korth

What's wrong with looking my age? I am almost sixty. I don't want to be a younger woman. I love my spirit and my body. I love this age I am in now--one of growing wisdom and longer-lived knowing. So, why do I need to color my hair to a younger woman's shade? This was not about anyone else. It was only about me.

When Men Lose in Politics, It's Never Their Fault

Barbara Lee | Posted 08.28.2014 | Politics
Barbara Lee

When women lose races, it's seen as a personal failing. When high-profile men lose, seemingly omnipotent outside forces are to blame. A sampling of press coverage of losses from Tom Daschle to Scott Brown to Mitt Romney to Eric Cantor helps paint the picture.

'Beach House Full of Girls' Proves Street Harassment Is Okay

Shannon Deep | Posted 08.28.2014 | Women
Shannon Deep

Victim-blaming, sl*t-shaming, skepticism, deflection and insults, this perpetual "Not my problem!" mentality... it's all of a piece and it's all part of why some men harass, sexually assault, beat, rape, and kill women.

NSFW: What Happens When Sexist Commercials Are Flipped Around

www.upworthy.com | Posted 08.27.2014 | Women
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I never noticed it before, but she's 100% right. This is totally a thing. ...

Laverne Cox's Powerful Response To Street Harassment

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 08.26.2014 | Women

Leave it to "Orange Is The New Black" actress and advocate Laverne Cox to turn a painful personal story into a poignant teachable moment. In this v...

I Believe In Talking To My Kids About Sex -- But This Pushed Me Over The Edge

Zanthe Taylor | Posted 08.25.2014 | Parents
Zanthe Taylor

I can't accept any longer that crude sexual language, gestures and jokes are merely a harmless manifestation of pubescent development. We can and must educate and empower girls -- and boys -- to stand up to the language and behavior they will inevitably encounter.