Samantha Scheinfeld

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Our Laws Period-Shame Women—So I'm Going to Change Them

An op-ed by Congresswoman Grace Meng.<p>Did you know that there are girls who skip school when they get their periods? If they can't afford pads or tampons and don't want anyone to see they've stained their clothes, they may feel like they have no choice. That's not just something that happens in …

Menstruation

MPs Call For Compulsory Sex And Relationships Education To Stop 'Endemic' School Sexual Harassment

'Nude images are traded like football stickers in schools.'<p>A group of leading MPs, charities and women’s groups have written an open letter to …

The Sexist Stigma of Daytime TV

Why we've been programmed to roll our eyes at television made for housewives.<p>If you enjoy the occasional soap opera, chances are you'd never admit it. But why? They're fun. They're binge-worthy. They (arguably) stand the test of time.<p>Like it or not, watching daytime TV has become cultural shorthand …

Feminism

Your Criticism Might Be Valid. It Might Also Be Sexist.

Interesting how so many progressive men claimed to support Elizabeth Warren when she didn't seem to be seeking power.<p>Back in the good old days of 2016, before the Oval Office was occupied by a sociopathic adolescent trapped in the orange body of an adult man with gravitationally improbable hair, …

Feminism

Beyoncé's Grammy Snub Isn't Just an Oversight—It's a Real Problem

Adele’s post-Grammy press session was notable for one reason: The British soul singer, who racked up five awards including Album, Record, and Song of …

Column: Raising the minimum wage lowers employment for teens and low-skill workers

Photo by Sean Murphy/The Image Bank via Getty Images.A report by the National Employment Law Project estimates that American workers will gain $62 …

Income Inequality

All The Items Of Clothing Women Have Been Told Not To Wear In 2015

Here we go again.<p>They are constantly being reminded that what they wear and how they choose to look is too "distracting", "revealing", or "inappropriate" for school, work, and other public environments.<p>Here is a handful of examples of what women have had to deal with in 2015.<p>* Carey Burgess, a …

Inside Hillsong, the Church of Choice for Justin Bieber and Kevin Durant

It’s the church of choice for Bieber and Durant. It’s where the cool kids spend Sunday morning after Saturday night at the club. For ye of little faith, it’s hard to make sense out of Hillsong. Is it legit? Is it a hipster cult? And why’s everyone wearing Saint Laurent? GQ’s Taffy Brodesser-Akner …

How To Get Your Green Card In America

Until last year, I was one of 4.3 million people at the mercy of the legal immigration system, waiting for the chance to stay in the U.S. for good.<p>When we arrive in North America, I have never yet crossed a street by myself. I’ve spent the last 14 years in Oman, a sliver of the New Middle East …

A Black Girl's History With Southern Frat Racism

I was one of few black students at a small college in Kentucky in the early 2000s. Every day I was reminded just how unwelcome I was there.<p>When footage of the University of Oklahoma’s SAE fraternity singing a disgustingly racist chant — which included the phrase "there will never be a nigger in …

No — ProPublica

After Melissa Dent graduated, in 1988, Central continued as one of the state's standout high schools. But over time, local leaders grew more …

Feminists should not be content with mere equality – Livia Gershon

In the spring of 1971, a group of 12 women moved into a brick house near Lincoln Park in Washington, DC and named themselves The Furies Collective. …

Anatomy of a Divorce

Divorce has many witnesses, many victims. It is a lurid duet that entices observers to the dance; the <i>pas de deux</i> expands, flowers into a monstrous …

Nonviolence has returned from obscurity to become a new force – Karuna Mantena

No political action seems to enjoy greater moral authority than the nonviolent methods Mahatma Gandhi inaugurated more than a century ago. Gandhi’s …

Unconscious racism is pervasive, starts early and can be deadly – Princess Ojiaku

Last spring in Madison, Wisconsin, I skipped my academic duties as a neuroscience graduate student to attend a protest demanding justice for Tony …

Psychology

The Sexism of School Dress Codes

These policies can perpetuate discrimination against female students, as well as LGBT students.<p>Maggie Sunseri was a middle-school student in Versailles, Kentucky, when she first noticed a major difference in the way her school’s dress code treated males and females. Girls were disciplined …

Feminism

The War on Planned Parenthood

Inside the Republican stealth campaign to dismantle women's reproductive rights<p>One frigid night this past February, I flew to Ohio to watch democracy …

Feminism

How Religion Can Help Explain the Wage Gap

It’s become a frequent, depressing talking point by now: Take a man and a woman, equally qualified, and the woman will make, on average, 77 cents on …

Social Sciences

How ‘Empowerment’ Became Something for Women to Buy

At my day job as an editor at a women’s website, I receive a daily mess of emails promoting random products and activities as “empowering.” Recent offerings include the Pure Barre workout, divorce, Miley Cyrus, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, ancient Egyptian sex rites, leggings, sending …

Satellite baby

Amid skyrocketing living costs in New York City, many Chinese Americans are choosing to have relatives abroad care for their children until they’re …

New York City

The Internet Really Has Changed Everything. Here’s the Proof. | Backchannel

<b>This story is set</b> on the speck of a map, a town haphazardly dripped onto the prairie, smack dab in the middle of the continent. In an era before …

Visual Basic

Race and the Standardized Testing Wars

WHEN the parents of more than 200,000 pupils in the third through eighth grades in New York chose to have their children sit out standardized state tests last spring, major civil rights organizations were quick to condemn their decision, along with similar movements in Colorado, Washington and New …

Hijabi World

Three years later, even after my anger and humiliation had waned, I still refused to join sports teams.<p>“I’m not upset,” I would tell my mom—and …

Three Stories on Myth and Superstition

This Friday, May 13th, is the only “Friday the 13th” in 2016. To celebrate, here are three stories that explore myth and superstition, including the …

America, Pizza Hut, and Me

<i>Welcome to Life in Chains, Eater's essay series exploring essential roles played in our lives by chain restaurants—great and grim, wonderful and terrible. Here, writer Jaya Saxena discovers you can be anyone you want at Pizza Hut.</i><p>A<p><b>s a proud New Yorker</b>, I was not supposed to like Pizza Hut's pizza, …

Pizza Hut

Six Stories for Mother’s Day | Longreads | May. 8, 2016

This week, I’ve collected stories about new moms, missing moms, dead moms and boomer moms, if only to demonstrate that there is no one way to have a …

Mother's Day

The enduring whiteness of the American media

What three decades in journalism has taught me about the persistence of racism in the US<p>Over the course of 2014, America seemed to reawaken to one of its oldest preoccupations: the reality of how race is lived in the United States, and in particular the many stark disparities that persist between …

The Past Hundred Years Of Gender-Segregated Public Restrooms

While anti-transgender bathroom bills have only recently gained momentum, gender-segregated public restrooms have been sites of gender inequity for over a century. Cultural anxieties about bodily secretions, disease, sex, shame, and power — codified into law and reinforced by Hollywood — have …

Saving the Self in the Age of the Selfie

In 2012, Paul Miller, a 26-year-old journalist and former writer for <i>The Verge,</i> began to worry about the quality of his thinking. His ability to read …

George Eliot