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Kim Davis may have hurt anti-gay religious liberty.

Shortly after the Supreme Court brought marriage equality to every state, the AP released a troubling poll: 49 percent of respondents believed local …

LGBTQI

Why the TSA singled out a transgender woman for an 'anomaly'

Shadi Petosky was flying out of Orlando airport when she says Transportation Security Administration agents held her in a private room and …

Flying

A Transgender Woman Had a Humiliating TSA Experience, and Live-Tweeted the Entire Ordeal

This is truly horrific.<p>Shadi Petosky, a comics author and executive producer, was in the Orlando airport trying to fly to Minneapolis. What happened next has caused an outcry around how demeaning it can be to "travel while trans."<p>Petosky, who is a transgender woman, told NBC News that she was going …

The 10 Best Sleeveless Turtleneck Knits to Wear This Fall

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Clothing

Tour Kris Jenner's Redesigned Mansion

While you might recognize the home's layout from episodes of <i>Keeping Up With the Kardashian,</i> the family's matriarch has given her space a total makeover. The home has been the backdrop to many of the show's scenes and recently served as the temporary living space for Kim and Kanye West, Kylie, …

Jenner

6 Red Carpet Dresses That Would Be Perfect for Every Type of Bride

When it comes to red carpet looks, sometimes we feel a little bit conflicted. Sure, they’re beautiful to look at, but in a way it kind of equates to the torture that is window shopping. It’s not like we can be like, “Lady’s Gaga’s dress is awesome. I’m going to grab my credit card and buy that …

Yahoo!

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Get The Look: Uzo Aduba’s Glamorous Emmy Chignon and Smoky Eye - Essence.com

Every time Uzo Aduba hits the red carpet we can’t help but get excited. For the Emmy Awards Vanessa Heshima of Exclusive Artists Management created a …

Hair

Get The Look: Laverne Cox at the Emmy Awards

When it comes to killer hair, Laverne Cox never disappoints.<p>When it comes to shutting down red carpets, Laverne Cox never disappoints. Yesterday, the …

Hair

What I wore this week: the new suits

‘The double-breasted jackets are a little too severe, the trousers cropped slightly too short. Done like this, suits become subversive’<p>I have worn all kinds of weird trends over the years, as you may have noticed. Flares, capes, pinafores; T-shirts with frayed hems or French words. In 2009 I was …

10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. Apple won a battle in its ongoing legal war against Samsung.</b> An appeals court rejected a previous decision not to ban Samsung devices which infringed on three of Apple's patents.<p><b>2. There are more leaked photos of the upcoming BlackBerry phone that runs on Android.</b> It features a slide-out …

Kris Jenner Admits She Doesn't Call Caitlyn by Her New Name: 'I Say 'Jenner' '

While the world may have welcomed Caitlyn Jenner with open arms, Kris Jenner is taking her time “getting to know her.”<p>The matriarch of the …

Feminism’s ugly internal clash: Why its future is not up to white women

<b>Beyonce (AP/Jordan Strauss)</b><p>From Beyoncé to the Internet to different policy priorities, white and black feminisms are not the same. Here’s why<p>Brittney Cooper<p>September 24, 2014 5:45pm (UTC)<p>Earlier this week, I received an email from a reader who wondered what my work might look like if I “included …

Black History Month: Feminism and Inclusion

As a woman of color, Black History Month holds a special significance for me. In particular, it allows me to reflect on my personal experiences and perspective, not just through a gender lens, but also that of an African-American.<p>Since beginning my tenure at the Ms. Foundation for Women, I have …

On Black Women and Feminism in Brazil

Gender, race and class are all intimately intertwined in Brazil. Using the needs of black women as my starting point, I'll try to draft an overview, however simplified, of the disparities within Brazilian feminism.<p>Brazil has over 200 million people, of which 50 percent are women. Though our …

Bessie and the Musical Legacy of Black Feminism - Ms. Magazine Blog

From the written page to the streets, and even to cable TV, black feminism is hitting its stride.<p>Not only is a black feminist theorist like Kimberlé …

Taylor Swift, Can You Not: A Moratorium on Pop Feminism

<i>“Let me make this clear: I’m not difficult, I’m just about my business. I’m not into fake industry parties and fake agendas.” — Nicki Minaj, “All</i> …

13-year-old “Girl Meets World” star pens powerful essay on intersectional feminism: “The way a black woman experiences sexism and inequality is different”

The young star also recently spoke at UN Women’s annual conference as part of the #HeForShe initiative<p>13-year-old "Girl Meets World” star Rowan Blanchard has already proven herself wise beyond her years, speaking about the #HeForShe campaign at UN Women’s annual conference about gender inequality …

Black feminism is sadly still necessary

A 13-year-old Disney star just tried to explain the problems of 'white feminism'. While she did a pretty decent job, the bigger issues that make black feminism necessary aren't going away, writes Ella Achola<p>When Disney star Rowan Blanchard was recently asked to share her views on ‘white feminism’ …

Ed. note: This is a joint post by Sesali and Maya in response to this article criticizing Beyoncé for posing “nearly naked” in a new GQ profile. Sesali: First off, one of the most interesting things about people like this who come after Beyoncé for “fucking up feminism” is that I have never once heard Beyoncé self identify as ...

<i>Ed. note: This is a joint post by Sesali and Maya in response to this article criticizing Beyoncé for posing “nearly naked” in a new GQ …

Stronger passwords will never be enough: On “safety,” policing women’s choices and doing violence’s work

Leaked photos of nude stars have ignited a new version of the same old victim-blaming. Here’s why it never stops<p>This weekend, someone (or some group of someones) broke into the iCloud accounts of a number of women, stole photos from these women and then posted them online. These women happen to be …

Watch Out, Glass Ceiling: Why More Women Have to Run for Office

Women typically must be asked on average eight times while waiting for the right moment. I’ve spent years thinking about this issue, and about other …

When You Decide Not to Have Kids

I'm a youngest child. As a kid, I knew I never wanted to have kids. I don't think I even liked kids when I was one of them! I had no younger siblings and I only did the babysitting thing once; I hated it. I ended up with the two brattiest children that ever roamed the Earth, so babysitting was a …

'Silence Encourages the Tormentor, Never the Tormented'

Every time I look into the eyes of a victim of domestic violence and listen to her or his story, I can see and hear how important it is for them to speak safely about what they've endured. In the decade I've worked with survivors and advocated on their behalf, I've come to understand that nothing …

28 Pieces From 2014 That Should Be Required Reading For Women

In the social media age, sometimes it feels like the relevance of a single story lasts about as long as it takes to tweet about it. It can feel like a sensory overload, a near-constant "on to the next!" But once in a while you read a piece that seeps into your core, and sticks with you even months …

Art Book Chronicles The Badass Women Who Changed The World In 'A History Of Sluts'

Frida Kahlo. Nan Goldin. Hatshepsut. Lena Dunham. Hannah Hoch. Wallis Simpson. Emilie Du Chatelet. Stevie Nicks. These are just some of the women who, through their various life's work, changed the course of history forever. They also, at some point in their lives, were called sluts.<p>Nan Goldin<p>A …

LGBT People of Faith: Why Are They Staying?

A recent study appears to disprove a bit of common wisdom among gays, lesbians, and bisexuals — the idea was that we are abandoning religion because …

LGBTQI

Catholic Nun Explains Pro-Life In A Way That Will Stun Many (Especially Republican Lawmakers)

"I do not believe that just because you're opposed to abortion, that that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in many cases, your morality is deeply …

Morality

Faith Doesn’t Justify Discrimination Against Women

While much progress has been made in the world in terms of equal rights for women, most major religions still place women in a lesser role, and …