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By annebalsamo | Feminism, Science, Technology & Infrastructures

Iris Murdoch on Storytelling, Why Art Is Essential for Democracy, and the Key to Good Writing

“A good society contains many different artists doing many different things. A bad society coerces artists because it knows that they can reveal all kinds of truths.”<p><i>“One of the functions of art,”</i> Ursula K. Le Guin observed in contemplating art, storytelling, and the power of language to transform …

Art

Why Amanda Lepore started going to clubs naked

Mark Zuckerberg: The Kara Swisher interview

In-depth and in-person, they discuss privacy, China and Facebook’s responsibility in the world.<p>The Facebook founder has attracted controversy for how the social network deals with content that is offensive to many, such as Holocaust denying.<p>Facebook prefers to slow the spread of conspiracy …

Mark Zuckerberg

Harnessing the Revelatory Power of Masks

Gauri Gill. “Jogiyon ka Dera, Lunkaransar” from “Notes from the Desert” (1999-ongoing), © Gauri Gill (all images courtesy of the artist unless …

Spain's Falleras Bring Historic Opulence to Life

During a five-day festival in Valencia, women don heirloom jewelry and elaborate, voluminous gowns made from luxurious fabrics.<p>Photographer Luisa Dörr was visiting her husband’s family in Cambrils, Spain, when she came across three words that took her work in a new—and lavish—direction: Fallas de …

Hairstyling

What Knitting Can Teach You About Math

One snowy January day, I asked a classroom of college students to tell me the first word that came to mind when they thought about mathematics. The …

Mathematics

“Breaking Big” corrects the myths that make Kylie Jenner a “self-made” success

<b>Roxane Gay (PBS)</b><p>This PBS series profiles success stories like Eddie Huang, Roxane Gay and Trevor Noah with substance and depth<p>Melanie McFarland<p>July 22, 2018 7:30pm (UTC)<p>The United States is the land of making it big, or so the story goes. We enjoy picturing tiny future moguls, hands clasped behind …

Kylie Jenner

Why New York City needs a tribute to Billie Holiday, our sweet Lady Day (She Built NYC! Campaign)

The She Built NYC! campaign, a new program from the Mayor’s Office and the Department of Cultural Affairs, seeks toThe post Why New York City needs a …

New York City

Why New York City needs a tribute to Nellie Bly, the original ‘Fearless Girl’ (She Built NYC! campaign)

The She Built NYC! campaign, a new program from the Mayor’s Office and the Department of Cultural Affairs, seeks to commissionThe post Why New York …

New York City

These 15 Women Rejected 19th-Century Victorian Ideals. See How They Rocked Their Age

Victoria Claflin Woodhull was many things: a stockbroker, a traveling medical clairvoyant and a suffragette. In April 1870, she added United States …

African-American News

68% of people say tech creators inject their own biases in products, study says

A recent study asked if participants believe that technology contains biases. The majority’s answer: a resounding yes.<p>The study, conducted for the</i> …

Star Trek

Breaking Big: How Roxane Gay Became the Voice of a Movement

Roxane Gay has always been passionate about telling stories and began writing at just 4 years old. As one of the only non-White kids in her class in …

Roxane Gay

The quantified heart

Artificial intelligence promises ever more control over the highs and lows of our emotions. Uneasy? Perhaps you should be<i>By Polina Aronson & Judith</i> …

Emotional Intelligence

On crime against women, bad questions, poor answers

The data in India is flawed, marked by both under- and over-reporting. The question is not whether India’s women are safe, but whether they are …

India

Tears of Inge

In <i>Tears of Inge</i>, the Mongolian-born, Montreal-based filmmaker Alisi Telengut explores a nomadic Mongolian ritual in which songs are used to coax a …

Mongolia

How the BBC Women Are Working Toward Equal Pay

When Carrie Gracie discovered that her salary was lower than that of her male peers, she blamed herself. But wage disparities are a social problem with far-reaching effects.<p>The first weeks of July, 2017, were especially intense for Carrie Gracie, the BBC’s China editor. She travelled seven thousand …

Gender

The Changing Face of Romance Novels

Growing up in Minnesota, Helen Hoang suffered from crippling social anxiety and struggled to make friends. She found refuge in romance novels, frothy stories that allowed her to experience intense feelings that were clearly spelled out on the page, always with the promise of a happy ending. “It was …

Writing

I Love Performing Those Songs. But What About the Gender Politics?

“It’s problematic,” my millennial co-star whispered grimly. “The misogyny in this musical.”<p>“Which moment of misogyny?” I asked cautiously.<p>We were sitting in the corner of the theater, on the first day of rehearsal for the current revival of Alan Jay Lerner and Burton Lane’s 1965 musical “On a Clear …

Charlie Chaplin

Jordanian Cinema's Fashionista

Phaedra’s House of Costume is tucked into a basement in Amman’s affluent Shmeisani neighborhood, a squished warren of white stone-clad houses. Here …

Middle East

Killing It With Kyla Coburn

KYLA COBURN: INTERIOR DESIGNER, CEO/KCD<p>If for most of us a chair sometimes is just a chair, for interior designer Kyla Coburn, it’s rarely just that. …

Rhode Island

Should There Be Gender and Racial Quotas for the U.S. Congress?

<i>This week: Should there be gender and racial quotas for the U.S. Congress? Let us know by email or in the comments below.</i><p>If you read the headlines, …

Military Spending

How a Facebook Group for Sexual Assault Survivors Became a Tool for Harassment

Last year, as thousands of women shared their stories of sexual assault and harassment with the hashtag #MeToo, Amanda, a 30-year-old from Oregon, …

Social Media

Anne Olivier Bell: The last of the 'Monuments Men'

This summer Anne Olivier Bell turned 97. Her name may not mean much to readers, except for those who are familiar with the five volumes of Virginia Woolf's diary, which she edited with meticulous thoroughness, or those who attend the annual Charleston literary festival, where she sits in the front …

The Woman Who Dedicated Her Life to Uncovering the Female Artists of the Italian Renaissance

Rossella Lari with Plautilla Nelli’s “Last Supper” in studio (photo by Francesco Cacchiani, image courtesy Advancing Women Artists)Florence has a …

Jennifer 8. Lee

Emojination

The Extraordinary Power of Prolonged Eye Gazing – Member Feature Stories – Medium

<i>The sun is about to set in Fukushima, Japan, and I am sitting on the top floor of an old building that used to be a primary school. In front of me,</i> …

Body Language

‘Find Your Passion’ Is Awful Advice

A major new study questions the common wisdom about how we should choose our careers<p>Carol Dweck, a psychology professor at Stanford University, …

Stanford University

Alexa is a Fed

Do Not Put This Surveillance Tech in Your Home<p>One of my favorite movies is the German film, <i>The Lives of Others</i>. It tells the story of an East German …

Surveillance