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Why Every Little Girl In Louisville Is Being Told 'You're Not A Princess'

A private school in Louisville, Ky., is tired of teenage girls acting like princesses, and they're not afraid to let them know.<p>All-girls Catholic School Mercy Academy, however, is not ruining girls' fantasies just because it can. There's a message of empowerment included under blunt …

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My Lai, Sexual Assault and the Black Blouse Girl: Forty-Five Years Later, One of America’s Most Iconic Photos Hides Truth in Plain Sight

Looking back at the Vietnam war and the iconic photographs that mark that era, how is it that the American public knows about the “Napalm Girl” but …

What GoldieBlox Is Telling My Girl, Which I Won't Let Her Hear

GoldieBlox: Ugh. Let me tell you a story.<p>Last week, my Facebook feed was teeming with this video: a truly fantastic marketing effort with a clear message -- we are girls, we want to play with building toys that are not pink. Got it. But then, GoldieBlox proposes that my girl play with their …

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Sexual harassment is constant in clubs and it must stop, students say

From 'underhanding' to 'violate a fresher' nights, sexual assault is common in clubs – but students won't put up with it any more<p>"In clubs there's a game called 'underhanding', where a boy stands behind a girl and tries to put his fingers inside her," says Stephanie Davies-Arai, one of the …

College Women: Could You Stop Getting Raped, Already?

Photo: REX USA/Food and Drink/Rex<p>Hats off to you, Emily Yoffe — otherwise known as the Prudence of Slate's weekly advice column, "Dear Prudence" — …

Cecilia Peck's 'Brave Miss World' watches a rape victim transform

When she was 18 and holding the title Miss Israel, Linor Abargil was crowned Miss World in 1998. But this beauty queen had a horrific story: Just six weeks before, she had been held captive, stabbed repeatedly and brutally raped by her Israeli-born travel agent on her way home from a modeling …

Professor uncovers slave novelist’s secret identity

The discovery “revolutionizes our understanding of the canon of black women’s literature,” says one scholar<p>After years of research, a South Carolina college professor may have discovered the true identity of the author of “The Bondwoman’s Narrative,” a 2002 bestseller written by a female house …

I was sold by Mum and Dad to make images of child abuse

Aged four, Raven Kaliana's parents took her to a film studio where she was sexually abused in front of cameras. For most of her childhood they regularly trafficked her to the sex industry. Now she campaigns against child abuse<p>One of Raven Kaliana's earliest memories is being taken to a family …

Google Autocompletes The World’s Opinion Of Women–And It’s Not Pretty

Here’s one easy way to determine how rampant sexism is across the globe: run a Google search. To prove that masses of Internet users have worrying opinions on what women should–or cannot–do, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) tested the search …

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In many states, “fetal rights” laws are putting pregnant women in jail

Several states have laws that place the rights of fertilized eggs above women’s constitutional rights and safety<p>At 14 weeks pregnant, Alicia Beltran disclosed at a prenatal checkup that she had been addicted to pills the previous year. She had managed to get clean, but wanted her doctor to know …

Goodbye to my American dream

My mom moved us here for a better life. But as a black woman, I’m tired of loving a country that can’t love me back<p>On the day of college graduation, I told my friends and family the news: I was leaving the country I had lived in since childhood.<p>“I just need a change,” I told them, but they knew …

America’s “reality” is white and male

From Julie Chen to Marissa Alexander, women of color are constantly treated like their feelings aren’t real<p>The media has reacted to Julie Chen’s revelation that she underwent “double eyelid surgery” twenty-five years ago with the same discomfort most of us probably have when imagining a surgeon …

“Smile, baby”: The words no woman wants to hear

Telling women to “smile” may seem a small thing — until you consider what often happens when women don’t want to<p>Yesterday, I missed a train and I was frustrated, hot and tired. A man standing in the station decided it was a good time to pass his hand along my arm as I ran by and whisper, “You’d be …

'Why it is so important for us to wear the veil'

When Birmingham community worker Shalina Litt steps out in her niqab, she has come to expect the worst. “It gets a really bad reaction,” the 34 …

Rape is about power, not sex

Horrific rapes in Bolivia and India remind us that sexual assault can happen anywhere women's bodies and voices are degraded<p>Traditional gender roles, a self-policing community, hierarchies where certain people are considered untouchable: that's a perfect recipe for rampant sexual abuse and …

he would say I "cried rape": false allegations and rape culture

<i>serious trigger warning for verbal abuse, psychological abuse, emotional manipulation, sexual assault, rape, and rape apologia.</i><p>I’d never seen so many …

Celebrity Feminists: A Handy Guide To Fame And The 'F' Word

A lot of powerful women who act like feminists in the sense that they "believe in the strength of women" seem to be afraid of the word. "I'm not a feminist, but ...," they cautiously clarify, before introducing feminist sentiments. In light of Farrah Abraham's inability to distinguish between …

How I Discovered Gender Discrimination

It was the late ‘90s and I was at an interesting phase of my career. For the first time in my life I possessed relevant qualifications, experience …

The Feminism of Hayao Miyazaki and Spirited Away

I like anime. A lot. So do my friends. Some people would call the films of Japanese artist Hayao Miyazaki a guilty pleasure—they’re cute, they’re …

India's Incredibly Powerful "Abused Goddesses" Campaign Condemns Domestic Violence

"Save Our Sisters" is an anti-sex trafficking initiative. This is their print campaign.<p>H/t to Scoop Whoop for images.

Female genital mutilation: 'Mothers need to say no'

Faduma Ali, 86, still remembers the pain of being circumcised at eight. Horrific as it was, she allowed her own daughters to go through the same ordeal. But when it came to her granddaughters, she decided to step in and stop it<p>"As a little girl I would go looking for the cutters and ask them when …

A Pop Star Shouldn't Shave Her Head in Shame for Having a Boyfriend

What Minami Minegishi's fall from grace says about gender relations in Japan.<p><i>What Minami Minegishi's fall from grace says about gender relations in Japan</i><p>AKB48<p>The official YouTube channel of AKB48, the most popular musical group in Japan today, usually hosts music video clips and other promotions. …