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5 amazing 2015 books to read right now — and what you should read after them - Vox

Your last-second gift guide is right here.<p>Recommending books can be a tricky endeavor. If someone comes away from <i>Wuthering Heights</i> flush with enjoyment and looking for more, do you suggest a gothic romance? A Brontë biography? Or do you hand her a walking guide to the moors? (Honestly, that walking …

U.N. Delegation to the U.S. ‘Shocked’ by Lack of Gender Equality

Three United Nations representatives involved in a working group on discrimination against women arrived in the United States in a delegation last …

10 sec reading: My wife and the burnt light

My wife and I were reflecting on the past year, whilst dining at a restaurant.<p>I started to complain about something that hadn’t happened the way I …

10 Powerful Life Lessons from The Alchemist

Image Credit: continuousreader.blogspot.com.au<p><i>The Alchemist</i> by Paulo Coelho is one of the best-selling books in history, with over 65 million copies in 56 different languages. The story of Santiago, the shepherd boy on a journey to realize his "Personal Legend" has inspired people all over the …

35 Empowering Feminist Quotes from Inspiring Women

Words of wisdom from the trailblazers who make us proud to be women.<p>To all the women and men continuing the fight for feminism in 2017, get inspired by the words of the trailblazing women who've said it best. From Hillary Clinton to Maya Angelou, Gloria Steinem, Rihanna and all the unapologetic, …

10 Insults I Hear as a Stay-at-Home Dad

It's 2015, so maybe we can start getting use to the fact that men can be primary caregivers, too.<p>The world has changed in the seven years since I …

Parenting

Michelle Obama Talks to Us About Education, Equality & Girl Power

Just two years ago, the UN declared October 11 to be the <b>International Day of the Girl</b> to raise awareness about gender inequality around the world. …

Michelle Obama

She's Just a 3-Year-Old

Her face is beet red, and her tiny body is wracked with sobs. My daughter flings herself to the ground of the department store changing room in an angry protest. Her grandmother is about to buy her a special dress, but my child is filled with rage because she wanted three dresses. Yes, even the one …

Critically Queer: Being a Gay Student in the Humanities

As cliché as it sounds, I "discovered myself" and came out as gay very soon after starting school at my very-queer liberal arts college. Because of this I was like a kid in a candy store: there was so much to experience and so much to learn. All of a sudden I had a new identity I was proud of, and …

The Lesbian Chronicles 3

Tonight I went out to dinner with my ex- girlfriend Lorraine. We shared a delectable dinner of fried chicken and waffles; because really, what can be better than fried chicken to begin the celebratory season?<p>As we exited the restaurant, I asked Lorraine if I could hold her hand. Snow was lightly …

5 Small Gestures That Reveal Hints of Patriarchy in Our Society

I'm not saying America is a patriarchy, which would be to say that men have control of <i>all</i> aspects of our society. As women, we have certainly made strides (with many more to go) -- but I've recently noticed subtle gestures of old-fashioned male dominance lingering around today. Do you notice these, …

In South Sudan's Brutal Chaos, Civilians in the Middle

"I'm lucky to be alive," Mary Nyandio, mother of six, told me, one recent morning in Nyal, a rebel-held town in southern Unity state, now home to tens of thousands of people internally displaced by brutal government-led attacks. Seated on a mat under a tree, she described how soldiers had captured …

12 Fascinating Political Documentaries You Can Stream Right Now

Break the endless Netflix browsing spiral with these smart and engaging docs.<p>Here at HuffPost Politics, we enjoy a "House of Cards" or "West Wing" binge as much as anyone. But if you're seeking a deeper look at American politics, here are some compelling documentaries to get you started.<p><i>Most of the</i> …

Lyndon Johnson

Why I Don't Need to 'Let Go and Let God'

<b>DISCLAIMER: I do not speak for all Christians, all people with mental illness, or all Christians with mental illness. I can only offer you my own experiences.</b><p>There are many Christian-ese phrases that I don't particularly care for, and chief among them is "Let go and let God."<p>"Let go and let God" …

Feminism, You're Fired! There's a New 21st Century Woman in Town

Phooey on caricatures of feminists; the bra burners, the armpit hair growers, the man haters. Phooey on awkward moments in feminism's history, like Betty Friedan warning the National Organization of Women that it faced a "lavender menace" -- 1970s speak for the lesbians are taking over. Phooey on …