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Poland makes emergency contraception a prescription-only drug — even for rape survivors

Polish President Andrzej Duda has approved a law that women's rights advocates expect to prove disastrous for rape victims.<p>Starting in August, …

B.C. brothers' glow-in-the-dark toonie enters circulation

Glow-in-the-dark coins are lighting up Canadians' pocket change and making headlines internationally.<p>The Royal Canadian Mint released the new toonie …

The Universal Phenomenon of Men Interrupting Women

For women in business and beyond, it was an I-told-you-so day.<p>The twin spectacles Tuesday — an Uber board member’s wisecrack about women talking too much, and Senator Kamala Harris, Democrat of California, being interrupted for the second time in a week by her male colleagues — triggered an …

School Administration

Why Most Women Aren't Brave Enough to Cut Their Hair

It took me two decades to be comfortable with the idea of cutting my hair. I've been called a tomboy many times. I took little interest in cosmetics …

The controversy around a black feminist festival in Paris fails to acknowledge the differences between segregationist white spaces and subversive black spaces<p>I despair. Some white people have got so upset about their exclusion from parts of the Nyansapo festival, an intersectional black feminist …

Feminism

All-Female 'Wonder Woman' Screenings Setting Record For Stupidest Nerd Culture Debate

This week, the Alamo Drafthouse announced that they were going to have a women-only screening of <i>Wonder Woman</i> about a week after the film’s launch. Naturally, the internet took this in stride and the news was met with lots of head-nodding and polite applause.<p>Of course not.<p>Rather, the completely …

Feminism

Parents miss pressures on girls, says Girlguiding

<b>Parents are too often out of touch with the mental health pressures faced by girls and young women, suggests research.</b><p>Self-harm was the biggest health concern for girls aged 11-21, according to the Girlguiding Girls' Attitudes Survey 2015.<p>Researchers questioned a representative sample of more than …

If Journalists Want to Ask Canadian PM Stephen Harper Questions, They Have to Give His Party $59,000

If you're a reporter for a national Canadian outlet following the Conservative Party leader on the campaign trail, good luck trying to ask him a question.<p>"Go write a story about it."<p>That's the advice I was given by Conservative communications apparatchik Kory Teneycke when I complained about their …

Here’s why we don’t have flying cars yet

Flying cars in <i>The Jetsons</i> and <i>Back to the Future</i> and <i>Star Trek</i>’s spaceships and teleportation may have captured the imagination decades ago, but most current methods of transport have been around a long time.<p>Railways were being rolled out rapidly from the 1830s, while the commercial breakthroughs in …

Amazon and the pick-up artist: How the celebration of “purposeful Darwinism” destroys women first

The online giant only sells Roosh V’s misogynist PUA manuals—but their philosophical connections run deep<p>It hasn’t been a good week for Amazon so far. It’s never a good week for Amazon when it’s revealed that, as the “Everything Store,” some of the “everything” they sell is morally …

Conservative heckler identified | The Star

A man who shouted profanities at reporters outside a campaign event for Conservative Leader Stephen Harper on Tuesday has refused to come forward to …

Journalism

Give Your Money To Women: The End Game of Capitalism

<i>Late last month, #GiveYourMoneyToWomen trended on Twitter, the brainchild of analyst and dominatrix Bardot Smith; private consultant and dominatrix</i> …

Stop Acting So Surprised: How Microaggressions Enforce Stereotypes in Tech

When you work in tech outreach efforts or in computer science education, you inevitably have to fight the perception that the industry is only for …

Who's the Real Troublemaker in the Middle East?

<i>This article was originally published in OtherWords.</i><p>Except for maybe the Affordable Care Act, nothing gets Republican politicians fired up like Iran.<p>In the first GOP debate alone, Scott Walker promised that he'd tear up the Iran nuclear deal on day one of his presidency. Carly Fiorina blamed the …

Officials Admit ISIS, Like Al-Qaeda, Was A Creation Of US Foreign Policy

<i>Telling Hasan that he had read the document himself, Flynn said that it was among a range of intelligence being circulated throughout the US</i> …

Atheist Kentucky Clerk Cites ‘Deeply Held Irreligious Beliefs,' Refuses To Marry Christians (SATIRE)

8/17/15 8:15am<p>SHARP'S PEAK, KENTUCKY - When Kentucky's Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis defied the most recent federal order to perform her job duties as …

Former Buddhist Monk Runs A Home For Dozens Of Abandoned Children

The community cares for 85 children, some as young as 4 years old.<p>(RNS) Imagine the Dalai Lama hand-picking you to teach Buddhism in Boston.<p>Then imagine turning your back on that to open an understaffed, underfunded, overburdened school for orphans and other abandoned children in a corner of India …

An Atheist On The Worst Passage In The Bible

August 13, 2015 by Martin Hughes<p><b>What Makes I Corinthians 1:17-31 The Worst Passage In The Bible?</b><p>If someone were to ask me what I think is the worst …

Toronto's Atheist Minister Faces Church Court After Questioning Christianity For At Least 14 Years

Rev. Gretta Vosper doesn't "believe in the god called God.”<p>TORONTO (RNS) An ordained minister of Canada’s largest Protestant denomination is facing dismissal because she is an atheist.<p>The Rev. Gretta Vosper, spiritual leader of West Hill United Church in suburban Toronto, made her God-denying views …

I Asked Atheists How They Find Meaning In A Purposeless Universe

If there's no afterlife or reason for the universe, how do you make your life matter? Warning: The last answer may break your heart.<p>"The way I find meaning is the way that most people find meaning, even religious ones, which is to get pleasure and significance from your job, from your loved ones, …

21 ways rich people think differently than the average person

That's what Napoleon Hill preached in his bestselling 1937 book "Think and Grow Rich," the culmination of his intensive study of more than 500 self-made millionaires.<p>Self-made millionaire Steve Siebold, who has interviewed 1,200 of the world's wealthiest people during the past three decades, …

Time for a left turn? Caitlyn Jenner comes under fire from transgender friends for being too conservative in I Am Cait trailer

She has become a national icon of gender politics.<p>But now it seems Caitlyn Jenner could be coming under fire from fellow transgender women due to her …

The Rich Really Aren't Like Us: They Think We're As Loaded As They Are

The rich may well be “different from you and me,” as F. Scott Fitzgerald put it, but they think everyone else is like them, according to a new study.<p>And the richer you are, the more likely you are to think that others are wealthy, too, according to the study published this month in the journal …

These female Kurdish soldiers wear their femininity with pride

Beritan, 30, likes to wear her hair in a bun with blue pins to hold her tight black curls. Lilav, 19, prefers an elaborate braid that starts from the top of her head. The much older Berfin opts for a softer, lower one. Every morning before going out on a mission the women help each other do their …

Why Rich People Think the Poor Aren't That Poor

And why they don't see much need for wealth distribution.<p>When Jacob Riis published his study of New York tenement life in 1890, he called it <i>How the</i> …

Why Bernie Sanders should be the 1 percent’s candidate (yes, really)

If America’s ultra-rich know what’s good for them, they’ll start getting behind Sanders’ progressive reforms<p>If you are a regular viewer of Fox News, you may think of Bernie Sanders as some kind of radical socialist who wants to bring down the entire capitalist system -- a modern day Lenin or …

A ‘radical’ funding model for female entrepreneurs

Hundreds of professional women across Canada are pitching in to create a new funding pool and support network for female entrepreneurs.<p>A program called Radical Generosity – which is one-part business competition and one-part unique funding model – is starting up this week to make it easier for …

10 books to entertain, inspire and encourage young feminists

No longer are female characters in literature limited to sidekicks, love interests or nagging harpies, or the limiting roles of virgin, mother or …

Books

Iceland women tackle rape and 'pornification' | Europe

<b>Reykjavik, Iceland -</b> Women in Iceland walked the streets of Reykjavik on Saturday, June 25 during the annual Slut Walk to demand an end to attitudes that condone sexual violence and demand a judicial system that effectively deals with such crimes in the largest ever such gathering in the …

The religious have gone insane: The separation of church and state — and Scalia from his mind

A “strong and passionate” belief in God does real harm — look no further than the GOP or the Supreme Court<p>The headline on the News Nerd was almost too good to be true: “American Psychological Association to Classify Belief in God As a Mental Illness.” A study, the story beneath it read, had led the …