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A father's letter to an infant daughter: 'I wanted my last name to be a burden'

Before You Go: Elamin Abdelmahmoud’s daughter was given a name that was a gift as much as it was a burden—and both were by design<p>Amna, you have to …

Divorce

Pingi's valentine card - YouTube

“I Can’t Stop Laughing”: Rita Moreno Remembers Singing with Animal

By 1976, the song “Fever,” written by Otis Blackwell and Eddie Cooley, had been subject to all manner of interpretation. Little Willie John recorded it first, in 1956, and two years later Peggy Lee applied her own, lasting gloss—to the point of rewriting most of it. Elvis Presley, James Brown, and …

Sesame Street

We are proud to be 'rednecks'. It's time to reclaim that term

While the term divides us now, its history dates back to a time when mineworkers battled big coal – similar to teachers standing up for funding<p>Recent waves of protests and strikes in West Virginia invoke the memory of a now notorious figure in American history: the redneck.<p>To call someone a …

Rights & Freedoms

AFROPUNK

POETRY: "Your masculinity is so fragile it would starve in a house made of kitchens." - FreeQuency aka FreeQ Tha Mighty (via Write About Now)

The Irish Novel That’s So Good People Were Scared to Translate It

In 1948, the Irish-language writer Máirtín Ó Cadhain received the kind of rejection letter a novelist might dream of getting. He had submitted his foul-mouthed first novel, “Cré na Cille” (“Churchyard Clay”), to his publisher, only to see it denied on the ground that it was too “Joycean.” This …

Literature

Body Positivity Is a Scam

How a movement intended to lift up women really just limits their acceptable emotions. Again.<p>In the beginning, there was the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty. It started innocuously enough, with a 2004 photography show in Toronto, then expanded to billboards, traditional print ads, and videos, all …

Feminism

How Beyonce and Jay-Z Defy Western Art Tradition in ‘Apeshit’ Video

In the video for Beyoncé and Jay-Z‘s “Apeshit,” the first visual from the pair’s surprise joint album <i>Everything Is Love</i>, the two stars romp through …

Rae Sremmurd

Nawal El Saadawi on feminism, fiction and the illusion of democracy

Democracy

ハーフ (Hafu): On the Fetishization and Mistranslation of a Biracial Identity | Nina Li Coomes

ハーフ (Hafu): On the Fetishization and Mistranslation of a Biracial Identity<p>Hafu carries insinuations of otherness; of not belonging, but being …

Nina Kraviz

Why do women put up with painful sex? - BBC Three

<i>Contains adult themes</i><p>There was a clear message in my school’s sex education and among the older girls I knew: if you were female, sex was going to hurt.<p>Sex would likely make you bleed. If you had enough of it, you’d probably get an STI – which would hurt. Or get pregnant – which would end in …

Sexual Health

Carefree Photos of Gay Men on Fire Island from the 1970s

<i>“When I was nine or ten years old, I was a Girl Scout and we camped out on the beach at Fire Island. Other Girl Scouts told stories about places out</i> …

Fire Island

HELL YOU TALMBOUT - Janelle Monae f. Wondaland Records (video)

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The Owl Thieves of Sweden<p>Rene Chun<p>As the country ditches cash, criminals turn to stealing owls.<p>Here’s a dead-end job: Swedish bank robber. In 2016, …

Inside the Black Market Hummingbird Love Charm Trade

Wildlife Watch<p><i>Leer en español.</i><p>There’s a witch in San Diego who casts spells to “trap a man” and “dominate him” so “he’ll always come back.” She has a shop on San Ysidro Boulevard, one mile from the busiest Mexico border crossing in the United States, near a pawnshop, a liquor store, a furniture …

Birds

The gay Chinese farmer and his cutting edge art

<b>A gay Chinese farmer who found emotional release by depicting his suppressed erotic fantasies in traditional Chinese paper cuttings is part of an exhibition of gay Asian art in Taipei. The BBC's Cindy Sui traces a story that began with self-denial and frustration - and an exhibition that reflects</b> …

On Tahirih, The First Persian Feminist

<i>Tahirih has been inspiring writers, human rights activists and artists for generations. Now a new book about the Persian poet and champion of women’s</i> …

You Need Help: Relearning Sex with Chronic Pain

The weight of expectation does not belong in bed with you.

Lesbian

Rudy Francisco - "Chameleon" (NPS 2013)

We've Normalized Painful Sex, And That's A Problem For Women

Hopefully, by unlearning some of the myths surrounding female bodies, we can encourage sexual experiences that are mutually satisfying.<p>We have some …

Victoria Santa Cruz- Me gritaron negra/ They called me black (woman)- Poem with english subtitles

Painful Sex Is Often The First Sign Of A Serious Condition For Women. But Most Doctors Dismiss It.

"It's all in your head" is a common refrain.<p>The first time Mary H. realized something was wrong with her body was the first time she had sex. She was …

100 Women: I want to break the stigma of painful sex

<b>One woman's story of a decade of wrongly diagnosed sexual pain has inspired a play - and with it, the hope that other women with sexual dysfunction can be helped.</b><p>It was on a cold winter's day just over a year ago that actress Emily Francis heard an item on the radio that moved her to tears.<p>"I felt …

The lesbian pioneers who fooled Spain's Catholic Church

<b>There was something unusual about the fresh-faced groom that day.</b><p>The priest at the San Jorge church in A Coruña, north-western Spain, didn't see anything special, and the smattering of relatives in attendance weren't saying anything.<p>But both 'Mario' and his bride, Marcela, were women.<p>It was 1901, …

My life in sex: ‘I’ve had sex only once, 20 years ago’

The one-timer<p>I’ve had sex only once, 20 years ago. It was reading week at university, so I went to London to stay with my boyfriend. We’d been dating long distance for 10 months, and it had taken me that long to feel ready. That Wednesday, after he left for work, I walked to the pharmacy to buy …

Why Namibian Women Wear Victorian-Style Herero Dresses

Every dress tells a story, but in the case of Namibia’s Herero dress, it’s a 100-year-old tale of genocide, oppression, resilience, and — hopefully — …

Overlooked No More: Yu Gwan-sun, a Korean Independence Activist Who Defied Japanese Rule

<i>Since 1851, obituaries in The New York Times have been dominated by white men. With</i> <i>Overlooked</i><i>, we’re adding the stories of remarkable women.</i><p>SEOUL, South Korea — When a call for peaceful protests in support of Korean independence came in spring 1919, a 16-year-old girl named Yu Gwan-sun became the …

No Mothers, No Daughters | Jessa Crispin

<i>Taken from the introduction to</i> How to Suppress Women’s Writing<i>, by Joanna Russ, forthcoming from University of Texas Press.</i><p>I have a vision. The …

Denmark Gets First Public Statue of a Black Woman, a ‘Rebel Queen’

COPENHAGEN — The statue of the woman is nearly 23 feet tall. Her head is wrapped and she stares straight ahead while sitting barefoot, but regally, in a wide-backed chair, clutching a torch in one hand and a tool used to cut sugar cane in the other.<p>In Denmark, where most of the public statues …

Women of Color

Queens of Infamy: Eleanor of Aquitaine

<i>Anne Thériault | Longreads | April 2018 | 16 minutes (4,246 words)</i> <i>From the notorious to the half-forgotten,</i> Queens of Infamy<i>, a Longreads series by</i> …