Yoshiaki Takei

504 Flips | 2 Magazines | 8 Likes | 15 Following | 98 Followers | @takeiman | A producer from Girl Power, Tokyo based NGO for girls and women.

To Syria And Back: How 2 Women Escaped Their Radicalized Husbands

By her own account, Samantha Sally had a comfortable life for years in Elkhart, Ind., with her Moroccan husband and their children.<p>But on a family vacation to Turkey in 2015, Sally says her husband, Moussa Elhassani, tricked the entire family into crossing the border into Syria.<p>She described that …

George Washington

Indonesian woman held captive in cave for 15 years, police say

<b>(CNN) —</b> An Indonesian woman was held captive in a cave for 15 years by a local spiritual healer who regularly raped her, police say.<p>The 28-year-old woman, identified only as "H", was found Sunday in a crevice behind large rocks near Bajugan village in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province, local …

Indonesia

Would-be Indian child bride fights back and helps others

<b>Uttar Pradesh, India (CNN) —</b> Rajni Devi liked school and had big dreams. She was not going to end up like so many other girls in India: married off as a child bride.<p>Rajni was 14 years old when her mother told her she must get married, but she refused. She was determined to stay in school, and she …

Gender

'We no longer die in childbirth': how Indian villages saved their mothers

The message is written on a poster, hung between trees that offer shade but little relief from the blazing sun. It spells out what has been achieved in this rural Indian village: “We no longer die in childbirth.”<p>For the women of Purabgaon, in the Amethi district of Uttar Pradesh, expectations had …

These Famous Women Artists Changed the World With Their Self-Portraits

These deeply personal self-portraits did more than just mirror the artists—they sparked meaningful social conversations.<p>Selfies have taken over social media newsfeeds, filling screens with snapshots of people striking perfect poses in sublime settings, laughing with friends, or caught in quiet …

No Cinderella: Margo Jefferson on the real Meghan Markle

Any 'commoner' who marries into any royal family ​is seen as marrying up. But Harry is marrying up too, by marrying out<p>Once a woman enters a royal family, every aspect and function of her body becomes a site of proprietary fantasy<p>Like any black and biracial woman, she has had a lifetime of learning …

Royal Family

Molly Ringwald says The Breakfast Club is troubling in #MeToo era

Molly Ringwald, who starred in The Breakfast Club, has admitted she now finds the cult 1980s film “troubling”.<p>Writing in the New Yorker, the actor who was 16 when she starred in the high school drama in 1985, describes rewatching the film with her daughter and reflecting on some of the scenes in …

‘The Lottery of Indecency’ cartoon reveals what we’re really doing when we criticize what women wear

From our friends at<p><b>BY SUZANNAH WEISS</b><p>Whether women are wearing burqas or bikinis, people will find some way to criticize how they’re dressed—and the …

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Sheryl Sandberg Warns Of #MeToo Backlash Against Women

The Facebook executive is hearing people say this is why you shouldn't hire women. Actually this is why you should.<p>Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg warned Sunday morning about the potential for women to wind up on the losing end of what seems like a watershed moment in feminism.<p>The <i>Lean In</i> author …

Sexual Harassment

Dove ad that shows a black woman turning herself white sparks consumer backlash

The Dove brand sheepishly admitted that it had "missed the mark" with a not-so-vaguely racist advertisement that has made it the latest target of consumer rage.<p>But many angry and befuddled Dove lovers spent the weekend wondering what mark Dove was trying to hit in the first place.<p>The ire-inducing …

American Apparel founder Dov Charney: ‘Sleeping with people you work with is unavoidable’

Charney’s line in hipster fashion made him a multi-million dollar sensation until serial accusations of sexual harassment led to his downfall. Has the man who now sleeps on a mattress in his new factory changed his ways?<p>Dov Charney, the man at least as famous for founding American Apparel as he is …

Clothing

Texas: Video of invasive search shows 'rape by cop', says lawyer

<b>The lawyer for a black woman in the US state of Texas has released a police video which he says shows that she was subjected to an invasive search that amounts to "rape by cop".</b><p>In 2015, Charnesia Corley, then 20 years old, had her vagina forcibly searched for drugs after being stopped by police, …

Crime

Why are there so few women in tech? The truth behind the Google memo

An engineer at the company has suggested male domination of Silicon Valley is down to biological differences between the sexes. But the root causes are much more complicated<p>It is time to be “open about the science of human nature”. This was the assertion of software engineer James Damore to his …

'I loved being part of that scene': 80s style tribes, then and now

Anita Corbin tracks down the punk, mod and skinhead girls she first photographed in the 1980s. Are they still rebelling?<p><i>Carrie Kirkpatrick and Gill Soper, skinheads (above)</i><p><b>Carrie</b> I got into punk at the age of 12, and went quite wild with it. It was a means of escape from difficult situations at …

Why there’s nothing racist about black-only spaces | Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff

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 …

A period emoji could help girls talk about menstruation. That would be a big deal | Caitlin Figueiredo

The gender gap becomes pronounced when a girl first starts menstruating. Ending the shame around a girl’s period starts with being able to talk about it<p>Every woman remembers the day she got her first period.<p>When I first had my period, I felt ashamed. I snuck into my sister’s bedroom and stole a …

Menstruation

Work-Life Balance Defined By 5 Work From Home Female Entrepreneurs

Work-life balance means something different to everyone. Old school mentalities often associate it with an equal split of time between one’s personal and professional life. More recently, work-life balance has become synonymous with work-life integration, where the two co-exist in a way that gives …

Britain's first female second world war spy to get overdue recognition

Krystyna Skarbek, aka Christine Granville – Churchill’s favourite spy – will be honoured with bronze bust at Polish Hearth Club<p>She was a glamorous countess and British spy whose extraordinary wartime heroics included skiing out of Nazi-occupied Poland with the first evidence of Operation Barbarossa …

Is Julian Assange a misogynist, or just seething with rage against Hillary Clinton? We wonder

<b>(Getty/Carl Court/Chip Somodevilla/Salon)</b><p>Assange once described Sweden as “the Saudi Arabia of feminism,” and has focused his rage on one woman<p>Matthew Rozsa<p>April 16, 2017 11:00am (UTC)<p>It's time to admit that there is a sexist pattern to Julian Assange's behavior. It's impossible to truly understand …

Feminism

David Schwimmer's sexual harassment films are good. But this is women's work | Van Badham

It’s hard to shake the feeling that David Schwimmer’s #ThatsHarassment videos have received such acclaim because he has lent some masculine validity to the cause<p>The American actor David Schwimmer has produced a series of short films about sexual harassment and they’re receiving a lot of praise. The …

Malala Yousafzai Has Just Been Named the Youngest Ever U.N. Messenger of Peace

Pakistani human-rights and education advocate Malala Yousafzai has just become the youngest person ever to be named a U.N. Messenger of Peace, an …

The Most Disrespected Person in America Is Still the Black Woman

In recent weeks, rapper French Montana and Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly have taken racist shots at black women’s hair. This type of behavior …

Vulgar misogyny didn’t harm Donald Trump – it helped him | Viv Groskop

We liberals failed to understand his ‘women grabbing’ comments. Six months on, it’s becoming clear what his words really meant to his followers – that he can do whatever he likes<p>Until very recently no one in public life would have felt comfortable talking openly about pussy. And yet what a …

Chicago girl allegedly sexually assaulted on Facebook Live as 40 watched

Police investigating alleged attack, which came to light when teenager’s mother approached police with screengrab photos<p>A 15-year-old girl in Chicago was apparently sexually assaulted by five or six men or boys on Facebook Live, and none of the roughly 40 people who watched the live video reported …

World faces worst humanitarian crisis since 1945, says UN official

Twenty million people face starvation without an immediate injection of funds in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and Nigeria, warns Stephen O’Brien<p>The world faces the largest humanitarian crisis since the end of the second world war with more than 20 million people in four countries facing starvation …

Africa

The history of women in science shows us the fight is worth it

The ability to participate in science has always been political. On International Women’s Day, scientists must decide how best to defend women’s rights<p>The politics of the moment seem fuelled by a bonfire of the enlightenment principles that many of us never even realised were vanities. As waves of …

Feminism

NGO rescues off Libya encourage traffickers, says EU borders chief

Head of Frontex calls for rescue operations in Med to be re-evaluated and says NGOs work ineffectively with security agencies<p>NGOs who rescue people in the sea off Libya are encouraging traffickers who profit from dangerous Mediterranean crossings, the head of the EU border agency Frontex has …

Uber writes to users abandoning service over sexual harassment claims

Susan Fowler’s allegations of sex discrimination at taxi app firm has sparked new wave of users deleting account<p>Less than a month after public outrage against Uber hit such peaks that it was forced to automate its account deletion process, the cab company is again facing a wave of protest and …

Why I Am Not a Feminist: A Feminist Manifesto by Jessa Crispin review – it’s time to get radical

Feminism used to mean a transformed society, a challenge to romance, a new way to live. Now, Crispin argues, it has been rebranded into banality<p>Jessa Crispin has a problem with feminism. It has become so toothless that she can barely identify with it. For Crispin has teeth and is not afraid to bare …