Feminism

'Too Fat, Too Slutty' Challenges Cultural Expectations Of Women

In the seventh century B.C., the poet Semonides of Amorgos wrote a catalog of unmanageable women. First, there are the women who resemble pigs, "resting in filth and growing fat." Other women, he writes, are yapping dogs, who won't shut up even if you knock their teeth out. And then there are the …

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Science Has Consistently Underestimated Women Because Scientists Are Sexist

In 2013, three scientists from McMaster University published an article in peer-reviewed journal <i>PLOS Computational Biology</i> called "Mate choice and the origin of menopause." In it, the trio of esteemed male scientists argued women had evolved to pass through the menopause because no men of any age …

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One of the women who accused VC Justin Caldbeck of sexual harassment doesn’t believe his apology

“I do not believe that someone can harass women for 10 years, tell the people who exposed him to go fuck themselves, and then 24 hours later, thank them for bringing him self-awareness.”<p>Niniane Wang, one of three women who spoke on the record about investor Justin Caldbeck’s alleged sexual …

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Lena Dunham, Jennifer Lawrence, Jenny Slate + More Urge Support For Planned Parenthood In New Video

We need to protect "the most basic of all human rights."<p>Republicans' Senate healthcare bill was finally released Thursday and it includes a provision to defund Planned Parenthood for at least one year. During a time when states like Ohio and Texas are passing <i>Handmaid's Tale</i>-level legislation …

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'€5,000 would be a deterrent': the French minister who wants sexual harassment fines

Meet Marlène Schiappa, the 34-year old blogger and novelist at the heart of Emmanuel Macron’s revolution<p>The walk from the Gare du Nord across the Seine to France’s centre of power, a string of buildings off the Quai d’Orsay, takes a pleasant, circuitous hour: the route is a tourist’s dream. But for …

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How Muslim Girl’s Amani Al-Khatahtbeh Is Continuing to Break Down Stereotypes

Representation in the media — seeing someone who you believe resembles you when you scroll through Instagram, turn on the TV, or binge Netflix — is increasingly becoming more and more diverse thanks to the hard-fought efforts of activists worldwide. But while we obviously still have a long way to …

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What Chrystia Freeland’s pink dress taught me about feminism today

<i>Emily Dickinson is an actress and freelance writer based in Toronto.</i><p>I got this text from my mother recently:<p>“It annoys me to see Chrystia Freeland wearing a tight dress and pearls. I’m just like – if you’re going to be a ball-busting foreign minister – wear a pair of pants. It’s sexist to say but I …

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Why charming men can make dangerous lovers

Sandra Horley, head of domestic violence charity Refuge, wrote a pioneering book on the abuse of women 25 years ago. She’s just republished it because the violence goes on<p>One day, in the mid-80s, Sandra Horley sat on a stool in her partner’s studio and told him what she was seeing at work. She …

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You'll Want To Steal These Tips For How To Be A HBIC

Kelly Osbourne, Jessica Bennett and others talked about how to unleash your inner badass at Cosmopolitan's Let's Talk About It event on Saturday.<p>On Saturday, hundreds of Cosmopolitan readers came together in New York City for a celebration of things that can be difficult to discuss, from power to …

Pregnancy

Aaron Carter Hospitalized Amid ‘Hate Messages and Death Threats’ About His Weight: ‘I Need to Stay Strong’

Aaron Carter recently opened up about the hiatal hernia he was diagnosed with at the age of 19 — saying the stress-related medical condition is …

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'Looking for Leia' film shines light on Star Wars fangirls

Annalise Ophelian talks about her crowdfunded documentary, which asks women inspired by Star Wars about their love for a galaxy far, far away.<p>When Carrie Fisher's Princess Leia first graced the screen in 1977's "Star Wars," many women and girls were excited to see a strong female character …

Star Wars

Quora: How Hard Is It For Women in 2017?

The toxic masculinity that's currently dominant in the U.S. has been for several centuries here and other parts of the world.

Women's News

‘This Is an Intentional Slap in the Face’ to All Women

Here are the top 10 comments of the week on our digital platforms, as selected by our readers and the journalists who moderate nearly every comment. Some comments were edited for length and clarity.<p>If you would prefer to read comments that have nothing whatsoever to do with politics, we have that …

Bill Cosby

Why Wonder Woman isn’t the feminist fantasy we’ve been told it is

Something happened about midway through Wonder Woman – I stopped enjoying it.<p>Here's what the Grease character you want to be says about you<p>It changed …

Wonder Woman

Feminist Leaders Come Together to #StopTrumpcare

Leaders from Feminist Majority, National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda, National …

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Woman is kicked out of public pool for wearing one-piece bathing suit, we’re not sure what’s happening anymore

A woman in Knoxville, Tennessee was shamed for wearing a one piece swimsuit in their own apartment complex swimming pool earlier this week. The …

Clothing

Joanna Coles Celebrates the Premiere of ‘The Bold Type,’ Another TV Show Based on Cosmo

"This idea that in fashion, the woman boss is somehow mean-spirited felt inaccurate. That’s not who I am, that’s not who the women I work with</b> …

TV

How to Spot Signs of Sexual Discrimination in the Workplace

We all want to succeed in the workplace but gender discrimination can occasionally rear its ugly head and hold us back. If an employee is being …

Gender

What about the non-“aggressive” women in tech?

Back in September, I flew to San Francisco to attend the inaugural Women in Product conference. Luck had been on my side to even get a ticket, after …

Leadership

ICC WWC 2017: Mithali Raj incident shows why women's cricket shouldn't be compared to men's game

“So who’s your favourite male cricketer?”<p>It is a question that I get asked a lot. The setting is usually family dinners, usually by uncles and …

Cricket

Nine Gains for Women Made Possible by Title IX

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of or be subject to …

Gender

Quora: Is Wonder Woman the Feminist Milestone We've Been Waiting For?

Wonder Woman makes feminism look effortless and artful.

Wonder Woman

Elizabeth Warren Slams Republicans for Attacking Women’s Health Care

Senator Elizabeth Warren took to the Senate floor on Thursday after the Republicans released their so-called Better Care Reconciliation Act, which …

Planned Parenthood

LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman on sexual harassment in VC: “Why the lack of outrage and commentary?”

In response to the recent allegations of misconduct levied against Binary Capital partner Justin Caldbeck, LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman took to—where else?—LinkedIn to ask why the response to the report was so tepid. It is critical that people sat up and paid attention, he wrote, because</b> …

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Even unicorns need a moral compass: Uber and the ultimate toxicity of sexism

Evidence grows that sexism stands as the gateway drug to the worst of corporate behavior, with Uber and its recently departed chief Travis Kalanick just the most recent egregious example. If the CEO can’t understand that an employee outing to a karaoke bar that also features escort services is a …

David Bonderman

Elizabeth Wurtzel

Elizabeth Wurtzel was 27 when she published <i>Prozac Nation</i>, the genre-defining memoir that she now describes as "a joke that started the whole world …

Liz Phair

Everything I hate about Justin Caldbeck’s statement

I’m very proud to work in the tech industry. I feel like at most times, we’re collectively moving in the right direction. We’re making people’s lives …

Women's News

It’s Time for Goth Culture to Embrace the Gender Identities of All Its Members

Gender play can easily blur into gender erasure.Creatas Images/Thinkstock Here’s a fun fact: It took me way longer to figure out my gender identity …

LGBTQ

We Can't Stand By While This Landmark Law On Women's Equality Is Threatened

<i>Kamala Harris is a U.S. Senator representing the state of California. The views expressed are her own.</i><p>Signed 45 years ago, Title IX stated: “no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under …

Rights & Freedoms

Being an 'Unruly' Woman Is Not a Feminist Act

There is a popular quotation that I can't source. Allegedly by Virginia Woolf, it reads, "A feminist is any woman who tells the truth about her life." To try and figure out where it came from is to descend into a never-ending tunnel of retweets, Tumblr reblogs, and Pinterest pins in curly fonts and …

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