Gender

What Science Can Tell Us About Trans People’s Brains—And What It Cannot

A study has shown that trans people may sense touch differently than cisgender people according to particular body parts. We should be curious, but also careful, what we extrapolate from such findings.<p>What does gender dysphoria feel like?<p>For those who are not transgender themselves—and, in the …

Transgender

Republicans and Democrats See Sexism Very Differently

Gender did decide the presidential election, just not in the way that many expected. We know that the choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump …

Sexism

Donald Trump’s sexism helped him win, report suggests — but it may also be his undoing

Many Republicans have no problem with Trump's misogynistic words and deeds — but liberals are fired up to resist<p>When a tragedy like the election of Donald Trump befalls a nation, it’s understandable that people are going to wonder how we got here. Lots of theories have been offered, from iffy ones …

Sexism

Woodrow Wilson's woman problem, a case study for the Trump era

Donald Trump will not be the first president upstaged by a mass demonstration of women. The consequences depend on whether both he and modern-day feminists learn from their predecessors’ experience.<p>When Woodrow Wilson pulled into Washington’s Union Station the day before his inauguration 104 years …

Feminism

The Women’s March on Washington is misnamed — we should have called it The People’s March instead

As a proud feminist, I don’t fear alienating men with the name. But progressives need to come together to fight<p>The Women’s March on Washington should be named The People’s March. I say that as a lifelong liberal and intersectional feminist activist: This march isn’t a women’s empowerment exercise, …

Feminism

Ashley Judd on How to Put an End to Online Gender Violence

“It started the minute I went online.” Ashley Judd has been on Twitter for six years, and for six years she has endured unrelenting abuse at the …

Sexism

Fox News dominated election news — especially among Trump voters

When it comes to campaign news, Donald Trump voters overwhelmingly point to Fox News as their leading source, according to a new survey released on Wednesday.<p>The Pew Research Center asked voters to write in their main news sources during the election. Forty percent of Trump voters named Fox News, …

Sexism

Chelsea Manning: a potent symbol for transgender Americans

NEW YORK (AP) — For most Americans, Chelsea Manning has been a hero or villain based on how they view her decision to leak classified material. For transgender people, she has another dimension — serving as a potent symbol of their struggles for acceptance.<p>With Tuesday's commutation of her prison …

Transgender

Atif Aslam Interrupts Concert After Seeing Sexual Harassment

The Pakistani pop star stopped the show to pull the woman from the audience.<p>A Pakistani pop star is gaining fans around the world after he stopped a concert mid-song to save a woman who was being sexually harassed in the audience.<p>Atif Aslam was performing at a concert in Karachi, Pakistan, on …

Sexism

On the Issue of Abortion, There's No Such Thing as Unity

A story today in the <i>New York Times</i> ponders the question of whether or not a woman can be both a feminist and a supporter of anti-choice public …

Feminism

Chelsea Manning's win not necessarily a big win for trans rights

With roughly 72 hours left of his term, President Barack Obama announced on Tuesday he would commute Chelsea Manning's prison sentence, ensuring her …

Transgender

Advisers urge Trump to dance with Caitlyn Jenner at inauguration

President-elect Donald Trump is being urged by some advisers to save at least one dance, as he celebrates his inauguration on Friday night, for a …

Caitlyn Jenner

Republican Legislator Kills Anti-Trans Bill To Focus On Non-Bigoted Things

Well isn't this a pleasant surprise?<p>An Indiana Republican legislator killed a bill this week that would prevent transgender people from changing the gender on their birth certificate to one that corresponds with their gender identity.<p>Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer, who chairs the Indiana General Assembly’s …

Transgender

Sheryl Sandberg Says This Is the Single Biggest Foe to Gender Equality

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg on Wednesday narrowed her fight for gender equality to a single enemy: Advertising.<p>"I d on’t think it’s possible to …

Women's News

Why is the Women's March excluding pro-life women?

Liberal feminists need to decide which they value more: ideological purity or political victory.<p>For the second time in as many weeks, a controversy …

Feminism

Genderless Nipples generates 50,000 followers on Instagram

Close-up images of nipples make it difficult – if not impossible – to tell whether they are male or female<p>An Instagram account depicting nipples in extreme close-up aims to topple sexist double standards in censorship on social media.<p>Genderless Nipples shares close-up images of nipples taken at …

Instagram

Feminism and the corporatization of kink

The second <i>Fifty Shades</i> movie – <i>Fifty Shades Darker</i> – is set to be released for Valentine’s Day and it won’t be the only S&M-themed entertainment heavily marketed to you this year. The acceptability, indeed corporatization of all things bondagey and female-submissivey show no signs of weakening. The …

Feminism

Caitlyn Jenner breaks her silence on why she's attending Donald Trump's inauguration

Caitlyn Jenner caused a stir last week when it was revealed that she would be attending Donald Trump's inauguration in Washington, DC, this weekend, …

Caitlyn Jenner

Are you facing mom bias at work?

The owner of a Chicago-based consulting and research firm, Arin Reeves has a law degree, a doctorate in sociology and a client list that includes Fortune 500 companies.<p>But that wasn't what an interviewer decided to focus on when considering her firm for a big project.<p>"Are you nervous about your …

Parenting

Separate is never equal: What “Hidden Figures” says about America’s trans bathroom debate

"Hidden figures" portrayal of whites-only NASA facility is visceral reminder of the stakes in trans bathroom debate<p>Can you imagine running half a mile in high heels just to go to the bathroom?<p>The most powerful scene in Theodore Melfi’s “Hidden Figures,” starring Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson …

Transgender

The Somehow Controversial Women’s March on Washington

In two days, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as President. The day after that, hundreds of thousands of women plan to meet at the Capitol and demonstrate against a new regime that has already, during its transition to power, shown itself to be plutocratic and friendly to various forms of …

Feminism

Walk This Way: Some Things To Know Before You March This Weekend

Not to tell you something you don't already know, but what began as a plan for a post-inaugural protest against the ridiculous new president of these …

Feminism

A Gallery Exhibit Featuring Over 80 Female-Identifying Artists is Challenging Donald Trump’s Presidency

Around 400 artists submitted over 1,800 pieces for consideration within the one-month timeframe.<p>Donald Trump takes office on January 20, and one New York-based gallery is channeling the feelings and frustrations of millions of women into a large group exhibit of artwork on the heels of his …

Feminism

The Women’s March Paints an Optimistic Future for Feminism

“Women’s rights are human rights”<p>“I see solidarity as something that I try to live with every single day,” Carmen Perez tells me by phone. Perez is …

Feminism

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on Why You Can Be a Feminist and Love Makeup

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie being named the face of Boots No. 7 is not breaking news. The Nigerian-born author has been featured in the ads for the brand's No. 7 Match Made Skin Tone Analysis (the in-store service that helps you find your perfect foundation shade with the help of a device) since …

Feminism

Why 4 Women Want 1 Million Women To Send In Their Stories

The Million Women’s Voices project is making January 21st a day for all women.<p><i>This is the voice of a woman who isn’t going to sit back and be quiet.</i><p><i>I am that link the chain that broke the cycle of poverty.</i><p><i>Growing up I was always called “bossy” instead of a “leader.”</i><p>These are the voices of women who …

Feminism

Carlson starts strong at Fox News Channel

NEW YORK (AP) — In his first week, Tucker Carlson moved seamlessly into Megyn Kelly's time slot at Fox News Channel without skipping a beat in the ratings.<p>Carlson averaged just under 3 million viewers for his first week of shows in Fox's prime-time lineup, or 10 percent more than the 2.72 million …

Sexism

The Hard, Adrenaline-Soaked Truth About 'Toxic Masculinity'

Have you felt the touch of “toxic masculinity” lately? Maybe you just didn’t realize when its steely grip grabbed you by the back of the neck, say some academics at Duke and more.<p>Wait a second, you say, what is toxic masculinity?<p>Quite right, we need a definition. This is a relatively new and …

Masculinity

Caitlyn Jenner is attending the inauguration

Caitlyn Jenner is getting presidential.<p>Page Six has confirmed that Jenner will be attending Donald Trump’s inauguration in DC on Friday.<p>“Caitlyn has …

Caitlyn Jenner

Why non-Americans will be marching this weekend

I can almost hear the cries coming from “America First” Trump supporters, castigating the tens of thousands of non-Americans who’ve said they’ll …

Feminism