Gender

In premodern Japan, it was common for aristocrats and samurai to pursue male lovers

I’m an anthropologist who grew up in Japan and has lived there, off and on, for 22 years. Yet every visit to Tokyo’s Harajuku district still surprises me. In the eye-catching styles modeled by fashion-conscious young adults, there’s a kind of street theater, with crowded alleyways serving as …

Women's News

Women sent Silicon Valley a message. Will it listen?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Could it be that the tide is turning when it comes to men and women in the American workplace?<p>Hot on the heels of Uber chief Travis Kalanick's resignation in the wake of various sexual assault scandals at his company, Binary Capital has announced that co-founder Justin Caldbeck is on …

Feminism

Men still die before women. Is toxic masculinity to blame?

Many assume that shorter male lifespans are driven by biological factors. Yet the health consequences of traditional male identity cannot be underestimated<p>For much of recent history, men have tended to die earlier than women, though this was not always the case: for many centuries, the perils of …

Women's News

The Republican Lawmaker Who Secretly Created Reddit’s Women-Hating ‘Red Pill’

A web of secret online identities connects the creator of the misogynistic Red Pill forum to a New Hampshire state representative.<p>Last November, voters in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region re-elected to the state house of representatives a man who appears to be one of the secret architects of the …

Feminism

Anita Sarkeesian Tries to Rewrite History, Claims YouTuber Wanted to ‘Intimidate’ Her at Vidcon

Following Anita Sarkeesian’s outburst against Carl “Sargon of Akkad” Benjamin at one of her Vidcon panels last week, the Feminist Frequency host has …

Feminism

Artist Elle Is Celebrating The Beautiful Experience Of Being A Black Woman

"My art is the fantasy of my best life"<p>Known only as Elle, the London-based artist who tags all her work #Ellestrations, first caught my eye with her illustrative dance between realism and dreamlike drawings. Though her work started off as personal doodles, it is now growing into a varied …

Feminism

J.K. Rowling became a billionaire by masquerading as a man

What’s changed since Mary Anne Evans wrote under the pseudonym George Elliot more than a century ago? Not a lot.<p>J.K. Rowling is celebrating the publication of her first Harry Potter book 20 years ago on June 26, 1997 and thanked her fans on Twitter. But as she told this BBC Television interviewer, …

J. K. Rowling

The EveryMan Project Is Redefining Male Beauty in the Most Inspiring Way

<i>Every Body celebrates inclusivity and the representation of human beings in every shape and form.</i><p>It can be easy to forget that the body positivity movement isn’t just for women; men suffer body-image issues too. That’s why one photographer is working to challenge the dominant image of men that gets …

Feminism

10 Best Countries to Live In

So, you've decided that maybe it's time for somewhere new, but where to? There's so much to consider in making the choice: there are the places where people live the longest and where they are healthiest; there are the cities where expats can live their best lives and those that are paradises for …

Geography

Sofia Coppola’s Blatant Erasure of Black Women in The Beguiled Highlights How White Women Are Complicit in White Supremacy

It’s been quite a busy couple of months for white women. After 53 percent of them handed Donald Trump the election at the conclusion of 2016, they …

Feminism

Bakeries are at the center of the Supreme Court’s next big case on LGBTQ rights

The key question: Does a baker’s religious belief trump a state’s civil rights protections for LGBTQ people?<p>The next big Supreme Court case on LGBTQ rights also involves cake.<p>On Monday, the nation’s highest court announced it will hear a case about whether laws that shield LGBTQ people from …

Equality

#femvertising: Indian advertisements are slowly trying to overturn sexist notions

India's advertisements not only challenge but also reverse the dominant roles that Indian men assume with the women in their lives.<p>Social marketing …

Women's News

Heather Watson tells online trolls: sport isn't about looking perfect

Tennis player sends defiant message to critics of her appearance, saying women need to feel comfortable in their own skin<p>The British tennis player Heather Watson has spoken out against online abuse she has received over her weight and appearance and urged other women to “feel comfortable in their …

Feminism

So We Can't Even Prosecute Our Rapists Now?

A 19-year-old North Carolina woman was shocked to learn that once you've said "yes" to sex, you apparently can't say "no."<p>In the endless debates over sexual assault in this country, there is one thing most people seem to agree on: If you have sex with someone after they've said "no," it's rape. …

Feminism

Former Paul Ryan opponent reveals she is now Rebecca Solen, a transgender woman

In 2016, Wisconsin Democrat Ryan Solen faced off against Republican incumbent Paul Ryan for a seat in the House of Representatives. Ryan beat Solen …

Transgender

Top Feminist Slammed for Saying Female-Only Spa Shouldn’t Admit Trans Women

Canadian journalist Meghan Murphy has impeccably ‘woke’ credentials. She is the Founder and Editor of <i>Feminist Current</i>, which bills itself as …

Feminism

Nike Features a Transgender Woman of Color in Its Newest Ad for Pride Month

Voguing legend Leiomy Maldona stars in the #BeTrueCampaign.<p>To celebrate Pride Month, Nike cast transgender vogue artist and ballroom dancer Leiomy Maldonado in a new video campaign for its #BeTrue collection. It's the second Nike commercial to feature a transgender athlete after Chris Mosier, the …

Transgender

Dow Jones won’t talk about its reported pay gap problem

Dow Jones, the parent company of <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>, <i>Barron’s</i> and other news publications, is refusing to publicly discuss a report showing …

Dow Jones

Google refuses to hand over salary data after Labor Dept accuses it of underpaying women

Google is refusing to hand over salary data to the government after the Labor Dept accused it of underpaying female employees …<p>The <i>WSJ</i> reports that the government sued Google back in January after an initial analysis suggested a problem.<p>The Labor Department sued Google in January after the company …

Google

This Man's Viral Post Shows Why Men Play An Important Role In Feminism

Twenty-year-old Tori Jenkins had just arrived to a pool with her fiancé, Tyler Newman, and five of their friends when Jenkins says she was chastised …

Feminism

Lena Dunham Reveals Two New Huge Tattoos, ‘It Gives Me a Sense Of Control’

She’s the boss of her own body! <b>Lena Dunham</b> revealed her latest ink —two huge tattoos along with a message about body confidence to her Instagram …

Feminism

United Nations Moves to Fight Ads That Objectify and Sexualize Women to Sell Products

Last week, the United Nations announced on Thursday that it will be partnering with companies like Johnson & Johnson, Google, Facebook, and Twitter …

Feminism

What’s the best age gap in a relationship?

We examine the evidence, from divorce rates to life expectancy<p>When a friend opts to date someone who is old enough to be their parent, a common …

Women's News

Transgender Prejudice And The Belief In A Biological Basis For Gender

Support the news<p>As June comes to an end, so do many events associated with Pride Month, a month-long celebration of sexual diversity and gender …

Women's News

British Airways embroiled in sexism row with Miriam Gonzalez for referring to girls as 'little princesses'

British Airways has become locked in a sexism row with Miriam Gonzalez Durantez after she criticised the airline for referring to girls as “little princesses” in an in-flight magazine.<p>The high-profile lawyer, who is married to former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, said that the advertisement had …

Airlines

Men and Women Disagree on Whether Trump Is Good for the Economy

The American electorate split by gender in the last presidential election, with the majority of men voting for Donald Trump, and the majority of …

Women's News

Canada Could Get $150 Billion GDP Lift By Closing Its Gender Gap - Bloomberg

Bringing more women into the workforce and paying them on par with men could add $150 billion to Canada’s economy by 2026, roughly equivalent to the …

Canada

McEnroe vs. Serena: 44 years after ‘Battle of the Sexes,’ the same dumb debate

Here we are in 2017 discussing whether Serena Williams can beat the 700th-ranked male tennis player or a 58-year-old guy with a big mouth. Why is it that we’re still framing a battle of the sexes as the ultimate test, as if until a woman athlete proves she can beat a mediocre man, she won’t have …

Tennis

Download This Free Mini Zine Now And Pass It Around

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that in 2017, a woman’s right to choose what she does with her body is being threatened by our …

Feminism

The Hunger to Stop Hurting

Roxane Gay’s new book—the “most difficult writing experience of my life,” she admits on Page 4—is called <i>Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body</i><i>.</i> Those …

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