Gender

I’m a sexual consent educator. Here’s what’s missing in the Aziz Ansari conversation.

How demanding female sexual pleasure makes us all better at understanding consent.<p>“How do you know what you want to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to in bed?”<p>The first time I heard the question, it caught me by surprise. I was talking with a student journalist about my first book, <i>Yes Means Yes: Visions of</i> …

Feminism

Dear men, #MeToo isn't trying to silence you. It's trying to empower you

The #MeToo backlash is upon us. There’s already been a contingent of men and women worrying about “witch hunts” and overcorrections. Now, in the wake of a controversial article accusing Hollywood star Aziz Ansari of sexual misconduct, the idea that the movement has gone too far is gaining momentum. …

Feminism

'Time is up for Woody Allen': are Dylan Farrow's allegations finally sticking?

The film-maker has been labeled ‘toxic’ as actors vow never to work with him again – but some diehard fans pledge to continue their support<p>When Dylan Farrow first shared her public account of sexual assault at the hands of her father Woody Allen, actors ignored her personal pleas for support. It …

Woody Allen

It's Time to Map the Wilderness of Bad Sex

“It took a really long time for me to validate this as sexual assault,” an anonymous 23-year-old woman going by the name Grace recently told the …

Feminism

My life and career were ruined when I was called out for sexual harassment. I'm glad – I deserved it

Three months ago, I was found out. During my career as a presenter and writer on YouTube, my success gave me a sudden and unexpected degree of …

Feminism

Someone Edited Out All the Men in 'Saving Private Ryan,' and It's Hilarious

<i>Star Wars: The Last Jedi</i>, as everyone knows, is a cinematic marvel. It has a 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, was the highest-grossing film of 2017, and guess what—almost all of its major characters were women and POC. That last fact did not sit well with one man, however, who decided to show us all …

Feminism

OnlyFans is the site where porn is more intimate than ever

The subscription site is fast becoming the Patreon of porn, where sex workers are the ones in charge<p>19January 2018<p>It’s no secret that the British government hates wanking. Not only did the ruling party describe porn as a ‘source of harm’ in its manifesto, it also passed legislation (which will come …

Feminism

Aziz Ansari is not the woke desi feminist we thought he was

It’s easy to support Aziz Ansari and his work. He’s a poster boy for representation done respectfully and, well, marks the first time someone contextualised the desi south Asian identity instead of merely exploiting it. He also represents a certain educated ability of the international, …

Feminism

We need #MeToo now more than ever

The many faces of the #MeToo backlash: From Weinstein to The New School, push back against sexual harassment allegations is gathering steam. The …

Aziz Ansari

Let’s talk about (bad) sex: The fight for female pleasure matters

We have to talk openly about consent. And you know what? We have to talk openly about orgasms, too<p>To paraphrase Samantha Bee, we need to start f**king like feminists.<p>In the initial onslaught of revelations of sexual harassment and abuse, the conversation focused largely on workplace dynamics. Men …

Feminism

Alexa needs to shut down sexual harassment by shutting down

Amazon has changed the way Alexa responds to suggestive and abusive language aimed at her, in response to outcries following the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment. While her new response is admirable, I think there’s another way she can correct her harassers: by denying them her</i> …

Feminism

Beyond consenting, women actually want to enjoy sex

The long-held idea that women 'give' sex to men to get something else is thankfully on its way out. But the belief still persists, as is evident in exchanges like the one that took place between Aziz Ansari and an anonymous woman who told her story this week. What if, instead of treating a woman …

Feminism

Aziz Ansari row shows men wishing to be feminist allies must take off blinkers of privilege

The day the Aziz Ansari controversy hit social media like a storm, a dear friend – let’s call him K – and I, had a long conversation about love and …

Feminism

New Video from Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Outing Shows Her Calling Him a Feminist

Yesterday, my favorite couple that I don't actually know IRL—Meghan Markle and Prince Harry—stepped out in Wales to visit Cardiff Castle and partake in various activities, some involving adorable children. While I loved the outfit, the obvious affection between the two, and, yes, that perfectly …

Royal Family

Check Out These Crazy Fake Ads That Turn Stereotypes on Their Heads

Artist Eli Rezkallah has created a 'parallel universe' of images in which men do housework and serve women, not the other way around.<p>The current societal movement to expose sexual harassment and assault and humanize victims shows that gender bias and inequality prevail, often under the radar. …

Feminism

Shut Up, Alec Baldwin: The Self-Confessed ‘Sexist’ Defending Hollywood’s Alleged Abusers

The ‘30 Rock’ and ‘SNL’ star has emerged as one of the worst celebrity voices during the #MeToo movement.<p>Remember when we thought that putting Alec …

Women's News

Helen Mirren: 'Men would expose themselves to me once a week'

Dame Helen Mirren has said she "often" had to deal with men flashing her as a young actress, in an interview with NBC's Sunday Today.<p>Speaking about the film industry's recent spate of sexual harassment and assault allegations, the Oscar-winning actress said that although she had not had any such …

Celebrity News (India)

The Aziz Ansari Consent Debate Isn't The Same As #MeToo, But It's Just As Important

News<p>Babe.net's reporting of 'Grace's encounter with Ansari neither did justice to her nor to the unfolding conversation about consent<p><i>This is your</i> …

Feminism

Andrew Sullivan: #MeToo and the Taboo Topic of Nature

A long time ago now, I came rather abruptly face-to-face with what being a man means.<p>I don’t mean the gay thing. Figuring that out in the 1970s …

Feminism

Siam Lee, sex workers and the culture of victim blaming

Siam Lee’s story has been dominating the headlines over the last two weeks. Like so many other victims of sexual assault and violent crimes, the …

News (South Africa)

The resistance is full of prudes

The Stormy Daniels scandal highlights how we still fail sex workers.<p>Throughout Trump’s presidency, one thing has been made very clear: Combating …

Culture

Justin Baldoni's new web series wants to help men grow

It is, in many ways, a terrifying time in Hollywood. Women are reliving some of their worst traumas on a daily basis, whether by outing a sexual …

Feminism

11 feminist books to read in honor of the 2018 Women's March

We can hardly believe it’s been almost one year since the 2017 Women’s March. And we can’t wait to march again this year. In honor of the 2018 …

Feminism

Ariel Winter Expertly Shut Down Some Man Who Said She Dressed Like She's Asking to Be Harassed

Some man on Twitter (cue the collective eye rolls) decided that women’s clothing is the reason why there is so much sexual harassment in Hollywood …

Feminism

Locking panties and man-repelling bracelets: Is this what the women of 2018 need?

In the promised reckoning over sexual assault, harassment and rape culture, a bracelet probably wasn’t the solution the women of 2018 were hoping for.<p>But here it is. Last week, a Dutch start-up announced the sale of the Invi bracelet, the latest in a long line of odd implements designed for fending …

Lifestyle

Lorde Weighs in on the #MeToo Movement and Amplifying Women of Color's Voices

In January 2017, <b>Lorde</b> issued a tweet: "These old men in power have a storm coming, the likes of which they cannot comprehend."<p>A year later, it seems …

Feminism

Lorde's Comments On #MeToo Show Again That She’s Wise Beyond Her Years

Lorde started her career as an impossibly cool teen, and she’s just getting better with age. In an new interview with <i>Billboard</i>, the pop star, born …

Feminism

Channel 4 calls in security experts after Cathy Newman suffers online abuse

Interviewer subjected to ‘vicious misogynistic abuse’ after encounter with controversial Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson<p>Channel 4 News has called in security specialists to analyse threats made to presenter Cathy Newman following her interview with a controversial Canadian psychologist who …

Feminism

How the Clinton-Lewinsky Affair Affected Public Discussions on Sex

By Juliet Williams<p>Twenty years ago, major news outlets reported allegations that then-President Bill Clinton had a sexual relationship with a …

Juanita Broaddrick

A statue of pioneering feminist Millicent Fawcett to be unveiled in Parliament Square

It was, appropriately, on International Women’s Day 2016, as she was jogging around Parliament Square, that the feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez first noticed every one of its 11 statues portrayed a man.<p>Her petition to add a suffragette to their number attracted nearly 85,000 signatures, …

Feminism