Women's News

Makeup Can Give Trans Women Freedom — But It Can Also Take It Away

The ‘damned if you do, damned if you don’t’ relationship most women have with makeup gets turned up a notch when you’re trans.<p>On most mornings, Riley Silverman prepares for her day with a simple makeup routine: BB cream, maybe some light foundation, eyeliner, occasionally a little lipstick. It’s a …

Gender

Judge Grants Oregon Resident the Right to Be Genderless

History was quietly made in Oregon this month when a judge granted a Portlander's request to become genderless.<p>Patch, a 27-year-old video game designer, is likely the first legally agender person in the United States.<p>The Multnomah County Court granted Patch a "General Judgment of Name and Sex …

Gender

An economist warns that the next generation of feminists will feel even more frustrated

Two weeks ago, on International Women’s Day, women workers were urged to abstain from paid and unpaid labor in order to demonstrate how much the economy depends on female participation. As women work more hours than men worldwide each day, their importance is undeniable. But while the last few …

Gender

First transgender bride on Say Yes to the Dress wants to show 'trans people can love and be loved'

<i>This story originally appeared on PEOPLE.com.</i><p>Gabrielle Gibson never expected to get married, let alone be picking out a wedding dress at Kleinfeld’s on <i>Say Yes to the Dress</i>. But now the transgender bride is making history as the first to appear on the original version of the show.<p>“This whole …

Transgender

This Book Is A Sex Scandal

I read <i>Sex Scandal—The Drive to Abolish Male and Female</i> by Ashley McGuire in nibbles as I traveled over the last two weeks.<p>I opened the book and found McGuire saying, “Sex has become scandalous. I don’t mean the ‘sex’ you’re thinking of … I’m talking about sex as it demarcates male and female….”<p>I …

Gender

40 Girls Killed in Fire at Guatemalan Youth Home Where Rape & Abuse Were Rampant

At least 40 girls died in a fire on March 8 at the Hogar Seguro Virgen de la Asunción, a youth center in Guatemala with a history of abuse, rape and corruption.<p>The girls were locked in a room following a riot, where the teens complained about sexual violence and abuse at the center and threw …

Girls' Rights

Duchess of Cambridge admits she suffers lack of confidence over pressure of being 'perfect parent'

To the watching world, she navigates motherhood with ease, marshalling two impeccably-behaved small children while wearing sky-high heels and a smile for the cameras.<p>Mere mortals may be pleased to learn, then, that even the Duchess of Cambridge has struggled after having babies, as she admits …

Mental Health

We’re Having the Wrong Conversation About Maternity Leave

It’s not just a “women’s issue”<p>Before I had my daughter, the concept of maternity leave made sense to me. It seemed — in an abstract, removed way — …

Babies

Orgasm Equality

As we devoured Peggy Orenstein’s brilliant book, <i>Girls & Sex</i>, we found ourselves thinking not just about girls, but ourselves. The misconceptions and …

Feminism

Why All Bathrooms Should Be Gender-Neutral

The day Donald Trump rescinded protections that allowed trans students to use the bathroom of their choosing was like any other day for me. I went to …

Gender

Megan Rapinoe returns to USWNT roster for April exhibitions

CHICAGO -- Midfielder Megan Rapinoe is back on the U.S. women's national team roster for a pair of friendlies in Texas next month.<p>The United States …

Megan Rapinoe

Solange On Being An Artist & Feminist

Being Beyoncé's younger sibling is tough. But Solange has masterfully created her own unique image and brand, from her style to her sound to her totally tranquil interviews. As talented as she is as a singer and performer, she has also made herself known for her insightful interviews and zen-like …

Feminism

Thinx sold its period underwear as a feminist cause — now its customers are questioning both

Lexie Abbott, a college student from Bethesda, Md., got several pairs of period underwear from the start-up Thinx for Christmas. Abbott really liked the absorbent, reusable product, and was eyeing another pair for her birthday next month.<p>That changed once she read a series of harmful allegations …

Feminism

Barack Obama Releases Statement on the 7th Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act

Tl;dr Repeal it at your own peril.<p>Barack Obama, who (thank heavens) will not go quietly into the night, released an epic statement this morning to mark the seventh and potentially last anniversary of the imperiled Affordable Care Act, which he signed into law in 2010.<p>Late this evening, the House of …

Health Care

An Appreciation of the Unexpected Feminism in Riverdale

In the beloved, long-running <i>Archie</i> comic books, everything centers on maybe the most iconic American love triangle of all time: high schoolers Archie Andrews, gingery “nice guy,” Betty Cooper, the blonde girl next door, and Veronica Lodge, the spoiled, raven-haired vixen. Whenever things inevitably …

TV

Page Turner: Joan Morgan’s ‘Chickenheads’ Re-Released at 18

<i>'Being a chickenhead is a young woman's game, so if that's your only currency it's a strategic problem. But beauty and erotics are currency just like anything else.'</i><i>~ Joan Morgan</i><p>After nearly two decades, Joan Morgan's book, When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost: My Life as a Hip Hop Feminist, was …

Feminism

violent femme

Susanne Oberbeck AKA No Bra is discussing the track she uploaded to Soundcloud last November, just one week after the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States: her modest proposal for a solution called “Sex Slave in the White House”. “(Trump just has) this compulsion to dominate,” …

Gender

This writer asked women to share their mansplaining experiences, and the results were hilariously sad

Talking about mansplaining with other women can be just the release you need sometimes. Because <i>women get it</i>. Men? Not so much. It’s hard to explain …

Feminism

Senator Apologizes for Joke About Losing Mammogram Benefits

A Republican Senator apologized for joking about losing his mammogram benefits under the GOP’s proposed health care bill.<p>Congress is slated to vote …

Women's Health

Why women overload texts with emojis, as explained by one hilarious video

When Rebecca Blaine Carton worked in an all-women office, she came to realize how necessary emojis and friendly punctuation have become for basic communication. Notes about meeting times or office supplies were always cluttered with multiple exclamation points, symbols, or smiley faces. And if you …

Body Language

IBM in the cloud: Inside the tech giant’s quest to stand out against Amazon, Microsoft and Google

LAS VEGAS — IBM CEO Ginni Rometty seemed this week to be the living embodiment of what could be the company’s new mission statement: work with …

IBM

The GOP’s Health Care Plan Will Seriously Raise the Cost of Having a Baby

Essential health benefits are targeted.<p>The cost of having a baby could skyrocket if House Republicans make a reported change to their health care …

Health Care

NCAA set to pick title sites, could leave North Carolina out

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The NCAA will start deciding on locations for its upcoming championships next week and has indicated it will leave North Carolina out of that process if the state hasn't changed a law that limits LGBT rights by that time.<p>In a statement Thursday, exactly one year to the day …

North Carolina

Ariel Levy On The Illusion Of "Having It All"

Ariel Levy is a journalist’s journalist. Which is to say, she’s idolized by young women writers everywhere. Rising through the ranks of <i>New York Magazine</i> to land a job at <i>The New Yorker,</i> where she’s been a staff writer for nine years, she’s made her name penning generous profiles of unconventional …

Feminism

Progressive women’s group has some surprising praise for Fox News

Compared to newspapers and television broadcasts, online news has the greatest gender diversity of any news medium, according to a new study from a group founded by feminist trailblazer Gloria Steinem and actress Jane Fonda.<p>Perhaps surprisingly, when it comes to online news, Fox News has the best …

Journalism

Spain's female bodyguards who protect abused women

<b>When Ana reported her male former partner for an assault at her home in Spain she thought she would be protected.</b><p>In fact she ended up living as a prisoner alone in her own house, afraid to go out in case she was confronted by her aggressor once more.<p>"I was living in terror. The only thing the …

Violence Against Women

Wendy Houvenaghel says she experienced bullying and sexism in British Cycling

<b>Former Great Britain rider Wendy Houvenaghel has spoken of her time on the British cycling team, and says there was a 'medal at any cost' …

Cycling

Manchester City rides Carli Lloyd's first goal for team in UWCL win

United States star Carli Lloyd scored her first goal for Manchester City in her UEFA Women's Champions League debut on Thursday.<p>Lloyd, playing in her …

Carli Lloyd

Sexual Harassment Isn’t About Sex, It’s About Power

The Thinx controversy is an important reminder of this.<p>It was only 26 years ago that Anita Hill became one of the most talked about women in the country, thanks to her sexual harassment allegations against then-Supreme Court Justice hopeful Clarence Thomas. Just 26 years ago, when we began, as a …

Sexism

From Camille Paglia, ‘Free Women, Free Men’ and No Sacred Cows

<b>FREE WOMEN, FREE MEN</b><b><br>Sex, Gender, Feminism</b><br>By Camille Paglia<br>Illustrated. 315 pages. Pantheon. $26.95.<p>“One test of un homme sérieux,” Christopher Hitchens wrote, “is that it is possible to learn from him even when one radically disagrees with him.” By this measure, Camille Paglia is une femme sérieuse …

Feminism