Articles about Women
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This Text Message Exchange Between a Mother and Daughter is Pure Gold
When Belinda Hankins got a text message from her 13-year-old daughter, who was shopping for period products, it started an exchange that will resonate with women everywhere. Enjoy.
5 Lies About Abortion Doctors Are Forced to Tell You
Picture this: you hurt yourself, and you go to the doctor to talk about knee surgery. What would you think if your doctor was required — by law — to tell you that the operation...
Living With Chronic Illness: Your Worth Isn't Dependent on What You Do
I recently spent 4 weeks in hospital. This morning, lying in bed, in severe pain and unable to move, I had a strange feeling of missing hospital. Not the noisy and un-restful...
What's Wrong With Being in Someone's "Friend Zone"?
I once read a Dear Abby column responding to a letter from a girl who, as I recall, was in middle school. She was asking for advice about an awkward incident that happened to...
Healing a Suicide Attempt: Cartooning My Experience
In April 2012, I attempted suicide whilst living in San Francisco. It was - obviously - an incredibly intense time, but in many ways the time that followed the attempt was...
Precarious Lives: Memorializing Women of Color Who Died After Police Encounters
The editorial staff of Othering & Belonging: Expanding the Circle of Human Concern, a publication from the University of California at Berkeley’s Haas Institute for a Fair and I
For Little Girls Inspired by Hillary Clinton
As an Indigenous woman who organizes in the hopes that both Black and Brown people might know greater freedom, safety and self determination, I am no fan of electoral...
We Already Know How to Reduce Police Racism and Violence
Recent research has shown cities what works. For starters, hire more female police officers.
Why Has It Taken the Menstrual Cup so Long to Go Mainstream?
Its long, sputtering history tells us that we change what we use only after we change how we think.
Dear Straight Allies, Please Don't Come to Pride Until You've Understood These 6 Things
1. The first Pride was a police riot. We hold Pride each summer to commemorate the Stonewall Riots of 1969. At the time, most states had laws banning LGBT people from...
Five Signs You've Found an Evolved Man, and Why You Should Be Scared Sh**less
For all the women looking for an evolved man and all the men trying to live up to the standard.
In the Absence of the Village, Mothers Struggle Most
Dear Mothers, I’m writing you today because I can no longer contain the ache in my gut and fire in my heart over an injustice that you and I are bearing the brunt of. Though...
Husbandry: a Feminist Reclamation of Men's Responsibility to Care
To stop the economy’s advance towards greed and destruction, we need new metaphors and images that inspire a radically different alternative.
Why It's Crucial for Women to Heal the Mother Wound
The issue at the core of women’s empowerment is the mother wound
Jessica Valenti: My Life as a 'Sex Object'
In her teens, strangers flashed her on the subway, teachers asked for hugs and boys joked about her breasts. Should she laugh off a lifetime of objectification – or get angry?
The Little Man Who Lives in My Head
“It finally clicked. I have bad self esteem when it comes to men.” — Journal Entry, October 27, 2015
We Sold Feminism to the Masses, and Now It Means Nothing
These days, feminism is on fleek. Touted by everyone from Dove to Barbie to Taylor Swift, consumer capitalism has made feminism sexy, fun, cool—and remarkably easy to claim as...
The Most Radical Experiment in Direct Democracy and Gender Equality can be Found in the Middle East
Rahila Gupta meets the women fighters who are helping to stop the advance of ISIS while also leading a radical democratic charge against capitalist ideology. Welcome to the...
A Non-Exhaustive List of All the Things I Used to Do to Try to Become More Beautiful
I used to get made fun of for my big front teeth. Once, when I got home from school, I found my mom’s nail file and tried to file them down. The edge of the nail file caught...
Photo Series Depicts Women's Experience of Male Entitlement
"Boundaries" draws attention to the oppression of male entitlement that women feel on a daily basis in everyday life.
A Better Analogy for Sexual Assault
Emma Lindsay responds to an all too common argument about women’s responsibilities with respect to alcohol and rape
Sexism Is Hard to Explain
This morning I was walking into my building and a man was walking parallel with me. He was going towards one set of doors; I was going towards a pair adjacent to them. He...
This All-Women Bike Crew Is Running Gentrifiers Out of Town
Almost six years ago, Xela de la X, a local Los Angeles community activist and musician, organized the first Luna Ride, a nighttime bicycling event that takes place beneath the...
"Women Can't Play Music"
Self-esteem holds us back and undermines our happiness; but it can be overcome
White Men Needed to Play Devil's Advocate
Someone posted this amazing ad on Montreal Craigslist
Traditional Gender Norms Are Imprisoning All of Us - Let's Be Whole Human Beings
The world needs all of us to become healers. It needs us to nurture the sacred feminine and the sacred masculine that lies dormant to various degrees within each and every one...
I Am Half: How Can We Inspire More Men to Make a Public Stand for Equality?
Most of the pain and killing and suffering comes from the hands of men in my age group. If all of a sudden all the men between 25-35 did half of what was on this list. If all...
Ending Circumcision: Where Sex and Violence First Meet
Flowers In the Rain Cold, wet, and tired from the long morning rally, my eight year-old asks again why we are here. We are standing with about fifty other media people...
Bernie Vs. Hillary: What's a Feminist to Do?
America's Only Elected Female Socialist on Women and the Presidential Race
Feminism Against Capitalism
Ultimately the goals of a radical feminism and socialism are the same — justice and equality for all people.
What the Icelandic Know - Gender Equality in Iceland
An American Photographer Explores Gender Equality and Sexism in one of the Most Equal Countries on Earth.
Why Patriarchy Persists (And How We Can Change It)
“Patriarchy has no gender.” ― bell hooks in Teaching Critical Thinking: Practical Wisdom bell hooks’ quote is a clear reminder that patriarchy does not just describe male...
The Trouble With Equality: Feminism and the Forgotten Places of Power
"...Patriarchy is not the rule of men over women, it's the rule of the binary - the insistence that there really are sides, and that each is a pre-existing category unto...
The Commodification of Self Care and the Terrible Art of Relentless Self Love
“Listen to me, your body is not a temple. Temples can be destroyed and desecrated. Your body is a forest—thick canopies of maple trees and sweet scented wildflowers sprouting...
Rojava’s Democratic, Feminist Revolution a Source of Hope among Horror
In the Rojava region of Syria, despite the difficulties, people are organizing communes and women’s councils. Syria can seem an endless black hole of misery, but in the...
The Repressed Man: What He Really Needs From His Partner
We hear a lot of talk about the oppression of women, but do we really hear any talk about the oppression of men? Quite frankly, I never have. At least not in the way I'm about...
The Conflicting Way Women Relate to Sex
(and how to overcome it)
Gender and the Body Language of Power
Philosopher Sandra Lee Bartky once observed that being feminine often means using one’s body to portray powerlessness.  Consider: A feminine person keeps her body small and...
Open Letter to Hillary Clinton From a Young Palestinian Feminist
Dear Secretary Clinton: As a young Palestinian girl growing up in a patriarchal society, your speeches about women's rights inspired me to imagine a world where gender...
Caitlin Moran's Posthumous Advice for Her Daughter
My daughter is about to turn 13 and I’ve been smoking a lot recently, and so – in the wee small hours, when my lungs feel like there’s a small mouse inside them, scratching to...
What Happened When This Woman Included 'Feminist' on Her Tinder Profile
No matter which way you swipe, misogyny comes from all angles on Tinder. The Instagram account Feminist_Tinder is bringing these dudes into the limelight by highlighting the...
'This Girl Don't Got Nobody': On the Violence in a South Carolina Classroom
Though a police officer exacted the physical violence caught on camera, a teacher, school administrator, and judge participated in it, too. Each of them prioritized power...
Famous Quotes, The Way a Woman Would Have to Say Them During a Meeting.
“A few weeks ago at work,” Jennifer Lawrence wrote in an essay for Lenny (yup, I guess I’m subscribed to Lenny now! Well played, Lena Dunham). “I spoke my mind and gave my...
Audre Lorde: "Learning From the 60s" (1982)
"Hopefully, we can learn from the 60s that we cannot afford to do our enemies' work by destroying each other."
Understanding Patriarchy
Patriarchy is the single most life-threatening social disease assaulting the male body and spirit in our nation. Yet most men do not use the word “patriarchy” in everyday life...
Sweden's Feminist Foreign Minister Has Dared to Tell the Truth About Saudi Arabia. What Happens Now Concerns Us All
Margot Wallström’s principled stand deserves wide support. Betrayal seems more likely
How Men Reacted to Their Moms Getting Catcalled
Some men might not have firsthand experience with catcalling, but when sons sat down to watch video of their moms being catcalled, the issue hit close to home.  Condé Nast...
The Ecosexual Awakening
From the anthology Ecosexuality: When Nature Inspires the Arts of Love I hesitate to start an essay with definitions as if I could compel you with force of logic to accept...
I Love Being a Woman
“I am a woman. I am thankful for that, for I like being a woman.” Already this statement, if spoken in full truth, requires a fundamental shift in the worldview of women...
A Woman Who Makes This Statement Today Needs Revolutionary Courage
I want to live in a community with men and women, with children, animals and plants so that I am not continually forced to hide my actual being from the others. Perception and...