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Our Assessment of Parents Is More Informed by Moral Judgment Than Actual Risks

One of the biggest challenges for today’s parents is figuring out how much freedom to give their children. The range of permissibility, flanked by overbearing on one side and negligent on the other, is narrow and subject to change at any moment. Show More Summary

That Sexist Job-Search Advice About Engagement Rings? Female Academics Have Heard It for Years.

Last week, executive recruiter Bruce Hurwitz dropped in from 1973 to offer some real talk to the networkers of LinkedIn: If you’re a woman interviewing for a job, “Lose the rock!” You heard the man, gals: If you’re engaged to be married,...Show More Summary

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

The Navajo Nation filed a lawsuit against the EPA and five corporations Tuesday for poisoning their waterways in last year’s Gold King Mine Spill.  Purvi Patel could be released from jail in September. Patel was charged with both feticide and felony neglect of a dependent, based on the theory that she had self-induced an abortion and […]

Today in rape culture: Pre-college edition

Because we needed another reminder that a promising young athlete’s bright potential mustn’t be dimmed by the consequences of a rape conviction: 18-year-old rising collegian David Becker was charged with two counts of rape and one count of indecent assault and battery after sexually assaulting two unconscious classmates at a house party in 2015. Show More Summary

Scott Brown Defends Himself Against Sexual Harassment Charges in Fawning Interview

Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown defended himself on Wednesday against charges that he sexually harassed former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros on-set. In a lawsuit, Tantaros alleged that Brown “made a number of sexually inappropriate...Show More Summary

Judge rules company within rights to fire employee for being trans

Last Thursday, a federal court judge in Detroit ruled that a funeral home had the right to fire Aimee Stephens because she came out as trans. This case adds to the climate of transphobia our country has been dealing with this year and could have national consequences for trans people’s employment rights.  Aimee Stephens worked as the director of the […]

A Chinese Woman Thanks Fu Yuanhui: Let’s Talk Periods & Sexual Freedom

Editor’s note: Some of the external links in this piece are in Chinese. You will need to use your browser’s translation function to read them. Chinese swimmer Fu Yuanhui (???) became a media darling when she mentioned her period after the women’s 4x100m medley relay in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Fu’s period comment should be a huge deal. She […]

Burkini Ban Debate Intensifies With Viral Photos of French Police Ordering Woman to Remove Clothes

The photos show a woman in black leggings, a blue tunic, and blue head scarf lying on a beach in Nice, France. Then, four police officers approach. They stand over her, hands on hips, as she removes her tunic.

“Treatment Centers” for Troubled Teens Are Gothic Nightmares

Most residential treatment centers that promise they can turn around the lives of troubled teenagers are dangerous places with a proven track record of making things worse, according to a disturbing longread published Tuesday by the Huffington Post.

Eat a Taco, Drink a Beer, Support Abortion Access

It’s that season again: time for the Taco or Beer Challenge! Started back in 2014 by Andrea Grimes as something of a joke, over the past three years the challenge has grown to be much more than a joke. In its first year, it garnered $30,000 in donations to abortion funds. The challenge has two simple steps. First, […]

Being A Swifty Who Rejects White Feminism

Taylor Swift Hi, my name is Karla, and I have been a die hard Swifty for as long as I can remember. I pre-ordered all of Swift’s albums, We Are Never, Ever Getting Back Together was one of my favorite shower songs, I’ve cried ceaselessly...Show More Summary

The Internet Was OK. And Then This xoJane Article Happened.

On Tuesday, XoJane, whose central mission is to convince writers to share personal stories that would be better left untold, outdid itself: It published an essay called “It Happened to Me: My Friend Joined ISIS.” No, it’s not satire...

Daily feminist cheat sheet

Using the handle @twowomentravel, two Irish women live-tweeted their five-hour journey to Great Britain to secure a legal abortion. Sadly, their long journey is far from unique. Read Dallas Goldtooth on how the fossil fuel industry shuts out public input to push through dangerous fracking and oil projects like the Dakota Access Pipeline. And authorities have removed […]

Young Helen Mirren, Sexism Crusader of Our 1970s Dreams

You’ve probably always wondered: How does award-winning actress Helen Mirren manage to perform and have boobs at the same time?

The Controversial Judge in Brock Turner’s Sex-Crime Case Has Recused Himself From Another

Aaron Persky, the Santa Clara County judge who faced nationwide backlash earlier this year when he sentenced convicted felon Brock Turner to only six months in prison for sexually assaulting a woman, has recused himself from a different sex-crimes case.

Gossip as an act of resistance

When we talk about women and gossip, we must speak, first, about the bathroom stall. Brown University, 1990. A list springs up on campus. “Beware of [blank], he doesn’t take no for answer,” the first entry says. It grows from there — reams of names, a record of rape that cannot be said. The janitors […]

Baby-friendly Hosptials Can, Paradoxically, Be Unsafe for Newborns

A new paper in JAMA Pediatrics is the latest in a series of critiques of the so-called "baby friendly" hospital movement. Previously, the global pro-breastfeeding initiative has been questioned for its effectiveness and for its unfair treatment of new mothers. Now, doctors are questioning its safety.

Fox News “Operates Like a Sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like Cult,” Says New Lawsuit

The changing of the guard at Fox News—where founding chairman Roger Ailes resigned last month after a former anchor accused him of sexual harassment, and of retaliating when she refused his advances—has not ended the ongoing scandal...

The Feministing Five: Renee Bracey Sherman

For this week’s Feministing Five, I had the pleasure of catching up with the utterly inspiring writer, organizer, and reproductive justice advocate Renee Bracey Sherman. Renee is the author of Saying Abortion Aloud: Research and Recommendations for Public Abortion Storytellers and Organizations, and co-author of Speak Up & Stay Safe(r), a multi-lingual digital guide on […]

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