Soraya Chemaly

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Soraya writes about gender, feminism, and culture for The Huffington Post, RHReality Check, and Alternet, and has appeared on NPR's Talk of the Nation and Sirius XM radio. Her work brings academic feminism into mainstream critiques of pop culture through satire and news analysis. She is interested in how systems of oppression are transmitted to children via media and religious cultures. She has a BA in History from Georgetown University, where she founded the feminist undergraduate journal The New Press. Soraya tweets from @schemaly.

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The Important Thing About “Trigger Warnings” on Campuses Is That We Are Talking About Them

In an article title “Warning: The Literary Canon Could Make Students Squirm,” The New York Times on Tuesday described ongoing debates on college and university campuses about whether or not trigger warnings should be used in advance of discussions that include, among other things, violent, racist and misogynistic content. This argument is a repeat of a […]

Why Is the Math Gender Gap So Much Worse in the US Than in Other Countries?

Could it be the boy crisis? A new international study released last week shows that during the past 100 years, the first in which girls have been educated en masse, girls have out-performed boys academically. I’m not going to write here about what that may mean in terms of what grades are rewarding or about how that […]

If you don’t like “Rape Culture” then focus for a minute on sex and status

Last week saw two media flare-ups related to how we think and talk about rape. The first erupted over a statement made by Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN) to the White House Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault. The organization urged the task force to avoid the “unfortunate trend towards blaming ‘rape culture.’ Although […]

What is The Wage Gap is Costing You Every Day?

This piece was co-authored by Elizabeth Plank, Executive Social Editor at PolicyMic. You can reach her at @feministabulous. What would happen if we finally wage gap disappeared? We know women would be making more money, but how much more would they be bringing home? By now, you’ve probably heard depressing statistics like this one: For every […]

On A Random Day in the US There Are More Than 66,000 Requests for Help Escaping Domestic Violence

On September 17, 2013, the National Network to End Domestic Violence took a random snapshot of requests coming in to domestic violence shelters and resources across the country. On that day, 66,581 requests for help were made by people living with abuse. There were 20,000 calls made to hotlines — that’s one every 14 minutes. Nearly TEN THOUSAND (9,641) requests for […]

Why Are So Many Boys Leaving High School Thinking Rape Is Funny?

Trigger warning for sexual assault and strong language. Portions of this post originally appeared in Salon. Between 20-25% of women and 3% of men will experience an attempted or completed sexual assault in college. A girl has roughly the same chance of being sexually assaulted during college, one in four/five, as she does of getting the fluduring an  average […]

‘Too Much Estrogen’: The Golden Globes, Chris Christie and Men Who Don’t Want to Share Culture

Brit Hume thinks Chris Christie is paying for a “feminized atmosphere,” in which his naturally tough guy (read: male) behavior has been erroneously cast as bullying. Meanwhile, the NY Post’s film critic Kyle Smith’s take on the Golden Globes was that there was just “too much estrogren.” These are just this weekend’s examples of men […]

No, It’s Not OK to ‘Steal Kisses’ — Here’s Why

People are up in arms because a 6-year-old boy in Colorado was suspended for “planting a kiss” on a girl in his class. Here is a fairly typical smattering of what people had to say: “The stupidity of school bureaucrats never ceases to amaze me.” “Pretty soon, just making eye contact with the opposite sex will […]

What Happens When We Don’t Need Women’s Bodies for Gestation?

News this week has been filled with coverage of the Supreme Court’s announcement that it will hear two challenges to the HHS contraception mandate. Consider the possible outcomes in the context of this smattering of stories also from this week’s news: “Bad Eating Habits Start in the Womb.”  “Woman Forcibly Sedated, Caesarian Performed Without her […]

What does violence against women look like?

I thought a long time about sharing the photo on the left, but decided to because we have so many others that glorify violence against women and turn into a joke or a game – like the advert on the right, which is one of many similar ones where violence against women is glamourized. Sexy is […]