Domestic violence (DV) affects about 35% of women in the U.S. and the physical, emotional, and psychological trauma these relationships cause are well-documented. We rightly celebrate the women who are able to overcome the tremendous barriers to leaving abusive relationships as survivors, but disturbingly, many of these women have lasting health problems years—or decades—down the […]
The holidays are fast approaching, and it’s time to find that elusive perfect gift for the girl(s) in your life. When so many gifts marketed to girls are highly gendered, promotingstereotyped and objectified images of girls, holiday shopping can be a frustrating experience. That’s why, for the second year in a row, we’ve created a list of gifts that […]
This thunderous exclamation seems to occur every five minutes. If a girl is way prettier, she’s a bitch. If a girl “steals” a man of a girl who isn’t even dating that said man, she’s a bitch. If a girl is thought to be a lesbian, she’s a bitch. Twice Jesminder “Jesse” Bharma, Bend it Like Beckham’s football loving protagonist, has been on the receiving end of the blow, but I started to lose sight of this supposedly empowering feminist sports movie due to the infinitely alarming amount of lesbian hatred disguised as harmless humor. To be a lesbian is a bitch? Really? Why?
If I have to, for a minute more, endure men taking up all kinds of unnecessary space on public transport, I will lose it. I won’t lose it physically, but I will launch a verbal tirade towards them in my head, as I watch their limbs extend for miles and their mere presence physically squeeze the space out of their surroundings. Why is it so difficult for him not to keep his legs closer together when he sits next to me? Why must his arms reach across three seat backs? But more importantly, why is he never compelled to move when I perch next to him, relegating me to the inch of space left on what would otherwise be a free seat?
Most of my friends close and otherwise, are Women of Color. I watch them suffer daily from the threat of street harassment at the hands of men who see them as disposable vehicles for their amusement and sexual advances. No one takes their cries seriously, so they suffer in silence. When they take control over […]
The past few years have seen a massive groundswell in activism, fueled by social media, focused on challenging stereotypes and addressing media inequities. The newest venture, international in ambition, is the Brave Girls Want Alliance. Started by girl empowerment activists, the Alliance is determined to raise awareness of both issues and encourage people to use the […]
“We Demand an End to Bias Now!” was inscribed in big letters on the March on Washington rally sign that Bernice Cosey-Pulley, now 86, carried in 1963. She still has two of the rally signs from the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom perfectly laminated in her living room, as she told me when I asked her about her experience there 50 years ago.
Your view on the changes in women’s roles in the United States typically depends on what year you were born. So many things have changed in regards to women since I was born in nineteen and fifty-seven. Women born before my time can share even more about how our country has changed in regards to […]
Saudi Arabia,” to adapt a quote about Texas, “is paradise for men and dogs, but hell for women and camels.” Two weeks ago, there was a meeting on “women in society” in Saudi Arabia that involved, not surprising but still shocking, no women. As one Twitter wag noted, at least some men wore pink. Women […]
Student survivors are calling on the Department of Education to enforce Title IX, and we’re asking for your support–and your signature.
It’s baffling that, 41 years after Title IX first required schools to take measures to prevent violence and accommodate survivors’ needs, so many colleges and universities are still blatantly violating this law: according to the National Institute for Justice, 63% of schools are out of compliance with these federal requirements. How are they getting away with this?