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VIDEO: Obama in Kenya: ‘No Excuse’ for Violence Against Women

President Obama continued his diplomatic visit to Kenya on Sunday with a speech focusing on gender issues including sexual violence, education and the forced marriage of minors.

Posted on Jul 26, 2015 READ MORE



On the Eve of the Turkish Election, Leftist Women Literally Turn Their Backs on Erdogan via Twitter

In Turkey, left-of-center and Kurdish women took to Twitter on Wednesday to post pictures of themselves turning their backs to President Tayyip Erdogan. And Erdogan responded with a statement that some said had derogatory sexual overtones.

Posted on Jun 4, 2015 READ MORE



Hey, Let’s Have Equal Pay for Women Instead of ‘Equal Pay Day’

Here’s an idea, people at the White House: Instead of tweeting righteous messages about the need to close the income gap between men and women, why don’t you press for laws to do away with that margin of baked-in gender bias in America’s workplaces?

Posted on Apr 14, 2015 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton Spells It Out in Debut Ad: ‘I’m Running for President’

No doubt aiming to show voters that she’s in touch with the struggles and hopes of everyday Americans, Hillary Clinton unleashed a folksy first campaign spot Sunday to coincide with her announcement that she’s officially running for president in 2016.

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Hillary Clinton 2016: 3 ... 2 ... 1 ... (Updated)

By all indications, today will be the day when Hillary Clinton officially announces that she will, in fact, be running for president in the 2016 election.

Posted on Apr 12, 2015 READ MORE



Boycott Indiana—for Imprisoning a Woman Who Miscarried

It’s baffling why the outrage over the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act isn’t carrying over to the case of Purvi Patel.

Posted on Apr 2, 2015 READ MORE



The Romanticization of Elizabeth Warren

The fervor for an Elizabeth Warren presidential candidacy stems from a dearth of women politicians and shows how much American politics is about ticking off boxes.

Posted on Mar 31, 2015 READ MORE



Carly Fiorina Sets Sights on White House, Slams Hillary Clinton (Updated)

She’s not looking to just be the GOP’s answer to Hillary Clinton for the span of the campaign season—Carly Fiorina would rather beat her in the 2016 election and claim the title of America’s next president.

Posted on Mar 29, 2015 READ MORE



Uber’s Plan to Win Over Women Backfires

The United Nations has withdrawn from a partnership with controversial ridesharing app Uber over fears for women’s safety.

Posted on Mar 26, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: ‘India’s Daughter’ Filmmaker and Activists Protesting the Documentary’s Ban

The documentary “India’s Daughter,” about the gang rape and evisceration of 23-year-old medical student Jyoti Singh in Delhi in 2012, has burst into the media spotlight because of a ban on the film in India.

Posted on Mar 15, 2015 READ MORE



Can Uber’s U.N. Partnership Fix Its Gender Problem?

In a bold move to reform its image, ride-share giant Uber has announced it will create 1 million jobs for women in the next five years.

Posted on Mar 11, 2015 READ MORE



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A Reason to Watch the Sexist, Racist, Militarist, Corporate Rose Parade

Beneath the facade of festive glamour is an institution rife with the nation’s ugliest faults.

Posted on Dec 31, 2014 READ MORE


Princess Leia Endures 10 Hours of Harassment on NYC’s Mean Streets

Sadly, we are sorry to report that, given the opportunity, even Yoda himself isn’t above wolf-whistling.

Posted on Nov 12, 2014 READ MORE



2095: The Year of Gender Equality in the Workplace?

We’ll have to wait 81 years for gender parity in the workplace, a World Economic Forum report projects. Here’s more about what the WEF figures mean for women around the world.

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Feminist Gaming Critic Threatened With ‘Montreal Massacre Style Attack’

Feminist gaming critic and blogger Anita Sarkeesian chose to cancel a Wednesday speech at Utah State University after an anonymous email purportedly sent by a student promised to violently attack her and her audience if she went forth with the event.

Posted on Oct 15, 2014 READ MORE



‘Uppity’ Women in a Man’s World: Zimbabwean Women Fight to Make Their Mark in the Media

Working as a journalist in Zimbabwe is a risky business for all members of the media, but it is doubly challenging for women.

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The UAE’s First Female Fighter Pilot Called ‘Boobs on the Ground’ by Fox News Host

The fact that the United Arab Emirates’ Mariam Al Mansouri is leading airstrikes against Islamic State has some social media users in a sexist uproar, but none compare with the illustrious “Five” on Fox News whose hosts are perfect evidence that misogyny isn’t unique to the Middle East.

Posted on Sep 27, 2014 READ MORE



No Winners in Ray Rice’s Game

What happens behind closed doors—or rather closing doors—does not always stay behind them.

Posted on Sep 10, 2014 READ MORE


Jon Stewart: Even When It Comes to Fucking Sexism, the Senate Is Gridlocked

Much to the “Daily Show” host’s dismay, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand recently revealed she’d been on the receiving end of several misogynistic comments from her colleagues in the legislative branch of the U.S. government.

Posted on Sep 3, 2014 READ MORE


John Oliver’s Hysterical Explanation of Why Women Getting Paid Less Than Men Is Outrageous

In a “Last Week Tonight” clip that was posted online Monday during the show’s hiatus, John Oliver delivers two of the most memorable metaphors for the wage gap to date, followed by a faux commercial for the currency every sexist boss has dreamed of.

Posted on Aug 26, 2014 READ MORE



Five Reasons Why I Refuse to Watch the World Cup

Soccer (or football, as the rest of the world refers to it) is the most popular sport globally. But can you love the game while hating the World Cup?

Posted on Jun 26, 2014 READ MORE


‘The Daily Show’: Women Just Spend Their Whole Day Navigating a Course of Sexual Menace

Jon Stewart, accompanied by correspondents Jessica Williams and Jordan Klepper, explains how American universities are practically “incentiviz[ing] sexual assault” these days with inaction and leniency toward attackers.

Posted on Jun 26, 2014 READ MORE



American Apparel Cuts Controversial Founder Dov Charney Out of His Company

There was a time, around a decade ago, when American Apparel’s brand seemed to be enhanced, at least on the business side, by the pervy sensibility of its founder and charismatic leader, Dov Charney. Those days have apparently passed.

Posted on Jun 19, 2014 READ MORE



Why It Is Crucial to Examine India’s Rape Epidemic Through the Lens of Caste

India, the world’s largest democracy, has a PR problem.

Posted on Jun 19, 2014 READ MORE



The Common Roots of Misogynist Culture in Pakistan and the U.S.

In the wake of sexual assaults in the Global South, American conservatives and liberals alike naively ask the question of what is it about the “cultures” of countries such as Pakistan, India and Afghanistan that generates such misogyny.

Posted on Jun 5, 2014 READ MORE



#YesAllWomen Are Speaking Up: How the Hashtag Has Started a Much-Needed Conversation

In the aftermath of the horrific Isla Vista slayings, which some have speculated were fueled by misogynist extremism, women in the Twitterverse have decided it’s about time they talk about male privilege.

Posted on May 28, 2014 READ MORE



What the Isla Vista Killings Have to Do With ‘Misogynist Extremism’

When violent eruptions like the killings in Santa Barbara on May 23 happen, discussions in the news often—as they have in this case—focus on individual culpability as well as the assumed (and often substantiated) mental illness of the perpetrator.

Posted on May 25, 2014 READ MORE


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Mass Media Will Make Millions Thanks to the McCutcheon Decision—Here’s How

The companies that control the media stand to benefit the most from the Supreme Court’s latest disastrous decision; a new theory about germs poses the most important challenge to medicine in the 21st century; meanwhile, Microsoft’s new CEO has revolutionized the company. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Apr 7, 2014 READ MORE


Joe Scarborough Belittles Female Co-Host for Trying to Talk About Actual News

Mika Brzezinski calls out her colleague and MSNBC panel for “capitalizing on a non-story for ratings because people’s imaginations are pricked by this and that is not responsible.” This leads them to talk down, belittle and show a complete disregard for who she is and what she says.

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 READ MORE



Ever Heard of Mipsters, #Mipsterz or Muslim Hipsters?

A group of young Muslim women tries to destigmatize head coverings; The Economist is under attack for a cartoon some see as anti-Semitic; meanwhile, a Time magazine cover portrayal of Hillary Clinton has sparked a wave of online outrage. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 22, 2014 READ MORE



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What Reactions to the Obama-Thorning-Schmidt-Cameron Selfie Say About the Media

A glance at U.S. media coverage of Nelson Mandela’s memorial service will tell you only two important things happened: President Obama shook hands with Cuba’s Raul Castro and also took a selfie with the prime ministers of Denmark and the U.K. Neither of these nonevents should have received the attention they did, but the fact that they did tells us a lot about our media’s priorities.

Posted on Dec 11, 2013 READ MORE



National Institute of Health

And Now for Your Gender-Biased Brain Science Update

This just in: Men’s and women’s brains are different. Like, structurally different.

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 READ MORE



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Twitter CEO Responds to Sexism Charge Like a Bratty Child

If ever there’s a moment to think before you tweet, it’s when you’re the head of Twitter, your company has been accused of sexism and your gut tells you name-calling is the way to go.

Posted on Oct 6, 2013 READ MORE



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Machismo and Married Men Spread HIV in Mexico

Sexist behavior is nothing new in Mexico, but perhaps what some don’t realize is the effect it’s had on female health as men refuse to use condoms, and women, fully dependent on their partners, are left without a choice. In the state of Chiapas, the most common way to contract HIV is from a lifelong partner or husband.

Posted on Sep 18, 2013 READ MORE



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Note to All Men: Feminism Is About Choices

In the modern-day discussion about misogyny, women are often accused of “reverse sexism.” This is usually because they apply their arguments about gender bias to “all men” and it hurts some people’s feelings. What if that’s the point?

Posted on Aug 19, 2013 READ MORE



The Next Step in Equality: Genderless Bathrooms

Transgender people face discrimination every time they go to restrooms marked men or women; as the NSA destroys our sense of privacy, perhaps rather than looking to Orwell’s “1984,” we should brush up on our Kafka; meanwhile, journalist Phyllis Richman responds decades later to a misogynistic letter from a Harvard professor regarding married women pursuing graduate studies. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jun 13, 2013 READ MORE



Bachmann Opponent Bows Out, Alleged ‘Crack Mayor’ Won’t Quit, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a person of interest is identified in the ricin letters investigation and a liberal activist reveals why he secretly recorded Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Posted on May 31, 2013 READ MORE


Fox News’ Megyn Kelly Tears Into Lou Dobbs, Erick Erickson Over Sexist Comments

The Fox News anchor ripped into colleagues Lou Dobbs and Erick Erickson when both men appeared on her show Friday for sexist remarks they had made on Dobbs’ Fox Business program two days earlier.

Posted on May 31, 2013 READ MORE



Tea Partyer Threatens Senator, Fox News Pundit’s Sexist Remarks, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including why prominent news outlets are declining an invitation to meet with Attorney General Eric Holder and President Obama’s becoming the target of yet another letter possibly laced with the deadly poison ricin.

Posted on May 30, 2013 READ MORE



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Augusta Golf Club Admits First 2 Female Members

By inviting former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore to join, the Augusta National Golf Club has finally entered the 21st century.

Posted on Aug 20, 2012 READ MORE


Rush Knows What Ails Us: Emotional Female Voters

Rush Limbaugh has a major problem when it comes to women. In the past, the conservative talk radio host has accused them of being sluts for using birth control and called those who support feminism “feminazis.” Now, the caustic commentator has come up with a new calumny: “When women got the right to vote is when it all went downhill.”

Posted on Jul 5, 2012 READ MORE



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Egyptian Women Protesters Assaulted in Tahrir Square

In what looks to be an attempt to keep females out of Cairo’s political life, hundreds of men assaulted about 50 Egyptian women and their male supporters as they marched against sexual harassment in Tahrir Square on Friday.

Posted on Jun 9, 2012 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / Marcela (CC-BY-ND)

Peter Gabriel to Rush Limbaugh: Don’t Use My Tunes

Next time Rush Limbaugh wants to play the bully, he might need to play something other than Peter Gabriel’s music for a soundtrack. The musician’s reps posted a statement on Gabriel’s Facebook page noting that he was “appalled” to hear that Limbaugh had spun the tune “Sledgehammer” while besmirching Sandra Fluke’s honor last week.

Posted on Mar 7, 2012 READ MORE



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Ohio State Senator Wants a Vote on Viagra

Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner is flipping the script on the contraception debate that’s become the top issue for culture war enthusiasts by proposing a bill that would oblige men to go through similar kinds of preliminary steps to get Viagra prescriptions or vasectomies as women will for their reproductive health needs if another bit of legislation becomes law.

Posted on Mar 6, 2012 READ MORE



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Men in Drag: Armisen Charms, Sandler’s a Miss

Why does Adam Sandler’s shtick fail to elicit laughter—or anything but a furrowed brow—and what might be the significance of his profound unfunniness for broader issues of gender and media?

Posted on Mar 6, 2012 READ MORE


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