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Is 2014 the Year Demeaning Attitudes Toward Female Body Hair Will Finally Shift?

With public figures such as actress Cameron Diaz standing up for pubic hair, and American Apparel adding tufts beneath its mannequins’ underwear, scholar and Guardian writer Emer O’Toole proclaims this will be “the year of the bush.”

Posted on Jan 21, 2014 READ MORE


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Facebook Is Work, and You Should Get Paid for It

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Internet as we know it could soon disappear, we remember the radical Martin Luther King, the mega rich and Citizens United 2, and why Facebook’s 1.3 billion users should think of socializing as work.

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Facebook Is Work, and You Should Get Paid for It

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Internet as we know it could soon disappear, we remember the radical Martin Luther King, the mega rich and Citizens United 2, and why Facebook’s 1.3 billion users should think of socializing as work.

Posted on Jan 17, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



Obesity Mainly Affects Poor People in Rich Countries, Especially Minority Women

It’s not about not having money, it’s about being penniless while others get richer.

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Elizabeth Warren’s New Bill Aims to Stop Employers Discriminating Against the Poor

Citing “basic fairness” as motivation for introducing a bill that would prevent employers from using credit reports as criteria when hiring a new employee, Warren, along with six other senators, is once again fighting battles for the disadvantaged. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton is busy assuaging Wall Street’s fears about populism.

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Women’s Misrepresentation in Media Is Too Much to Bear

The first half of this collection of clips by The Representation Project focuses on positive female portrayals and accomplishments in media this year, but the second half shows us how far there is yet to go in terms of gender equality. And it may not come as any surprise that the second section is much longer than the first.

Posted on Dec 4, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



U.N. Ads Reveal What Google Thinks the World Thinks of Women

A series of agency advertisements using Google’s auto-complete function to search phrases such as “women should” highlights widespread misogyny; ads on Twitter may soon target specific personalities; meanwhile, police freed 17 victims from a “gay addiction” torture clinic in Ecuador. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 9, 2013 READ MORE



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Sweden’s New Film Rating System Zeroes In on Gender Bias

Some of you may have heard of the Bechdel test—a simple method used to identify whether a film is gender biased based on a question posed by comic strip artist Allison Bechdel. Cinemas in the ever-progressive Scandinavian country are now incorporating this gauge into their film ratings. And the results are embarrassing for Hollywood.

Posted on Nov 7, 2013 READ MORE



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Do We Really Need Anti-Rape Underwear for the Modern Woman? (Video)

AR Wear, a company started by two New Yorkers, has launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise money that will go toward producing its rape-resistant underpants. But are items such as these really what we should be investing in when it comes to eradicating sexual assault?

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Have a Quarter of Asian Men Really Committed Rape?

A statistic based on a United Nations Multi-Country Study on Men and Violence led many to believe that one in four men admitted to sexual assault in Asia and the Pacific. But is this founded on evidence or merely a misreading of the research?

Posted on Nov 2, 2013 READ MORE



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Republicans Winning the War of Disenfranchisement

In the months after the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act under the argument that it is no longer necessary, regressive voting laws are taking root that threaten to snap the country back to the 1950s, disenfranchising minorities and women.

Posted on Oct 31, 2013 READ MORE



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Something to Be Scared of: Retailers Market ‘Sexy’ Halloween Costumes to Little Girls

Costumes for little girls are now firmly part of the trend toward an overly sexualized Halloween celebration.

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How Texas’ Voter ID Laws Affect Women

It’s no secret voter ID laws were drafted with minorities in mind, but they’re not the only ones who could have their voice suppressed by such legislation. This fall in Texas, women may also face difficulties exercising their right to vote.

Posted on Oct 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Victims of Domestic Abuse Affected by Shutdown

As the government shutdown continues to rack up casualties, another group of victims comes to light. Women in abusive relationships seeking shelter from the violence may find many doors shut while they’re at their most vulnerable.

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The Cost of Courage: Malalai Joya’s Life-Risking Activism

Contrary to her small stature, Afghan activist Malalai Joya is a towering figure among ordinary Afghans.

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Why Are So Many American Women Dying?

An alarming study reveals that female mortality rates have increased drastically in the past few decades, and no explanation has been discovered as to why. Clues can be found in access to education and, unsurprisingly, health care.

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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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Advertising Deplorably Targets Women at Their Worst

Marketing company PHD released a so-called study encouraging brands to advertise beauty products to women at the times when they feel most vulnerable. And thanks to the omnipresence of the Internet in everyday lives, advertisers can effectively prey on women whenever they’re down.

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Elderly Women Hit by Poverty More Often Than Men

An analysis of recently released census data finds a disconcerting difference in poverty levels between men and women—particularly those over age 65—and unconscionably high levels for women of color. More than one in three Native American women live below the federal poverty line.

Posted on Sep 30, 2013 READ MORE



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Afghan Women Risk Lives to Write Poems

Although some female poets in Afghanistan have been killed by their male family members for penning poetry, many see it as an outlet to express their inner and outer worlds during a time of great national turmoil.

Posted on Sep 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Saudi Arabia’s First Female Director Wants ‘Wadjda’ to Speak for Itself

It’s the first movie filmed entirely inside the kingdom, the first directed by a woman, and the first submitted by Saudi Arabia for an Academy Award, but Haifaa al-Mansour wants her film to do its own talking.

Posted on Sep 25, 2013 READ MORE



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WikiLeaks Lawyer on American Imperialism

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Julian Assange’s attorney, Michael Ratner, has a front seat to history. Also: Is this the golden age of the black quarterback? And a feminist explains why women can love Eminem. Plus: Robert Scheer on the pope.

Posted on Sep 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Why Women Should Be Allowed to Go Topless in Public

Why can men walk around shirtless in many communal spaces while women can’t? The truth is, female upper bodies shouldn’t be treated any differently from male ones.

Posted on Sep 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Top Afghan Policewoman Killed

In the latest in a series of attacks against women in power, Sub-Inspector Negara was shot dead Sunday by a couple of unknown gunmen. The two shot at the admired official’s neck while she was purchasing grass for her lamb.

Posted on Sep 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Latin America’s Behind on Women’s Reproductive Rights

While other parts of the world were witnessing the growth of feminist movements, many South American countries were fighting dictatorships. For this reason, and thanks to the governments’ strong ties with the Catholic Church, many women are still denied the right to an abortion in Latin America.

Posted on Sep 2, 2013 READ MORE



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Fast Food Workers Continue Fight Against Poverty Wages

Adults working full time at McDonald’s are “paid less per hour in real terms than the lowest paid US workers were half a century ago” when hundreds of thousands of people flooded into Washington, D.C., for the historic march for freedom and jobs for black Americans, The Guardian reports Thursday.

Posted on Aug 29, 2013 READ MORE



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Physical and Sexual Abuse Finally Illegal in Saudi Arabia

A law passed by the Saudi Arabian cabinet this week bans violence against women and children in the home as well as in the workplace. Such behavior, which up until now had been considered a “private matter” in the country, will be punishable with penalties of $1,300 to $13,000 and as much as a year in prison.

Posted on Aug 29, 2013 READ MORE



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Rue the Day: Fox News Celebrates Dogs Rather Than Women’s Equality

Although the rest of the media chose to honor women Monday, the conservative TV network decided canines were more deserving of the spotlight. The animal holiday is meant to raise awareness about mistreatment, but Fox spent most of its time blathering about the adorability of man’s best friend.

Posted on Aug 28, 2013 READ MORE



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Abortion Clinics Shutting Down Thanks to Pointless Politics

The procedure, already rife with stigma because of government restrictions and the anti-choice movement, is becoming increasingly inaccessible to women who choose to exercise their reproductive rights.

Posted on Aug 27, 2013 READ MORE


The Equal Rites Awards

And so once more we gather on the 93rd anniversary of that historic day when women finally won the right to vote to give out the Equal Rites Awards to those folks who are still doing their best to take us backward.

Posted on Aug 26, 2013 READ MORE



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Calling All Feminists: It’s Time to Edit Wikipedia

It’s no secret the online encyclopedia has a shortage of female editors; founder Jimmy Wales said 87 percent are men, and the staff acknowledged that this fact has slanted the content.

Posted on Aug 24, 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



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Pink Sari Revolution

This is the story of India’s Pink Gang, a grass-roots movement that confronts Indian officialdom over the rights of the poor and the marginalized, especially women.

Posted on Aug 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Anti-Abortion Activists Try to Shut Kansas Clinic on Grounds It Draws Protests

In an absurd twist, Wichita anti-abortion activists’ petition to close down South Wind Women’s Center argues that their own protest tactics against the reproductive health facility would be too disruptive to the community.

Posted on Aug 14, 2013 READ MORE



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Fetuses Cannot Feel Pain

There’s been a recent uptick in the use of phrases such as “fetal pain” or “pain-capable unborn child” in anti-abortion rhetoric. Such discomfort, make no mistake, is scientifically impossible.

Posted on Aug 12, 2013 READ MORE


Ellen DeGeneres on the Crazy Sexist Pen ‘For Her’

“The worst part is they don’t come with any instructions,” the talk show host said. “So like how do they expect us to learn how to write with them?”

Posted on Aug 7, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


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‘I Think I’m an Interesting Woman’

An older Dustin Hoffman interview making the rounds online shows the actor tearing up over his regret at not having known more “interesting women” because they did not “fulfill, physically, the demands that we’re brought up to think [they] have to have in order for us to ask them out.”

Posted on Jul 9, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


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