Sweeping Campus Rape Reports Under the Rug

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There’s new evidence to suggest that college administrations are actively—and artificially—keeping campus rape numbers low. A study from the University of Kansas, published recently in Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, found that when post-secondary schools are being audited for Clery Act violations—i.e. failure to report to the federal government the number of sexual assaults taking place […]

Can Ryan Gosling Turn Men Into Feminists?

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It looks like those yummy Ryan Gosling memes created by Danielle Henderson could have the power to do more than make feminists swoon. Recent preliminary research from graduate students at the University of Saskatchewan examined the impact of the Feminist Ryan Gosling memes on men—with interesting results. The researchers found that men who were exposed to the […]

Ode to My High School Health Teacher

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Back when I was a public school student in Toronto, my sex-ed classes—while certainly better than the abstinence-only education many American and some Canadian children receive—were inconsistent; sometimes helpful and sometimes bizarre. Take, for instance, my 7th grade experience. Our teacher pulled out flash cards of different relationship “steps” (think: holding hands, kissing, oral sex, intercourse, […]

We Heart: Catcalling Your Mom to End Street Harassment

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Here’s one way to stop street harassers in their tracks: Trick them into catcalling their own mothers—then watch the mama-rage rain down. That’s the premise of an anti-street-harassment campaign out of Lima, Peru. The video below, first posted on YouTube in Spanish in November (and subtitled in English earlier this month), shows a team tracking […]

New Study Shows More Than HALF of Abortion Clinics Face Threats

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Today marks 42 years since the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Roe v. Wade, which made abortion legal. Despite the long-ago ruling, anti-abortion lawmakers and extremists continue to target abortion access—both in the halls of Congress and on the ground at clinics. New research from the Feminist Majority Foundation (publisher of Ms.) reveals that clinics and […]

The Top 10 Feminist Moments of 2014

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There’s no denying that feminism is having a moment right now. From celebrities “coming out” as feminists to major legislative victories for women, the f-word has been on everyone’s lips in 2014. Revel in our big year with the top 10 most memorable moments! 1. Mo’ne Davis proved girls can do anything boys can do […]

Say Their Names: Remembering the Montreal Massacre

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We said their names each year in my Toronto schools on December 6. It was ritualistic, saying out loud the names of the 14 women murdered on Dec. 6, 1989, rolling the French r’s and picturing their faces the afternoon they were killed at École Polytechnique in Montreal. We did it to remind ourselves that […]

Military Rape Report Card: Still Failing

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The latest annual study on military sexual assault from the Department of Defense (DOD) shows that reports of such assault rose 8 percent since 2013. Perhaps even more striking, however, is that the incidence of retribution against those who report sex crimes is a stunning 62 percent. That means service members who came forward with […]

Taming the Law Enforcement Beast: What’s Changed Since Ferguson

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Today in New York, a grand jury voted not to indict white police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner, a black man who died after Pantaleo placed him in a chokehold (a tactic that’s banned by the NYPD). The decision comes less than two weeks after a Missouri grand jury made the same […]

NEWSFLASH: Boycott of Beverly Hills Hotel Continues

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The glamorous “Night Before” the Oscars fundraiser, held every year for more than a decade at the Beverly Hills Hotel, will be hosted this year—in an act of protest—on the 20th Century Fox lot. In April, it was revealed that the Sultan of Brunei—who owns the Beverly Hills Hotel along with other properties in his […]