Show-and-Tell Feminism for Dads of Daughters

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Last week, in response to a widely shared piece on The Huffington Post by Bret Spears entitled “10 Things No One Ever Told Me About Having a Daughter,” Tracy Moore, a writer at Jezebel, asked “Why must men have a daughter to suddenly get that girls are people?” In a similar vein, back in July […]

Hey Lego, Bring Back the Women Scientists!

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Back in August, Lego introduced a play set unlike any they’d ever produced before: the Research Institute, a set featuring three women characters in a professional setting. The female mini-figurines—an astronomer, a paleontologist and a chemist—were each at work in their respective labs. Before these women scientists, every other female Lego character produced had been […]

Time to End Sex-Testing of Female Athletes

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When are we going to stop the nonsense of sex-testing female athletes? Because of an International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and International Olympic Committee (IOC) policy, Dutee Chand, an 18-year-old Indian sprinter, was blocked from competing at the 2014 Commonwealth Games because her body makes too much testosterone. She has been prohibited from competing […]

Me, Myself and Bi

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Fifteen years ago, I met the love of my life, Lucinda Atherton. Then, as now, I was a spokesperson for the National Organization for Men Against Sexism, an organization that is pro-feminist, gay-affirming and anti-racist. Then, as now, I worked to stop men’s violence against women, drawing the connections between homophobia and sexism. A proponent […]

Too Sexy to be the “Perfect Feminist”?

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Whatever debates have occurred among self-identified feminists about Beyoncé’s brand, there was no  bolder statement than from the pop star herself when she stood on stage in front of the brightly lit word “FEMINIST” before an audience of millions watching MTV’s VMA show broadcast on Aug. 24, 2014. As Ms. associate editor Anita Little notes: Beyoncé is invaluable to feminism […]

Mo’Ne Mo’Ne!!! Don’t Miss Her Pitching Today!

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UPDATE: Mo’Ne Davis pitched the first three innings in a losing effort by her team yesterday, but the Taney Dragons have a second chance today against a Chicago team. If they win, they’ll play Las Vegas again, for the U.S. championship, on Saturday–and Davis would probably be the pitcher. You can tune in for today’s […]

What Has, and Hasn’t, Changed Since the Steubenville Rape

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After Ma’Lik Richmond and Trent Mays were found delinquent of raping an incapacitated 16-year-old girl in August 2012, critics watching the case leveled a stinging allegation against Steubenville, Ohio: In the hero-worshipping football town, star players—like Richmond and Hays—can do no wrong. That accusation proved true this week when Richmond, released from juvenile detention after serving nine months […]

Hey Baby: On Insidious Street Harassment

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Nothing makes the bottom drop out of my stomach quite like a grown man calling me baby. Baby girl, baby doll, sexy baby, pretty baby. Hey baby. Come here, baby. These little words have the power to completely ruin my day. Suddenly the outfit that made me feel so cute and confident when I put […]

Empowering Femininity

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Early on in my first book Whipping Girl, while discussing the tendency within some strands of feminism to discourage women from engaging in acts and pursuits that are considered feminine, I argued that “We should instead learn to empower femininity itself.” While many people who read the entire book appreciated my stance on femininity, I […]

Family Planning for Adolescents: The Missing Ingredient?

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Reprinted from the Thomson Reuters Foundation with permission. This week in London, several hundred advocates and allies, including myself, will join government officials from around the world, led by British Prime Minister David Cameron, to rally a global movement to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and child, early and forced marriage for girls within a […]