4 Clothing Items Schools Should Ban So Girls Don’t Look Like “Prostitutes”

5493602848_7de36ce17a_z

In response to some girls wearing leggings, jeggings and tight jeans to class, a school in Devils Lake, North Dakota, responded calmly and reasonably by insinuating that the girls’ clothing made them look like prostitutes and banning the pants in question. A controversial, reaction perhaps, but the school officials’ hearts are in the right place; after […]

Beyond HeForShe: What it Means to Live Your “Like”

15115533340_3d572b3de9_z

It seems like everyone is still abuzz over Emma Watson’s United Nations speech on feminism and the HeForShe campaign, which, in today’s quick-paced digital age, is impressive. While many have excitedly praised Watson for the bravery of her speech, others are not head-over-heels and have taken HeForShe to task with legitimate and in-depth critiques. HeForShe says […]

Dress Codes for Girls: Are Teachers the New Objectifiers?

shamesuit

When I was in seventh grade, a teacher at my very small Quaker school once sent the boys out of the room and started talking to us girls about how we dressed. It wasn’t too far from “The Talk,” but it focused on our clothing. This teacher told us that we had to be more […]

Benevolent Sexism

4472172048_d8e83d3aa9_z

Some men may want to break away from dominant styles of masculinity, but often their newfound ways of “performing” masculinity conceal ongoing gender inequalities. That was my takeaway from the panel on “Masculinities” that I attended at the American Sociological Association’s (ASA) 2014 Annual Meeting in San Francisco last month. The three papers delivered covered […]

Emma Watson Spells It Out: This Is What a Feminist Looks Like

Screen shot 2014-09-25 at 2.19.15 PM

In the Harry Potter series, it was always Hermione who mastered the spells first, and who understood how to use potions and wands and other witchy paraphernalia. And then she patiently explained it to her two adorable and often clueless schoolmate wizards, Harry and Ron. In her more current incarnation, Emma Watson, who played Hermione […]

The New Leading Killer of Adolescent Girls

5378755812_afe17301d6_z

Reprinted with permission from the Thomson Reuters Foundation As an advocate working in a research institute, I rely on evidence to understand and underscore the importance of issues. Over the years, when arguing for expanded sexual and reproductive health information and services for youth worldwide, I’ve often cited the fact that maternal mortality was the […]

Nonviolent Men: The New Silent Majority

tapedcrop

Women want a men’s movement. We are literally dying for it.      —Gloria Steinem It’s way past time to put on the pads, guys. We’ve got to put our shoulders to the wheel of change if we’re going to stop domestic and sexual violence. Are you ready to suit up for the big game? […]

Show-and-Tell Feminism for Dads of Daughters

512px-Swinging_good_time

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!

sXJpsDUshaWhdXn-556x313-noPad

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

dutee

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 […]