Put Down That Barbie (2013 Edition)–And Find Empowering Dolls!

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For centuries, dolls have helped children develop their socioemotional skills by teaching them how to empathize with others. Last year, dolls raked in nearly $2.7 billion in sales, making them one of the toy industry’s biggest items. However, not all of today’s dolls offer emotionally healthy experiences for children. Increasingly, parents are speaking out against […]

Dear Joss Whedon, Et Al: Leave “Feminist” Alone

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We’ve all seen the misguided pop culture caricature of feminism rear it’s ugly head, popping up in far too many celebrity quotes and media pieces that misinform the masses and scare people away from identifying as feminists. This imagined man-hating, bra-burning political radical still lives in the ’60s or ’70s, rants constantly about the patriarchy and […]

LGBPTTQQIIAA+ — How We Got Here from Gay

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Gerard Koskovich, a curator at the The GLBT History Museum in San Francisco, remembers when the term LGBT first came about (the 1990s), and has seen it spread around the world to describe lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Today’s the perfect time to recall the acronym’s origins, since it’s the start of National LGBT History […]

Gayby Talk

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What I remember most about May 6, 1993 was chasing my twin sister around on the white-washed steps of a very important building. And I recall my two moms, dressed to the nines in pantsuits and heals, beaming down at us. It was a special day: Moments before, my family of four had gathered in […]

LEGO Takes Miniature Step To Empower Tiny Yellow Women

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The LEGO toy company, which has come under fire in the past for its gender stereotyping and unbalanced ratio of male to female mini-figures, has released its first woman scientist character. Professor C. Bodin, as her name tag reads, holds beakers and, according to her bio on the LEGO website, specializes in “finding new and […]

The Patriarchy Is Dead? Really?

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Hanna Rosin, who famously proclaimed “the end of men” in her 2012 book of the same name, is at it again. This time—in a Slate article adapted from a new epilogue to the paperback edition of her book—she claims that “the patriarchy is dead.” What should feminists think about this? “Accept it,” she says. I […]

Tiana Parker And Our Black Hair

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Someone once said that men invented makeup and fashion so that women would spend all their time thinking about what was on top of their heads and not what was inside them. While I think that trivializes the hard work and artistic creativity involved in these two design fields, I get the point. When Tiana […]

My Feminist Name Quandary

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When I, Careen Shannon, took David Solomon to be my lawfully wedded (now ex-) husband, I also walked into a feminist name dilemma. But unlike Pamela Paul, who recently wrote in The New York Times about the difficulties of using her maiden name professionally and her married name in other venues, I never considered changing […]

A Guy Is A Man Is A Guy

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When a society is organized around the idea that one group of people is inherently better than another, it goes without saying that injustice and unnecessary suffering will be the main result, with patriarchy and male privilege being the oldest living example. Gender inequality is everywhere, from who cleans the house and takes care of […]

How to Teach Technology to Girls: Advice from Ghana

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Regina Agyare looks like any other Los Angeles professional, sitting in one of the many posh storefronts found downtown, working on a laptop. But this space is a temporary one, a “pop-up” storefront that was vacant only a few days before. And Agyare, a software developer, has come here from Ghana to share with others […]