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It’s because I’m black, isn’t it? Those were my thoughts as I strolled the sidewalk to my new home in Japan, and a woman swerved her minivan upon seeing me. I remember how her shock made me smile. I remember her fixed stare, the way she fixed her hair, then adjusted the wheel. And I continued to saunter along, knowing my blackness had power. Here it drew attention and brought wonder, and I learned that sometimes it paid to be a token in this country. I had...
Almost everyone I know had one. I know I did. Mine was Josephina, and my sister’s was Felicity. I am talking, of course, about American Girls Dolls. They came with a book and you could feed into the consumerism and buy them outfits and accessories. Enter the 2030 doll collection. It’s a futuristic parody of The American Girls dolls. While American Girls tend to reinforce traditional gender roles, these dolls have a STEM focus, encouraging the exploration of science and technology in a changing world. Created...
Rachel Bloom is many things: the creator, writer and star of the hit CW show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend; a Golden Globe award winner; absurdly talented and hilarious. Now, she can add sex education advocate to that list with a recent Twitter storm that took on the orgasm gap, the lack of conversation about female pleasure, and lack of education about the clitoris. On Twitter late last week, she shared a link to a CNN article titled “Who orgasms most and least, and why.” As you might guess,...
This podcast makes total cents The podcast Her Money first came on my radar through Ann Friedman, feminist writer extraordinaire, when host Jean Chatzky had her on as a guest. I listened to the episode—about the financial side of freelance life—and realized how refreshing it was to hear women talking about money. Which is basically what each weekly show (ranging from 25 to 50 minutes) is all about. Chatzky, a financial journalist and author, interviews guests about traveling on the cheap, how to pay for college...
In today’s news of why some men are the worst, we bring you the viral picture of a young man making an aggressive humping motion at the “Fearless Girl” statue on Wall Street. The “Fearless Girl” was erected across from the “Charging Bull” statue last week, just before International Women's Day and A Day Without A Woman. In the days since it was erected, it has already become a destination for girls and women of all ages. Lori Heinel, State Street's deputy global chief investment...
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