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It’s a victory for women everywhere that female genital mutilation has been outlawed in Nigeria. FGM is defined by the World Heath Organization as “procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.” It is a cultural practice in some regions, primarily within regions of countries in the Middle East and Africa, and it doesn’t have any health benefits. More than 100 million girls have experienced FGM, which often happens below the age of 15. FGM can have major...
As three more victims of the South Carolina church massacre were being laid to rest this Saturday, Bree Newsome, a 30-year-old Charlotte-based activist, took a stand. Newsome climbed the 30-foot flagpole in front of South Carolina's State House to remove the Confederate flag. As the Capitol police ordered her down, Newsome continued her act of civil disobedience and took down this symbol of oppression. She paused in her descent to declare, “I come to get you in the name of God. This flag comes down today!”  As...
Meryl Streep keeps it real. Her speeches are decidedly impeccable, her talent leaves me consistently awed ­, and she’s also…*drumroll* a feminist. Her recent work includes mailing letters to all 535 members of Congress to garner support for the Equal Rights Amendment. The proposed amendment, originally passed by Congress in 1972, missed full ratification by just three states. Last year, however, supporting individuals and organizations formed the ERA Coalition with one badass goal in mind: pass the ERA now (a sampling of members includes Chelsea Handler,...
From vampires to aliens, ladies have been crushin’ on not-quite-human men for years. But now they’ve taken it one step further with Shabani the gorilla. Yes, unlike Angel from Buffy, he exists in real life, but he is also a primate.  After pics of him began circulating on Twitter, ladies have been flocking to Higashiyama Zoo in Japan to see the strangely attractive gorilla in person. “It's a perfect example of the Internet society,” Takayushi Ishikawa, a zoo spokesperson, told CNN. “We were very surprised by the...
Meninism is not defined in the dictionary because meninism is not a valid term or movement. The two men who run the Meninism Tweet Twitter account say meninism is “(parody) obviously sarcasm.” Meninism is not advocating for men’s rights. It is not fighting any of the issues men face. Meninism is simply a mockery of feminism and all that it stands for.  “#Meninism” and “#Meninist” have exploded on Twitter. The account and accompanying hashtags have more than 900 thousand followers, some of whom own shirts bearing...
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