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   A teenage girl in Nepal, Tulasi Shahi, died after being bitten by a snake, twice in her head and once on her leg, while she was banished to a cowshed during a menstruation ritual, writes the New York Times. Shahi, 18, was taking part in Chhaupadi - which translates to “untouchable being”- still a common practice in rural areas, though banned in 2005, in which women, believed to be unclean during menstruation, are sequestered for the duration for their periods. Chhaupadi is not just relegated...
While it should be clear to all of us that Serena Williams is a boss, one journalist’s casual sexism (aka failure to acknowledge her accomplishments as a woman) suggests otherwise. Thankfully, British tennis star Andy Murray was there to remind him. (Watch the clip at the bottom of this post for the real deal.) Murray had just lost the Wimbledon quarterfinals to American Sam Querray when a journalist started a question with: “Andy, Sam is the first American player to reach the semi-final of a Slam...
Yesterday, we wrote about how Betsy DeVos is consulting “men’s rights” groups along with victims’ rights groups while she is considering how to move forward with guidelines regarding sexual assault on college campuses. Well, the news just keeps getting worse. In an interview with the New York Times, Candice Jackson, the top civil rights official at the Department of Education, said that 90% of women who make rape accusations are lying about them. Some things Jackson, who is a sexual assault survivor herself, said: there is...
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is turning her attention to rape on college campuses...but instead of working to make campuses safer for women and LGBTQ folks, as the Obama administration did, she’s turning to “Men’s Rights Activists” to hear their advice. Because MRAs who insist that false rape accusations are the *real* epidemic deserve to be heard out, right? Uh...no. According to Politico, DeVos is meeting with different organizations to hear advice on how college campuses should handle sexual assault accusations and protect students. But DeVos isn't...
Welsh and Scottish leaders have confirmed that their governments will now offer free abortions to women in Northern Ireland. Carwyn Jones, the First Minister of Wales, told the Welsh Assembly on July 4 that the Labour administration would match the government’s promise to fund abortions for women traveling from Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland has some of the most restrictive abortion laws in Europe, making it very difficult for women to have a safe, legal abortion there. However, abortion is legal there when carrying a pregnancy threatens the...
Rob Kardashian is no stranger to social media meltdowns, but this time he may be facing up to 6 months in jail. Rob posted a string of loosely coherent Instagram posts alleging that Blac Chyna was cheating on him with other men, sending him videos of her kissing other men as proof, and frequently using drugs around their child - all while he was paying thousands of dollars for her rent, jewelry, and post-baby plastic surgery. Chyna posted (then unposted) on Snapchat that Rob physically abused...
  Earlier this week, President Donald Trump (ugh) made headlines for the way he treated two women journalists. On Tuesday, he interrupted a phone call with the Irish prime minister to comment on an Irish journalist’s appearance. “Well, we have a lot of your Irish press watching us,” Trump said, according to the New York Times, before pointing at journalist Caitriona Perry and saying, “And where are you from? Go ahead. Come here, come here. Where are you from? We have all of this beautiful Irish press.” After...
Previous statistics have shown that black girls in America have disproportionately higher rates of punitive treatment in education and juvenile justice systems than their white peers, and a new study from Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality may help us to understand why. Researchers surveyed 324 adults in the United States from various ethnic backgrounds and educational backgrounds (there were trends, however: 74% were white, 62% were female, and 69% held a degree beyond a high school diploma), and asked them about their perceptions of...
This adapted excerpt from my book emphasizes the cross-movement nature of feminist activism and the contextual differences in feminist activism using examples of coalitions on two college campuses. The findings are based on my multi-year research: 75 interviews and 1400 survey responses from students at the University of Minnesota, the University of California-Santa Barbara, and Smith College. New generations of feminists are more likely to unite in coalitions than previous generations, as a result of their intersectional grievances and opposition to a monolithic women’s solidarity. Broadly...
Serena Williams is showcasing her strength, beauty, and baby bump on the cover of Vanity Fair, a recreation of Demi Moore's "culture-jolting" 1991 VF  cover. Her glowingly-visible comfort in her skin and pride in herself and her unborn baby make her even more of a badass female role model, especially because she's had more than her fair share of people talking shit. From Romanian tennis player Ilie Natase, nicknamed "Nasty" for his on-court attitude in the '70s, spewing racist rhetoric about the skin color of Serena’s unborn child...