Category » Feminism
Gender identity can be confusing for anyone to navigate without adding unnecessary childhood genital surgeries to complicate things even further. Several recent studies have shown that in the United States, India, and China, boys are the preferred offspring. As we’ve discussed, in India this is resulting in sex-selective abortions and seven million fewer girls than boys under the age of six. Read More
Hint: don’t rely on standard compliments about their appearance. We’re all guilty of it: when being introduced to a perfectly coiffed little girl wearing some absurdly frilly dress it’s almost impossible to restrain from commenting. It is what we have been culturally conditioned to do. But these seemingly innocent off-hand comments build our appearance-obsessed culture, which has an effect on these girls, as anyone who’s seen Toddlers and Tiaras is surely familiar. Read More
  5 women were arrested for driving in Saudi Arabia, after almost two weeks of a hands-off approach by the authorities. Did they just have a delayed reaction, or did the Saudi religious police hesitate because they thought women would get bored of increased autonomy and independence? Four young women were arrested in a single car being driven by one of them in the Dorat Al Aroos area of Jeddah yesterday morning. The religious police, also known as the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, arrested them. Read More
On February 11, 2011 CBS reporter Lara Logan (above) was beaten and sexually assaulted while covering the celebrations in Egypt’s Tahrir Square following Hosni Mubarak's resignation. Just months after Logan was assaulted, Dan Rottenberg, editor of the online arts magazine Broad Street Review, released an attack of words through an editor’s note titled, “Male sex abuse and female naiveté”. Read More
          I haven’t shaved for quite a while now. It started with a lazy winter, when I found it unnecessary to shave my legs. But with hairy legs and all I thought it was weird that I still shaved my armpits, so the razor went on indefinite hiatus.          Up until college, I was always careful about shaving. I wouldn’t dare be caught with hairy armpits and legs in gym class. I’ve used razors, at-home waxing kits, that weird Schick Intuition thing, and even tweezers. Read More