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  Being addressed or described with the correct pronouns is an experience that many cisgender people take for granted. But for many trans and non-binary people, the simple measure of being called the accurate pronouns can be a significant instance of validation and support for one’s identity. Additionally, it can have a positive effect on one’s physical and mental health. Today, Wednesday October 16th marks the second International Pronouns Day. Started by a group of LGBTQ activists in 2018, the campaign “seeks to make asking, sharing, and...
  A federally funded study conducted by the University of New Mexico found that hundreds of Navajo women have dangerously high levels of uranium in their bodies. The study is extremely concerning considering the abandoned uranium mines (AUM), that are likely responsible for this poisoning, have been closed since 1986. Yet, the effects of this operation continue to place people dwelling within the Navajo nation at serious risk. Uranium is a natural metal found commonly in the Earth in small particles. But radiation from high deposits of...
Jane Fonda was arrested in Washington D.C., earlier today for protesting climate change, Entertainment Tonight reports. The arrest came after the legendary Hollywood actor and activist set off on her “Fire Drill Fridays” civil disobedience campaign, calling for action on climate change. A press release sent out today stated: “Inspired by the growing movement of young climate strikers, Fonda decided to move to the nation’s capital for four months to take up their baton. She will be joined at every ‘Fire Drill Friday’ through at least...
Breaking news! Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez got a haircut. A conservative newspaper criticized the New York representative after she reportedly paid about $300 for a haircut and hair coloring. The Washington Times, which cited sources at the Last Tangle Salon in Washington, D.C., wrote that the Congresswoman “shelled out $80 for a haircut and $180 for lowlights,” plus an estimated 20 percent tip. The headline of its article read: “EXCLUSIVE: Self-declared socialist AOC splurges on high-dollar hairdo.” “Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has allowed life in Washington to go to her...
During Thursday’s CNN town hall, dedicated to issues concerning the LGBTQ community, protesters took center stage and called attention to the rampant violence against trans women of color, The New York Times reports. They first made their appearance as Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana and Democratic presidential candidate, began to answer a question. During this, they held up a transgender pride flag with the words “we are dying” written on it and demanded more awareness for violence against trans women of color. Some...
Iranian women will be able to officially enter a soccer stadium on Thursday for the first time in nearly 40 years to watch Iran's 2022 World Cup qualifier against Cambodia, a historic feat after FIFA threatened to suspend the country over its controversial male-only policy. Last month, FIFA ordered Iran to lift the ban and allow women access to its stadiums “without restrictions and in numbers determined by demand for tickets.” After the initial allocation of 3,500 tickets for female fans quickly sold out, an additional...

  Why do Americans cherish thinness while condemning heaviness? According to sociologist Sabrina Strings, contemporary fatphobia has roots in anti-Blackness. Here, she explains how corpulence became associated with both Black women’s bodies and “savagery,” which led to white society’s embrace of slenderness When Saartjie “Sarah” Baartman arrived in France in 1814, the air was electric. Bulletins declaring “Just arrived from London! The Hottentot Venus!” met the tantalized gazes of 19th-century urbanites. All were invited to ogle the body of the famous South African woman, billed as a...
  Just before midnight on June 25, 1891, a police detective encountered two women strolling arm-in-arm down Regent Street. One of the women struck him as being rather odd in appearance. He approached to investigate, but when he attempted to raise the heavy black veil on the lady’s hat, she firmly knocked his hand away. It was then that the detective realized that the lady was, in fact, a very elderly gentleman in women’s clothes. He promptly arrested him. The elderly gentleman—who stated that his “nom de...
A recent study, conducted by researchers from Harvard Business School and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, set out to assess whether men or women were more likely to rate their own work performance positively, reports MarketWatch. Needless to say, the results don’t come as a surprise. In a series of experiments, researchers found that women on average deemed their performance less favorably, even though both men and women performed equally well on the tests. In one experiment, 900 workers were asked to take...
  Simone Biles is a superstar athlete, and everybody knows it. But despite all Biles has accomplished, including having two moves named after her, the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) won’t give her proper credit for her achievements. Because Biles is able to perform moves that literally no one has done before the FIG’s women’s technical committee has to evaluate the levels of difficulty of each move and assign it a point value for scoring. In this points system moves are given letters, starting with A. An A...