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 Yesterday, October 18th, 2017, Canada passed Bill 62, which immediately forces people riding the bus to show their face. Or to take off their sunglasses if they're going to the library. Or pulling down their hoodies before entering the post office. It may sound ridiculous, like some old fashioned “it’s polite” rule your grandmother yells at you in a fancy restaurant, but now it is the law of the land for our upstairs neighbors. What the bill actually enforces is disallowing the “wearing of face coverings...
  With Hollywood in an uproar over Weinstein-gate, it’s clear that a line has been drawn in the proverbial sand, leaving us with some interesting results. Thankfully, some unexpected characters have emerged to remind us that decent and empathetic people still exist; of which Kevin Smith is a great example. Over the weekend, the Jay and Silent Bob star announced on his podcast, “Hollywood Babble-On,” which is recorded in front of a live audience, that he would donate future residuals from all his Weinstein-linked projects to Women...
As more and more women speak out against the gross men who use their power to take advantage of other people in what seems like every single industry, it has been heartening to see the solidarity shown to survivors who choose to tell their stories. The list of Harvey Weinstein's accusers has grown to over 30 women, as well as other men in Hollywood being drawn into the scandal, like Ben Affleck and Weinstein's brother, Bob. At ELLE's Women in Hollywood event on Monday night, Jennifer...

    For women working in the service industry, the stories of sexual harassment, and even assault, seem to be never-ending. The issue is often explained away as “bar culture,” and workers are told there isn’t much that can be done to stop it. But is there really nothing that can be done? Why do we accept such lowly behavior from customers, and why is being in a restaurant environment, or adding alcohol, any excuse for a person to touch or verbally assault the person taking their...
Waves of women with signs, with their children, with raised fists, cover the walls of the entrance to the “Beyond Suffrage” exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York. Like the exhibit itself, the entrance shows the varied stages of women’s fight for equal rights. With bright white walls, bold colors, and crisp displays, the exhibit travels through four eras of women activism: The suffrage movement of the 1920s, the behind-the-scenes political work of the '30s through '50s, the liberation movement of the...
OK, SO QUICK RECAP.  Harvey Weinstein sexually assaults women. If you are a woman and have been in a room with Harvey Weinstein at any point over the last 20 years, then it's likely that you have been pressured, pushed, manipulated, intimidated, literally chased, grabbed, groped, and bullied into compromising your safety and self-respect. Make no mistake, this man is a violent predator. When the news broke, I remember feeling something along the lines of: mm hmmwwwwwwwwwhat a prickyep As I scrolled down the list of known assaults, I began...
 #MeToo has, in just a few days, become an inspirational and important way for people across social media to share their stories of sexual abuse. Public accusations of sexual harassment and assault at the hands of movie executive Harvey Weinstein have sparked a necessary discussion of  abuse committed by men in power. McKayla Maroney, former US gymnast and Olympic gold medalist, has shared her own story of sexual abuse. Maroney published a statement on her Twitter, where she says that former US Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar...
  A 17-year-old undocumented immigrant is living in custody of federal government in Texas and is being denied her abortion rights by the Trump administration. The American Civil Liberties Union says the Central American unaccompanied minor, being referred to as Jane Doe for her privacy, is being detained in a private Brownsville shelter contracted by the Department of Health and Human Services. The ACLU has launched a suit that seeks for an emergency order from the court to block the federal government from obstructing her abortion access. A...
Carrie Fisher, our ever–lasting Princess Leia, keeps proving to be the (sh)ero and friend we all need, even after her death. Constantly crushing patriarchy and standing up to sexual abusers and harassers in the most genius, badass of ways.  Fisher's friend, producer Heather Ross, said in a radio interview with Arizona station 94.9 Mix FM that she was once  sexually assaulted by a famous Oscar–winning producer (not Harvey Weinstein) when she had just moved to Hollywood in 1999. The producer had forced himslef onto her while...
 I started working in fashion when I was 19. Two months into my first position as a stylist's assistant in New York, I was sexually harassed for the first time. A well-known male photographer who worked frequently with my boss invited me to his bedroom after a shoot, which was, conveniently, located right next to the studio portion of his live–in studio. I was squatting down onto the floor as he towered above me; I was busy trying to sort through shoes and clothes, and...