Parkland Student Activists: “This Is The Way I Have To Grieve”
Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School continue to receive national attention for their outcry against gun violence, after an ex-student killed 14 students and three staff members last Wednesday. One student, Emma Gonzalez, railed directly against the president and the NRA in a powerful speech that has since gone viral. Read more about the student activists at The New York Times.
Parkland students, as well as students and supporters across the country, are leading school walkouts, calling on the government to implement lasting reform. Read more at NBC News.
Is It Time To Impeach Clarence Thomas?
In light of the #metoo movement, Jill Abramson believes there’s a case for impeaching Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas —a man who has been accused of sexual harassment by multiple women over the past thirty years. Justice Thomas has also been a devastating force against women’s rights in the courtroom, voting against reproductive rights, equal pay, and access to birth control. Read more at New York magazine's the Daily Intelligencer.
Voter Registration Booths At Black Panther Mean It’s Time To “#WakandaTheVote”
If you’re heading to the theaters to see Black Panther this weekend — which you absolutely should — you might find members of the Electoral Justice Project working to make our world look a bit more like Wakanda by getting out the vote. Read more at The Cut.
This New York Times Op-Ed Says Women Shouldn’t Wear Yoga Pants
In an opinion piece that no one wanted or needed, Honor Jones says that women should stop wearing yoga pants — because “women can, of course, be fit and liberated...but wouldn’t it be easier to do so in pants that don’t threaten to show every dimple or roll in every women over thirty?” Read some responses and roll your eyes with us at The Boston Globe.
New Jersey Man Drives A Truck Into A Planned Parenthood Clinic
Last Wednesday, a 31-year-old man drove a stolen bakery truck into the Planned Parenthood East Orange Health Clinic, injuring three people — including a pregnant woman. He was charged with six counts of assault and is awaiting trial. Read more at ABC News.
Emma Watson Donates £1m to British Fund Against Sexual Harassment
Once again, Emma Watson is the gender equality advocate we need. She just donated £1m — almost $1.4 million USD — to the UK Justice and Equality Fund, which helps support victims of sexual harassment. Read more at The Independent.
Does gender equality mean fewer women in STEM?
A new study in Psychology Today draws a surprising conclusion: in countries with less gender equality, there are more women in STEM fields. The researchers suggest that “women in countries with higher gender inequality are simply seeking the clearest possible path to financial freedom,” but it’s clear that there’s much more research to be done. Read more about the study at The Atlantic.
Hold Up, There Were "Vagina Mohawks" At New York Fashion Week
In 2015, we saw vajazzling on the runways. Now, there’s "vagina mohawks." Created (and named) by the designer KAIMIN, these artificial merkin mohawks might just be our favorite part of NYFW. Check out the show at Mashable.
This post was published on February 19, 2018.
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Victoria Albert is a Boston-born graduate journalism student. She covers reproductive justice, health policy, and feminism, and has written for In These Times and Alternet. She tweets at @victoria_alb3.