Trump Is Now Slut-Shaming Alicia Machado on Twitter

In the early hours of morning, Donald Trump fired off a series of three tweets.Tweet 1: Wow, Crooked Hillary was duped and used by my worst Miss U. Hillary floated her as an "angel" without checking her past, which is terrible!Tweet 2: Using Alicia M in the debate as a paragon of virtue just shows that Crooked Hillary suffers from BAD JUDGEMENT! Hillary was set up by a con. Tweet 3: Did Crooked Hillary help disgusting (check out sex tape and past) Alicia M become a U.S. citizen … [Read more...]


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Swiss Men Tell Women What They Can and Cannot Wear

The lower house of the Swiss parliament has voted in favor of a bill that would ban covering one's face in public. This is, of course, a burka ban, and it is being pushed by Switzerland's far-right nationalist party. According to The Independent: The proposed law would see paragraphs written into Switzerland’s federal constitution against the “concealing of one’s face” in public places, other than religious sites, with exceptions for health and safety, the climate and unspecified local customs. … [Read more...]


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The Green Party’s Forgotten Woman Nominee

I recently came upon this meme, one of many memes this year about Jill Stein, the Green Party's 2016 presidential nominee. Have a look:The meme features a picture of Jill Stein with the text "This is the first woman to receive her party's nomination. Don't buy the Hillary hype."I get that not everyone does the whole history thing. What I find disturbing about this meme is not that Jill Stein isn't the first woman to receive a party's nomination (literally dozens of women hit that mi … [Read more...]


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First Debate Highlights: That Moment Every Woman Knew What It Felt Like to Be Hillary

I wasn't going to write about last night's debate, I really wasn't. And then I started watching it. My god. Wow. Let me just highlight a few things that stuck out to me.Let's start with this:Yep. You read that right. Clinton had five "fleeting interjections" while Trump had three interruptions (successfully grabbing the floor) and twenty-four "fleeting interjections." Some have argued that that is an undercount, and that Trump actually interrupted Clinton fifty-one times.Watching … [Read more...]


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Newfound Independence, from Lowell Mills to the Bangalore Garment Factories

I recently read a New York Times article titled Rural Young Women in India Chase Big-City Dreams. The piece covered a government program that encourages garment-manufacturers to recruit young women from rural areas to work in their factories. The idea is that these rural young women are a largely untapped labor force, and that their gainful employment would help grow India's economy. But the article didn't focus on the politics of the program or the incentives of the employers but rather on the y … [Read more...]


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Obtaining Consent Doesn’t End with Marriage

I am deeply troubled by She Only Said "Yes" Once, an article I recently came upon on Faith It by Pastor Reggie Osborne. It's very long. Let me give you a sample: I stood on a stage in the church I’d grown up in.  I can only vaguely remember my wedding, but I’ll never forget seeing Allison emerge from the hallway at the back of the sanctuary. Beautiful. . . .We stood before the pastor, and we went through the motions of the service.  It feels sacrilege to says this, but they were jus … [Read more...]


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From Traditional Daughter to Feminist Mother (and What That Means)

I was recently explaining to my daughter that Hillary has to work twice as hard as Trump does and be twice as organized and as competent as Trump is, because she's a woman. My daughter, Sally, was nonplussed. She didn't think that sounded fair. We talked a bit more about women's rights and the history of gender relations---all things we've touched on before---and my mind was drawn to the many studies and books I've seen and read on these issues, from Lean In to studies on how often women ask for … [Read more...]


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