Posts tagged "women"

How Cute, Women Drinking Whiskey Like They’re Big Strong Men

I’m not saying I wouldn’t get along with the lady staffers at Buzzfeed, but Buzzfeed clearly does not employ women like my friends, for whom drinking whiskey isn’t this big, crazy, new thing. I don’t think I know anyone who hasn’t at least tried whiskey. Also, what’s with the faces? They look like Malôrt faces. For…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 8, 2014

One Woman’s Undercover Mission To Get A Happy Ending Massage

Chances are you’ve heard the story: an unmarked door leads to a dimly-lit massage parlor where women with strong hands and tolerant smiles await a train of libidinous male patrons. The “happy ending” tale is all too common, a mixture of truth and urban legend that captivates male imaginations even in an age of casual…

YourTango.com / September 30, 2014

What Would Women-Friendly Online Dating Really Look Like?

Samhita Mukhopadhyay asked today on Al Jazeera: Can online dating ever be women-friendly? She talks in her op-ed about the challenges of online dating after your mid-30s, the rash of gross misogynist messages you can expect to receive as a woman on online dating sites, and how Tinder was intended to be woman-friendly, but ca…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / September 30, 2014

Yes, I Have Emotional Disorders; No, I Won’t Be Ashamed Of It

I’ve said it briefly before, but I want to say it again in more depth: I’m not ashamed of my emotional disorder. In the six months since I started writing for a living, I’ve had a rash of people — okay, trolls — on the internet writing e-mails, leaving comments, and even writing blogs about…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / September 26, 2014

Buzzfeed Asks What It’s Like To Be A Woman On The Internet

Big hint on this video: Don’t look at the comments.
Buzzfeed Yellow interviewed nine women writers, podcasters, bloggers, comedians, journalists, and artists to talk about their experience with online commenters. I mean, I think we all know where this is going, because if you’re here, you’ve probably read about this in the past. It’…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / September 23, 2014

The Soapbox: The Problem With Wendy Davis’ Abortion Story

First, let me say that I’m a fan of Wendy Davis. I look forward to reading her recently debuted memoir, Forgetting to Be Afraid, and I admire her amazing energy, her dedication to public service, and her impeccable choice in footwear while filibustering for 11 hours in the Texas Senate last year. I’m way thrilled…

Julia Fawkes Stuart / September 15, 2014

5 Reasons To Go Commando This Fourth Of July

Nothing says Independence Day quite like exercising your freedom to go commando! Thanks to certain female celebrities who can’t keep their cha-cha’s away from paparazzi camera lenses, lots of women have developed a fear of going panty-free, since they’d like to keep their privates, well…private. But I’m here to tell you why you should consider…

Katie Oldenburg / July 4, 2014

The “Tata Top” Bikini Brings Us One Step Closer To Nipple Equality

If you’re in favor of #FreeTheNipple, but don’t feel like getting arrested for going topless, we have a solution: The “Tata Top,” a bikini top with nipples printed on the cups.

While men get to prance around with their big, hairy nips enjoying the summer sun, most places require women to cover u…

Katie Oldenburg / June 26, 2014

Frisky Rant: Want To “Save Marriage”? Stop Telling Women What To Do

Conservatives’ stance on marriage hasn’t ever much suited me. The so-called value they profess the loudest is “Preserving And Protecting Traditional Marriage” — it sat at number one atop the 2012 GOP platform — and is of course coded language for marriage between a man and a woman.

Their PR strategy for pushing traditional marriage…

Jessica Wakeman / April 3, 2014

Surprise, Surprise: Internet Trolls Are Actually Sadists

Internet trolls really are complete sadists, which explains so much. A new study, aptly titled “Trolls Just Want To Have Fun,” details the findings. Good to know all the strangers who call us “fat” and “stupid” don’t deserve another thought. [TimeScience Direct, CNN]
Why do TED and its spinoff TEDwomen refuse…

Claire Hannum / February 13, 2014

4 Ways We’re Programmed To Think Women Aren’t Funny

It can be hard being a lady in comedy, and that’s not a recent phenomenon. Ovaries have long been known to sap our joke-making powers. In 1695, a famous playwright came up with what might well be the first “women aren’t funny” line, only he said it in an old-timey way:
“I must confess, I…

Cracked / January 28, 2014

Internet Harassment Is Way Worse For Women, Unshockingly

Not long ago, I had a conversation with my father about how literally every woman I know with an active presence online – whether it was as a journalist, as a gamer, or as someone active in a forum – had experienced violent and/or sexual threats.  This news often shocks men, as it shocked my…

The Mary Sue / January 14, 2014

10 Reasons Women Hate Their Birthdays

A few weeks ago, I texted my brother to see if he’d had a good birthday. “It was great!” he said, “I stayed home, ate some roast chicken, and watched a movie.”

“Wait, that was a good birthday?” I asked, trying to communicate my confusion without being rude. “I’m glad you were into…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / November 6, 2013

This Study Of Gendered Words Used On Facebook Looks Pretty Dismal On Both Ends

Gender stereotypes: let’s pretend, for a moment, that they exist for a reason, reason being that they are sometimes (sometimes) applicable. The largest analysis ever undertaken of words we use on Facebook, a socio-linguistic study published by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Cambridge University, produced “strong results” emerging from the analysis aligning with…

Rachel Krause / October 1, 2013

Egyptian Activist Groups Now Working To Stop Street Harassment

When the Arab Spring hit in early 2011, no one could have guessed what it might have meant for women’s rights in Egypt. But as the country continues to feel its way through a revolution, there is one surprising outcome — several citizen’s groups are now patrolling the streets of Cairo, and taking action against…

Julie Gerstein / November 6, 2012

Are You In One Of Mitt Romney’s Binders Full Of Women Yet?

During last night’s presidential debate, the candidates were asked what they’d do to improve the status of women and ensure equal pay. And while President Obama discussed his work on the Lilly Ledbetter act, Mitt Romney accidentally said one of the most talked about phrases of the evening. Speaking to the crowd, he said that…

Julie Gerstein / October 17, 2012

The Electric Charge Of A Symbiotic Power Friendship

I’m reading this book called Joe Cinque’s Consolation, which tells the true story of a real life trial of two women —  Anu Singh, who injected her boyfriend Joe Cinque with heroin and watched him die, and Mandhavi Rao, Anu’s best friend who might have assisted her in the process. The story is complicated, of course,…

Julie Gerstein / October 8, 2012

The Gorgeous Wives Of Fela Kuti

The other day, I watched “Fela Kuti: Music Is The Weapon,” a 1980s’ documentary about Nigerian musician and activist Fela Kuti. Kuti’s life has been turned into a hit Broadway play called Fela (see it if you can), and his songs of revolution, strife and struggles of everyday life in Nigeria still resonate today. “Music…

Julie Gerstein / October 1, 2012

Women Don’t Suck At Parking — In Fact, We’re Kinda Good At It

I’m sure many women were experiencing road rage last week when word broke out that a German mayor designated various parking spots for only men, and others for only women. Mayor Gallus Strobel of Triberg, Germany presented a new 220-spot parking lot, with more difficult spots designated for males, because, “men are, as a rule,…

Daley Quinn / July 19, 2012

What’s Happening To The Women Of Juarez?

The border city of Juarez, Mexico — found just across the river from El Paso — has a woman problem. Women disappear, are sexually abused, and they often — way too often — wind up dead.  The women are young and hopeful — some of Juarez’s victims are as young as 13. And their discarded…

Julie Gerstein / June 28, 2012
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