BY Emily Robinson
on Jun 03, 2014
Female-named hurricanes have statistically inflicted higher death tolls than male-named hurricanes, and according to one researcher, the reason is clear.
The research of Kiju Jung at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign suggests that sexist stereotypes associated with women’s names are a possible explanation for why female hurricanes have double the average fatalities.
According to Jung, a “Hurricane Alexandra” is seen as ... Read More
BY Amy Carlberg
on Jun 02, 2014
It's easy to say that guys sometimes don't understand the struggle inherent in the female experience. They haven't had to endure the hardship, live in the carefully negotiated bodies we women occupy, or deal with the unfair boundaries society sets for us. And then I read something that suggests men might not be the only ones who are deluded.
Mariel Loveland, a musician in the band Candy Hearts, recently wrote a piece for Noisey called "How to ... Read More
This Sunday, May 11, we will celebrate the mothers in our lives, those women who, with the help of our fathers and other mentors, taught us how to be good people, whose shoulders we cried on and whose laughter brightened our days. In celebration of the holiday, international clothing brand Desigual released a mystifying commercial, one which many have found sexist and insulting. The ad presents a young woman trying on a slinky, colorful dress; catching her ... Read More
For your consideration: "The Domestic Anti Nag Gag," a soccer ball-shaped device that promises to silence women and allow men to live their lives free of pesky female requests. The English branch of international clothing store River Island recently came under fire for selling this shockingly inappropriate item. Consumers were outraged when they saw the gag pop up on the brand’s website; among those offended was actor Jenny Bede, who promptly shared her ... Read More
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Online dating and matchmaking apps, though helpful for many, are unfortunately a breeding ground for harassment. Shielded by a computer and a username, people are often emboldened to say some pretty degrading things, and sexual interest is converted into straight-out internet malice. Improper sentences (both in structure and in content) like “Bet your tight” are tossed out into the viral stratosphere, ... Read More
As women and especially as teenagers, we’re continuously told to hide our bodies; our clothes are deemed too low cut and too tight, and we are asked to present ourselves in ways that satisfy and placate others.
Allison Roth is a 17-year-old who wore a tank top to the gym and got scolded. As a member of Planet Fitness in Waterford Township, the young woman assumed that the facility and franchise would hold true to its mission to foster a ... Read More
Everyday, countless women are catcalled, harassed, and berated based solely on our gender. In a world where people shrug off sexism and claim that the feminist movement is no longer relevant, it helps to have a reminder like Everyday Sexism, a website devoted to chronicling submitted real-life experiences of girls and women.
The Guardian producer Leah Green set out to showcase the prevalence of sexual harassment in her new video, in which she ... Read More
Two days ago, the Army revised its grooming regulations to prohibit hairstyles specific to black women; although dreadlocks and twists have been disallowed since 2005, these new rules are shockingly strict, banning the growth of natural hair from exceeding 2 inches and braids from being wider than one quarter inch.
Black women make up a whopping one third of females in the military, explains the Georgia National Guard member Sgt. Jasmine Jacobs, who ... Read More
Are you having a particularly grumpy Thursday? Has the wrath of the polar vortex (are we still even in it?) finally pushed you to your limit? Allow me to console your wind-burned faces with a little comedy, courtesy of Hari Kondabolu. This video is not particularly new, but a little bit of Kondabolu never hurt anyone. Seriously. He’s one of the only comedians I’ve experienced that doesn’t rely on typical tropes to write his jokes, and ... Read More
Celebrity memoirs, autobiographies, and self-help books are all the rage, but what makes Girls star Lena Dunham’s stand out is that she actively avoids the old cliche topics that seem to be recycled from publication to publication; she admits, in her adorable self-effacing way, that she isn’t a mother, a businesswoman, a dietician, or a sex therapist. She’s herself, and that’s certainly book-worthy.
Her text, Not That ... Read More