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Women in the US still spend three times as much time on housework as men do. “Men…just do the damn dishes.”

Meet NYC’s first and only trans woman firefighter.

“Plastic surgery is fake. So is the Hollywood fantasy where women over 40 just don’t exist.”

The New Yorker profiles the president of the anti-choice group the Susan B. Anthony List.

7 female CEOs who inspire us all to be cogs in the capitalist machine.

On the Community site, Hanalei reflects on Jennifer Laude, a trans woman in the Philippines murdered by a US Marine. The Marine has now been detained at the Philippine military headquarters.

Black female journalist Rebecca Carroll on deciding to quit mainstream journalism.

Reminder if you’re sharing that viral “F-Bombs for Feminism” video: FCKH8 is a t-shirt company ”using girls as a means to a commercial end.”

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Chart of the Day: Why did computer science become dominated by men?

When you hear the phrase “male-dominated field,” computer science has got to be among the top few that immediately comes to mind. These days, only 18 percent of computer science majors are women.

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But once upon a time–a time not so long ago since computers are still relatively young themselves–that wasn’t the case.  Read More »

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Australian state considers police body cams in domestic violence cases

One Australian state is considering legislation that would allow police to wear body mounted cameras when entering domestic violence scenes, and allowing for the use of the recordings they collect in court proceedings.

New South Wales – the most populous state in the nation – is the first to consider this kind of legislation, under which, “video statements from the victim, taken at the scene, and powerful video footage taken in the immediate aftermath of domestic violence incidents, will be used as evidence in court cases.”  Read More »

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Artist stitches catcalls into beautiful needlework

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Images from Elana Adler’s “You Are My Duchess” project.

Playing off of the idea of a hope chest, artist Elana Adler has created a series of hand-stitched needlework samplers showcasing all the catcalls she’s received. Calling them a “beautification of an assault,” she explains the project:

It is a contemporary feminist interpretation of women’s work and an objectification of my personal experience. Each captures a moment, giving these words a visual presence, a power, and a state of concreteness. These words were hurled casually and heard quickly but required hours of time-consuming, careful stitching.

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Feministing Readz: Daisy Hernandez’s A Cup of Water Under My Bed

A photo of the front cover of "A Cup of Water Under My Bed,"picturing a young girl posing in front of a car in an urban setting. The photo appears to be old, and is probably of Hernandez when she was a child.As soon as I finished the last page of A Cup of Water Under My Bed, I pulled out my phone and searched the words “card reader” into Yelp. Then I tried “mãe de santa,” then “candomblé” then “santería,” but none of the terms really summed up the kind of guidance I had brushed up against through my mother, my cousins, my aunts. In her book, Daisy Hernandez reminds us that often, we do not know how to name or thank the women who shape our journey. The women her parents sought out for spiritual support were referred to as simply “las mujeres que saben,” in her house, the “women who know.”

I eventually found a woman named Yolanda with 30 reviews on her botanica’s Yelp page. The next morning, I made an appointment to get my first reading as a young adult, confused at a crossroads and looking for answers that no listicle, therapist or career advisor would give me.

Hernandez’s coming-of-age memoir, A Cup of Water Under My Bed, explores some of the questions we face as young adults navigating gender, race, migration and sexuality in a world that imposes such strict borders on us. Read More »

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