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Siri and the Revival of the Feminist Cyborg

“If I were to anthropomorphize Siri, I would imagine that it would think of me somewhat like a father: someone who wants the best for them, who teaches them, who is occasionally demanding, annoying, or embarrassing but who loves them and is proud when they do well.”

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In Potential Feminist Win, Argentina Considers Legalizing Abortion

Legal abortion in Argentina may become a reality this year thanks to lawmakers and activists who have been fighting for decades to frame abortion as a human right. In Argentina as in many countries in Latin America, abortion is legal only if the pregnancy was caused by rape, the mother’s health is at risk, or if the fetus has congenital birth defects. If a woman seeks an abortion outside of these parameters, she can be fined or jailed.

Legal abortion in Argentina may become a reality this year thanks to lawmakers and activists who have been fighting for decades to frame abortion as a human right. In Argentina as in many countries in ...

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Justice for Asifa: Sexual Violence, Religious Conflict, and the Politics of Outrage

On January 17, Muhammad Yusuf Pujwala and Naseema Bibi saw the body of their eight year old daughter, Asifa Bano. The child, a member of the nomadic Bakerwal community, a Muslim herding community residing in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, had been missing for several days. While her parents hoped for her safe return, they were greeted with the worst possible news: Their child had been raped, physically tortured, and murdered.

On January 17, Muhammad Yusuf Pujwala and Naseema Bibi saw the body of their eight year old daughter, Asifa Bano. The child, a member of the nomadic Bakerwal community, a Muslim herding community residing in the ...

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Feministing Reads: Kathryn Moeller’s “The Gender Effect”

About a year ago, on the eve of International Women’s Day, a statue popped up in downtown Manhattan just blocks from my office. The art piece, a bronze figure of a little girl facing off with the infamous bull of Wall Street, appeared suddenly and went viral on the internet just as swiftly.

About a year ago, on the eve of International Women’s Day, a statue popped up in downtown Manhattan just blocks from my office. The art piece, a bronze figure of a little girl facing off ...

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How Unions Can Help End Academia’s Gender Inequalities

Harvard graduate students are voting on whether to unionize this week. If they win, they’ll join a growing trend of graduate students unionizing to fight stagnant wages, stingy health plans — and longstanding gender imbalances in academia.

Harvard graduate students are voting on whether to unionize this week. If they win, they’ll join a growing trend of graduate students unionizing to fight stagnant wages, stingy health plans ...

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What the New York Times Gets Wrong about Obesity

I hope you’re not valuing your dignity as a human person — or worse! feeling good about your body! — while you read yet another stilted and shame-y diatribe about the moral perils of snack food. If you are, you may catch a serious flaw in much of the New York Times’ recent obesity coverage: we continue blaming and moralizing fat people for the problems of the American food system.

I hope you’re not valuing your dignity as a human person — or worse! feeling good about your body! — while you read yet another stilted and shame-y diatribe about the moral perils of snack food. ...

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