Because I write about women’s issues, I often get blowback on Twitter, in my email inbox, and other online forums. And by blowback I mean I’ve been called some horrible things that are too awful to repeat. I’ve been told I should kill myself and that I’m “horse-faced” and “ugly”. I’d be lying if I said these comments didn’t affect me. But I don’t let them stop me from believing I have the right to voice my opinion. It is mind-blowing that in 2016 women are still fighting t
Whenever I write about women’s rights issues, there’s always some blowback from someone in the “manosphere” about how First-World feminists should shut up about their cushy lives and address the problems of women in Muslim nations and developing countries. And they do have a point. We should care about those women. We should care about ALL women. Fighting for equal pay and respect in the First World doesn’t preclude caring about and working to effect change elsewhere. But I
“Feminism” has become a dirty word in certain circles. I have to admit its transition to taboo status flew under my radar. Maybe that’s because the people I surround myself with don’t regard feminism like some disease that should be stamped out. I don’t live in a vacuum—but I tend to spend a lot of time striving to find common ground instead of focusing on the divisive. When you write about sexual abuse and women’s issues, however, you’re bound to confront the uglier human i
"Let us devote solid funding, courageous advocacy and unbending political will to achieving gender equality around the world. There is no greater investment in our common future."
— UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon It’s International Women’s Day and March is Women’s History Month. Many would argue we don’t need such an allocation. But have you read a history book lately? A vast majority of