American Amazons: Hiding in Plain-Jane Sight

Originally posted on U.S.:
Until last Thursday, the Pentagon barred women from roughly a quarter-million jobs involving combat. Coincidentally – but, interestingly — that’s about the same number of women who have gone to war in Afghanistan and Iraq over the past 11 years. Whatever your opinion on those two conflicts, they were the…

The Writer’s World

Originally posted on The Lady in the Red Scarf:
Are We the Dreamers, or the Dream Weavers? And as imagination bodies forth The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing A local habitation and a name. – William Shakespeare They say that writers are trapped, locked…

When Kremlin Trolls Attack

Originally posted on The XX Committee:
The issue of online trolls doing the bidding of Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin has been getting some mainstream media attention, finally. The reality that Russia buys, or at least rents, trolls by the battalion to harass, intimidate and make life unpleasant for anybody who opposes Moscow policy, while employing aggressive…

Objectification | The Short version

I’m working on a much more descriptive essay on this subject, but this should answer many of the misconceptions around objectification, what it is, and what it means. I really would like to see an article some day that was on Objectification which actually addressed what it means, as it was designed and written about by…

The Four Minute Mile | Powerful Women

There was once a barrier known to all runners, male, female, young, old, rich, and poor – it was the barrier of four minutes. It was believed for many years that the human body was not physically capable to run a mile in less than four minutes. It was a matter of biology. It just…

Why We Need He For She

Originally posted on Katie Castellano:
I have mentioned in my most recent post and slacktivism post that HeForShe has faced some criticism. This is common with any “hot topic” sort of issue like gender equality, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t any support for HeForShe. Many proclaim that HeForShe is monumental and groundbreaking, and here…

Gender Equality – The Gap Report

I’ve been working all day, researching, pushing posts and twitters out, bugging people for their opinion  — following up on our last Guest Speaker’s question, “What is Equality?” We should know the answer to this, don’t you think? I mean, how are you going to know if there is progress if you don’t know what…

Talking with pikasauni — Equality

Meet my new friend pikasauni. She lives in Finland, a country who is number two on the list of countries for its level of gender equality. It is also one of the best educating countries in the world and currently one of the wealthiest… and I’m thinking those three things have some commonalities. Anyway, I don’t…