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Protesters damage ‘sexist’ open-air urinals in Paris

Uritrottoirs seen as discriminatory in city that still frowns on public breastfeeding Feminist protesters have begun vandalising the new urinals in Paris, labelling them sexist and discriminatory. Several of the eco-friendly urinals have been placed in public spots in recent months as an experiment to counter Pariss problem of urine-soaked pavements. But protesters in recent days targeted two on the le Saint-Louis and near Gare de Lyon station plastering them with stained sanitary towels and tampons, then blocking them with concrete. Notes left behind attacked Paris authorities for encouraging men…

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Too smart, too successful: Mongolias superwomen struggle to find husbands

Highly educated women far outnumber men in the capital making it difficult for them to find a partner At the UB comedy club at the back of a bar in central Ulaanbaatar, the audience is overwhelmingly female. Groups of smartly dressed women, just out of the office, sip from bottles of beer while watching a young Mongolian man on stage. Our women are beautiful, he says, nodding at a few men seated at the front. Theyre great to be friends with, but they are crazy. A few men chuckle but…

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Sofia Helin: Lets talk about periods. Women should be proud of them, not ashamed

Across the world, staggering numbers of women and girls are being harmed by poor facilities and myths around menstruation, says Sofia Helin, actor in The Bridge and ambassador for WaterAid When filming the first series of Saga Norn, whos known for her directness and deviation from social norms, but its not something we feel is acceptable in normal everyday life. That needs to change. One in three women have no access to a decent toilet, which is especially challenging during their period. If there isnt one in schools, girls are…

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Emma Watsons willingness to face the truth about race is refreshing | Lola Okolosie

I hope that the actors acknowledgment that she has benefited from being white will lead others to ask themselves hard questions too, says Lola Okolosie, an English teacher and freelance writer Feminism, to quote Sojourner Truth asked the Womens Convention in Akron, Ohio, Aint I a Woman?. There she was demanding that white feminists include black womens struggles in the fight for womens rights. It was there, too, in acknowledged this week. To have a Black Feminist, wrote: The feminist story belongs to all women everywhere but that is not…

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Lewis Hamilton apologises for ‘inappropriate’ comments about nephew

F1 champions regrets follow criticism for making fun of child on social media, telling him: Boys dont wear princess dresses Lewis Hamilton has apologised for making inappropriate comments about his young nephew wearing a dress. The Formula One world champion was accused of humiliating his nephew online after he posted a video in which he disapproved of his relatives choice of Christmas attire, telling him: Boys dont wear princess dresses. Hamilton has since deleted the Instagram post, which showed his nephew wearing a purple and pink outfit and carrying a…

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RenTechs Robert Mercer to Exit as Co-CEO, Sell Breitbart Stake

Donald Trump. Peter Brown, 62, will continue as CEO, according to a letter sent to employees at his hedge fund Thursday. Mercer, 71, will also leave Renaissance’s board and remain at the company as a member of the technical staff, focusing on research. Mercer and Brown took the co-CEO posts in 2010 after the company’s founder Read More: Read Mercer’s Letter to His Staff at Renaissance personal political projects dragged the notoriously secretive firm into the national spotlight. Mercer and his daughter, Rebekah, are prominent Republican donors and patrons of Stephen…

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Toxic masculinity is everywhere. Its up to us men to fix this | Jordan Stephens

I admit Ive abused my power in the past. Only by confronting our privilege and opening up our emotions will we live a more positive life, says Jordan Stephens of hip-hop duo Rizzle Kicks The past two weeks have reminded us of the extent to which women suffer at the hands of the patriarchy. As women share their stories and many nod along, what about us men? Any man who has read a womans account of acknowledge this pain and gain compassion for ourselves and acceptance of others. But for…

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Women take top three jobs in Norway’s government

Ine Eriksen Sreide joins prime minister Erna Solberg and finance minister Siv Jensen in rightwing coalition government the rightwing coalition government. Were not the first in the world but it is a page in Norways history that is being written, Solberg said at a press conference. The Philippines, Switzerland and Liberia have already had such a constellation, she added. Like its Scandinavian neighbours, Norway is a pioneer in gender equality: in 1986, the Labour government of had almost as many female cabinet members as men, with eight out of 18.…

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Men, you want to treat women better? Here’s a list to start with

Over the last week, theres been a lot of talk about how women are treated in the workplace and elsewhere. TV writer Nicole Silverberg argues that if men want to step up, they can Hey men, what are you planning to do better? Because you need to do better. Here are ideas on how you should treat women better. Talk to your friend who is kind of a creep at work. Dont talk over women. If you are asked to be on a panel/team and see that its all men,…

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‘We hate the headscarf’: can women find freedom in Tehran’s female-only parks?

Parks exclusively for women are popping up in Iranian cities, but critics are divided over whether this is just another ploy to keep them hidden in public I love to take off my headscarf, says Laleh, 47, a hairdresser from Tehran. Shes sitting with a group of friends around one of the many picnic tables in the Mothers Paradise, a park in the Iranian capital. Shes wearing a fringed mint-green T-shirt through which you can see her bare stomach. We can wear airy clothes here, and thats a freedom I…

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Google reportedly fires author of anti-diversity memo

CEO Sundar Pichai says internal document that criticised efforts to promote women and under-represented minorities is contrary to our basic values Google reportedly fired a software engineer on Monday after a in a memo to employees. It is contrary to our basic values and our code of conduct. The firing of the memos author, who identified himself as James Damore in an email to the Guardian, was first reported by tweeted a link to further comments by Pichai: Our co-workers shouldnt have to worry that each time they open their…

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Issa Rae: ‘So much of the media presents blackness as fierce and flawless. Im not’

The creator of Insecure talks the dating totem pole, films obsession with slavery and the gender-race pay gap as season two begins I dont want the stench of the current administration on this show, says Issa Rae. I dont want people to look back and be like: Oh, this was a Trump show. I want them to look back and say Insecure was an Sex and The City, which Rae co-created, writes and stars in, first aired on HBO last autumn, exactly a month before the US election. Culturally, Obama…

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Philip Hammond in row over ‘even a woman can drive a train’ jibe

Chancellor reported to have made sexist remark at cabinet meeting, with Theresa May believed to have been less than impressed with his comment Philip Hammond appears to have irked the prime minister by making a sexist remark in cabinet, exposing the tensions at the highest level of government. Reports suggest that in a discussion about transport, the chancellor quipped that driving trains had now been made so easy that even a woman could do it. A report in the Sun newspaper, which was not disputed by senior Conservative sources, said…

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Ashton Kutcher plans to host an open dialogue on gender equality

Actor and startup investor Ashton Kutcher is gearing up to host a live open dialog about gender equality in the work place and in tech in general, he wrote on his LinkedIn page yesterday. He plans to host it with fellow Sound Ventures partner Effie Epstein via Facebook on either Monday or Tuesday of next week, according to his post. In Kutchers post, he included some questions that he would love to include public commentary on. Here they are: What are the Rules for dating in the work place? Flirting?…

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