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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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Matt Damon, stop #damonsplaining. You don’t understand sexual harassment | Hannah Jane Parkinson

If youre from a group that has never been oppressed for reasons of identity you dont know what it feels like. The actor should know when to shut up, writes Guardian contributor Hannah Jane Parkinson Oh, Matt Damon. Where did it all go wrong? Well, almost everywhere. Damon is currently the focus of a mixture of derision, anger and disbelief after he made, in the space of three days, multiple boneheaded comments on sexual harassment. At some point between these tone-deaf interventions his Good Will Hunting co-star (and a former…

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The Mother Load: America is failing mothers. Help us change that

The Guardian is asking readers to support a new series on why motherhood in the US is more challenging than in any other developed country and what we can do about it Your salary barely covers childcare, but your coworkers give you side-eye when you leave at five. Even if youre lucky enough to have a partner who helps around the house, youre still the one who knows when your kid needs new shoes and remembers to buy birthday presents for other peoples kids. If you see one more photo…

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Susan Sarandon: I thought Hillary was very dangerous. If she’d won, we’d be at war

Once the bete noire of the right, now the actor finds herself even more hated by the left for refusing to support Hillary Clinton against Donald Trump. She talks about Hollywood sexism, female empowerment and playing Bette Davis Susan Sarandon at 71 is bright-eyed and airy, and perhaps shyer than she can publicly seem. When I walk into the room a private members club in downtown New York, where she sits with a small dog at her feet she doesnt say hello or make eye-contact, giving what I suspect is…

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‘No woman is safe’: Why hasn’t THIS political perv been blacklisted? [pics, video]

Since we’re on the subject of predators in politics, now might be a good time to highlight one particularly egregious repeat offender: It's time to talk about former Vice President Joe Biden, the open sexual predator. A thread/moment… — Richard Armande Mills (RAM) (@RAMRANTS) November 13, 2017 In this clip, former Vice President Biden uses a candid moment to fondle the chest area of a little girl — in front of her entire family. Her visible discomfort is extremely obvious. pic.twitter.com/PXZx68KEGe — Richard Armande Mills (RAM) (@RAMRANTS) November 13, 2017…

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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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Quentin Tarantino ‘heartbroken’ over Harvey Weinstein allegations

Director breaks silence on scandal surrounding the producer, who has collaborated on many of his films including Django Unchained Harvey Weinstein, declaring himself stunned and heartbroken by the allegations of sexual assault and abuse by the producer. The director made his comments via the Twitter account of Amber Tamblyn on Thursday, had asked her to share a statement on his behalf after the pair had a long dinner. The statement read: For the last week, Ive been stunned and heartbroken about the revelations that have come to light about my…

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Fed up woman took selfies with catcallers to shine a light on street harassment

Anyone who’s experienced catcalling knows how uncomfortable the experience can be — but one woman has found a way to bring more attention to it.  Last month, Noa Jansma, a 20 year old from Amsterdam, ran a social experiment where she takes selfies with her catcallers and exposes them on an Instagram account she created, @dearcatcallers. SEE ALSO: What Ellen Pao’s case—and advocacy—means to women Jansma explained in her first post how doing this empowers her, “By making the selfie, both the objectifier and the object are assembled in one…

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Revealed: Johnson & Johnson’s ‘irresponsible’ actions over vaginal mesh implant

Woman awarded record $57m damages over implant launched with no clinical trial and marketed despite higher failure rate A vaginal mesh implant made by Johnson & Johnson (J&J) was launched without a clinical trial, and then marketed for five years after the company learned that it had a higher failure rate than their two earlier devices. Internal company emails disclosed in a US court case, in which a 51-year-old woman was awarded a record $57m in damages this month, also show that senior executives even briefly considered suppressing unfavourable data…

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Saudi Arabia to allow women to obtain driving licences

King Salman ordered the reform in a royal decree delivered on Tuesday night, requesting that drivers licences be issued to women who wanted them Women in women being allowed into a sports stadium for the first time. It is the most significant change yet to a rigidly conservative social order in Saudi Arabia that has strictly demarcated gender roles, and severely limits the role of women in public life. Earlier this month, a Saudi cleric was behind the wheel on the countrys roads were briefly arrested by police. In response…

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The problem with sex and glitter

From phone cases to vaginal pills, we know glitter can be harmful so why do we love it so much? Last month a doctor was compelled to tell women not to put glitter pills inside their vaginas and once again I was reminded of Stephen Hawkings prediction that humans are heading for extinction. 2017: the year Earth learned why were not allowed nice things. Dr Jen Gunter explaining exactly how and why glitter has no place in the vagina. If her name sounds familiar, its perhaps because she is the…

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Hollywoods grim century of fat-shaming: from Greta Garbo to Chle Grace Moretz

The film industry has a long and unhealthy obsession with the weight of its female stars. The more who speak up like Moretz did this week the more chance there is of change This week, 20-year-old actor Chle Grace Moretz said she had been body-shamed by a male actor on set when she was 15. He was her co-star at the time, in his 20s, cast in the role of her love interest, and he said he would never date her in real life, because she was too big. It…

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UN calls on Nepal to investigate civil war case of gang-rape and torture by soldiers

Landmark move marks first time UNs human rights group has intervened in an individual case, yet campaigners say Nepals government is unlikely to act The UN human rights committee has urged Nepal to investigate the gang-rape of a woman during the countrys civil war in a landmark decision that is the first to deal with an individual case of sexual violence during the conflict. The conflict between Maoist guerrillas and government forces that raged in Nepal from 1996 to 2006, it is believed such crimes were widespread. Research by Redress,…

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