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These moving stairs transform into an elevator for people with wheelchairs

Image: Jessica Miglio/Netflix Major spoilers for Ozark: Season 2 lie ahead.  From Narcos to Breaking Bad, crime dramas have gained a reputation for using shallow female characters as little more than emotional fodder for male stories. Frequently minimized as damsels in distress and exasperating nags, women within the genre exist almost exclusively to portray girlfriends, wives, mothers, and victims.   Season 2 of Netflix’s Ozark, however, champions female stories through all 10 of its episodes with an array of women that rivals the ensemble complexity of HBO’s The Sopranos. SEE…

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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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Take a ride with the woman who took the first-ever road trip

For its Instagram TV debut Monday, Mercedes-Benz uploaded a short film portraying the (re-enacted) car ride Bertha Benz took in 1888.  SEE ALSO: A brief history of the evolution of futuristic cars On an August morning, Benz took out her husband Karl’s newly invented automobile (more like a motorized carriage), the Benz Patent-Motorwagen, and started off on a 60-mile journey through Germany with her two teenage sons. (In the video, they help send her off by pushing the car’s wheels.) This became the first real drive in an automobile. Today,…

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Jameela Jamil: ‘I won’t become a double agent for the patriarchy’

The former presenter turned The Good Place star on why she refuses to stay silent about the aftermath of #MeToo, unhealthy body ideals and the tabloid media When British celebrities make it big in the US, they go through a by now familiar process of becoming Hollywoodified: they get thinner, more groomed, less fun, all the while insisting that their occasional deployment of a quaint British swearword proves they havent changed a bit. This is not James Blake. But as we walk through the club she decrees it a bit…

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A Slippery Slope: Could Bill Cosbys Conviction Lead To A Mob Mentality Where Society Wantonly Punishes Any Serial Rapist After Decades Of Inaction?

Bill Cosby was convicted today on three counts of aggravated indecent assault, and though it seems Cosby is in fact guilty, the frenzied mass reaction from the public raises a troubling question: Could Bill Cosby’s conviction lead to a mob mentality where society wantonly punishes any serial rapist after decades of inaction? If we let ourselves get caught up in mass hysteria and punish a man for living out most of his life as a serial rapist, we’re setting a dangerous precedent that will allow us to remorselessly convict long-ignored…

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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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In honor of ‘Solo’ hitting theaters, we talked about what makes Star Wars so magical

Jyn, Rey, Leia: Proven box office smashes.Image: lucasfilm/disney Spoiler alert: This post contains a key detail from Solo: A Star Wars Story.  We’re now in the second weekend of the first Star Wars movie since 2005 to feature a male lead. And we still don’t know whether it will turn a profit — unlike the prior three movies of the Disney-Lucasfilm era, all of which had female leads.   The question is, will the Mouse House take a hint? To be sure, Solo‘s financial woes have little to do with…

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An abortion at the age of 23 gave me freedom

During the Irish referendum, there was a lot of talk about abortion in extreme cases, but some like mine are banal but necessary When I was 23, my life forked. Until then, it had felt like one of those LA freeways with half a dozen lanes: I had options in terms of which path I took, but they were all going in the same general direction. I was barely making a living in a job I enjoyed, and living in a dump with friends I adored. Lifewas wide open. Then…

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Northern Ireland abortion reforms ‘a test of May’s feminism’

Shami Chakrabarti calls on prime minister to negotiate with parties to relax laws Theresa May has been challenged to demonstrate her feminist credentials by relaxing Northern Irelands abortion laws after Irish voters supported liberalisation in a landslide referendum result. The shadow attorney general, Shami Chakrabarti, said abortion reforms that brought the rights of women in Northern Ireland into line with the rest of the UK were a test of the prime ministers feminism. The Labour frontbencher added that unless devolution was restored to Stormont quickly, the government could no longer…

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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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Second woman arrested in Tehran for hijab protest

Woman was detained after standing on telecoms box to raise headscarf on a stick in repeat of protest last month Second woman arrested in Tehran for hijab protest Woman was detained after standing on telecoms box to raise headscarf on a stick in repeat of protest last month Saeed Kamali Dehghan Iran correspondent Last modified on Mon 29 Jan 2018 17.00EST Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp An unidentified woman protests against compulsory hijab rules Photograph: Twitter/@MaajidNawaz A second woman has been arrested in Iran for protesting…

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Germaine Greer criticises ‘whingeing’ #MeToo movement

Author says women should react immediately to abuse, and historical claims will result in OJ Simpson trial all over again Germaine Greer criticises ‘whingeing’ #MeToo movement Author says women should react immediately to abuse, and historical claims will result in OJ Simpson trial all over again Alison Flood Last modified on Tue 23 Jan 2018 17.00EST Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Germaine Greer: All the powerful men who are now in all sorts of trouble are already briefing their lawyers. Photograph: Murdo Macleod for the Guardian…

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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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