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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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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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