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The “Scully Effect” Is Real — Women Who Watched The ‘X-Files’ Are More Likely To Work In STEM

As a nerd growing up in the ‘90s, Dr. Dana Scully of The X-Files was one of the fictional characters I looked up to the most — and I’m certainly not alone. Indeed, the “Scully Effect,” as it’s known, has long posited that Scully as played by Gillian …
By Lucia Peters

This Husband’s Reaction To Learning About The “Pink Tax” Will Soothe Your Charred, Angry Soul

It started when Redditor u/KnitAFett went to the store with her husband to get some new shoelaces for him. It ended with the husband’s reaction to learning about the pink tax — and he’s still mad about it now. And, I mean, heck: Aren't we all? It's b…
By Lucia Peters

This Sesame Street Theme Park Is The First Ever To Be Autism-Certified

Big news from the world of Sesame Street: Langhorne, Pa. theme park Sesame Place is now a Certified Autism Center, thanks to a partnership with the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). The announcement arr…
By Lucia Peters

People Are Tweeting #LetHerWork In Response To A Sportscaster Being Assaulted On Live TV

After a video of a Brazilian sports journalist being kissed on air without her permission went viral, a powerful movement for change has emerged from Brazil: Deixa Ela Trabalhar. Although many are becoming familiar with the movement through people tw…
By Lucia Peters

27 Women Share What They Wish Their Fathers Had Known About Raising Daughters

In recent months, the phrase “As a father of daughters” has become symptomatic of performative allyship — the argument being that it shouldn’t require having daughters for men to care about gender equality. If you actually talk to women about the thi…
By Lucia Peters

Disney Is Finally Getting Rid Of This Problematic Part Of The Pirates Of The Caribbean Ride

Get ready to say goodbye to one of Disneyland’s most iconic —and problematic — ride scenes: The “bride auction” scene in the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif. is finally being removed. The ride will be closed for ref…
By Lucia Peters

Here's The Annoying Reason Turning 31 Could Be The Most Expensive Year Of Your Life

Some sobering news for the late-20-somethings/early-30-somethings in the crowd: According to a survey conducted by credit check company ClearScore, 31 is the most expensive year of your life — or at least, it is if you’re a millennial. Of course, tha…
By Lucia Peters

This Viral Post About A Woman Breastfeeding In Public Actually Has A Happy Ending For Once

And today in things that will warm even the coldest of hearts, we have this: A story recently posted to the r/TwoXChromosome subreddit about a dad’s response to his daughter shaming a breastfeeding parent is everything. Posted by Redditor u/starsonwi…
By Lucia Peters

Researchers Found That An Alarming Number Of U.S. Gun Owners Don’t Store Them Safely

Just in time for the latest reinvigoration of the gun control debate, researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have some unnerving news. According to a survey published in the American Journal of Public Health, 54 percent …
By Claire Warner

A Woman Claims She Was Kicked Off A Flight After Complaining About Her Period Pain

And today in Adventures In Modern-Day Period Stigma, we have this: A woman claims she was removed from a flight after complaining about period pain. According to The Sun, Beth Evans and her boyfriend, Joshua Moran, claim they had boarded an Emirates …
By Lucia Peters

A News Station Accidentally Called PyeongChang “P.F Chang’s” & The Tweets Are SO Salty

And today in things that make me so embarrassed about the state of this country that I’m really, really hoping the earth will open up and swallow me whole, we have this: Chicago ABC News affiliate LS-Ch.7 recently broadcast a report about the 2018 Wi…
By Lucia Peters

This Viral Thread Shows Just How Much Of A Burden It Is For Women To Make Sure They're "Safe"

How you experience and move through the world changes depending on the different facets of your identity. That’s what intersectional feminism is all about — the idea that intersecting identities and intersecting systems of oppression have a palpable …
By Lucia Peters

A Teacher Told This Artist to "Dial Down The Feminism" & Her Response Will Make You HOWL

When one of artist Alex Bertulis-Fernandes’ teachers recently told her to “dial down the feminism” in her work, she had one response for him: She dialed it up. I mean that literally, by the way; the next piece she presented to that teacher was an ima…
By Lucia Peters

A Guy Said He Wanted To “Punch A Feminist” & The Tumblr Response To It Was ICONIC

A lot of the time, the internet makes me despair. (I know — that’s kind of a weird thing to say, given that I make a living on the internet, but it’s true. The internet is often full of terribleness. But sometimes, it is also full of wonderfulness — …
By Lucia Peters

Women Dream About Being Chased More Often Than Men & Gee, I Wonder Why

Humans are endlessly interested in sorting out what our dreams mean. I get it; after all, our unconscious minds can sometimes seem like unknowable things, and we therefore desperately, desperately want to make sense of it all. And hey, guess what? Ac…
By Lucia Peters

Women Are Tweeting The Sexist Assumptions People Make About Their Jobs & It’s Infuriating

It’s no secret that workplace sexism still exists — but it’s not just seen in the big picture issues, like the wage gap or sexual harassment. Since Jan. 30, people on Twitter have been sharing the sexist assumptions about their jobs they experience e…
By Lucia Peters

A Headmaster Warned Students Not To Date Or He'd Give Them Bad College Recs, & WTF

Controversy has erupted surrounding an exclusive boarding school in North Wales following an email regarding students and romantic relationships sent recently by its principal. Toby Belfield, the principal of Ruthin School in Denbighshire, emailed st…
By Lucia Peters

A Woman Claims A Delivery Driver Sent Her Creepy Texts & It'll Make Your Skin Crawl

Like many folks in today’s tech-infused world, Michelle Midwinter sometimes orders delivery via a smartphone app — she uses Just Eat. Also like many folks, she has a reasonable expectation that doing so won’t be a huge safety risk. So, when a deliver…
By Lucia Peters

A Teacher Told Fourth Graders To List “Three ‘Good’ Reasons For Slavery” On Their Homework

At a Milwaukee-area school, a fourth grade teacher assigned students to write “three ‘good’ reasons for slavery” as homework, prompting a public reaction that’s been something along the lines of “...excuse me?” Trameka Brown-Berry, whose son attends …
By Mia Mercado

Kids Learn “Gendered” Colors At A SUPER Young Age — And The Consequences Are Lasting

From the time they are born, kids are bombarded with messages about what is appropriate for their gender. In fact, it even happens before they’re born; the whole premise of a gender reveal party is “blue is for boys, pink is for girls.” While colors …
By Mia Mercado