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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

Medieval Times Has A Female Lead For The First Time In 35 Years & You Will LOVE Her

Hear ye, hear ye — an official proclamation has come down from on high: Dinner theatre stunt extravaganza Medieval Times now has a woman in charge, and it is big effing news. This marks the first time in Medieval Times’ 35-year history that a Queen h…
By Lucia Peters

A Woman Was Sexually Harassed At Work & Her Boss's Reaction Will Make Your Week

The restaurant industry is full of “the customer isn’t always right” stories — but although they can often be funny, they’re just as often horrifying. Indeed, some of the worst of these kinds of stories highlight the magnitude of the problem when it …
By Lucia Peters

A Train Company Accused Of Sexism Just Responded To The Complaint With, Uh, More Sexism

And today in Things To Fuel Your Feminist Rage In 2018, we have this: When a woman in the UK tweeted about an alleged incident of sexism she said she experienced on a train on Virgin Trains’ east coast route, what she received in response was a sexis…
By Lucia Peters

Why It's Dangerous To Call 2017 The Year Of Reckoning

There’s a reason why so many are calling 2017 the Year Of Reckoning. In 2017, beginning with The New York Times’ publication of the sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein and the ensuing “Weinstein effect,” it’s become apparent that …
By Lucia Peters

This High School Is Replacing The Word "Freshman" To Be More Gender Inclusive

You might know ninth grade students as freshman, but in one Massachusetts high school, that is no longer the case. In an effort to be more inclusive of all genders, Easthampton High School will replace "freshman" with a different term: "first year st…
By Claire Warner

Women Are Sharing Their Favorite Thing About Today's Teens On Reddit & It'll Warm Your Heart

Younger adults, teens, and even kids constantly find themselves battling stereotypes about their cohorts — stereotypes that usually aren’t even remotely grounded in reality. But happily, a lot of folks in older generations have their backs: In a rece…
By Lucia Peters

This Study Says More Than One In 4 Youths In California Identify As Non-Gender Conforming

Americans have slowly but surely been starting to embrace the concept of gender nonconformity over the last few years. And it appears the next generation will be even more inclusive, with a new study finding 27 percent of young people in California d…
By Rebecca Fishbein

The Internet Is Already Slut-Shaming Margot From "Cat Person" & She's Not Even REAL

The Kristen Roupenian short story “Cat Person” has received an astonishing array of responses since its recent publication on The New Yorker’s website, from women sharing their own real-life “Cat Person” stories to frank and valuable discussions on b…
By Lucia Peters

11 Women Share Their Real "Cat Person" Stories & It Will Make You Cringe All Over Again

Last weekend, the internet exploded with the arrival of “Cat Person,” a short story written by Kristen Roupenian and published online at The New Yorker. The story has gone on inspired a huge discussion, a large part of which involves women sharing th…
By Lucia Peters