Sexism or gender discrimination may stem from the belief that a person of one sex is intrinsically superior to a person of the other. The articles in this category focus primarily on discrimination in employment but may contain pieces on discrimination in lending, housing and other vital areas of life.

Is Sexual Violence the New Normal?

Sexual Violence on College Campuses

Tara Culp-Ressler: Taught that men can’t control their aggressive sex drives, young women believe that they will inevitably become the subject of that aggression. That’s a central aspect of rape culture,

Should Campus Rapes Affect College Rankings?

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Tara Culp-Ressler: A group of lawmakers is pressuring U.S. News & World Report to update its influential college ranking system to indicate which universities have come under fire for failing to adequately handle sexual assault cases on campus.

April 11 & 12th: Abortion on Demand & Without Apology


Abortion rights are in a state of emergency, and headed for disaster. Already, women in this country who cannot access safe abortions are attempting to self-abort by inserting sharp objects in their vaginas, taking pills, asking their boyfriends to beat them up, and more.

Making Girls Into Women


Steve Hochstadt: To those who want to mold little girls into their narrow vision of what women should be, who anxiously search for any signs of “immorality”, it’s never too early to wield the sword of discipline on deviators.

Abstinence-Only Lessons: Making Sex Dirty


Tara Culp-Ressler: 5 common analogies abstinence-only curricula use to teach youth that becoming sexually active makes them worthless

The Shanesha Taylor Case


Muna Adem: Shanesha Taylor did what she felt she needed to do to survive. She did what many would have done if they were in her shoes. This is what inadequate social support produces.

Thank God for Abortion: What’s At Stake For Black Women

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Sikivu Hutchinson: Then, as now, mainstream pro-choice activists ceded the moral high ground to the anti-abortion regime, wavering between whether to frame abortion as a matter of personal choice or as an inalienable right.

White House Report Focuses on Women and Tipped Wage Jobs


Nia-Malika Henderson: Expect to hear more about hiking the tipped minimum wage as Democrats debate the issue and look for areas of compromise with red state Democrats up for reelection and also with Republicans.

Keep Bossy, Ban Pink Ribboning


Tina Dupuy: The problem with Pink Ribboning is it alleviates alarm by giving people something easy yet empty to do. It softens the concerned, warding off a real response. Done. Next issue.

Economic Independence: Bedrock of Freedom

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Wendy McElroy: Even laws intended to protect women, like the civil service restriction, ended up privileging one class of women at the expense of another.

International Empty Platitude Day: Where’s Emma Goldman When You Need Her?


International Womens Day: Can I get a piñata? Is mail delivered? Are bras optional? Do women in South Africa get a no rapin’ pass that day?

Sandra Fluke: Not Only Women


Sandra Fluke: It is patently wrong that huge employers pay their employees so little that they must rely on public assistance programs.

Why Does the US Still Have So Few Women in Office?


Women in Office: At the current rate of progress, it will take nearly 500 years for women to reach fair representation in government.

Hope and Pause: The State of Women’s Rights


Cathren Cohen: I actually think that the most compelling and mind-blowing work is in the consciousness raising around discussing women—fully valuing women and the work that we do.

Robin Thicke’s All Wet: Sexual Aggression Doesn’t Actually Have Blurred Lines


Sexual Aggression: Researchers found that sexually aggressive men are consciously seeking out women who may be easy targets.

Inside the Republican War on Women


Republican War on Women: Just when you thought an overly sexualized America couldn’t get any sillier about sex, Republicans have launched a campaign against the “contraception mandate”

Legitimizing Rape


Tina Dupuy: We have a simplistic view of sexual assault: Rape is done by bad people. We don’t like bad people. If we like people, they can’t be bad and therefore can’t really be rapists.

California Lawmakers Updating State’s Definition of ‘Consent’?


Affirmative Consent: California lawmakers have been focused on policy solutions to address colleges’ inadequate sexual assault policies.

5 Ways Our Society Unfairly Punishes Women For Their Sexuality


Punishing Women for Their Sexuality — Our societal assumptions about women’s purity and chastity are directly related to rape culture.

Dee Dee Bridgewater Speaks Out About Her Illegal Abortion


Dee Dee Bridgewater: “I remember being very humiliated, to the point that today. Thinking about it makes me want to cry.”

The Stealth Campaign to Destroy Abortion Rights You Know Nothing About


Destroy Abortion Rights: Iowa’s current push to restrict telemedicine could have big consequences for abortion access across the country.

Sandra Fluke, Wendy Davis, And How The Fight For Reproductive Rights Is Inspiring Women To Run For Office


Sandra Fluke for Congress — Fluke’s decision to pursue a seat in Congress bears some similarities to the career of Wendy Davis.

No, Giving Teen Girls the HPV Vaccine Does Not Encourage Them to Have Sex


HPV Vaccine — Kahn’s study adds to a growing body of research debunking the myth that HPV vaccination encourages risky sexual behavior.

Lawmakers Pressure The U.S. Government To Get Better At Cracking Down On Campus Rape


Preventing Campus Rape — Congress’ push to improve the way the government handles sexual assaults comes on after Obama’s announcement.

Reproductive Rights and The Golden Rule


Anti-Abortion Zealots are laser focused on life until it becomes viable—then that “life” becomes a lazy taker.

I Live in a State That Respects Women: Sadly, That’s Unique


Womens Right to Choose — California had the distinction of being the only state in the nation to expand a woman’s access to abortion.

GOP Doubles Down on Its Anti-Abortion Strategy


GOP Anti-Abortion Strategy — Conservatives plans to present a resolution urging the GOP to take a more forceful stance against abortion.

Who Can Block Anti-Choice Onslaught?


Anti-Choice Agenda — The anti-choice agenda diverges sharply from one of the fasting-growing demographic groups in the country: young people of color.

Wendell Berry on Women and Feminism


Wendell Berry Feminism — The proper type of freedom to seek is the freedom to love, to enter into a loving, mutually-respecting relationship.

The Republican Party’s “Female Trouble”


Republican Party and Women — How do you run a campaign on a record of trying to unravel the safety net,?

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