Women trying to have kids face a unique mix of scrutiny that requires them to defend themselves and their right to have biological children. Rather than recognize infertility for what it is—age-related declines in ovarian function or a side effect of reproductive diseases such as polycystic ovarian syndrome, endometriosis, and uterine fibroids—many people blame women for their inability to conceive.
Guys and straight folks, it’s your job to ask people you care about what they’ve experienced. Really listen to them when they share their stories. Spend some time reading the daily stories of street harassment on iHollaback and rethink your own behavior if you’re doing something that might make people uncomfortable on the street—even if you think you’re just being a nice guy.
On the Great British Baking Show, trolling often extends to the men with nearly as much vitriol and regularity as it does to the women. Trolls can generally find a problem with any woman, but two types of bakers stand out as exceptionally deserving of harassment: women who don’t land neatly in the realm of palatable, perfect femininity, and men who aren’t stereotypically masculine.
Driven by an intersectional feminist lens—meaning a lens that encompasses race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, and age, all the realities that make up a person’s social position—young feminist women of color are building the future of the U.S. labor movement. They are imagining—and implementing—successful alternative organizing strategies for low-wage sectors that are transforming the labor movement as a whole.