The phrase "written by a woman" erupted on TikTok earlier this summer to describe men who were respectful, kind, and unafraid of femininity. In contrast, the phrase "written by a man" gained traction to describe female characters written through the male gaze.
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Beyond social media, the burden of dismantling systems of oppression shouldn't fall to those most affected by them — but all too often, it does. Tackling male violence means fighting misogyny on a societal level. That means educating boys and men about masculinity, gender roles, male entitlement, and their behaviour towards women and girls in all contexts, public or private.
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Black women have been in the barbecue game for a very long time, without due recognition.
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There’s a notably limited amount of mainstream feature films that depict those who have stood at the forefront of the fight for women’s equality, but there are some truly excellent ones among those that have been made. From a young Ruth Bader Ginsburg taking sex discrimination to court to the factory workers strike that changed UK labour laws, to the women who shook up NASA, the fight for women’s equality is full of cinematic moments that deserve to be honoured onscreen in every detail.
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Since the early 2000s, “returnships” have been part of the solution to the puzzling challenge of how to get women back into the workforce after career breaks – usually to care for kids or aging family members. But now, returnships could be part of the recovery from COVID.
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If you're searching for some resources to help educate young kids on respect, empathy, resilience, and self-esteem, Mashable has complied a list of informative, inspiring, and engaging children's books that all touch on the subject of gender equality.
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The gender binary gives kids who don't fit neatly into it the implicit and explicit message...that who they are is flawed or wrong, which can be damaging to mental health.
Mashable's rounded up six activists who can teach you about feminism. Their social media channels are full of lessons you can absorb every day to learn about the do's and don'ts of gender equity, how far women have come, and the progress that still needs to be made.
The new realities of working from home wrought by the coronavirus pandemic haven't yielded new, fairer standards for workplace etiquette. Here are some good suggestions on how to make the new normal more equitable for women in the workplace.
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In makeshift spaces and online meetups, men of all ages were coming clean, many for the first time — they spoke about being ashamed of their looks, their jobs, of being lonely, of feeling judged. That kind of vulnerability among men is difficult to achieve when the very notion of intimacy is a threat to their masculinity.
It's important to acknowledge that microaggressions can happen to anyone. Men aren't the only ones who commit them against women. And guarding against microaggressions matters: "When we allow those seemingly innocuous comments to get by, we're actually allowing sexist and racist behaviors to continue without calling them out," advises Christian F. Nunes, vice president of the National Organization for Women.