A rape on a commuter train near Philadelphia has prompted outrage for its lack of bystander intervention; passengers saw the assault in action—some even pointing their phones at the rapist—but no one called 911. Experts say changing social norms of the pandemic may have contributed to this case of the bystander effect, with people "retreating into their own corners."
While the Iranian regime’s laws governing women today are very conservative, Iranian women are a powerful cultural and political force, as evidenced by a new exhibition titled “Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians.” The show is a nod to the voices of artists who explore gender, politics, spirituality, and war, sometimes with humor, other times with open defiance.
A top Chinese government think tank even believes this star-induced feminization is part of a wider CIA operation to emasculate Asian men. The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences accuses legendary star-makers, the Johnny & Associates talent agency, of working with the CIA to degrade Japanese masculinity, leading to the profusion of soshokukei danshi (“grass eaters” or “herbivorous boys”) in Japanese society.
Marvel is far from the only franchise reckoning with its past treatment of female characters as it tries to market itself as a hub of inclusive story-telling. But it has seemingly become more deliberate in its treatment of female characters. “I think there is a conscientious effort to not objectify women,” says Victoria Alonso, executive vice president of production at Marvel Studios.

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“It’s really about meeting women where they are. It’s for that woman who has been overlooked, or feels like their voice hasn’t been heard. That was the biggest thing when I spoke out, was hearing from other women across industries. And having such a connection there, feeling like it’s so much bigger. There’s just that power in the collective.”
In June 1860, Elizabeth Packard, a housewife and mother of six, had simply stood up to her domineering husband. As she would record in a defense of her sanity that she wrote while in the asylum, she’d insisted, “I, though a woman, have just as good a right to my opinion as my husband has to his”—but assertive women in those days were swiftly dispatched to asylums, institutionalized for causing “the greatest annoyances to the family” and for defying “all domestic control.”
Women’s labor force participation has dropped to 57% since the pandemic began, and of all groups of parents, single moms have seen the biggest drop in the proportion who are employed. That suggests that whenever the CDC moratorium on evictions expires – which it’s set to do next month — perhaps most heavily represented among the millions likely to be evicted are single mothers and their kids.