Sexism

Even in the kitchen, women can’t win

4 months ago admin2 Comments Off on Even in the kitchen, women can’t win
Ladies, are you in the kitchen right now? Because if you’re putting any thought into what you’re cooking, you’re probably doing it wrong. Whether you’re making an egg in a custom-crafted egg spoon or drying out chicken skin with a cleverly repurposed hair dryer, society would like to point out that you’re using the wrong Read More

At IIT-Bombay, your day starts with casual sexism and ends with chauvinism

6 months ago admin2 Comments Off on At IIT-Bombay, your day starts with casual sexism and ends with chauvinism
At the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B), your day starts with casual sexism and ends with chauvinism, punctuated only by moral policing. I remember, at my orientation that happened a few months ago, we were shown a video about life at IIT. The video began with peppy music and a map of IIT-B on Read More

Read Sheryl Sandberg’s full Facebook post on ending sexual harassment

8 months ago admin2 Comments Off on Read Sheryl Sandberg’s full Facebook post on ending sexual harassment
The 1992 presidential race was once summed up in a pointed phrase: “It’s the economy, stupid.” Today, as headlines are dominated by stories about sexual harassment and sexual assault at work, a similar phrase comes to mind: “It’s the power, stupid.” At 48 years old, I’m lucky that I’ve never been sexually harassed or assaulted Read More

The silver lining of being a woman in venture capital, according to a founding partner of 8VC

8 months ago admin2 Comments Off on The silver lining of being a woman in venture capital, according to a founding partner of 8VC
Women’s reality in venture capital sounds bleak. While companies with at least one woman on their founding team significantly outperform their all-male counterparts, female CEOs receive only 2.7% of all VC funding, with women of color receiving just 0.2% of that cash. Meanwhile, numerous top investors have been accused of sexual harassment, and fired for Read More

Men, gather round: This NFL player turned feminist will teach you how to fight sexism

8 months ago admin2 Comments Off on Men, gather round: This NFL player turned feminist will teach you how to fight sexism
Wade Davis is a former player for the National Football League and a self-identified feminist advocate. But when I meet him at a women’s leadership forum sponsored by the technology firm AppNexus, he tells me that if I’d known him 10 years ago, I would have dismissed him as a total jerk. “Every day I Read More

The feminists of country music who came long before Keith Urban

8 months ago admin2 Comments Off on The feminists of country music who came long before Keith Urban
I don’t look like your typical country music superfan. I am ethnically Chinese, grew up in liberal San Francisco, and hadn’t been south of the Mason-Dixie line until I was 16. But as Dolly Parton will tell you, looks are deceiving. Some of my fondest childhood memories include singing along to Shania Twain’s, “Man, I Read More

Modesty isn’t a virtue, it’s a tool to keep women in their place

8 months ago admin2 Comments Off on Modesty isn’t a virtue, it’s a tool to keep women in their place
Judging from Shakespeare, the very sight of a modest woman pushes men into extravagant fantasies of matrimony. “I burn, I pine, I perish,” cries Lucentio in The Taming of the Shrew, “If I achieve not this young modest girl.” Modern men are less explicit about their desire for demureness, but there’s still a tendency to Read More

I fell for the cult of masculinity—and the myth that men are aggressive by nature

8 months ago admin2 Comments Off on I fell for the cult of masculinity—and the myth that men are aggressive by nature
“Are you safe?” The nurse asked me. “Are you afraid of anyone right now?” I was in the doctor’s office. My fiancé had insisted on driving me there. He was my Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, my secret abuser. He could go from gentle to furious in seconds, warm hugs giving way to shoves that Read More

How much would female reproductive health cost in your state without Obamacare?

8 months ago admin2 Comments Off on How much would female reproductive health cost in your state without Obamacare?
Until the GOP manages to overhaul it, Obamacare requires that certain preventive reproductive services for women are covered by insurance, with no co-pay. These services include birth control, UTI screenings, folic acid supplements, PAP smears, and breast cancer screening. Women who have insurance typically pay $0 across the country to access these services—although there is Read More