Tag: Women’s Rights

Some Women Fear Giorgia Meloni’s Far-Right Agenda Will Set Italy Back

ROME — Being a woman, and mother, has been central to the political pitch of Giorgia Meloni, the hard-right politician who is likely to become Italy’s prime minister after elections on Sunday. She once ran for mayor seven months pregnant because she said powerful men had told her she couldn’t. Her most famous speech includes […]

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Signal Is Asking People Around the World to Help Iranians Access the Encrypted App

Image: Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images The popular encrypted chat app Signal is trying to help Iranians use the app, which is blocked in the country, by asking people to set up proxy servers that can help Iranians circumvent the government’s censorship.  Last week, the Iranian morality police arrested and then beat Mahsa Amini, a […]

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After Dobbs: Feminism Beyond the Gender Binary

[MUSIC PLAYING] archived recording (matt walsh) What is a woman? Can you tell me that? archived recording (amelia abraham) Progressive women tell me that they find it difficult to reconcile their feminism with transgender rights. archived recording (kellie-jay keen) If the word woman no longer means woman and it means anyone who identifies as a […]

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Woman’s Death in Iran After Arrest by the Morality Police Triggers Outrage

The death on Friday of a 22-year-old woman in Iran after she was detained by the morality police has fanned new outrage over the government’s stringent efforts to enforce its hijab law, which mandates covered hair and loosefitting robes for women. The woman, Mahsa Amini, who also went by the name Jina, was detained on […]

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Can Life-of-the-Mother Abortion Exceptions Work?

In addition to granting new political hope to Democrats, the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade has clarified the ground of public argument about abortion. As abortion-rights supporters have pressed their sudden political momentum, three pro-choice arguments have loomed particularly large: an argument about abortion in life-threatening circumstances; an argument about the unique physical […]

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After Dobbs: Does ‘Big Tent’ Feminism Exist? Should It?

Produced by ‘The Argument’ For decades, the story of the American feminist movement seemed like a progression of hard-won gains: Title IX, Roe v. Wade, the Violence Against Women Act, #MeToo. But in a post-“lean in” and post-Roe America, the momentum seems to have reversed, leaving some feminists to wonder: What are we fighting for? […]

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Enter the Candidate Wives

Ready or not, here come the political wives. It’s that time in the campaign cycle when many nominees, especially those running for statewide office, shift from stirring up their base to making themselves more palatable to the general electorate. This year, the Republican Party is under particular pressure to slap a friendly face on its […]

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Diane Noomin, Who Helped Bring Feminism to Underground Comics, Dies at 75

Diane Noomin, who was a pioneer of feminist underground comics in the 1970s, and whose comic book Twisted Sisters, a collaboration with her fellow artist Aline Kominsky-Crumb, has been a touchstone for generations of female cartoonists, died on Sept. 1 at her home in Hadlyme, Conn. She was 75. The cause was uterine cancer, said […]

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Queen Elizabeth, and the Power and Limitations of Inspiring Women

LONDON — There is a certain story about women’s progress that goes something like this: For too long, women have been held back by the personal prejudices of misguided individuals, and by society’s failure to imagine their potential for dazzling achievement. But if one extraordinary woman could cut her way through, proving the doubters wrong, […]

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A ‘Period Dignity Officer’ Seemed Like a Good Idea. Until a Man Was Named.

LONDON — Scotland gained worldwide praise when it passed a pioneering period act, making tampons and pads free by law and instructing schools to make them available in every building. One region even instituted a “period dignity officer.” Then the role was given to a man. The appointment of Jason Grant, a former personal trainer, […]

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Battling Violence and Censors, Women in China Become ‘Invisible and Absent’

HONG KONG — When a prominent woman in China’s #MeToo movement took on a powerful man in court, it was the accused, not the accuser, who was held up as the victim. When several women were savagely beaten by men after resisting unwanted advances in a restaurant, the focus of the story pivoted from gender […]

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Marilyn Loden, Who Championed a Feminist Metaphor, Dies at 76

At New York Telephone, Ms. Loden and a colleague, Wendy Fleder (now Wendy Tyler), initiated what was known at the time as sensitivity training, essentially consciousness-raising workshops, which were so successful that they spread throughout the Bell companies, Ms. Tyler said in a phone interview. “Marilyn was smart, assertive and very passionate about what was […]

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At Shakespeare’s Globe, a Nonbinary Joan of Arc Causes a Stir

LONDON — When the playwright Charlie Josephine watched the first performance of their play “I, Joan” at Shakespeare’s Globe last week, they sat in the theater, wracked with nerves. The play, based on the story of Joan of Arc, is Josephine’s first on a major London stage. But that was not the only reason that […]

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How an Afghan Soccer Player Escaped the Taliban and Began a New Life

One day in August, Fati was working inside the women’s soccer department of the Afghanistan Football Federation when an employee from the president’s office burst in, shouting that the Taliban were closing in on Kabul. Gather every document they could find, he said, and put the paperwork in a pile. They needed to destroy anything […]

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Billie Jean King: How Serena Williams Elevated Tennis

I’ve seen many generations come and go in tennis, and every time you see a great player retire, it’s really difficult. But the news that Serena Williams is moving on from tennis is particularly hard because of what she represents. Her presence and politics raised the game. The technique, power and rhythm of her serve […]

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Women’s Work Is Never Done

WASHINGTON — It’s nice to see that the Democrats are back on track. It only took an upheaval turning women into second-class citizens, the possibility that the Orange Menace could be re-elected, and an out-of-control Supreme Court. With all that, the Dems seem to be pulling even. There’s still a better than even chance that […]

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Watch live: Biden joins meeting of state, local officials to discuss access to abortion on Women’s Equality Day

[embedded content] Five takeaways from a bruising primary season Democrats press Senate to vote on bill removing Dred Scott justice bust from Capitol President Biden on Friday morning is meeting with state and local officials to observe Women’s Equality Day as the administration continues to address access to reproductive health services. The event is scheduled […]

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The Mirage of Women’s Freedom in Saudi Arabia

“Reforms are done for certain types of people,” she added. “They are not done for all kinds of women.” M.B.S. has boasted extravagantly that his new personal status law is a “major qualitative leap” in women’s rights. I read the law, which appeared quietly on a Saudi government website in Arabic without official translation. I […]

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A Year After the Taliban Takeover, What is the State of Girls’ Education in Afghanistan?

Matthieu Aikins contributed reporting. The Daily is made by Lisa Tobin, Rachel Quester, Lynsea Garrison, Clare Toeniskoetter, Paige Cowett, Michael Simon Johnson, Brad Fisher, Chris Wood, Jessica Cheung, Stella Tan, Alexandra Leigh Young, Lisa Chow, Eric Krupke, Marc Georges, Luke Vander Ploeg, M.J. Davis Lin, Dan Powell, Dave Shaw, Sydney Harper, Robert Jimison, Mike Benoist, […]

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After Roe v. Wade Reversal, Readers Flock to Publications Aimed at Women

In the weeks since the Supreme Court reversed Roe v. Wade, overturning the right to abortion after almost 50 years, the consequences have quickly rippled through American life. States have banned abortion or restricted access. Individual stories about the real-life impacts have become national headlines. Concerns have flared about what the decision means for other […]

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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About ‘Bad Sex’ but Were Afraid to Ask

Given the prominence of the raunchy 2020 hit song “WAP,” by Cardi B, featuring Megan Thee Stallion, I loved learning that in the 1970s “WAP” stood for “Women Against Pornography,” a feminist group that argued, controversially, that violence is baked into all sex between men and women. Aronowitz also explores, with the help of the […]

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On Nona Willis Aronowitz’s ‘Bad Sex’

The conclusion of Louise Perry’s “The Case Against the Sexual Revolution: A New Guide to Sex in the 21st Century,” which was published in Britain in June and will arrive here next month, is titled “Listen to Your Mother.” Arguing that young women need to protect themselves from a sexual culture that treats them as […]

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Biden Is Now an Uneasy Champion on Abortion. Activists Are Still Wary.

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court’s decision to end the constitutional right to an abortion in the United States after nearly 50 years has set in motion a generational struggle over Republican efforts to ban the procedure in states across the country. But inside the West Wing, President Biden has made it clear that he is […]

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Biden Is Now an Uneasy Champion on Abortion. Activists Are Still Wary.

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court’s decision to end the constitutional right to an abortion in the United States after nearly 50 years has set in motion a generational struggle over Republican efforts to ban the procedure in states across the country. But inside the West Wing, President Biden has made it clear that he is […]

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On Abortion, Kansas Voters Held the Line

Kansas has a history of relative reproductive freedom, too, and related turmoil. The Wichita clinic of George Tiller, one of the nation’s few physicians who performed rare third-trimester abortions, was pipe-bombed in 1986. Anti-abortion zealots from across the country descended on Dr. Tiller’s clinic with disruptive mass protests during the summer of 1991. He survived […]

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The Anti-Abortion Movement Is in Denial

It is always painful to grapple with realities that contravene your most deeply held beliefs. A major theme of recent feminist writing has been the chasm between the rhetoric of sexual liberation and many women’s depressing experience of casual sex. I’ve met many idealistic Jews, raised to always give Israel the benefit of the doubt, […]

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Women, the Game Is Rigged. It’s Time We Stop Playing by the Rules.

I first began thinking about how feminists might reject palatable, socially acceptable protests and strategies when I spoke with the artist Emma Sulkowicz, who is best known for her performance piece “Mattress Performance (Carry That Weight),” in which she carried a mattress around the Columbia University campus in protest of the school’s handling of her […]

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J-Lo Is Now Jennifer Affleck. Why That Matters.

Yes, it’s sometimes complicated. My daughters have my first husband’s last name. (My opposition to the patriarchy succumbed to my reluctance to saddle another generation of women with my awful last name.) I have my last name. My husband has his. Buying plane tickets or showing up for parent-teacher conferences can be confusing. And I […]

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Religious Doctrine, Not the Constitution, Drove the Dobbs Decision

Indeed, the fetus is the indisputable star of the Dobbs opinion. That is not necessarily obvious at first reading: The opinion’s 79 pages are larded with lengthy and, according to knowledgeable historians, highly partial and substantially irrelevant accounts of the history of abortion’s criminalization. In all those pages, there is surprisingly little actual law. And […]

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