Tag: Women’s Rights

Peng Shuai’s Case Is a Turning Point for China

Four years after the #MeToo movement rocked global halls of power, one of its most politically consequential cases to date is unfolding in the unlikeliest of places: China. And unsurprisingly, the government there is trying to silence the dissent. Yet the Chinese Communist Party’s choreographed response to a tennis star’s sexual assault allegations has backfired […]

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Why Peng Shuai Has China’s Leaders Spooked

Four years after the #MeToo movement rocked global halls of power, one of its most politically consequential cases to date is unfolding in the unlikeliest of places: China. And unsurprisingly, the government there is trying to silence the dissent. Yet the Chinese Communist Party’s choreographed response to a tennis star’s sexual assault allegations has backfired […]

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The National Debate Over Abortion Laws

To the Editor: Re “Why the Feminist Movement Needs Pro-Life People” (Opinion, nytimes.com, Nov. 28): Tish Harrison Warren cites an absurd statistic in which 37 percent of self-identified feminists called themselves “both pro-life and pro-choice.” As an abortion doctor, I frequently meet women who, lying on the exam table, tell me that they “don’t believe […]

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Mississippi Asks: If Women Can Have It All, Is Roe Necessary?

The case that could lead to the end of Roe v. Wade includes a novel argument: that the right to an abortion is no longer necessary because it has become much easier for women to combine work and family. In Roe, the Supreme Court said that an unwanted pregnancy could lead women to “a distressful […]

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The Case Against Abortion

It’s also true, though, that nothing in all that multitude of policies will lift the irreducible burden of childbearing, the biological realities that simply cannot be redistributed to fathers, governments or adoptive parents. And here, too, a portion of the pro-choice argument is correct: The unique nature of pregnancy means that there has to be […]

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Why Conservatives Adopted a Pro-Choice Slogan

Here’s a bit of evidence that we live in a simulation controlled by someone with a perverse sense of humor: At the very moment that Roe v. Wade could be overturned, the American right has become obsessed with bodily autonomy and has adopted the slogan “My body, my choice” about Covid vaccines and mask mandates. […]

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The Women Who Died After Abortion Bans

That photo of Ms. Santoro was published in Ms. magazine in 1973, under the words “Never Again.” The image was blown up on placards carried at abortion rights rallies, a visceral illustration of the risks of illegal abortion. In recent years, the state of abortion rights in America has deteriorated, especially for poor women and […]

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Why the Feminist Movement Needs Pro-Life People

And that ultimately weakens the cause of feminism because it excludes a lot of women, especially young women. Younger pro-life women often see themselves as committed to both the protection of the unborn and the flourishing of women. In a 2015 poll by the Public Religion Research Institute, more than half of millennial women who […]

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Adele’s White Pantsuit in Her Oprah Interview Sent A Powerful Message

As the re-emergence of Adele continues with the one-two punch of an Oprah Winfrey interview and a “One Night Only” concert at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles in front of a starry, starry crowd — all in prelude to an album release on Friday — so, too, does her mastery of the art the […]

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How Kyrsten Sinema Uses Clothing to Signal Her Social Class

We use “middle-class” interchangeably with other powerful nationalist signifiers like “citizen,” “voter” and “American.” And, though my progressive comrades may balk at this comparison, if you compare Sinema to some of Congress’s best-known female politicians, her style is easily the most accessible to her constituents. I know enough about fashion, and how much it costs, […]

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What to Expect at Work When You’re Expecting

Once an employee becomes a parent, there is little workplace support for child care issues. Many employers don’t have lactation rooms, nor do they offer the scheduling flexibility so many parents very much need. What should be a joyful experience becomes incredibly fraught. People are forced to decide what they want more — family or […]

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How Latin American Women Can Keep Fighting for Abortion Rights and Win

Equally important as legal action has been the movement’s efforts to break the stigma against abortion and help people understand the realities women and girls face when they’re forced to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term. In 2016, Planned Parenthood Global and others began the Niñas, No Madres (Girls, Not Mothers) campaign to inform and […]

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Pauline Bart, Sociologist Who Mapped Women’s Challenges, Dies at 91

At that point, Dr. Bart had been studying the subject for 10 years, and had noted pornography’s role in incidences of coercive sex. She also presented research by Diana Russell, the feminist activist and sociologist who studied violence against women and popularized the term “femicide.” After Dr. Bart gave her testimony, she read a poem […]

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Let’s Discuss What Sinema Is Wearing

It is also very common in a masculinist strain of intellectualism to consider discussing anything associated with girls and women to be an inferior form of discourse. When we talk about a woman — even in the routine interrogation of how she is able to do her job as a powerful public servant — we […]

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A Sexual Assault Case in Loudoun County Isn’t About Trans Issues

Buta Biberaj, the Commonwealth attorney who prosecuted Smith, received death threats. So did members of the school board. But this week, during a juvenile court hearing, a fuller picture of Smith’s daughter’s ordeal emerged. She suffered something atrocious. It had nothing at all to do, however, with trans bathroom policies. Instead, like many women and […]

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The Moral Chasm That Has Opened Up Between Left and Right Is Widening

This hypothesis, Voelkel and Brandt contend, has its roots in research that emphasizes that people’s thoughts, attitudes, and behaviors are strongly influenced by the ideological groups they identify with and is consistent with work suggesting that people’s ideological identifications function like a group identification. According to this view, liberals and conservatives may selectively and flexibly […]

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Supreme Court Again Refuses to Block Texas Abortion Law

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Friday once again refused to immediately block a Texas law that banned most abortions after six weeks. But the justices agreed to fast-track their consideration of appeals from the Justice Department and abortion providers in Texas, scheduling arguments for Nov. 1. Only Justice Sonia Sotomayor filed a dissent. “For […]

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Female Afghan Judges and Lawyers Now Fear For Their Lives

When Nabila was a judge in Afghanistan’s Supreme Court, she granted divorces to women whose husbands were sometimes jailed for assaulting or kidnapping them. Some of the men threatened to kill her after they had served their time, she said. In mid-August, as the Taliban poured into Kabul and seized power, hundreds of prisoners were […]

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The Brittney Poolaw Case: When a Miscarriage Is Manslaughter

Brittney Poolaw, then 19 years old, showed up at the Comanche County Memorial Hospital in Oklahoma last year after suffering a miscarriage at home. She had been about 17 weeks pregnant. According to an affidavit from a police detective who interviewed her, she admitted to hospital staff that she had recently used both methamphetamine and […]

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A Home Built for the Next Pandemic

The dual fridge The Covid concept home reflected the idea that American middle-class families need to stockpile food and supplies. The home has two full-size modern refrigerators, one in the kitchen, and one just off the kitchen, in the laundry room. Second fridges are not uncommon in American homes, but they have not been thought […]

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Man Whose Attack on Ex-Wife Was Livestreamed Gets Death Penalty in China

A court in China gave the death penalty to a man who murdered his ex-wife while she was livestreaming, a case that shocked the country and ignited calls for better safeguards against domestic abuse. The man, Tang Lu, committed “utterly cruel” criminal acts, the court in Sichuan Province said in Thursday’s verdict, which was handed […]

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What Dave Chappelle’s Netflix Special’s Trans Remarks Show

If there is brilliance in “The Closer,” it’s that Mr. Chappelle makes obvious but elegant rhetorical moves that frame any objections to his work as unreasonable. He’s just being “brutally honest.” He’s just saying the quiet part out loud. He’s just stating “facts.” He’s just making us think. But when an entire comedy set is […]

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The Shooter’s Wife: Noor Salman, Wife of the Pulse Nightclub Gunman, Is Ready to Speak

Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. On the rare occasion Noor Salman ventures outside, she does so in disguise. She says it’s all about looking different from the photos of her on the news.  Grey contacts, dark lipstick, and pitch-black hair extensions are her armor of choice, which she […]

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What Killed the Blue-Collar Struggle for Social Justice

“If you want it, fight for it,” he told his union brothers and sisters of their doomed plant. “I’ll fight with you.” I began to understand why white workers tended to view the closure of the factory — and the election of Donald Trump — differently from their Black co-workers. Over the course of a […]

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Kamla Bhasin, a First-Wave South Asian Feminist, Dies at 75

NEW DELHI — Kamla Bhasin, an activist, poet and writer who was an early leader of the women’s movement in India, died here on Sept. 25. She was 75. Her sister, Bina Kak, a politician and actress, confirmed the death, which was widely mourned in India. She said Ms. Bhasin had been diagnosed with an […]

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Why the Taliban’s Repression of Women May Be More Tactical Than Ideological

Why are the Taliban stripping away so many of Afghan women’s hard-won freedoms? That may seem like a facetious question. When the Taliban ruled the country in the 1990s, after all, their regime was known for having some of the world’s harshest restrictions on women. The group still adheres to a fundamentalist vision of Islamic […]

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Todd Akin, Whose Senate Bid Collapsed After a Rape Remark, Dies at 74

William Todd Akin, a six-term Republican representative from Missouri who gave up a safe seat to run for the Senate in 2012, only to see his campaign collapse in a hail of recriminations after a remark about “legitimate rape,” died on Sunday at his home in a St. Louis suburb. He was 74. His death […]

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Supporters of Abortion Rights Struggle to Gain Marchers and Momentum

Last fall, Hannah Dasgupta spent her days focused on politics, channeling her fear and anger over President Donald J. Trump into activism. Worried about the future of abortion rights, among other issues, during the Trump administration, she joined a group of suburban Ohio women who were working to elect Democrats. A year later, Ms. Dasgupta, […]

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Roe v. Wade Is at Risk, and Americans Are Burned Out

This Saturday, there will be demonstrations across the country to protest Texas’ crowdsourced abortion ban and the Supreme Court’s refusal to enjoin it. It could be a broad mobilization. Rachel O’Leary Carmona, executive director of the Women’s March, part of the coalition organizing the protests, told me there are 650 marches planned nationwide. I’ll be […]

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Rep. Cori Bush Shares Her Abortion Story With House Panel

The debate over abortion rights has flared up again on Capitol Hill after the Supreme Court refused earlier this month to block a Texas law prohibiting most abortions. With other states rushing to enact similar restrictions, and the court, now dominated by conservatives, preparing to take up a case that could overturn the 1973 decision […]

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