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Don’t Believe Sexism Exists? Google It

When a person begins typing words into the Google search bar, the Google autofill feature automatically suggests the most popular searches beginning with those words. In this eye-opening video project put together by Brown University student Emma Hall, speakers announce the most popular worldwide Google searches for phrases beginning with words such as “women want,” “men want,” “women need,” and “feminists should.” The results unequivocally suggest what feminists already know: Sexism is alive and even dominant in today’s world. [via The Huffington Post]

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Dylan Byers and the Scourge of Privileged Defensiveness

People in positions of privilege frequently have blind spots for the work, achievements, and culture of people who are different than them.

Byers’ response to Ta-Nehisi Coates calling Melissa Harris-Perry “America’s foremost public intellectual” illustrates an important problem: People in positions of privilege frequently have blind spots for the work, achievements, and culture of people who are different than them.

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PSA Raises Awareness of Street Harassment in Egypt

UN Women’s Egypt office has produced a new public service announcement through its “Safe Cities: Free From Violence Against Women and Girls” project to highlight how threats and unwanted advances affect Egyptian women and girls. Aimed at raising awareness among both women and men, the PSA is filmed as a direct invitation to men and boys to “put yourself in her shoes, instead of finding ways to blame her!” [via Cairo Scene]

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The Top Pro-Choice Heroes of 2013

2013 not only saw a number of pro-choice successes but also countless hard-working activists and allies who, against tremendous odds, put in time and energy to advance reproductive rights and health and ensure the safety of women and girls of all backgrounds.

2013 not only saw a number of pro-choice successes but also countless hard-working activists and allies who, against tremendous odds, put in time and energy to advance reproductive rights and health and ensure the safety of women and girls of all backgrounds.

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The Hunger Games’ Gender Role Revolution

Much ink has been spilled in praise of Katniss Everdeen as a strong, flawed, mold-breaking heroine. But as the second Hunger Games movie storms the box office, Peeta Mellark—the baker, the nurturer, the feeder—is having his own moment. And well he should.

Much ink has been spilled in praise of Katniss Everdeen as a strong, flawed, mold-breaking heroine. But as the second Hunger Games movie storms the box office, Peeta Mellark—the baker, the nurturer, the feeder—is having his own moment. And well he should.

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Right-Wing Reaction to Mandela’s Death Exposes Link Between Racism and Misogyny

As much of the world took a collective pause to express appreciation for the man who came to personify the struggle for human rights and racial justice in South Africa, the right-wing base that now fuels the Republican Party erupted in consternation and condemnation.

As much of the world took a collective pause to express appreciation for the man who came to personify the struggle for human rights and racial justice in South Africa, the right-wing base that now fuels the Republican Party erupted in consternation and condemnation.

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A Look at How Women Were Treated By the Media (and Others) This Year

This video collage highlights some good moments for women in media (and in general) this year, but also shows how much work still needs to be done before sexism is no longer an issue. [via Upworthy]

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Giving Thanks: A Letter to Our Readers, Colleagues, Friends, and Staff

I am thankful for all of you.

I try to remember the things for which I am thankful throughout the calendar year. At this time of year, however, many of us are obviously engaged in a collective effort in reflecting on who we are, what we have, and for what we are thankful. I am thankful for all of you.

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Shame From All Angles: Why Doesn’t Anyone Seem to Respect Teen Parents?

Instead of society saying "Didn't you see the ads? Why didn't you listen? It's all your fault," they should be wondering why decades of scary campaigns haven't worked and start providing support rather than shame.

A Nebraska judge recently ruled that a pregnant teen in foster care could not have the abortion she was seeking. Many people have pointed out the irony of her being too young to make decisions, but old enough to parent—but the issues at stake here go much deeper.

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The Hidden Meanings in Kids’ Movies: Messages to Girls and Boys

Watching The Wizard of Oz and Star Wars with his son and daughter made communications expert Colin Stokes wonder about the stories we celebrate. Thanks to a growing awareness of gender representation, the world is now safe for girls in armor – but is the hero journey we’ve gotten used to inherently limiting? This funny and thought-provoking talk from TEDxBeaconStreet will make you look twice at your favorite films.

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