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Everywhere

Debating the Undebatable: How Do We Define Human Rights?

Turn the lens on you. Image by Flickr user Jeremy Schultz. On my way home from work this evening, I caught a piece on NPR about a manifesto for women that’s been laid out by a brigade of fighters for the Islamic State. The manifesto is surprising for a number of reasons, chief among them…

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Everywhere

The Women’s Rights Movement in 2015: New Year, New Agenda?

Will 2015 be a year of celebration for the women’s rights movement? Image from Pixabay. It’s the beginning of a new year for many people around the world, and the shift from 2014 to 2015 has provoked the usual rounds of soul-searching and list-making, both of which may have left you bored to tears. The…

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Empower

The Pregnant Woman and the Public: What’s Mine Is…Yours?

My pregnancy is not a gift for you. Image from Pixabay. I, and other Go Girl writers, have commented before about the various ways in which cis women’s bodies get colonized when we go out in public. We get catcalled, groped, guided, condescended to, and assaulted. The types of control to which we are subjected depend on…

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Going Forward

What Viral Videos About Sexism Don’t Tell You: How to Be an Ally

The camera doesn’t catch it all. Image by Flickr user Gabriel Garcia Marengo. There’s been a lot of buzz in the U.S. recently about male threats of women in public spaces: Anita Sarkeesian (aka “Gamergate”) and the Hollaback video are just two of the biggest examples. It’s nothing new, unfortunately, and nothing that’s isolated to…

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Going Forward

4 Ways to Celebrate Girls on International Day of the Girl Child 2014

Celebrate girls! Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. For all that we talk about the rights and needs of women, we often forget that women come from somewhere. Women, as Simone de Beauvoir infamously put it, aren’t born but are made. They are often (though not always) made from children called “girls.” And from the beginning, no…

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Going Forward

Knocked Up? Tips for the Pregnant Traveler

Being pregnant doesn’t mean being confined. Image by Flickr user Montse PB. Getting pregnant, in some ways, is a lot like getting married. The second that you admit that a Big Life Change will be happening in the next 40 weeks, an enormous contingent of doctors, salespeople, websites, and strangers shows up to tell you…

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