Trump Administrations Womens Rights Lip Service Turns Irony Up to 11

May 24, 2017

… although it was unclear what, if anything, the first lady has done to stop cyberbullying. It is safe to say that if shes instructed her husband (a big fan of cyberbullying) to knock it off that the message hasnt really stuck. The first ladys speech extolled the virtues of the impressive women being recognized that day, offering mawkish lip service to their bravery in standing up to corruption, fighting gender-based discrimination, and oppression. These honorees, the first lady noted, are true …


Axe wants men to rethink masculinity, but can an ad really help?

May 18, 2017

… men and boys in gender equality. “There’s a lot more acceptance … but the other side of that, that tough guy manhood, that is frighteningly alive as well.” That split is clear in research recently published by Promundo and Axe. Roughly a quarter of male American survey respondents said men shouldn’t have to do household chores and should, if necessary, use violence to get respect. Those ratios are still too high, but feel less apocalyptic than the percentage of …


Ivanka Trump is not your friend

May 11, 2017

… bromides and offer easy gestures of support. A Twitter search of her @IvankaTrump handle for words like gay, abortion, birth control, LGBT, and refugee, which might signal her willingness to wade into controversy if it meant being a vocal ally to vulnerable communities, turns up nothing. She’s tweeted the word equality three times; one of those occasions was to congratulate Chelsea Clinton, of all people, in 2015 for her “amazing” work on gender equality. Excited for the …


Removing gender from MTV awards: a start, but not equality

May 9, 2017

(CNN)The 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards were clearly designed to highlight diversity in terms of race, gender and sexual orientation. The Best Kiss award went to the two young black men who starred in the second act of “Moonlight,” and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” won best reality show. Maxine Waters, Donald Trump’s most outspoken congressional opponent, presented the Best Fight Against the System award with Tracee Ellis Ross. Acceptance speeches stressed unity and …


Meet the sex-positive YouTubers giving kids the sex talks they really need

May 8, 2017

… well as from different gender and sexuality perspectives. Image: Youtube/Hannah Witton My channel is… about sex ed, feminism and culture. My hero is… Caitlin Moran. My one sex-ed pro tip is…Don’t judge people just because they’re into different things than you. My sex related no-no is… not communicating. It’s important for me to talk about sex because… relationships and people are so important and a big part of that is sex. And not just …


The first 100 days in LGBT rights

April 29, 2017

… Protections pulled from trans school restrooms March 27: Trump signed an executive order that nullified an Obama administration initiative to ensure that federal contractors complied with labor and civil rights laws forbidding discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. March 28: Meanwhile, the Obama administration’s efforts to collect data on LGBT Americans had begun to unravel. Advocates have long pushed for the government to gather data on LGBT …


Indian ad with transgender mom stirs debate — and tears

April 20, 2017

… and social activist. See the latest news and share your comments with CNN Health on Facebook and Twitter. “India is very progressive. A person can choose his or her gender, you don’t need to have a medical certificate. This speaks of our constitutional morality and recognizes gender politics,” said Akkai Padmashali, a transgender activist and founder of Ondede, a Bangalore-based NGO that works with the LGBT community. But transgender people — along with same-sex …


Virgin Money chief: Dealing with depression made me stronger – BBC News

April 19, 2017

… conversation turned to gender equality,” Ms Gadhia told me. “And he said, I am all for gender equality, but what happens if I employ a woman and the next week she tells me: ‘I’m pregnant?’ “And there was a gasp around the table to think that people were still thinking like that. “I remember going back to the office and saying: ‘You know what, the dinosaurs are still out there.’ “It is undoubtedly the case. I see it from time to time. …


What it means to be pansexual

April 13, 2017

… I’m down with. Yo, I’m down with any adult — anyone over the age of 18 who is down to love me. I don’t relate to being boy or girl, and I don’t have to have my partner relate to boy or girl.” See the latest news and share your comments with CNN Health on Facebook and Twitter. Scholars attribute the word’s rise to growing acceptance — especially among millennials and “generation Z” — of sexual and gender diversity and …


An app that wants to help you make friends, not friends with benefits

April 9, 2017

… term. Its a challenge that others have tried to address with apps. Most notably, dating app Bumble, which launched Bumble BFF for friend finding, and Tinder, which has Tinder Social. There are others too, like Hey! VINA, which is just for women, and old standbys like Meetup too. But Me3 is taking a unique approach, which is also designed to combat the inevitable slide into dating app territory that many social apps eventually undergo. It works by matching you with people of the same gender in …


‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ has never been more timely

April 8, 2017

… Handmaid’s Tale no matter your gender, no matter whether you’ve read it before. Why? Let us count the ways. Firstly, we’re still a few weeks away from the TV adaptation launching on Hulu. Elisabeth Moss (Peggy from Mad Men) plays the protagonist Offred, an enslaved woman in a nightmare future fundamentalist America called the Republic of Gilead. SEE ALSO: These IRL ‘Handmaids’ are creeping people out Pick up the book now, and you’ll be extra knowledgable …