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The use of the term pelakor in isolation reveals people’s tendency to blame only the woman in an affair, though it obviously takes two to tango. shutterstock.com

In Indonesia, a sexist term for ‘the other woman’

Recently, many Indonesians have been bombarded with stories about the “pelakor”, a term popularly used to refer to a woman who is perceived as responsible for ruining a couple’s marriage).
Intersectionality in action: Brazilian women are organizing across class and race lines to decry inequality in a country that remains deeply ‘machista.’ Naco Doce/Reuters

Beyond #MeToo, Brazilian women rise up against racism and sexism

Before #MeToo, Brazilian women launched #MyFirstHarrassment and marched for racial equality. Today, this feminist resurgence is tackling health care, plastic surgery, violence and more.
Activists protest against gender violence outside Mexico’s General Prosecutor’s office in Mexico City on July 11, 2017. Pedro Pardo/AFP

Women and the city: reclaiming the streets to impose equal rights

Urban planning is not gender neutral. Women deserve to live in cities that treat them equally, respond to their needs and reduce opportunities of violence.
A leading Twitch streamer was disciplined for gender bias. Screenshot of Trainwreckstv on Twitch

Can online gaming ditch its sexist ways?

Many online communities have developed toxic social norms, including sexist tendencies, that they will need to address as more members join in.
Introspection won’t necessarily reveal what’s going on in there. Photo by Septian simon on Unsplash

Measuring the implicit biases we may not even be aware we have

Prejudice and stereotypes are part of why social inequality persists. Social scientists use tests to measure the implicit biases people harbor and see how much they relate to actions.
Sexual harassment scandals have altered and cut short many careers, including those of former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly (left), former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick (center) and late former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes. AP Photo

How companies can learn to root out sexual harassment

Human resources professionals should be trained at school and encouraged on the job to take employee complaints seriously. But that's not how the profession works now.
Film producer Harvey Weinstein was fired from The Weinstein Company after a litany of sexual harassment, sexual assault and rape allegations came to light. Steve Crisp/Reuters

What the ‘Fearless Girl’ statue and Harvey Weinstein have in common

Public-facing feminism can often be a superficial distraction from systemic sexism.

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