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A trans Pride flag crosswalk in Calgary was defaced in August 2019 with a violent message, which was later covered with fresh paint and positive messages were left written with chalk. Anti-trans activism from feminists remains a challenge for transgender people. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dave Chidley

Why the words we use matter when describing anti-trans activists

TERF is not a slur. Instead, we should use words that accurately describe how some feminists are actually anti-trans activists.
Women in Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh neighborhood are protesting a new Indian citizenship law that they say will discriminate against Muslims, women – and, particularly, Muslim women. Burhaan Kinu/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Indian women protest new citizenship laws, joining a global ‘fourth wave’ feminist movement

A round-the-clock strike of Muslim women in a working-class neighborhood of Delhi is India's most enduring pocket of resistance to religious discrimination, inequality and gender violence.
Salon workers – who are usually women – report clients sharing details of domestic violence, health issues and heartbreak. Karen Perez/Unsplash

More than skin deep, beauty salons are places of sharing and caring

While popular portrayals of hairdressers and beauticians present them as "bimbos", salons can also provide a refuge for clients to share painful realities.
The new sign commemorating the anniversary of the 1989 École Polytechnique shooting now recognizes that it was an attack against women and feminists. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

The Montréal Massacre is finally recognized as an anti-feminist attack

Thirty years after the Montreal Massacre that killed 14 women, new threats such as the incel movement pose dangers to the feminist movement.
Two female models face off in a production of The Magic Flute at Texas A&M University. Above, the Queen of the Night is up to no good, while the passive Pamina awaits her rescuer. Wikimedia

The tale of two queens: flipping the script on the ‘princess culture’ in opera

Princess movies and opera alike reveal the limited number of models available to women. "Le Dernier Sorcier", composed by Pauline Viardot in 1869, shows that a much richer world is possible.
A portrait of George Eliot at 30 by Alexandre-Louis-François d'Albert-Durade. Her masterpiece Middlemarch is often claimed to be the greatest novel in the English language. Wikimedia Commons

Friday essay: George Eliot 200 years on - a scandalous life, a brilliant mind and a huge literary legacy

Henry James called her a 'great, horse-faced bluestocking'. On the 200th anniversary of her birth, we celebrate George Eliot, a literary trailblazer with an endless appetite for ideas, living in a patriarchal time.
In ancient China, India and the Middle East, the art of eyebrow threading was popular. It is now enjoying a resurgence. www.shutterstock.com

Friday essay: shaved, shaped and slit - eyebrows through the ages

Moulding eyebrows to make a statement is nothing new. A journey through history, across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States, shows some of the highs and lows of brow fashion.

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