Feminism

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Masked sex workers lead a march to mark International Sex Workers’ Rights Day. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

Debate around sex work in South Africa tilts towards decriminalisation

Sex workers in South Africa are all potential criminals due to the country's regressive laws. But their status may change soon, making South Africa the first African country to decriminalise sex work.
Hillary Clinton is a flawed presidential candidate. But she’s still probably the best on offer. Reuters/Lucas Jackson

Hillary Clinton as president will not necessarily be a feminist coup

The rise of women to very powerful positions has not, to date, opened the way for other women. So there is no reason to believe a Hillary Clinton presidency would change that.
She has been through some trying times of late, but the Madonna machine has not been derailed. Walter Bieri/EPA

Bitch, I’m (still) Madonna …

Madonna, who attacked "sexist" criticism of her Rebel Heart tour, has always had a troubled relationship with feminism. And there is little about pop's perfectionist workaholic that is rebellious today.
Sexting is a co-authored, negotiated experience that can empower young people. Shutterstock

How sexting is creating a safe space for curious millennials

There has been something of a moral panic around sexting – but research suggests that it can create safe, empowering spaces for young people exploring their sexuality.
Women need to recalibrate feminist action so that it’s not just about them advancing in society on men’s terms. Shutterstock

Feminism has failed and needs a radical rethink

The second-wave feminists of the 1970s wanted to create radical shifts in gender power. Instead, women have settled for much less.
Menstruation can cause unique health challenges, but does that mean we need special sick days? Clara Alim

Does gender equality suffer when women get menstrual leave?

A British company has just introduced menstrual leave for female employees. But such a policy risks creating a blanket expectation that all women are crippled by their periods.
Beyonce struts onstage in her concerts as a kind of warrior goddess while the word ‘feminist’ lights up in colossal letters behind her. Reuters/Robert Hanashiro

‘Bow down, bitches’: when celebrity feminism goes wrong

They claim to be new-age feminist, but pop stars like Beyonce and Taylor Swift have – even if unintentionally – reinvented feminism as "getting paid" and "being sexy".

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