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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 woman rallies for Doug Jones on Dec. 12. Jones defeated Republican. Roy Moore who was accused of sexual misconduct. AP Photo/John Bazemore

Alabama and #MeToo’s disruptive force

The word disruption describes an upheaval of institutionalized ways of doing things. Disruptors draw few distinctions between the valuable and less-valuable features of institutions.
People in Melbourne protest funding cuts to the Safe Schools program in 2016. AAP Image/Mal Fairclough

A nursery of unconventional ideas – sex radicalism in Australia

From William Chidley to Germaine Greer Australia has spawned more than its fair share of radical thinkers about sex, and Australians have often embraced their ideas, despite persecution by officialdom.
Detail from Little Big Woman: Condescension, Debra Keenahan, 2017. Designed and made by Debra Keenahan, Photograph by Robert Brindley.

Friday essay: the female dwarf, disability, and beauty

For centuries, women with dwarfism were depicted in art as comic or grotesque fairytale beings. But artists are challenging these portrayals and notions of beauty and physical difference.
US President Donald Trump signs the presidential decree banning the funding of international NGOs supporting abortion. Saul Loeb/AFP

Gender and climate change: pictures that speak for themselves

In public events Donald Trump has displayed the traits of a dominant masculinity. Yet the American president's policies represent an anthropological and ecological model that's outdated.
Actress Alyssa Milano ignited the #MeToo campaign, inspiring millions of women to join her. (Shea Walsh / AP Images for SC Johnson)

#MeToo campaign brings conversation of rape to the mainstream

Women and girls used the #MeToo hashtag more than 12 million times on Facebook in one day in October. It marked the rise of a new feminist consciousness and solidarity.
Share houses of the late 1960s and 1970s provided women with a new way of living, independent of families and husbands. Shutterstock

Share houses and women’s liberation: a forgotten history

The share house may be taken for granted now, but before the late 1960s it was hard for women to live independently of families or husbands. For some, communal housing was life-changing.
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.
Filmmaker Harvey Weinstein, shown attending a concert to raise money for the Robin Hood Foundation in 2013. Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP

Why Harvey Weinstein can’t redeem himself through charity alone

Offering money as a form of atonement is easier for the movie mogul than finding someone who will accept it.
In this1999 file photo, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner receives kisses from Playboy playmates during the 52nd Cannes Film Festival in France. Hefner has died at age 91. (AP Photo/Laurent Rebours)

Hugh Hefner’s legacy: Narrow visions of sex and beauty

With the recent death of Hugh Hefner, come questions about his impact on sexual culture: Did his empire broaden the sexual landscape or did it usher in a pitiful era of objectification of women?
Emma Cooper created the show “Rape is Real and Everywhere” with fellow comedian Heather Jordan Ross. Scot McLean

Survivors use humour to challenge rape culture

Rape jokes are among the most controversial that comedians can tell, but a Concordia professor says laughing at the absurdity of a world that silences survivors is also an act of support and solidarity.
Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy magazine, has died age 91. EPA/DAL ZENNARO

Hugh Hefner, Playboy, and being a man during the Cold War

Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy magazine, has died age 91. While many have pointed to Playboy's problematic relationship with women, when it first appeared in 1953 the magazine was a challenge to Cold War men.

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