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My First Time
My First Time

Finding My Sexuality After Leaving My Husband—and an Islamist Cult

"I was able to really look at her, and see what it looked like when two women were together, and it was so beautiful."
Zorah Khan
1.25.18
crime
crime

Woman Stabbed to Death By Ex-Boyfriend Days After Reporting Him to Police

Every week, two women like Molly McLaren are murdered by current or ex-boyfriends in England and the UK—and reporting to authorities often offers little protection.
Sirin Kale
1.24.18
TRANS RIGHTS
TRANS RIGHTS

Bigots Are Donating Thousands to Keep Trans Women Out of UK Politics

A fierce debate rages within a major British political party as to whether trans women should be supported through women's only diversity initiatives. Now, a group of trans-exclusionary feminists are fundraising to block trans women from being elected.
Sirin Kale
1.17.18
sexual misconduct
sexual misconduct

Aziz Ansari and the Reductive Ways We Talk About Consent

After sexual misconduct allegations emerged against the actor, the Internet erupted in a debate over "mixed messages." But such arguments miss the larger question: Is it time to re-envision the way we conceive of consent?
Sirin Kale
1.15.18
cults
cults

What Life Is Like After Leaving One of the Most Notorious Cults in the World

After escaping religious cult the Moonies, Diane Bencoster committed herself to rescuing other recruits—even getting arrested in the process. Now in her sixties, she reflects on a life spent in the shadows of one of world's most famous cults.
Dominique Sisley
12.19.17
My First Time
My First Time

The First Time I Got Spanked and Realized My Fetish for Watching Men Get Hard

"But, even though I'd fantasized about getting spanked, the pain came as a surprise. Like, whoa, shit, that does actually hurt a lot."
Girl On the Net
12.14.17
reproductive rights
reproductive rights

Tanzania Plans to Arrest Pregnant Girls and Take Them to Court

The regional commissioner in charge of the plan argued that it would make them less likely to have sex.
Sirin Kale
12.13.17
POP CULTURE
POP CULTURE

Remembering Lindsay Lohan's Bonkers Christmas Light Feud with an Entire English Town

“Everyone knows where Kettering is... It’s famous as the home of Weetabix breakfast cereal.”
Sirin Kale
12.12.17
sexual harassment
sexual harassment

A Short History of the Long Fight Against Workplace Sexual Harassment

We owe our current "moment of reckoning" to women like Eleanor Holmes Norton, a civil rights icon who held the first public hearings on sexism and discrimination in the US. Broadly spoke to Norton about how we got from there to where we are today.
Sarah Burke
12.12.17
Sex Ed
Sex Ed

What Happens When You Teach Boys to Be Period Allies

To combat the stigma that keeps some girls out of school, UNICEF and other organizations are teaching boys around the world to support their menstruating peers.
Rosalie Chan
12.4.17
Fashion
Fashion

Tabloids Freak Out Over Trans-Inclusive Changing Rooms, Which Are Nothing New

Hysterical commentators have accused Topshop of caving to "the trans lobby" after the company said that customers can use changing rooms that correspond to their gender identity. But many British retailers have always had trans-friendly policies in place.
Sirin Kale
11.13.17
poverty
poverty

Mother of Four Found Dead in Freezing Home After Her Welfare Was Cut Off

38-year-old Elaine Morrall had her welfare payments stopped after missing an interview with officials, her mother claims. She later died, wearing a coat and scarf, in a home she couldn't afford to heat.
Sirin Kale
11.9.17