These Double Standards Have Got to Go

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Ever feel like people treat you the way they wouldn’t want to be treated? Here a chance to recognize that. Some of our cultural norms reveal that many people operate by some pretty messed up double standards. This comic puts those standards side-by-side so we can understand exactly what’s wrong here and do something to make sure we all get the respect we deserve.

7 Ways to Lovingly Support Your Gender Non-Binary Partner

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For gender non-binary people, partners can have a big impact on our transitions, for better or for worse. Rejecting our transition is rejecting who we are on a deep and essential level, and supporting us can make all the difference. If you’re a cisgender person in a relationship with a non-binary person, here’s a list of ways to lovingly support your partner.

7 Trans Media Tropes That Need to Stop

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Transgender narratives are popular these days. In a way, that’s really cool – recognition of trans existence is a great step toward being treated like we’re actually human. But quite a bit of transness is being capitalized on by cisgender people. We’re being used. So here’s a list of tropes that need to end to help trans people take our representation back.

I Pretended to Be a Male Gamer to Avoid Harassment

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For women into online gaming, revealing the simple fact that we’re women can leave us vulnerable to harassment. Here, one woman shares how her problems went away when she played as a male character – and how one man who learned of her gender escalated his aggression to a dangerous level. Read her account of the gaming culture that made #Gamergate possible.

When Street Harassers Are the Only People Calling You Beautiful

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“You should be thankful!” Have you ever heard that about catcalls? Many conversations on street harassment leave out this part – how it feels when harassers are the only ones saying you’re beautiful. Here’s one woman’s story of getting messages that it’s impossible to be beautiful and be Black, and growing to reject those ideas and find validation in herself. (Trigger Warning)

6 Oppressive Mistakes We Hope The New Star Wars Films Get Right This Time

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The Force Awakens is the most anticipated movie of 2015, and it’s essential that we make sure the next Star Wars installment gets it right. While racists have made their displeasure about the #blackstormtrooper known, we’re gearing up for the film with these six issues to correct. Use this list to call for a more inclusive galaxy, not a more racist, misogynistic one.

How Teaching Can Support Gender-Variant Children

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Toys, clothes, games – you could probably name dozens of ways society creates rigid gender boxes around us from a young age. But do you know how much those boxes can oppress gender-variant children? Here’s one teacher’s story about the impact and importance of breaking down gender norms. Learn how she taught all her students that it’s okay to be different.

6 Things Women Are Tired of Encountering in the Media

Enough is enough. Here are six things so many women are tired of, but have to face daily through media, culture, and regular interactions. Irritated with being dismissed as nothing more than a sexual object, a pretty face, or a hysterical ball of emotions? We shouldn’t have to deal with this everyday misogyny, so check out this video and spread the word.

How Being a Stay-at-Home Dad Made Me Embrace My Inner Feminist

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When this author’s son was born, it made sense that he would stay home with him while his wife returned to her job. Besides, he wanted to be there as closely as he could to experience life with the baby. It didn’t even occur to him that this decision had a political element – but of course it did. Read about how watching his son grow had him reevaluating his feminism.

How the World Convinced Me I Was Lesser for Being Short – And How I Started to Believe in Myself Again

How the World Convinced Me I Was Lesser for Being Short – And How I Started to Believe in Myself Again

When people don’t take you seriously, you might stop taking yourself seriously. That’s what this author felt as she internalized the expectation for women to be small. People reference discrimination against short men as heightism, but nobody talks about the power struggles of short women. Learn why we should with one woman’s account of how she learned to take up space.