Gwyneth Paltrow has capitalized on vaginal shame and celebration | Arwa Mahdawi

Why are vaginas suddenly everywhere? Partly because of the rise of wellness but also because theyre now a symbol of resistance Sign up for the Week in Patriarchy, a newsletter on feminism and sexism sent every Saturday. Gwyneth Paltrow vagina candle is now $956 toilet paper or $66 jade vagina eggs; she doesnt care if we write angry articles about how shes peddling dangerous pseudoscience. She knows that all publicity is good publicity; as she has proudly stated: vagina necklaces. In 2018 models first vagina museum opened in London. Basically, if you put vagina in front of a random noun and Google it, the product probably exists. Theres vagina moisturizer and theres a lot of money in vaginal shame. Women …

Vivian Suter: the rainforest-dwelling artist who paints with fish glue, dogs and mud

She was ignored for decades, but now Suter has been rediscovered as a pioneering eco-artist. We meet her, and her 97-year-old collagist mum, in the wilds of Guatemala A large dog romps across a blue and white canvas, leaving a trail of brown paw prints. Oh well, shrugs Vivian Suter. Theyre part of the work now. I dont think anyone will mind. I realise Bonzo one of three Alsatian crossbreeds that shadow the artist wherever she goes in her Guatemalan home has just put the finishing touches to an artwork that will shortly be on public display thousands of miles away. The painting lies on the floor of her laager a storage barn open to the elements, apart from a …

From renewables to Netflix: the 15 super-trends that defined the 2010s

It was the decade of austerity, fracking, populism and internet lies. But not everything about the 2010s was terrible The plastics backlash Garbage, including plastic waste, is seen at the beach in Costa del Este, Panama City. Photograph: Luis Acosta/AFP via Getty Images It was once the height of metropolitan chic: the dash into Starbucks for a skinny decaf caramel latte en route for work, the takeaway cup a mark of upward mobility. Those were the days of Sex and the City, when the culture of doing everything on the go eating, drinking, socialising was taking hold. But in the past 10 years, in the developed world at least, the accoutrements of a disposable society the coffee cup, the plastic …

Glossier founder Emily Weiss: Beauty has very little to do with looks

Glossier, the cult beauty brand, is transforming the way women use makeup. Emily Weiss, founder and disruptor, shares her vision for the cosmetics industry thats made her start-up worth $1.2bn in five years Halfway down an expensive shopping street in Covent Garden, a few weeks before Christmas, two women stand outside a large glassy facade, wielding clipboards with intent. Their presence suggests the opening of an exclusive club, perhaps, or the private view for a buzzy new art exhibition. There is a small, discreet Glossier on each door. In two days time, this London pop-up for the cosmetics and skincare brand will open to customers, who will begin to form queues that snake down the street. Social media will be …

More than 200 members of Congress urge US supreme court to reconsider Roe v Wade

Appeal in an amicus brief in a Louisiana case was signed by 205 Republicans and two Democrats More than two hundred members of Congress have urged the US supreme court to reconsider the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade ruling which legalized abortion nationwide. The appeal came in an abortion rights in the US are increasingly under threat, and the issue is likely to become a point of fierce debate in the lead up to the 2020 US election. Forty-six years after Roe was decided, it remains a radically unsettled precedent: two of the seven justices who originally joined the majority subsequently repudiated it in whole or in part, 82 and virtually every abortion decision since has been closely divided, the …

Women Are Sharing 30 Widespread Myths About Themselves That Are Not Only Incorrect, But Also Infuriating

And so much of it could be solved by asking people questions and listening to what they have to say in their own words, instead of going by rules that some “relatable” comedian said or that you read in a teen magazine in 2005. We recently posted a list of the myths about men that bother them the most. Now we’re back with women’s answers to the same question, as answered in this Reddit thread: what myths about your own gender are the most untrue? #2 #3 Annoyingly enough, there are undoubtedly still people out there who are convinced that women never say what they mean and don’t know what they want, who could listen to the women in their …

The year in patriarchy 2019: from Epstein conspiracy theories to Japanese high heels | Arwa Mahdawi

As strongmen try to take over the world, women have been fighting back and making their voices heard. Here are some highlights and lowlights A drop-kicking an armed bodyguard in the groin amid anti-corruption protests in Beirut. A teenage girl from Sweden Hot Girl Summer and female rap No 1 in history. We got a garlic up your vagina (spoiler: hell no). We also had a lot of firsts. first woman to win the Transcontinental, a grueling long-distance cycling race. Simone Biles became the most decorated gymnast in history. Its been a very, very, very long year. To help you look back on it, were here with some of the highlights and lowlights. From equal pay protests to spacewalks, here …

Why the new Little Women adaptation is more than just a film for females | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

Greta Gerwig has created an inspirational movie that should be required viewing for everyone, says Guardian columnist Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett My sister-in-law confesses that she is nervous about the the girls mother Marmees Im angry almost every day of my life (of course she was, Gerwig has noted: she was a woman in the 19th century) and Original Article : HERE ;

I Illustrate The Everyday Problems Of Being A Woman (New Pics)

More info: patreon.com | planetprudence.com | Instagram This post may include affiliate links. #1 I have been featured on Bored Panda quite a few times (you can find my previous posts here, here, here and here) and each time, there is so much love and positivity, that I just have to do it again! Currently, I am working on another big personal project which is a second book. It’s still in its baby phase though. But I want to help make the world a better and brighter place and make it less hard for many people out there who are struggling like I have. I also want to grow my community on Patreon and be able to give out more rewards. I’m saving up to get into …

Pushed to the limit: six birth stories from around the world

From pop songs to warm pools, Candice Pires hears six very different accounts of womens experience in labour My mum fainted with excitement the day I gave birth. I came home from hospital to find her and my dad waiting outside our flat and, as I got out of the car and they embraced me, she collapsed into our group hug. Thats the story most of my friends and family know about my birth experience. Its sweet, its censored, it deflects from the stitches, the rollercoaster emotions, the stuff thats harder for everyone to say or to hear. Our birth stories get lost when our newborns are put into our arms. Theres no time to look back as we hurtle …

I lift weights. For a South Asian woman, thats just not seen as normal | Poorna Bel

Cultural barriers make it difficult for sportswomen from my background, says freelance journalist and author Poorna Bell How long do you think you will be doing this for? my dad asked me last week. He was referring to my amateur competitive powerlifting, which involves lifting squat, bench and deadlift at the heaviest weight you can handle. Until I die, or sustain an injury which means that I cant lift again, I replied. His arched eyebrows spoke volumes. My parents have always been glad that I keep myself fit my dad has been lifting weights most of his life, and is an avid cyclist. But they have no idea how to process why Ive decided to take up what seems to …

The female problem: how male bias in medical trials ruined women’s health

Centuries of female exclusion has meant womens diseases are often missed, misdiagnosed or remain a total mystery From the earliest days of medicine, women have been considered inferior versions of men. In On the Generation of Animals, the Greek philosopher Aristotle characterised a female as a mutilated male, and this belief has persisted in western medical culture. For much of documented history, women have been excluded from medical and science knowledge production, so essentially weve ended up with a healthcare system, among other things in society, that has been made by men for men, Dr Kate Young, a public health researcher at Monash University in Australia, tells me. Youngs research has uncovered how doctors fill knowledge gaps with hysteria narratives. …

‘We have made history’: Mexico’s Oaxaca state decriminalises abortion

Lawmakers voted to scrap restrictions on abortion during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy in a win for reproductive rights advocates Womens rights activists in hailed a historic day for women and called for legal, safe and free abortions. Andrs Manuel Lpez Obrador, the president who won power last year in an electoral alliance with a party founded by Evangelicals, has Original Article : HERE ;

Its 2019 we need to talk about why most bras are still so terrible

Women are walking around in bad bras because the focus is on sexiness not function who cares if women are uncomfortable? Sign up for the Week in Patriarchy, a newsletter on feminism and sexism sent every Saturday. what actually happens next is that the woman sits on the couch, bra-less breasts still covered by her shirt, and takes happy sips of beer by herself. On-screen text declares Coors Light the official beer of being done wearing a bra. As far as Im concerned Coors Light is the official beer of people who enjoy drinking dishwater nevertheless Ive got to admit that I find their bra-themed ad refreshing. The beer industry may slowly be waking up to the fact that more …

On the frontline: 12 hours in a besieged abortion clinic

Rachel is a doctor who provides abortions. She commutes 10 hours each way to work in an area of Alabama that would otherwise not provide the procedure at all Rachel hunches down in the seat of a Chevrolet rental, adjusting her disguise in the mirror. She pulls down a fedora to partly cover her face, but isnt convinced it offers enough cover. She puts on a pair of oversize sunglasses. While the combination conceals her face, it is also not an inconspicuous sight in the pre-dawn Friday hours in a run-down neighborhood in Montgomery, Alabama recently passed one of the most draconian abortion laws in the country, which would have made it a crime for doctors to perform abortions during …

Lizzo is a joyous inspiration but body positivity has come too late for the likes of me | Grace Dent

There was no such thing when I was a teen in the 80s; there was the heavenly Maria Whittaker on Page 3 and Sabrina in the Boys Boys Boys video As Page 3 and gorgeous strumpet Sabrina in the Boys Boys Boys video. I cannot speak for the pains of being too thin as it has never happened to me, nor can I speak for men, although Im sure Hasselhoff on Baywatch or Arnie pumping iron didnt help masculine self-worth. We lived our formative years through a time where the F word was perfectly acceptable: hes a fat git, shes run to fat, theyre as fat as butter. I recall no positive labels for bigger. And back then, on the …