No, Women's Voices Are Not Easier to Understand Than Men's Voices

The not-quite human voice that emanates from your phone or GPS or other device is, more often than not, female. It's an obvious pattern, and one that many have claimed has a simple technical explanation: Female voices are easier to understand. The only problem is that it's not true. » 2/05/15 10:36pm 2/05/15 10:36pm

Novelist Amanda Craig Says Maeve Binchy Would Have Been A Better Writer…

Since the passing of 72-year-old Maeve Binchy, the much-loved (and childless) Irish novelist, the Telegraph has published an essay by British novelist Amanda Craig that immediately blew the fuck up, and it's easy to see why. » 8/04/12 6:00pm 8/04/12 6:00pm

Venture Capital Firm Has a Sexual Harassment Problem

Venture capital isn't necessarily an easy field to be a woman in, seeing as it's a world dominated by men. But one well-known firm, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, has been seen as being slightly more receptive to women joining its ranks. It was one of the first VC firms to hire female partners, and it now has more… » 5/23/12 4:45pm 5/23/12 4:45pm

Your Period Is a Time for Deep Lady-Bonding

Unless she's had a feminine hygiene product malfunction, you can't usually tell when a woman has her period just by looking at her. And, of course, that's the way most of us prefer it. For any number of reasons, we tend to view our menstrual happenings as private (or worse, if you had a particularly scarring junior… » 3/07/12 11:30am 3/07/12 11:30am

These Rooms Are Just for the Ladies

For too long, women have been forced to endure the tyranny of hotel rooms that were not designed specifically to meet their needs. But good news: our collective suffering is over because there is a new trend of hotels creating rooms that are just for women. What, exactly does this mean? Well, at the Dukes London, it… » 1/30/12 10:00am 1/30/12 10:00am

Dartmouth's Controversial Vagina-Mirrors

A Dartmouth senior decided to distribute mirrors to every woman on campus to help them look at their vaginas. And some people were outraged! Naturally. » 11/09/10 2:35pm 11/09/10 2:35pm

"Used To Laugh And Call Her Names"

Great news! Researchers have decided that Santa's reindeer are probably female, since males typically shed their antlers before Christmas. Also: Because behind every great boy, there are at least a dozen badass broads. [NBC NY] » 12/19/08 1:30pm 12/19/08 1:30pm

Let's Talk About Sex

Last week we noted that Japanese zookeepers at the Kushiro city zoo had trouble getting two polar bears to mate because they discovered that one of the female bears had been misidentified as a male. Why is it so hard to classify the gender of a polar bear? In short, because polar bears are very furry, especially "down… » 12/03/08 1:40pm 12/03/08 1:40pm

An observant reader was pissed off enough at Thesaurus.com to tip us off to this, and we share her rage. If you search for synonyms for the word "weaker" two main entries come up: Female and lady. [Thesaurus] » 4/08/08 3:45pm 4/08/08 3:45pm