French Women and Thinness: 'If You Are Fat, You Won't Get That Job'

Finally, an article that punctures the infuriating cottage industry that has sprung up around French women telling us Americans that we too can be "naturally thin," if only we had the self-control to stop stuffing our faces with MacDo. » 12/26/13 4:05pm 12/26/13 4:05pm

Kelly Clarkson Buys Jane Austen's Ring, Brits Require Fainting Couch

Here's something we didn't know: Kelly Clarkson bought a gold ring once owned by Jane Austen at an action last year. Here's something else we didn't know: The ring is in the UK and the government doesn't want it leaving the country. Permission denied! » 8/01/13 6:00pm 8/01/13 6:00pm

Oh Canada, Ew Nigeria: Which Countries Are Most Accepting Of The Gays?

The Pew Research Center just released the results of a new survey detailing the acceptance of homosexuality around the globe. The numbers you see above represent the percent of people who believe in acceptance — as polled in 39 countries among 37,653 respondents from March 2 to May 1, 2013. » 6/04/13 6:15pm 6/04/13 6:15pm

Why Are the Happiest People in Latin America?

Qatar may be one of the richest countries in the world, and the United States may be the home of the free and the land of the brave, but a new poll has found that seven of the world's happiest countries are in Latin America. » 12/20/12 3:45pm 12/20/12 3:45pm

Iranian Women Banned From 77 College Majors Because They Were Getting…

As the Iranian school year begins today, Human Rights Watch is urging the nation to reconsider the male-only restrictions on 77 majors, including accounting, counseling, and engineering. Alarmingly, the ban was only instituted last month; while no clear reason for the new restriction has been cited by the Iranian… » 9/22/12 2:00pm 9/22/12 2:00pm

Grizzled Do-Gooder George Clooney Arrested in D.C.

George Clooney led a protest in Washington, DC today, in which he and other demonstrators — including his father, Nick Clooney — called on alleged war criminal Omar-Al Bashir to stop the violence in Sudan and allow humanitarian aid workers to enter the country. Both George and Nick were arrested, as were former… » 3/16/12 1:40pm 3/16/12 1:40pm

Saudi Princess Wants To Drive, Promises A Woman's Revolution

Fairy tales teach us that part of being a princess means having your dreams come true. Getting what you want. Princess Ameerah al-Taweel is gorgeous, rich, and owns a pet zebra. But her true desire? To be able to drive in her homeland of Saudi Arabia — and for other women to be able to drive as well. » 6/20/11 1:40pm 6/20/11 1:40pm

Hillary Clinton Says Al Jazeera Is "Real News," Unlike American Networks

This week while testifying before the U.S. Foreign Policy Priorities Committee, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton praised Al Jazeera and dared to suggest that the constant fear-mongering, silly social networking, and misinformation featured on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC isn't the height of journalistic excellence. » 3/04/11 12:30pm 3/04/11 12:30pm

Time to Get Jong-Il With Hillary Clinton

The Secretary of State has invited the foreign ministers of South Korea and Japan to discuss WTF is up with North Korea and its recent bad behavior. Suggestion: They should begin the meeting with some Kim Jong-Il Looking at Things. » 12/04/10 4:40pm 12/04/10 4:40pm

Japanese Actress Who Does Carrie's Voiceover Thinks Character Is…

"Sometimes I even think, why do you do something so stupid!" says Yuko Nagashima, who speaks Carrie's lines in the Japanese-dubbed version of Sex and the City. » 6/07/10 6:30pm 6/07/10 6:30pm

France’s Burqa Ban, Hatefully Mansplained

Today I read an op-ed in the New York Times that made me so angry it took me a good couple hours to calm down after reading it. I'm still fuming. » 5/07/10 4:40pm 5/07/10 4:40pm

In Fashion: Turkish Vogue Debuts With White Model

Last week, the first-ever issue of Turkish Vogue hit newsstands. While many of the editors of the new mag are Turkish, the cover features Canadian model Jessica Stam… in keeping with Vogue's habit of using white models on international editions. » 3/01/10 4:30pm 3/01/10 4:30pm

The Audacity Of Help: The Obama Administration And Afghan Women

Critics are complaining that President Obama's Tuesday night address lacked analysis of the situation facing women in the region, which appears to contradict Hillary Clinton's pledge to make women's issues a cornerstone of national security strategy. Was the omission intentional? » 12/03/09 10:00am 12/03/09 10:00am

Somali Insurgents Impose A Version Of Islamic Law Called "Anti-Woman"

Three grassroots women's organizations in the town of Balad Hawa were closed yesterday to prevent women from going to work. Someone "recognized" that women need to stay at home. Also banned: Movies, ringtones, dancing at weddings, playing soccer. [NY Post] » 11/03/09 10:40am 11/03/09 10:40am

Iranians Question Women's Ability To Manage

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wanted to appoint three women to his cabinet, but conservative clerics objected because of "religious doubts over the abilities of women when it comes to management." Sounds like old objections in America over women managers. [BBC] » 8/24/09 5:20pm 8/24/09 5:20pm

Hillary Clinton, Women's Rights, & Colluding With Global Misogyny

Just this week Pakistan, the Congo, Uganda, Afghanistan, and Thailand have made headlines concerning systemic economic and physical violence against women. So why is does much of the media continue to focus on what Hillary Clinton can't do about it? » 8/18/09 10:00am 8/18/09 10:00am

Leaders Speak Out Against The "Sham" Trial Of Aung San Suu Kyi

Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been convicted of violating the terms of her house arrest and has been sentenced to a further eighteen months. International leaders, including U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, have condemned the verdict. » 8/11/09 2:00pm 8/11/09 2:00pm

"My Husband Is Not Secretary Of State, I Am"

The fact that an audience member reportedly asked Hillary Clinton "what her husband thought" about a matter of policy in a Congolese town hall meeting today hints at some of the underlying issues Clinton was there to address: » 8/10/09 6:00pm 8/10/09 6:00pm