Woman Removes Blindfold, Discovers Her Boyfriend Is Actually a Woman in a Swimsuit and a Strap On 

25-year-old Gayle Newland of Willaston, Cheshire is on trial in the UK for five counts of sexual assault against her female friend—according to the alleged victim, Newland pretended to be a Filipino-Latino man named Kye Fortune, developed a relationship with the woman over the internet and on the phone, and later had… »9/09/15 11:10am9/09/15 11:10am

Almost None of the Women in the Ashley Madison Database Ever Used the Site [Updated]

When hacker group Impact Team released the Ashley Madison data, they asserted that “thousands” of the women’s profiles were fake. Later, this number got blown up in news stories that asserted “90-95%” of them were fake, though nobody put forth any evidence for such an enormous number. So I downloaded the data and… »8/26/15 3:18pm8/26/15 3:18pm

Kids Basketball Team DQ'd From Tournament Because of Girl Player 

At five years old, Kymora Johnson wanted to play basketball. Because there were no girls teams in her hometown of Charlottesville, Va., her mother, Jessica Thomas-Johnson, signed her up for the Charlottesville Cavaliers, an all-boys team. Kymora has played for the Cavs for the past five years without incident—until… »8/06/15 11:15am8/06/15 11:15am

Musician Arca Banned Because Instagram Can't Handle Anatomical Vaginas

Arca, the experimental Venezuelan producer who’s worked with Kanye West, Björk, and FKA twigs, was permanently banned from Instagram yesterday for the artwork relating to a new single, “Vanity.” The art, created by frequent Arca and twigs collaborator Jesse Kanda, depicts a melting cyborg-looking person with a fairly… »6/01/15 9:40pm6/01/15 9:40pm

Toys Will Be Toys! Amazon Ditches 'Boys' and 'Girls' as Toy Categories

Amazon has dumped “Boys” and “Girls” from its top-level categorization options for Toys & Games, reports BoingBoing. (Kottke pointed out that the categories do exist deeper down into the categories, but that “it’s a nice first step.”) Amazon has, in their own subtle way, announced to the world that boys and girls can… »5/06/15 4:20pm5/06/15 4:20pm

Man Continuously Interrupts Woman During SXSW Panel on Diversity

At a SXSW panel yesterday called How Innovation Happens, Steve Jobs biographer Walter Isaacson, US Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith, and Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt discussed how an increased level of diversity and gender inclusivity is necessary to bring about breakthroughs in the tech sphere. »3/17/15 9:50am3/17/15 9:50am

Despite Laws, Inmates are Still Shackled While Giving Birth 

In 2009, New York state passed legislation banning the use of restraints (shackles, handcuffs, etc.) for female inmates during labor and postpartum recovery. But despite the law's passage, a report by the Correctional Association of New York, a criminal justice advocacy organization, found a sizable percentage of… »2/15/15 11:50am2/15/15 11:50am

The Obamas and Jolie-Pitts Combat Gender Stereotypes This Christmas

When it comes to giving presents and dealing with family during the holidays, gender is a difficult subject to broach. Even when going to buy presents, it's impossible not to be swept up in the hype of "girl toys" and "boy toys." Luckily, The President, The First Lady and The Jolie-Pitts are being excellent role… »12/24/14 4:00pm12/24/14 4:00pm

Terry Crews: Modern Day Masculinity Can Be as Damaging as the Taliban

While you probably know Terry Crews from Brooklyn 99, Everybody Hates Chris or his time playing in the NFL, you might be less familiar with his work as one of the most progressive and thoughtful voices in gender criticism. The actor—who just published the book Manhood: How to Be A Better Man - Or Just Live With One »12/01/14 4:40pm12/01/14 4:40pm

Woman Sick of 'Wearing the Pants' in Relationship Gets Schooled

Feminism is not just about lifting the oppressive veil of gender expectations off of women — it's also about loosening the necktie of expectation from men. Sometimes, it's women who need to be schooled in this matter, and who better to drop the glisteningly hard slab of Real than Heather Havrilesky at Ask Polly. »10/26/14 2:15pm10/26/14 2:15pm

A Brief Taxonomy of the Fuccboi (RIP)

This week, the New York fashion label Hood by Air put on its second show this fashion month—a presentation in Paris after its celebrated runway in New York earlier this September, to be capped off by a third, as-yet-unnamed event in October. Showing at two fashion weeks in the same month is fairly boss, especially for… »9/26/14 1:00pm9/26/14 1:00pm

Here Is What It's Like When Women Have Slightly More Power

Having it all is, of course, a tired phrase that crassly oversimplifies the stakes for most women, and yet, for the sake of shorthand, let's rename it "Winning at Life" instead. If winning at life is, say, balancing family, romance and power on something like your terms — then the ladies of the Mosuo got it all… »9/25/14 4:20pm9/25/14 4:20pm

Martine Rothblatt Is Maybe the Most Fascinating Woman on the Planet

One of the world's most fascinating humans is easily Martine Rothblatt, America's highest-paid female CEO. A futurist and trans woman who cofounded both Sirius Satellite Radio and a biotech company, she's got a robot replica of her wife and believes that soon, tech will allow our consciousnesses to live forever. »9/09/14 12:40pm9/09/14 12:40pm