This Week in Feminism: Parental Leave, Minimum Wage, India’s Trans Band
- Congrats to San Francisco for becoming the first U.S. city to approve six-week paid leave for all new parents! Soon, maybe the state and country will get the hint and follow suit. For all its big talk, the U.S. is, embarrassingly, one of only two countries with no form of federally mandated paid parental leave. We’ll get there. Probably. Someday.
- Continuing on this train of firsts, California and New York just became the first states to raise the official minimum wage to $15 an hour (the increase will happen gradually over the next couple years to prevent, oh, you know, massive inflation). Maybe soon “minimum wage” will once again mean “livable wage.”
- It’s official: politics has become a parody of itself. The final straw? The institution of Andrew W.K.’s Party Party on the 2016 ballot.
- Did you know that women could be both smart AND pretty? Unlike the image above suggests, women are actually complex individuals with multiple aspects to their personality. Why we are obsessed with compartmentalizing women instead of letting them exist as human beings
- Why are we so scared of teen girls? Being a teen girl is hard enough without being bombarded with other people’s expectations. They are constantly sexualized, yet never taken seriously — their identity is wrapped around consumerism, vulnerability and patriarchy. We call them vain, naïve, catty. In truth, it all comes down to our fear of women’s bodies and the power they contain.
- The six transgender women in India’s 6 Pack Band are singing their way to the top of pop and forcing India to confront their third-gender bias.
- Hillary claims, “of course you can be a feminist and pro-life” and leaves the rest of us scratching our heads.
- Just when you thought he couldn’t get any worse, Justin Beiber got dreads.
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