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Reads tagged with “women”

Hopeful Dispatches on Love, Sex, Work, Friendship, Death, and Life’s In-Betweenery from Lena Dunham
Hopeful Dispatches on Love, Sex, Work, Friendship, Death, and Life’s In-Betweenery from Lena Dunham

“It’s a special kind of privilege to be born into the body you wanted, to embrace the essence of your gender even as you recognize what you are up against. Even as you seek to redefine it.”

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Anthropologist Margaret Mead on Female vs. Male Creativity, Gender in Leadership, Equitable Parenting, and Why Women Make Better Scientists
Anthropologist Margaret Mead on Female vs. Male Creativity, Gender in Leadership, Equitable Parenting, and Why Women Make Better Scientists

“In the long run it is the complex interplay of different capacities, feminine and masculine, that protects the humanity of human beings.”

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Shonda Rhimes on Dreaming vs. Doing, the Tradeoffs of Success, and the Blinders of Entitlement
Shonda Rhimes on Dreaming vs. Doing, the Tradeoffs of Success, and the Blinders of Entitlement

“You want to be a writer? A writer is someone who writes every day — so start writing.”

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The Oppressed Majority: A Poignant French Short Film about a World in Which Men Are Subject to Sexism
The Oppressed Majority: A Poignant French Short Film about a World in Which Men Are Subject to Sexism

A tragicomic day in the life of a man who struggles for equality in a mirror-image society dominated by women.

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Eve Ensler on How Trauma Makes Us Leave Our Bodies and Disconnect from Ourselves
Eve Ensler on How Trauma Makes Us Leave Our Bodies and Disconnect from Ourselves

“Many of us have left our bodies — we’re not embodied creatures, we’re not living inside our own muscles and cells and sinews.”

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A Visual History of Romantic Friendship
A Visual History of Romantic Friendship

“Smashes,” “crushes,” “spoons,” and other curious nineteenth-century relationship varieties.

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The Story of a Man Who Wanted to Do Housework: A Proto-Feminist Children’s Book from 1935
The Story of a Man Who Wanted to Do Housework: A Proto-Feminist Children’s Book from 1935

A visionary fable about equality delivered through a comic Rube Goldberg machine of domestic disaster.

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Anaïs Nin on Reproductive Rights: A Prescient Perspective from 1940
Anaïs Nin on Reproductive Rights: A Prescient Perspective from 1940

“Motherhood is a vocation like any other. It should be freely chosen, not imposed upon woman.”

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Adrienne Rich on Why an Education Is Something You Claim, Not Something You Get
Adrienne Rich on Why an Education Is Something You Claim, Not Something You Get

“Responsibility to yourself means that you don’t fall for shallow and easy solutions.”

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Ten Days at the Mad-House: How Nellie Bly Posed as Insane in 1887 in Her Brave Exposé of Asylum Abuse
Ten Days at the Mad-House: How Nellie Bly Posed as Insane in 1887 in Her Brave Exposé of Asylum Abuse

A timeless and sobering reminder that the true measure of power is not how deftly we can assert our authority but how much kindness and compassion we can show others in their greatest moments of vulnerability.

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