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Girl Power Ballad: Listen To Polartropica’s Olympia Music 

Girl Power Ballad: Listen To Polartropica’s Olympia

Los Angeles (Girl Underground) – What started as a possible submission for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics turned into a heavy stance of love, unity, and strength for front-woman, Ihui Cherise Wu on the latest Polartropica track “Olympia.” The indie electronica track is pure synth magic, funneling moments of hyper-speed into the track’s blissful charm. Despite the high dosage of animated brightness that embodies the track, “Olympia” still manages to subtly uplift listeners through triumphant drum beats that leads the song towards a victorious end. Translating indie-tronica and the intangible motivation that is heard within the lyrics, “Olympia’s” visual counterpart becomes a galactic Read More

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Feminist Mosque Opening In Norway, Challenging Traditional Islam Religion Women 

Feminist Mosque Opening In Norway, Challenging Traditional Islam

Norway (Sputnik) – While your garden-variety Islam is known for being conservative and holds patriarchal values in high esteem, there is always room for reform. In a planned “feminist” mosque in the Norwegian capital city of Oslo, men and women will be allowed to pray in the same room, with female priests leading the prayer. The mosque will be located in Oslo city center and will be called Masjid Al-Nisa, which means “the female mosque,” the Norwegian news outlet Vårt Land reported. “I want to start a feminist mosque where women will have as much room as men. Both men and women will Read More

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What Is Sharia Law? A Woman Professor of Islamic Studies Explains Culture 

What Is Sharia Law? A Woman Professor of Islamic Studies Explains

World (Intellectual Takeout) – My knowledge of Sharia Law is modest. So when I came across an article on The Conversation—“What Sharia law means: Five questions answered”—written by Indiana University professor Asma Afsaruddin, I decided to learn a little more about it. I’m glad I did this, because apparently a lot of my assumptions on Sharia Law were just plain wrong. Afsaruddin opens her article by explaining the fundamental objectives of Sharia Law: “Sharia provides guidance on how to live an ethical life. It lays down guidelines on how to pray and how to treat one’s family members, neighbors Read More

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Badass Women Not Enough People Are Talking About: ‘Princesa’ is Single-Handedly Mapping Femicide In Mexico Activism Badass Women 

Badass Women Not Enough People Are Talking About: ‘Princesa’ is Single-Handedly Mapping Femicide In Mexico

Mexico (Global Voices) – The interactive Femicides in Mexico Map, the most comprehensive and up-to-date of its kind in the country, is – according to its fundraising page – a “citizen-led, civic, independent initiative based on open data which, using geographical coordinates, has been mapping cases of femicide since 2016″. So far, it has recorded 2,355 cases. The map’s creator uses the practical definition of the United Nations model protocol for the investigation of gender-related killings of women, which defines “femicide” as: “the murder of women because they are women, whether it is committed within the family, a domestic partnership, Read More

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Literary Greed: A Dystopian Reading List By Women Authors Entertainment Women 

Literary Greed: A Dystopian Reading List By Women Authors

World (openDemocracy) – After Donald Trump’s election as president of the United States in November 2016, two classic non-fiction books by women started to sell… and sell… and sell. The first was Rebecca Solnit’s manifesto Hope in the Dark. First published in 2004, it argues that political protest can take a long time to manifest results – but is not worthless. The second was Hannah Arendt’s 1951 The Origins of Totalitarianism, published in the wake of World War II. Readers have also turned to fiction written by women, including Margaret Atwood’s dystopian 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale, set in a Read More

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5 Easy Ways to Be a Better Ally to Disabled Women Activism Women 

5 Easy Ways to Be a Better Ally to Disabled Women

World (GREED) – Being an ally can be tricky. We’re taught to be kind, considerate, and helpful; but there’s no text book on how to be a good ally to marginalized communities. The disabled community often gets overlooked when it comes to ally-ship, so here are five simple things you can do to join the fight. 1. Know not all illnesses and disabilities are visible Not all disabled or chronically ill women are reliant on mobility assistants, such as wheelchairs, or other obvious medical devices. In fact, a good portion of ill and disabled women struggle with internal battles that are Read More

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On Feminism and Marvel’s Wonder Woman Entertainment Featured Women 

On Feminism and Marvel’s Wonder Woman

World (FEE) – I’ll be honest: I went to see Wonder Woman with zero expectations. I was aware that some extreme feminists were already angry about it because she doesn’t have hairy armpits or something, but all I wanted was a couple hours of entertainment. I hadn’t done much research on the movie or even seen many trailers. Actually, leading up to the movie, most of my attention was on the pre-movie dinner. I did, however, hope that this first modern woman-centric superhero movie wasn’t going to mess it up. I’m not boycotting Marvel for all their man-centric movies, but Read More

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For the Mamas on the Frontlines Activism 

For the Mamas on the Frontlines

(OpenDemocracy) – “I said, if mamas don’t fight for the children, then who will?” Helen Knott performed her poem at the 2017 Nobel Women’s Initiative conference. I wrote this poem, For the mamas on the frontlines, when I was in a challenging space of darkness. It is a space I believe so many of us find ourselves in when engaged in activism and so my words came from a place of necessity but also from a strong belief in the power of action taken by individuals. We have stood on front lines with our fists raised up on high we’ve flooded city Read More

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Badass Women Not Enough People Are Talking About: Paola Paredes Activism Badass Women Featured 

Badass Women Not Enough People Are Talking About: Paola Paredes

Ecuador (Global Voices) – Ecuadorian artist Paola Paredes has created a photo series, titled “Until You Change“, to protest against the existence of underground centers intended to “cure” homosexuality in Ecuador. Most of these illegal centers are disguised as religious “clinics” to rehabilitate those with drug or alcohol addictions. According to the photographer, homosexual and transgender men and women sent by their families are locked up and subjected to brutal abuse and humiliation. On her website, the artist writes: “It was four years ago that I first learned about the private ‘clinics’ that claim to cure homosexuality in Ecuador. My first thought was that Read More

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