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5.) The humiliating practice of sex-testing female athletes (The New York Times)
Notable quote: “No governing body has so tenaciously tried to determine who counts as a woman for the purpose of sports as the I.A.A.F. and the International Olympic Committee (I.O.C.). Those two influential organizations have spent a half-century vigorously policing gender boundaries. Their rationale for decades was to catch male athletes masquerading as women, though they never once discovered an impostor. Instead, the athletes snagged in those efforts have been intersex women — scores of them.”

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Yes, men can be sexually objectified, and no, it’s not OK

Do handsome male stars have a right to complain about being sexually objectified? That’s the question some people are asking after Game of Thrones actor Kit Harington told the Sunday Times about the “demeaning” treatment he’s been subjected to in the entertainment industry.

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5. ) Women are responsible for half of online abuse, study finds (The Telegraph)
Notable quote: “However, this 2014 study, also by Demos, found that women are ‘almost as likely as men to use the terms “slut” and “whore” on Twitter, and that women are increasingly inclined to use the same derogatory language that has been, and continues to be, used against them.’

This research highlights the fact that online abuse is perpetrated by both genders and any behavioural interventions being designed will need to take this into account.”

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5 ways to talk about sexism without having to talk about it

Thanks to the Sony hack—which showed that not even famous (and presumably powerful) actresses are immune to an unfair pay gap— and new reports on the lack of working female directors, almost every actress is now asked to share her thoughts on sexism in Hollywood.

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