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The doxxing of Rose Mainville | Aeon
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History

The doxxing of Rose Mainville

When a young street vendor found her name in a guidebook to the sex workers of Paris, she couldn’t live with the shame

Amanda E Herbert & David N Woodworth

Lady of the Gobi | Aeon
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Work

Living out of a truck, Maikhuu finds promise and peril on Mongolia’s ‘coal highway’

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Life as a Victorian teenager | Aeon
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History

From manners to mud – two women recall coming of age in Victorian London

10 minutes

Sisters in dharma | Aeon
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Religion

Sisters in dharma

In Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim nation, Parwati Soepangat pioneered a Buddhist feminist theology with deep roots

Jack Meng-Tat Chia

Mink! | Aeon
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Fairness and equality

How the first woman of colour to be elected to the US Congress remade education

21 minutes

Tantra: enlightenment to revolution | Aeon
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History of ideas

Tantra is, and was, a subversive philosophy of feminine power

19 minutes

Marilyn Waring on women and economics | Aeon
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Economics

We all play by economic rules set by men. What could a feminist economics look like?

30 minutes

Her body is a problem | Aeon
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Art

Her body is a problem

When 1970s women artists put the female body under the female gaze, why did the critics see only obscene monsters?

Lauren Elkin

The incredible life of Maria Sibylla Merian | Aeon
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Biology

In the jungle of Suriname, Maria Sibylla Merian discovered insect metamorphosis

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More than muses and martyrs | Aeon
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Thinkers and theories

More than muses and martyrs

In the long 19th century, many women philosophers were marginalised or ignored. We need to rediscover them

Kristin Gjesdal & Dalia Nassar

The lady vanishes | Aeon
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Thinkers and theories

The lady vanishes

The history of ideas still struggles to remember the names of notable women philosophers. Mary Hesse is a salient example

Ann-Sophie Barwich

Open shutters | Aeon
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Gender and identity

How the spy-cam epidemic in South Korea affects the women who are its victims

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Tattoos and trousers | Aeon
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History

Tattoos and trousers

Let your imagination take flight to the hunting, riding, adventurous lives of Scythia’s warrior women, the real Amazons

Christine Lehnen

Are men animals? | Aeon
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Gender

Are men animals?

Diagnosing men as violent and oversexed beasts is tempting but it’s a regressive idea built on dubious analogies

Matthew Gutmann

Senior prom | Aeon
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Gender and identity

LGBTQ+ retirees celebrate their hard-earned self-acceptance at a belated prom night

14 minutes

The other Fab Four | Aeon
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Biography and memoir

Meet the Liverbirds! The bittersweet tale of Liverpool’s all-female answer to the Beatles

16 minutes

Healthcare workers of yore | Aeon
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History of science

Healthcare workers of yore

Looking past conventional histories of medicine we see that women delivered much of medieval healthcare. Just as today

Sara Ritchey

The silent pulse of the Universe | Aeon
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Astronomy

Jocelyn Bell discovered pulsars. The Nobel Prize went to her supervisor

16 minutes

Kapaemahu | Aeon
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Gender

The nearly forgotten origin myth of Hawaii’s third-gender healers, as told by one

9 minutes

Germany’s Wollstonecraft | Aeon
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Thinkers and theories

Germany’s Wollstonecraft

Brilliant and fierce, the philosopher and educator Amalia Holst demonstrated how the German Enlightenment failed women

Andrew Cooper

Queer and Arab | Aeon
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Gender

Queer and Arab

Was there no room for the queer individual in Arab history? Have people like us simply never belonged?

Aya Labanieh

The Margaret Mead problem | Aeon
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Anthropology

The Margaret Mead problem

Mead, so radical about gender and sex in her early work, doubled down on the differences between men and women later. Why?

Elesha J Coffman

Toward a feminist criminal law | Aeon
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Gender

Toward a feminist criminal law

Mass incarceration means police and prisons are not simple allies for feminists who want a more just world

Aya Gruber

Uproar | Aeon
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Music

The formidable female rumba group shaking up Cuba’s conservative music scene

20 minutes