Stories by Soraya Chemaly

Soraya L. Chemaly writes about feminism, gender and culture. She writes for the Huffington Post, Feminist Wire, BitchFlicks and Fem2.0 among others. subscribe to Soraya Chemaly's feed

Posted on: Feb 16, 2015, Source: Huffington Post

Men in Nigeria are permitted to use violence for the purpose of "correcting" their wives.

Posted on: Feb 11, 2015, Source: Role Reboot

The book and movie perpetuate the idea that the abuse and sexual control of women is sexy.

Posted on: Sep 9, 2014, Source: Huffington Post

The deeper, systemic issues fall by the wayside in favor of focusing on what victims can do to avoid the violence or how individual abusers should be dealt with.

Posted on: Jul 5, 2014, Source: The Huffington Post

Socialized male speech dominance is a significant issue, not just in school.

Posted on: Jun 30, 2014, Source: The Nation

According to a study, police departments throughout the U.S. systematically undercounted and underreported sexual assaults during a nearly 20-year period.

Posted on: May 26, 2014, Source: Role Reboot

Men discount what women say with surprising regularity. Here’s how women should respond.

Posted on: Jan 24, 2014, Source:

A reporter's question about Lena Dunham's nudity pointed to a bigger issue: Naked women can threaten the status quo.

Posted on: Oct 17, 2013, Source: Salon

A frat flyer featuring naked women contributes to rape culture and objectification, and students are fighting back.

Posted on: Sep 25, 2013, Source: Salon

Mocking boys for doing "feminine" things forces them to lose essential parts of themselves and leaves them ill-equipped for life.

Posted on: Sep 15, 2013, Source:

Telling women to "smile" may seem a small thing—until you consider what often happens when women don't want to.

Posted on: Sep 5, 2013, Source: Salon

The idea that a girl can be 'older than her chronological age' makes no sense, and puts young girls in danger.

Posted on: Aug 26, 2013, Source: Salon

Miley Cyrus acted like a male pop star at the VMAs. But she'll get criticized like a female one.

Posted on: Aug 15, 2013, Source: Salon

Teaching girls to constantly modify their behavior in order to avoid stranger rape is a form of social control. But it’s hard to walk away from a lifetime of acculturated fear.

Posted on: Jul 29, 2013, Source: Salon

Newsflash: sexism exists in atheist communities too.

Posted on: Oct 28, 2012, Source: Huffington Post

For months now we've been subjected to surreal revelations when it comes to what people think about rape. Here is some real, fact-checked information.

Posted on: Aug 13, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Posted on: May 23, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Women are powerful beyond words, because they threaten to unravel the control of corrupt men who abuse their authority.

Posted on: May 21, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Republican politicians are rolling back women's reproductive rights based on the norms of animal husbandry.

Posted on: Jan 6, 2012, Source: RH Reality Check

Abstinence-only programs, with their emphasis on purity, marriage, and heterosexuality, create hostile environments.

Posted on: Nov 16, 2011, Source: The Good Men Project

By age 12, 22% of girls experience street harassment. By the time they’re 19, it’s 87%.