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Are Emoticons a Woman Thing?  by Katie Bicklell
Are Emoticons a Woman Thing?

Are Emoticons a Woman Thing?

They’re everywhere you look: winking in text messages, slipping into corporate emails, littering Facebook news feeds. They stare up from computer screens, those frozen grins begging for approval.

They are emoticons, and research suggests their use is highly gendered. The first emoticon was the digitized smiley. It gained popularity in the 1980s after computer scientist Scott Fahlman suggested to participants on a message board at Carnegie Mellon University that they should use :( and :)  to distinguish their serious posts from those that were jokes.

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Lesbian Infertility a Feminist Issue  by Elizabeth Ruth
Lesbian Infertility a Feminist Issue

Lesbian Infertility a Feminist Issue

Illustration: Jaime Drew

I know something of missed opportunities, stunted and miswoven cells, futures undone. I know relentless, raging optimisms, babies not yet wished into being.

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(Archives 2001) Are Periods Passé?  by Kathleen O'Grady
(Archives 2001) Are Periods Passé?

(Archives 2001) Are Periods Passé?

The human body is rarely viewed holistically anymore. In an increasingly technocratic world, our bodies are portrayed as objects made up of transferable bits and pieces.

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