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My male partner has told me over and over, “I really don’t care whether you shave your legs or not.” I appreciate this, but I’ve known for years that I shave my legs not to be attractive to him but to avoid being judged by other women. I know that building confidence in my natural body will take time. It makes me feel bolder to remember that for thousands and thousands of years, women didn’t give a second thought to their leg hair (the way men continue to do today).

Still, the patriarchy wants me to be so ashamed of my natural body that I spend any amount of money and time and pain to pretend body hair doesn’t exist. I don’t want the patriarchy to win.

For this 24-year-old, fighting for Palestinian rights is ‘the most core part of my identity’

Lea Kayali is one of many Palestinian women continuing a long-held tradition of fighting for liberation

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What does it mean to come together as Asian American women? This group has been seeking an answer.

The Cosmos was formed in 2017, and its future hangs in the balance