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Of masks & magic: Uldus Bakhtiozina makes images that poke fun at stereotypesOf masks & magic: Uldus Bakhtiozina makes images that poke fun at stereotypes

Posted By Karen Eng

A 12-year-old boy in a Stormtrooper helmet – and a tutu. A hulking man wearing a pre-Raphaelite collar of Barbie dolls. A bride standing wistfully in a garden, her face obscured by a wrestling mask. Russian photo-based artist Uldus Bakhtiozina’s whimsical and surreal images — which feature models as well as herself — raise an eyebrow at identity, gender and cultural stereotypes […]

Culture

How should we talk about transgender issues?How should we talk about transgender issues?

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

Geena Rocero did a pretty bold thing at TED2014: She came out. The transgender fashion model chose Vancouver to reveal to the world that she was assigned male at birth. “I am here exposed … to help others live without shame and terror,” she says in today’s talk. The trans community has had a spotlight […]

Culture

Kate Stone: I’m proud to be transgender — but ask me about my work firstKate Stone: I’m proud to be transgender — but ask me about my work first

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

When creative scientist Kate Stone gave her talk at TED2013, her biggest worry was whether her paper DJ decks would work onstage. Something she didn’t think twice about: being “outed” as transgender. She didn’t want to detract from her work, and figured that her gender identity was her own personal business. But now, one year later, […]

Culture

A playlist for International Men’s DayA playlist for International Men’s Day

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Happy International Men’s Day, all! While at first, it might seem a little strange to have a holiday that celebrates, well, approximately half of the world’s population. But the goals of this holiday — “focus[ing] on men’s and boy’s health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, and highlighting positive male role models” — are worthwhile, […]

Art

From abstraction to the vibrant female form: Fellows Friday with Sharmistha RayFrom abstraction to the vibrant female form: Fellows Friday with Sharmistha Ray

Posted By Karen Eng

Artist Sharmistha Ray has spent her life moving between India, the Middle East and the United States, discovering, layer by layer, her own sense of self, sexual identity and artistic vision in contrast or harmony with each new environment. Now, as her latest exhibition Reflections + Transformations is set to open at the Aicon Gallery in […]

Music

25 songs to celebrate innovators: A Spotify playlist inspired by TEDWomen25 songs to celebrate innovators: A Spotify playlist inspired by TEDWomen

Posted By Becky Chung

Inspired by the theme of TEDWomen 2013, “Invented Here,” we’ve created a killer playlist with songs about women who’ve innovated, made a difference, taken a stand and changed history in the process. Our mixtape of tunes include: a Swedish dance-pop tribute to Marie Curie’s research on radioactivity, Jane Birkin’s ode to the work and ideals […]

News

TEDWomen 2013: Invented Here. Registration now open.TEDWomen 2013: Invented Here. Registration now open.

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

The old saying goes: “Necessity is the mother of invention.” Folded into this truism is a nugget of wisdom: that women so often are the ones driving innovation, the creative powerhouses surfacing new concepts, and the active force crystalizing change in communities near and far. This is the spirit that TEDWomen 2013 will celebrate with […]

Culture

The end of sexual violence and domestic abuse? A resource list of organizations working toward thisThe end of sexual violence and domestic abuse? A resource list of organizations working toward this

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Why is it that, when we talk about sexual violence and domestic abuse, we talk about the women involved and erase the men from the conversation? In today’s talk, violence-prevention educator Jackson Katz explains why sentences like “Mary is a battered woman” are far more common in the cultural dialogue surrounding these issues than ones […]