Metal Women

It’s never been a particularly easy thing to be a woman, and even though we’ve made countless strides forward, there is still an embarrassment of stumbling blocks strewn about just waiting to trip us up. This past week alone has been a bit of a minefield, and it’s barely January. Whether it’s a bilious attack on our trans sisters snuck into the op-ed pages of a respected publication, the ongoing coverage of various depressing developments in the Pussy Riot saga, the bringing to light of India’s horrific sexual assault problems, or the USA's bullheaded battles over women's reproductive rights, sometimes it’s hard to tell if we’ve just rolled over into 2013 or been jolted backwards to 1813.