This 1981 LEGO ad featuring this adorable red head and a very feminist and very true message about children, creativity, and leaving the whole gender stereotype thing at the door, has recently blown up a lot of news feeds:LEGO was selling "Universal Building Sets," and saying specifically with this image that being a builder, creator, or inventor, is never gendered.   Unfortunately, the reason this ad has resurfaced with a vengeance is because LEGO doesn't ... Read More
How many states do you know? How about capitals? How about global capitals? Do you know what SCUBA stands for without sprinting to Google?This is not a 5th grade drill to shame you - it's to emphasize how smart these little geniuses are. After coming across a video of Anala Beevers, a Mensa Member at age 4, with an  IQ in the top 1% of the human population, I was a little curious about other mini Mensa members. Apparently, being young and very ... Read More
Having a new baby cousin in my family has re-introduced to me the intense and disturbing gender-stereotyping of children from infancy onward. Toys, books, and clothing are becoming seemingly more and more gendered as I grow older - toys that were previously gender neutral are not becoming gender specific (i.e Lego and Duplo), split into a comfortable and often unchallenged gendered binary that has girls playing house and boys playing heroes.  When buying for ... Read More
The New York Times covered a new initiative by Sheryl Sandberg's LeanIn.org via a partnership with Getty to update and diversify stock photo images of women because, in her words, "you can't be what you can't see."Via NYTimes: "The partnership is a way for Lean In to broaden its reach after criticism that Ms. Sandberg’s advice is relevant only to women in corporate America and that she places the burden of breaking through stereotypes on ... Read More
  Lady Pink is a no-joke graffiti artist who got her start painting in high school, had her fist solo show at 21, and has since continued to dominate in the mostly male street art in NYC with her prolific and powerful pieces. Her work has been shown in collections at the Whitney Museum, the MET, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Groningen Museum of Holland.  Stated by Rhiannon Platt on Complex: "Lady Pink is considered to be ... Read More
In case you missed it, this past November The New School in New York City hosted a public dialogue between the historic Black feminist theorist bell hooks and the brilliant author, professor, and TV show host Melissa Harris-Perry as they took on topics of race, gender, politics, activism, and self-love. Needless to say, it was a phenomenal opportunity to see a glimpse of the conversations that must litter both of their intellectually-rich lives, both women ... Read More
Makeup is part of the daily routine of countless women (and a few good men). Why women wear makeup is a complicated question, that often comes down to arguments of alleged and arguably false agency - paralleled in conversations about the choice to shave one's legs/armpits - complicated of course by societal beauty standards that put an immense amount of pressure on women's appearances, emphasizing the necessity to be as soft, supple, and attractive as money can ... Read More
Intersections is an impossibly ornate installation by artist Anila Quayyum Agha, that uses laser-cut wood to throw whimsical and incredibly detailed patterns onto gallery walls and floors.Agha was born in Pakistan, attended the University of North Texas in and is decorated with many accolades, including the Creative Renewal Fellowship, awarded by the Indianapolis Arts Council.  From the artist: "With this large scale patterned wood project I explored ... Read More
Our prayers must have been answered because last night during the most boring Super Bowl of a lifetime, empowered women and girls everywhere got some much needed relief from a myriad of sexually objectifying Super Bowl commercials. RETWEET if the sole reason you are watching the #SuperBowl is so you can tweet about sexist commercials. #feminism #Portlandia #NotBuyingIt — Portlandia (@ifcportlandia) February 3, 2014  Thanks to the ... Read More
I wouldn't call it "regret" exactly but in a recent interview J.K. Rowling admits to selfish motives regarding the beloved romance between 2/3rds of our favorite trio.  From the hybable article on the matter: “I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment. That’s how it was conceived, really. For reasons that have very little to do with literature and far more to do with me clinging to the plot as I first imagined ... Read More
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