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Dame Helen Mirren knows sexism. The 67-year-old, Oscar-Winning actress got her start in film adaptations of Shakespeare plays, but says that gender relations back then were no better than in the time of the Bard. “The ‘60s and ‘70s were pretty ghastly, I think,” said Mirren in an interview with the Daily Mail.  “And into the ‘80s, as an actress, you would be the only female on set, apart from the continuity person, who was ... Read More
If you're desperately clinging to your childhood like me, then try not to freak out. Pop girl group Momoiro Clover Z just confirmed at a Sailor Moon 20th anniversary event that the long overdue brand new Sailor Moon series is supposed to debut this winter. Oh. My. Grosh. First of all, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, SAILOR MOON! You could practically be twinsies with us! Looking forward to seeing these ladies again. Well, maybe not Chibi Moon so much. Second of ... Read More
Are you a feminist, a woman, a filmmaker, or a combination of all three? The London Feminist Film Festival is putting out an open call for submissions for their second-annual festival. Their website states that “women directors from all countries may enter” and that films should be “feminist in their representation of women” or “deal with feminist issues.” Last year, over 1,000 people came out to the festival to watch films like ... Read More
  I would say I’m a feminist because I believe in choice and equality. Yes, that includes the choice of whether to shave or not to shave. And there's no doubt this situation gets a little...prickly. Certainly some of us just like it. But a question mark remains on whether we like it because it makes us feel good, or if social constructs have convinced us that having a clean, plastic-like exterior should make us feel good. Is there any ... Read More
  The Internet confuses me. On the one hand, I’ve found an amazing feminist community full of support and open-mindedness. On the other hand, trolls. It’s gotten to the point where I almost can’t read comments on articles out of fear of MRA (Men’s Rights Activists) doing their thing. Sure, free speech is important and everyone is entitled to one’s own opinion. But I simultaneously feel hope and disappointment in humanity the more ... Read More
What’s in a name? Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet were able to forsake their last names for love. But Romeo and Juliet were idiots. What does it actually mean, in a 21st century context, to trade in your last name for your spouse’s? According to a new study (conducted by observing Facebook analytics, of all things) about a third of women who marry in their 20's choose to retain their original last name. This is a considerably larger ... Read More
I grew up in a very conservative home—so conservative we didn’t have regular playing cards till I was a teenager. No joke. We played Rook, and we used Rook cards.  It wasn’t till college that I owned my own deck of playing cards. I know. Wow. Yeah. I have some catching up to do. Also, there’s a lot I need to learn about awesome women in music (if I didn’t have playing cards, you know I didn’t listen to Joan Jett. Yes, I ... Read More
Wearing a pink shawl that once belonged to slain Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto, education activist Malala Yousafzai celebrated her 16th birthday today by delivering a brilliant speech to the United Nations Youth Assembly. The UN has officially declared today Malala Day. “The terrorists thought that they would change our aims and stop our ambitions but nothing changed in my life except this: weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and ... Read More
  I never liked the idea of camp. To me, it featured all the things I despised: sunshine, people, nature, sing-alongs about Jesus, activities, mosquitos, the burgeoning threat of friendship...not my bag. Plus, I came from a Vacationer family, so instead of having my parents ship me off to Shady Lake, they insisted on spending 2 to 4 weeks in the summer sweating together in Florida or pre-Snooki Seaside. Regardless, at no point in my adolescence did I feel the ... Read More
'Menstruate with Pride' You know that feeling you get when you listen to a song and you feel like the lyrics were written for you? Or when you read a book and think the words could have been ripped from your journal? Or when you see a bangin’ piece of art and think, “I wish I could express my frustration towards patriarchal systems like that!"  Okay, maybe you haven’t thought that last one yet, but you will after you see artwork by Sarah ... Read More