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The old-as-time question of the feminist killjoy: Should I be enjoying this? I’ve found the answer is, typically, not really. Unless of course it’s 30 Rock, or Wanda Sykes standup. Girl Code is the MTV show that echoes VH1’s I Love the 80’s/90's in set-up and production. The show provides a litany of interview sound bytes from a variety of funny women, and a couple of dudes for “the male perspective.” *eye roll* What can be ... Read More
Praise the App Gods. The incredible ass-kicking team behind Miss Representation has given us yet another gem. #NotBuyingIt is an app dedicated to calling out sexist representation, and celebrating media that empowers women and girls.  *downloads immediately* The app reads like an Instagram/Twitter hybrid. As you scroll through your #NotBuyingIt timeline, you read short posts from other righteous feminists calling out some horrible stuff, and you ... Read More
Right now, it feels like we're in some sort of post-apocalyptic wasteland: last night we were hit with a megaton of Beyoncé, and now we're all scrounging around in the rubble, trying to figure out where our lives could possibly go from here.  This morning, in the glorious, glorious wreckage, I unearthed one particularly dazzling gem: the spoken word verse on the track "***Flawless" comes from Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's TED Talk: "We ... Read More
  A recent Pantene ad titled “Labels Against Women” has sparked a feminist debate: is it okay for the company to use feminism to sell products? Some think that the use of feminism in advertising is a great way to appeal to the masses and to sneak difficult ideas on inequality and wage gaps into pop culture; the ad has been touted as a powerful beacon for women in the workplace. But others have been disturbed, claiming that what advertisers ... Read More
  After a recent rape trial divided the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA, the English and psychology student Hannah Boes took action to combat the pervasive rape culture that often persists on college campuses. She founded William & Mary Stands With Survivors, an online catalog of photographs “dedicated to showcasing allies who support sexual assault survivors and refuse to perpetuate rape culture, or the attitudes that normalize ... Read More
  It’s hard for women to break into the music industry, especially women of color, but Nicki Minaj is one star who has helped pave the way. As if we needed yet another reason to love her, she recently broke another glass ceiling of sorts.    She’s partnered up with Myx Fusions, serving as both the brand’s spokesperson and part owner. Of her decision to endorse the alcoholic beverage, she told MTV News, "I was just feeling like with ... Read More
  Yesterday, my fiance popped a “surprise” into our DVD player: a feminist episode of the amazing 1990s show Batman: The Animated Series. I have always thought of Gotham as a pretty progressive city; Catwoman is at least as terrifying and powerful as Batman, and other female villains abound. But this episode is explicitly feminist. My fiance attributes to it his early discovery and association with feminism.    In the opening scenes, we see ... Read More
Dr. Danielle N. Lee is an animal behavior and ecology post-doc biologist, a hip-hop maven, and a contributing blogger for Scientific American. As stated on Scientific American’s website, Lee’s section, “The Urban Scientist,” focuses on “urban ecology, evolutionary biology & diversity in the sciences.” Recently, Lee was approached by a Biology Online blog editor, whose name is known as “Ofek,” to the guest ... Read More
Homeland's Carrie Mathison   TIME’s Eliana Dockterman has something to say about the seemingly empowered and independent female television characters in her essay “TV’s Strongest Female Characters Share One Stupid Flaw.”    While applauding the increased presence of female “DC fixers, CIA operatives, [and] revenge-seeking killers” in shows like Scandal, Homeland, and Revenge, Dockterman sees a pattern: each of the ... Read More
Ideally, a bookstore is an endless cornucopia of knowledge, a place where boys and girls can explore their most personal curiosities. But at a recent visit to the bookstore, eight year old KC Cooper, daughter of author Constance Cooper, found something quite unexpected and distressing: sexist children’s books. KC loves the outdoors, and as she thumbed through adventure books, she found one that included tales of animal attacks and natural disasters. ... Read More
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