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The fight for gender equality in fiction lives on. For the past year, gendered book covers and the people fighting against them have highlighted the inner workings of sexism in the publishing biz. Who could forget the outcry over The Bell Jar’s 50th anniversary cover?    By the way, that cover is still featured on Google’s results page for the novel. Thanks for listening, publishers. And what about author Jim Hines’ genius photo ... Read More
In today's feature of “How did these people get elected?” news, Governor Phil Bryant from Mississippi is blaming America’s troubled education system on working mothers. Education is a hot topic in today’s political sphere, and while almost everyone can agree that our system needs to be reformed, how to do so and the causes of our failing education system are highly contested. On June 4th, The Washington Post, The Annie E. Casey ... Read More
Do you own a TV and/or eyeballs? Then chances are, you've seen a commercial for Viagra or some other drug that improves men’s sex drive. You know the kind - couples sitting in separate bathtubs on the beach, a man trying and failing to build a fire, people swing dancing in their kitchens for no reason.  But have you ever seen a commercial for drugs that boost lady libidos? No ma'am.A new pill being developed might change that. Lybrido, a sex drive ... Read More
This isn’t the first time we've written about Anita Sarkeesian, of Feminist Frequency and Tropes vs. Women in Video Games. And we have a feeling that it won’t be our last. She has some amazing stuff in the works and it's guaranteed to ruffle internet feathers. (Because of the overwhelmingly negative reaction to her videos and the incredible voice of her supporters, she's already become an expert feather rustler. Now anything she does automatically becomes a ... Read More
Is this for real?  Possibly the most sexist TV program in history?  In this Danish chat show, women walk out in a bathrobe and stand in front of two men – host Thomas Blachman and his male guest.  The women then strip as Blachman and his guest assess their naked figures, oftentimes with humiliating comments.  Blachman, a judge of the Danish X-factor, insists that he is doing women a favor since the “female body thirsts for the words ... Read More
Amanda Filipacchi is an American feminist and novelist who has published three books. Her writing has been praised for its wit and humor, and Love Creeps made The Village Voice's top 25 books of the year in 2005. Imagine Filipacchi's surprise when she noticed that Wikipedia's "List of American novelists" page was slowly moving women into their own separate category, titled "American women novelists." The author read a note at the top of the article that explained ... Read More
We've all heard the news: Washington Wizards basketball star Jason Collins has come out publicly. The interweb is in an uproar about it and his name is being thrown around left and right. I applaud Collins for his courage, as he is now the first openly gay male athlete active in a major American sport. But one name you won't see (and probably haven't seen) in your Twitter or Facebook feeds is that of college basketball player Brittney Griner.A few weeks ago, the ... Read More
Here’s a Facebook page that’s worth liking: The Kurd Men for Equality campaign. Kurdish men in Iran started the campaign in response to what they believed to be misogyny in a local court case. A man who was convicted of domestic abuse was forced to parade the streets in a dress and hijab, the traditional women’s clothing, as public humiliation. To express their disapproval of the judge’s degradation of women, local men began posting ... Read More
It's pretty obvious that we adore Canadian electro artist Grimes. Our current cover girl is not only one of today's most exciting musicians, but super politically articulate (and you can hear it in her music-- "Oblivion" is about sexual harrassment). If you read our interview with her, you'll know she's a fiercely independent, outspoken feminist who insists on having "[a] hundred percent" creative control over her work. ("I feel like if I didn't do it, it's not ... Read More
A picture is worth a thousand words, but an infographic speaks for itself.  A new series of graphs demonstrates a point we already knew, but hadn't thought to illustrate: In Hollywood, it's fine and dandy for leading men to grow older, but not leading ladies. There is a huge bias towards older men/younger women in casting.Although there are a few exceptions to the rule, (like Geena Davis and Brad Pitt in Thelma and Louise or Katherine Keener and Steve ... Read More
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