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Though I remain convinced that this year's sweeping Twitter trend, “#readwomen2014,” was the agitated invention of my personal two good friends over a literary-minded meal one day – this movement, whatever its genesis, is gaining plenty of traction. The idea is this: in response to the hundreds and hundreds of years wherein penis-toters dominated literature, science, politics, you name it – we ladies will now do a bit of reclaiming and make ... Read More
  “Master, I have finished preparing your order;” unfortunately, female workers at McDonald’s stores in Taiwan are encouraged to adopt this language. And as part of an annual holiday competition, McDonald’s Taiwan stores participate in an outfit-of-choice competition. A McDonald’s near Taipei Station chose to dress female employees in an anime inspired-maid outfit, complete with bows, pink frills, and thigh-high ... Read More
  At the presentation of the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lifetime Achievement Award to the iconic Catharine MacKinnon, a woman asked the following question: I worry about the future generation of feminists; should they really be watching Beyoncé suggestively dancing? MacKinnon gracefully responded that feminist pop culture must evolve as the patriarchy adapts, and that’s the kind of work Beyoncé engages in. The singer’s achievements and ... Read More
  Normally, girls are expected to nod along to sexist dress codes and edicts, but such is not the case with Marion Mayer, a high school junior in Florida. When her principal, a Mr. Martinez of Lakeland Senior High School, admonished “Modest is hottest. Boys will be boys,” she saw flawed lines of thinking and exposed them for the global public, engaging us in a much needed conversation via The Huffington Post about rape culture and ... Read More
  In the wake of Barack Obama’s “State of the Union” address, it’s important to consider the State of the Uterus. With impeding abortion regulations, limitations on birth control access, and proposed rape audits, our uteri stand at the forefront of one of our country’s most contentious battles.    Thank goodness that the esteemed Madame Uterus graced us with her own speech streamed last night at LadyPartsJustice.com ... Read More
I'm sure you can recall the amazing guerrilla feminism exhibited by the intelligent and witty women of FORCE, the group behind the faux-PINK Victoria's Secret consent line last year, featuring a full campaign around a fake line of panties, donning messages of enthusiastic consent and modeled by racially diverse women of all shapes and sizes. For just a moment, we thought Victoria's Secret joined us in this century, only to realize the panties were ... 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
"I am tired of sexually tinted images" reads an angrily scribbled message on a half-ripped billboard. Well, so are many of us. Billboards and posters all over the streets are beacons of sexist merchandizing, objectifying women's bodies as things to be had. Often faceless, topless, and pants-less, images of overly-sexualized women litter the streets as a way to sell, well, anything - including liquor, cigarettes, and beer. This is not a new topic, and there's ... Read More
 Jennifer Simpkins of The Tab London has written a savvy, brave piece about the dark underbelly of fourth-wave feminism – or, really, any loud group of opinionated people with internet access. In her estimate, feminists can counterintuitively tend to victimize other women by being excessively quick to admonish or dismiss; take the author's description of the time she tentatively endorsed Robin Thicke's “Blurred Lines” on social media. Worth ... Read More
Does this need much explanation? Sarah Silverman's politically charged new video is a (typically) cheeky call for women's reproductive rights. In particular, our fave comedienne indicts Texas' proposed drastic reduction of women's health clinics. Perhaps pay special attention to the animation sequence surrounding “sperm rights,” in which a cartoon man endures an aggressive save-the-living-jism procedure. I have LOL'd, here at my desk. You can find out ... Read More