You may remember 29-year-old actress Sonequa Martin-Green as Alicia’s assistant on The Good Wife, or perhaps as Once Upon a Time’s anti-magic villain Tamara. But it’s her role as badass Sasha on AMC’s comic book-inspired series The Walking Dead that has finally made her a famous face. I caught up with Martin-Green between the show’s devastating winter 2014 finale and the birth of her son, for which she was full of anticipation. Read More
For some enlisted men, The War Between the States involved a struggle between two identities. Hidden among the ranks of both the Union and Confederate armies were women in disguise, who fought and died for the cause—or lived to tell their incredible stories. In May 1862, a young, grey-eyed, black-haired soldier was discharged from the 17th Ohio Infantry in Corinth, Mississippi, despite having served well since signing up soon after the Civil War began in 1861. The reason for the soldier’s rejection from the regiment? Regardless of the fact that Pvt. Read More
Big Stone Gap—a novel-turned-movie starring Ashley Judd, Patrick Wilson, Whoopi Goldberg, Jenna Elfman, and Jane Krakowski—is set in a small Virginia town where everybody knows each other. Ave Maria Mulligan (Judd) is the “old maid” of the town at 40 with no husband and no children. Although she seems OK with the label, it is apparent that her pharmacy and playwrighting jobs are not enough to keep her busy. Read More
  Some women have family, friends, priests, rabbis, psychologists or support groups to guide them through their breast cancer diagnosis and recovery. Amy Marcs has Barbie. The iconic plastic doll plays a major role in Amy’s one-woman comedy show “Nice Tits," directed by Peter Michael Marino and currently playing at the Pit in NYC. For Amy, Barbie is both a no-nipple role model and a self-esteem-boosting hallucination. Read More
On Wednesday, an Idaho high school went under lockdown while the police investigated and arrested a 15-year-old boy for threatening to “kill all the girls” because he harassed the cheerleading team for nude photos and nobody, shocker of shockers, wanted to give him any. In a conversation over social media, he said he had a 12 gauge and a 9 millimeter and that he “hopes everyone writes a good will because [he's] coming on Friday at 9:30 first period, [he's] gonna start shooting from B hall down C hall. Read More
  Like most progressive feminists, I celebrated the moment during the congressional testimony of Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards when the particularly smug House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, produced an entirely slanted, politicized graph which he claimed he manufactured based on Planned Parenthood’s actual number of abortions. Ms. Read More
Svetlana Alexievich is the winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature for her impactful works that captured the historically rich stories by combining journalism and literature, The Swedish Academy announced today. The Academy released a statement saying that Alexievich was chosen "for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time. Read More
Q: Sex has always been painful for me. Right after I started having sex, I had an extensive yeast infection that resulted in vaginal nerve damage. Pelvic floor therapy worked wonders, and I learned a number of exercises to do on my own and with my boyfriend before sex, which included everything from massage to dilators. My then-boyfriend was very supportive, but we’ve since broken up. I’m hoping to start dating again soon, but I’m not sure how to approach sex with a new guy. Despite the progress I’ve made, sex remains difficult. Read More
  Earlier this week, I was carrying a giant bag of dirty clothes to my local laundromat, dressed in my least-filthy shorts and oversize T-shirt when I heard it: “HEY, BABY! NICE LEGS!” *Disgusting kissing noises* I live in Brooklyn and walk everywhere, so this is a sound I hear literally Every. Single. Day. But something about this incident was different: the voice was so much higher than any catcall I’ve ever heard before. Something was off about this particular moment of street harassment. Read More
It’s not a crime to steal the styles from Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries   Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries is the most feminist detective series on TV, thanks to its badass protagonist, Phryne Fisher. In gritty, glamorous 1920s Melbourne, Miss Fisher (played by Essie Davis) refuses to get married, drives a car, unapologetically takes many lovers, solves murders, and always looks damn good doing it. Cop her killer look here-—and be sure to catch the third season of the show on Netflix this September.   1. Joanna Hope Sequin Mesh Top, $71. Read More