Representation matters—even in your iPhone’s Emoji inventory. Recently, the Emoji app incorporated more people of different skin tones, but their options for women are still lacking.  MAKERS, an organization that aims to create the largest-ever collection of women’s stories, made the call for “Femojis” in a blog post yesterday. They commented on why Apple's new Emoji "diversity" still leaves much to be desired: “While this ... Read More
We’ve been expecting the Amy Winehouse documentary for a while now. Its creation was announced, trailers were released, and all the while we’ve been yelling, “are we there yet?!” Well, we have some good news, BUSTIEs: we got what we wished for! Asif Kapadia’s Amy was played for some very lucky pairs of eyes at The Cannes Film Festival this past week and selected to potentially win the Palme d’Or award. We can’t wait until ... Read More
In an interview with Ellen Degeneres, superbabe Melissa McCarthy explains how she engaged with a critic at the Toronto Film Festival who told her she “really looked bad” in her most recent film. She responded kindly and wisely, causing the critic to step back and reconsider. “I just think we tear down women in this country for all these superficial reasons,” McCarthy says. “And women are so great, and so strong.” Check out the ... Read More
As a Columbia University sophomore, Emma Sulkowicz was sexually assaulted in her dorm room. Now a senior, she has carried the mattress she was raped on to classes and appointments as a part of her thesis, entitled "Mattress Performance (Carry That Weight)," after the university failed to take legal action against her attacker. On Tuesday, Sulkowicz carried the mattress to Columbia’s graduation ceremony amidst cheers and applause. Sulkowicz has been drawing ... Read More
According to one of the most unsettling, and relentless, social norms, a woman's value is directly proportionate to her physical beauty. It’s the idea that if we don’t meet outdated physical standards- namely small, petite, dainty, meek—then we become invisible. If we are too fat, too tall, too masculine, too loud, too bold, or if we claim empowerment and visibility on our own terms, then society wants to look away. Luckily, there are growing ... Read More
As far as meme-worthy flubs go, Mitt Romney’s “Binders Full of Women” moment was pretty much the crème de la crème. Inspiring a multitude of glorious homemade Halloween costumes, not to mention the EPIC Tumblr account, it has unfortunately gathered a bit of dust in the sphere of popular culture. But fear not, for there is plenty of misogyny and covert sexism to fill the binder-shaped void. If you, as a well-informed and media-savvy ... Read More
The star-studded Cannes Film Festival has found itself in hot water after reportedly turning away female attendees for the film Carol (ironically, a film full of feminist topics) wearing flats instead of heels on the red carpet. Many actors have spoken out against this archaic standard, most notably Emily Blunt during a press conference for her new film, Sicaro, in which she plays a badass FBI agent.  “That’s very disappointing,” Blunt said ... Read More
Courtney Love has a new song out via Ghost Ramp: “Miss Narcissist” is classic Courtney, confrontational and acidic. Love is touring with Lana Del Ray this summer, part of Del Ray’s “Endless Summer” tour, and “Miss Narcissist” seems perfectly suited to the arena. Like much of Love’s best work, her new tune is both a sly commentary and an anthem, sure to be heard in bedrooms and stadiums alike. Listen here. Artwork by ... Read More
Inside Amy Schumer has been pumping out material that manages to make you laugh and make you think at the same time. The newest skit is no exception. If TLC’s Toddlers and Tiaras has taught us anything, it’s that the world of child beauty pageants is not as pretty as the kids competing in it are made to be. Amy Schumer parodies the show with her own edition: Babies and Bustiers. Schumer stars as Amy Mayweather Sherman, a not so little (thanks to Fetal ... Read More
  Huffington Post’s new interactive feature, inspired by badass artist Sophia Wallace’s Cliteracy project, takes us on a mind-blowing tour of the clitoris. The feature provides readers with history, anatomy, and a discussion of the culture surrounding sex education today (plus lots of awesome videos).    “[Cliteracy] is a mixed media project that explores a paradox; the global obsession with sexualizing female bodies in a ... Read More
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