Alex T. Williams, a PhD student in communications at the University of Pennsylvania has noticed a trend in today's media. Williams isn't the only one, though. In fact, it doesn't take a genius to see the lack of minorities in our newsrooms.  So what's the deal? Isn't it 2015? Why aren't we progressing and providing a different angle and perspective in the media?  Williams believes there are three key factors: 1) Minority students are less likely to work for their campus newspaper, because they either attending a college without a newsroom or threatened by being the minority. Read More
In Terry Gross's NPR interview with writer and editor Jessica Grose, professor of linguistics Penny Eckert, and speech pathologist Susan Sankin, the subject on the table was the policing of young women’s voices. “People are busy policing women’s language and nobody is policing older or younger men’s language,” Eckert says. Two of the speech tics discussed are uptalking (ending a sentence like it’s a question) and vocal fry (drawing out, or rasping, the ends of sentences). The clear double standard here? Men often employ these same tics. Read More
According to a recent report from the World Health Organization, transgender people are not getting adequate health care, and widespread discrimination is largely to blame. This really shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, and it can be seen most clearly when you consider the extremely high rates of HIV among transgender women worldwide. Yesterday evening on All Things Considered, NPR’s Arun Rath spoke with JoAnne Keatley, one of the authors of this WHO report. Read More
35 – it's the alleged number of women Bill Cosby has raped by use of Quaaludes. Though this large number is haunting, the number of people refusing to believe the women is even worse.  In a recent project conducted by New York Magazine's, Noreen Malone and Amanda Demme, these women have finally been given the chance to tell their horrifying stories. Though a hacker (supposedly not hired by Cosby's team) took the site down in an effort to mask these tales, the project is back up and running and can be viewed here. Read More
OITNB star and heartthrob Matt McGorry continues to impress us on Twitter, sharing his thoughts about feminism and privilege. When actress Kether Donohue tweeted at McGorry, asking him what it’s like to be “dating while feminist,” he had a great string of replies.     Keep being your dreamy self, Matt.   Via Cambio   Images via Cambio and malecelebbio.com Read More On Bust. Read More
Last week, Amy Schumer met with two Australian radio hosts, Matt Tilley and Jane Hall of KIIS 101.1, to discuss her new movie, Trainwreck. And a train wreck is exactly what happened. Matt Tilley asked a few questions that Schumer was not happy about—and understandably so. Unsurprisingly, Schumer didn’t put up with his bullshit. After discussing the costumes in the movie, Tilley asked, “Do you have the word ‘skanky’ in America?” Schumer cleverly responded, “We do have that word. Read More
The #GrowingUpAGirl hashtag currently cycling around Twitter is a collection of very common experiences for anyone who grew up a girl, especially those who were cisgender girls. The hashtag expresses complaints and injustices surrounding periods, catcalling, double standards, and all the other shit unique to growing up as a girl in our world today. Check out a few of out favorite Tweets below, and see even more posts on Twitter. Read More
The July/August issue of Annals of Family Medicine provided a not-so-shocking discovery that women over the age of 60 are still having sex (and enjoying it). As a sexually active woman in my 20’s, I want to declare that I will never not (yes, that was a double negative) want to have sex and promise my opinion will be the same in 30 years time. Nobody should assume any woman becomes inactive after menopause, either, but that’s an entirely different subject on gender stigma we can save for later. Read More
Weeks after the Center for Medical Progress released its edited sting operation videos featuring Dr. Deborah Nucatola of Planned Parenthood, House Democrats are calling for an investigation into CMP – a logical step in the debacle. Currently, Planned Parenthood is under close scrutiny by House Republicans who want to shut the organization down by stripping it of funding. CMP believes Planned Parenthood is profiting from donated fetal tissue and wants to end the organization for good. Read More
Don’t you love when a random piece of news renews your fragmented faith in humanity? That’s precisely how I felt when I learned there’s a Thailand-based modeling agency opening a trans-only branch in LA this summer. The announcement is just another groundbreaking move by Apple Model Management, who made history last year as the first agency IN THE WORLD to include trans models alongside cisgender models. Read More