Super Bowl Sunday: How TV Would Look If Women Were In Charge

While there is so much amazing, female-friendly television programming out there at the moment, it’s hard to fathom a world in which women's media interests actually outrank those of their be-penised counterparts. But once a year, we get a taste of what that world would be like: Super Bowl Sunday might take up all the bandwidth on ESPN, but all the other channels are acutely aware that non-sports fans, ladies included, might want to watch something (anything) other than sports. Forget the Oscars. The Super Bowl is what's up for women's programming on every channel that's not prominently featuring football. 

According to International Business Times, over 100 million Americans—roughly one third of the population—watch the Super Bowl each year. So even though it’s easily the year’s biggest broadcast, for every one American gluedto the game, there are two more potential viewers whose attentions need grabbing. And many of those uninterested parties happen to be women

Sure, plenty of women who watch (and even enjoy) the Super Bowl. But others see it as one more day of TV that's curated without our sex in mind. 

Women are accustomed to having few options: Oxygen and WE are two of the only channels that cater to women outright. In most cases, we have to nitpick our way through network offerings to find something specifically created because it appeals to the XX chromosomal makeup (and if men aren't interested, who cares).

That makes this coming Sunday pretty special, because not only are the lady channels showing lady television and lady movies, every channel not showing anything related to football is aimed to rope in female viewers. Vh1 is showing back-to-back episodes of their new series Hindsight. HBO and its various iterations are set to play a slew of lady-centric movies, from The Heat to Divergent to Leap Year. We have the Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet competing with the Kitten Bowl on Hallmark (and while we recognize that not just women and girls are into puppies and kitties, our binary-biased society will still argue otherwise). The Witches of Eastwick is on Encore, Ghost will play multiple times on E!, and USA will play SVU until you’re sick of it (yes, that many episodes). And PBS gives zero fucks because they know people will still watch a new Downton Abbey, Super Bowl be damned.

We're not saying women should be grateful—we're still counting on a time in the (hopefully near) future, where women's interests are taken seriously every single day of the year, not just on the one where men's attentions are otherwise diverted—but we are pretty thrilled for lady TV day, if only because it's a taste of a more balanced world. Until that world shows up though, you can find us watching another Ab Fab, sweetie darling. We hear it's on this weekend. 

'I'm Ethnic,' Rashida Jones Reminds Red Carpet Reporter

Red carpets are just fancy sidewalks where women are as important as the designer they're wearing and reporters (if you want to call them that) pretty much socially-tolerated cat callers in fancy attire. But Rashida Jones didn't let it slide at the SAG Awards when a reporter complimented her on a glowing tan. "I'm ethnic," the actress deadpanned. Reminder, award show talking heads: Not every woman in Hollywood is white.

YouTube has removed the video that showed Rashida seting the record straight (without batting an eye, we might add). But for those who didn't see it, the most annoying part was how Rashida straight up pointed out that she's not just tan, she's a different race, and then the reporter giggles obnoxiously like they've shared a funny joke and just keeps asking her about silly frivolous things. Ignorant nonsense, we say. SMH.

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Broad City Was Almost Named Titstown

Broad City, like the adjective in its title, is all over the place: It is laugh out loud physical comedy, wry observational humor, and an endearing tale of lady friendship all in one.

Creators and Stars Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer are seriously killing it as the hottest duo on television these days (yep, we said it and we meant it!).

Lucky for us (and you, dear reader!), they are also the funny, fearsome cover ladies on our February/March 2015 issue. Pick up the mag for the whole interview shebang (Glazer and Jacobson talk about feminism and TV, play a healthy round or two of Fuck/Marry/Kill—not to be missed!) but in the meantime here are some snippets to get you started...

On what they almost named the show...

"Broadville? Girl City? Titstown? No. Broad City! Yeah!"

The gals on which muppet they'd do it with...

AB: "Gonzo is the one with the nose?"
IG: "His nose is a dildo… Kermit is dope. Kermit is husband material."

Glazer on not leaving anyone out...

“It feels really important to us—we do take what we represent very seriously. Our goal in general is inclusion. Unless you’re, like, a fucking asshole."

  

Also in this issue: stories from single adoptive mothers, recipes for killer beet vodka and vegan mac and cheese, and some real talk from a woman who was told she might have two vaginas—at 16.

Cover Story by Bridgette Miller

Photographed by Danielle St. Laurent

Styling by Kemal Harris  •  Makeup by Sarah Eagan

Hair by marcel Dagenais for Oribe Hair Care   •  Prop styling by Chelsea Maruskin

11 Feminist-Forward Films to Watch During the Snowpocalypse

Yes, that is a shameless use of a cute kitty meant to reflect how snuggled up you are this very moment. Because ADULT SNOW DAY!

What's the best part of getting snowed in? Making a mug of something warm and curling up with a great (feminist) movie, of course. Here are our top 11 flick picks (based not just on quality but also on streaming convenience) for your next few days.

  1. Ida 


    Anna is a novice nun in Poland who travels home to visit her aunt, Wanda, prior to taking her vows. While home, Wanda tells Anna that she is actually Jewish, and her real name is Ida Lebenstein. To reconcile her newfound identity, she and Wanda embark on a journey to find the resting places of her parents, who were murdered in World War II. Nominated for a 2015 Oscar for Best Foreign Language film, we are so pumped to see that this movie is streaming on Netflix.

  2. Pariah


    Dee Rees’s 2011 film tells the heart-wrenching story of a 17-year-old African American teenager beginning to embrace her identity as a lesbian. Available to rent on Amazon Instant Video.

  3. Short Term 12 


    Grace (Brie Larson) is a young supervisor at a foster care facility navigating her past emotional trauma while advocating for the kids in the home. The film tackles childhood abuse in an inspiring yet realistic manner, and features a sweet love story to make sure your tears are both the happy and sad kind. Streaming on Netflix.

  4. Fried Green Tomatoes 

    Nominated for two Oscars, this 1991 comedy-drama shows the power of female friendship in two different decades (depression-era and 1980s) while exploring serious subjects such as sexuality and domestic violence. Streaming on Netflix. 

  5. Dark Girls


    If you’re in more of a documentary mood, try this 2011 film exploring and exposing the biases towards dark-skinned women that are ingrained in our culture and cultures around the world (as well as their racist and classist roots), available on Netflix.   

  6. Thelma & Louise


    This classic starring Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis as destructive road-trippers/BFFs is always on our watch list. We wish it was on Netflix, but it’s definitely worth the few bucks on Amazon Instant Video.

  7. I Will Follow 


    Ava Duvernay (director of Selma) wrote, directed, and produced this film about a young woman mourning the loss of her aunt. Checking out her first narrative feature film on Netflix is the least we can do to honor the badass director post Oscar-snub.

  8. Blue is the Warmest Color


    15-year-old Adele is determined to fall in love, and when she meets a girl with blue hair on the street, her sexual awakening follows. The film was well-received critically, but received some negative feedback from audiences for its lengthy sex scenes. Watch it on Netflix and see what you think.

  9. Clueless


    Not that you need it, but we give you permission to indulge in this classic chick-flick about a rich girl failing her drivers test and sending herself flowers to get a guy. Clueless has its fair share of feminist undertones: it features supportive and sweet female friendships, nuanced portrayals of teenage sexuality, and lady characters with a level of depth we can appreciate. Streaming on Netflix.  

  10. The Women


    The 2008 version was playing on E! this weekend, but we recommend the original of this film starring Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, and Rosalind Russell. The comedy/drama follows the romantic drama of various interconnected women in 1930s Manhattan, and throughout the movie, not even one male is seen (though they are frequently discussed). Not streaming on Netflix, but you can rent it on Amazon Instant Video for a small price.

  11. The Fall


    This is a series, not a movie, but all that means is you get to spend 10 hours rather than two watching X-Files’ amazing Gillian Anderson hunt serial killer Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan) in Belfast, Ireland. We’re so excited about Anderson’s super feminist role as detective Stella Gibson, and if you haven’t started it yet, we’re willing to bet you will be too. Now’s your chance to binge-watch the first two seasons of the BBC show on Netflix. Let it snow!

Image c/o Univers-Felin

Tina Fey's New Netflix Show Stars Ellie Kemper—And It Looks SO GOOD

So many of our favorite shows in the last couple years have been released through Netflix (here's looking at you House of Cards and Orange is the New Black). But there's a new one on its way that we're literally squealing about  like happy newborn piglets.

Tina Fey paired up with the distributing channel to make Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, a show about a doomsday cult survivor—played by BUST fave Ellie Kemper—who begins life completely anew in NYC after being rescued from an Indiana apocalypse bunker.

The series, which was originally set to launch last fall on NBC until Netflix swooped in and picked it up for two seasons, features some other familiar comedic faces, including Jane Krakowski, Tituss Burgess, and even Horatio Sanz (yep, he is wearing a mariachi outfit and it is everything). Basically everyone who makes us laugh until it is acutely painful.

The only rough news? We're going to have to wait until 12:01AM PST on March 6th for the series to come out—but when it does, we'll have access to all 13 episodes at once. Huzzah!

Let the binge-watching countdown begin! In the meantime, the trailer (below) is not to be missed!

Image c/o Netflix

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