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As a child, Jennifer Kent says she put on her first play at age seven. She wrote stories and in her late teens, chose acting as her career path. As an adult, Kent enjoys visceral cinema. “I like films where I’m forced to feel something. I want to be put through something.” After an acting career with roles in Australian TV series like Murder Call and All Saints, she grew bored telling other people’s stories and decided to go back to writing her own. “Writing was...
  The Washington Post's Express magazine today made the upcoming Women’s March on Washington their cover story, with an illustration of the march’s participants forming a powerful symbol. The only problem? The cover showed the male symbol instead of the female one.  The embarrassing mistake was caught by plenty of readers/tweeters, many of whom took to social media to spotlight the publication for their slip up. Facepalm.   Express was quick to make a statement in response, saying "We made a mistake on our cover this morning and we're very embarrassed," and adding that...
If you’ve gone to a movie in the past few months, you’ve probably seen the trailer for the movie Passengers, which is being marketed as a romance set in space. Chris Pratt’s character and Jennifer Lawrence’s character are in suspended animation in a rocketship on their way to a new planet when they wake up early and proceed to fall in love and save the day. However, there’s a twist: Pratt’s character wakes up first, and then decides to force Lawrence’s character out of her suspended animation...
In an age of mansplaining, misogyny, and a sexist buffoon about to take office, women’s voices, and voices of all marginalized populations, need amplification and bolstering. So I was thrilled when I got my hands on a copy ofWaveform: Twenty-First-Century Essays by Women, edited by Marcia Aldrich. The collection comprises new and previously published essays by such literary stars as Cheryl Strayed, Eula Biss, Roxane Gay, Margo Jefferson, Meghan Daum, Leslie Jamison, as well as lesser known female essayists like Kyoko Mori, Neela Vaswani, and...
Conservative legislatures are back at it again trying to control women’s bodies by preventing them from having abortions. Ohio and Texas have had some of the most visible legislative battles. The anti-choice movement seems to have renewed momentum despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling this summer that Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers (or TRAP laws) are unconstitutional in Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt. Prior to ruling from SCOTUS, TRAP laws were so prevalent in Texas that by March 2016, there were only 10 operating abortion...