Once upon a time, Disney never stopped being problematic. Linguists Carmen Fought and Karen Eisenhauer have been working on a study that analyzes the dialogue in Disney movies in order to determine the verbal equality between male and female characters and to determine whether or not it plays a major role in the lives of children who view them. The study has already found that around 70% of all dialogue spoken in most Disney princess movies is by male characters.
Singer/songwriter Anya Marina has been quietly releasing some of indie rock’s best tracks for years. Her fourth full-length album, Paper Plane, is full of the same witty lyrics, accessible pop hooks, and images of a complicated woman’s life that have made her songs favorites of music supervisors in TV and film. This time, Marina focuses on romantic relationships; “Shut Up” is a slow burn about an unlikely hook-up, and the energetic “Ordinary Dude” is about a turning point in a relationship, with nicely contrasting vocals from Eric Hutchinson.
In the 1920s and 30s, Joséphine Baker was an international superstar, known for her daring dances and exotic costumes. But during World War II she performed her greatest role yet: Spy. Onstage at the Casino de Paris, Joséphine Baker stretched her arms out toward the expanse of pale faces staring up at her as she sang. By now, the African-American expat superstar had grown used to performing for white crowds across Europe, but in 1939, the audience was changing.
The Crave Vesper Size: golf pencil Shape: that pen that Joan from Mad Men wears around her neck/between her boobs Sound: Katniss Everdeen’s arrow Strength: va-va voom Satisfaction: gaspin’ O Pairs with: a vesper, Bond-style, duh I was really, really excited about the Vesper when I saw it online, because it’s also a necklace, which seems so SEXY and DANGEROUS and SOPHISTICATED to me (so I can wear it over my pajamas as I drink Franzia Crisp White from a plastic camping mug, alone).
What happens when a songwriter pens a tune for a client, but it gets rejected? Does it get wadded up and tossed in the trash? Or does the writer sing it herself? The latter approach is Sia’s solution on her new album, This Is Acting: every song but one was originally written for another artist.Sia’s side-business of writing hits for pop stars like Rihanna and Beyoncé is well known. After a successful alternative pop career, Sia took a break from being a singer to write hits (or, more accurately, co-write them) for others.
Selma director Ava DuVernay, via Instagram A year ago, I decided to start writing about female-directed films.In a time when multiple research organizations are informing women how dismal the statistics are for women in Hollywood and when the number of female directed films recognized during awards season is so low it's almost negative, it is important to remind young women about the work that is being produced.Meet my series, "52 Weeks of Directors." Each week, I'll highlight a different talented director who just so happens to be a woman.
With TV comedies like Difficult People, The Comeback, OITNB, and Nurse Jackie racking up praise and awards in recent seasons, women who are “not here to make friends” are definitely having a cultural moment. This trend has also been going strong in literary fiction, and 2015 was an especially great year for novels about women who do what they want without apology.  As a reader, I’ve learned that good fiction about “bad” women penetrates my psyche in a way that no self-help book can.
In 1944 the kind people at Modess wanted women to know getting their periods was totally normal, nothing to get your womanly head “excited or nervous” about, a neccessary step on your way to baby-making town, and most of all keep fucking smiling.  Growing up and Liking it! (posted by Print) is 30% an informational pamphlet for young women and 70% an ad for “super-soft snowy-white Modess Sanitary Napkins.
Known all over the world as “The Empress of the Blues,” singer Bessie Smith made an indelible impression on American music in the 1920s and ’30s. Think you know what made Smith so legit? Then take the quiz! There is some debate over whether Bessie was born in 1892 or 1894 in _________. a. New Orleans, LA b. Chattanooga, TN c. Reno, NV d. Atlanta, GA By the time she was nine, Bessie’s_____ had died. a. mother and father b. mother and brother c. father and brother d. mother, father, and brother Around 1913, Bessie began developing her act with help from what blues legend? a.
Judging you Barbara Millicent Roberts has come along way from her original blonde hair blue eyed shifty af resting bitch-face look of 1959.  It turns out the real reason she looked like that, was her way of throwing shade at the doll makers for not being an accurate representation of women. After 58 years, Mattel plans to change that by introducing three new Barbie body types that come in tall, petite, and curvy.