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Uh... Hold up: Frozen minimizes the importance of men? According to one guest on Fox News, it sure does: “Hollywood in general has often sent the message that men are superfluous, that they’re stupid, that they’re in the way,” says Penny Nance, CEO of Concerned Women for America, a coalition of conservative women. “The question for us as moms is when we bring our daughters to see 'Frozen'... we often have our little boys sitting there, and is this message helpful? We want them to know...
Need a new entertaining and socially conscious web series to obsess over? Look no further. Shugs & Fats, AKA writers and performers Nadia Manzoor and Radhika Vaz, have arrived. In this new series, two Hijabis take to the streets of NYC to “reconcile their long held cultural beliefs with their new life in ‘liberated’ Brooklyn.” Their first episode debuted on Monday and answers the age-old question: Can we judge people's beliefs by the way they look? The answers are in turn uplifting and insulting, well intentioned and ignorant....
While we’re definitely excited about plus-size model Ashley Graham’s presence in this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, we can’t help but find the victory bittersweet: Graham doesn't have her own spread in the magazine—she's featured in an ad, but that's it—and we're more than a little bummed that this level of exposure for a plus-size model is still breaking news in the first place. Not to discredit Graham’s major accomplishment. We love this lady and all she’s done to empower women: A cofounder of ALDA, Graham...
As we inch closer to February 14th, the sappy Valentine’s ads stack up by the dozen, with leading companies like Hallmark being the main culprits. Was this year any different? No—but we did get a sweet surprise this time. Hallmark’s newest ad campaign, “Put Your Heart To Paper”, includes a real-life biracial lesbian couple with a real-life message:   This wonderful ad is just one of many displays of inclusiveness aimed toward gay consumers in recent years. Huge businesses like Starbucks, Marriott, and Banana Republic have all released...
You've probably heard by now that renowned author Harper Lee will be publishing her second novel, Go Set a Watchman, this July. What you might not realize (because a lot of the Internet is getting it wrong) is that the book was not written recently—it was actually Lee's first novel, and the inspiration for her classic To Kill a Mockingbird.  Go Set a Watchman tells the story of the classic's protagonist, Scout, as an adult during the civil rights era. She returns home to Maycomb, Alabama from New York, and “is...