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Feminism

Imagine being privy to conversations with some of the most interesting people in the world. This is basically what The New York Times does with its “TimesTalks” events, where luminary figures sit on a stage and talk, guided by an interviewer. And we get to watch. The most recent TimesTalk was a dialogue between legendary activist Professor Angela Davis and the co-founder of Black Lives Matter, Patrisse Khan-Cullors, with Melissa Harris-Perry interviewing. Patrisse spoke for everyone in the audience when she began to answer the first...
Amy Poehler Fights For Gun Control on Twitter After CNN’s town hall in Florida yesterday, the NRA tweeted at spokeswoman Dana Loesch with a Leslie Knope GIF. The amazing team behind Parks and Recreation immediately intervened. “Hi, please take this down. I would prefer you not use a GIF from a show I worked on to promote your pro-slaughter agenda,” wrote creator Michael Schur. He added, “Amy isn’t on Twitter, but she texted me a message: 'Can you tweet the NRA for me and tell them...
Yesterday, comedian Michael Ian Black published an op-ed in The New York Times about a disturbing pattern in the increasingly common school shootings in the United States: they are almost all perpetrated by boys and men. Black had posted a thread on Twitter immediately after news of the shooting in Parkland, Florida broke on February 14th, beginning with the tweet: “Deeper even than the gun problem is this: boys are broken.” He went on to describe how toxic masculinity (aka the socially constructed belief that men,...

Feeling like you didn’t consent to having Helvetica glut your resume? Think that Cambria looks oppressingly bourgeois? Sense that Times New Roman is outdated, like patriarchal values? Still want to put some pizzazz on your page, but conclude that Comic Sans doesn’t represent your feminist agenda? Female artists in the font and lettering industry are feeling similarly suffocated, and some are looking to tackle issues of gender discrimination and inequality in design. Although in the U.S. more women than men attend art school, men still hold the...
In a BuzzFeed interview published yesterday, Natalie Portman expressed regret for having signed the petition to release Roman Polanski from police detention in 2009. “I made a mistake,” Portman said. “I take responsibility for not thinking about it enough.” Polanski fled to Europe in 1978 to avoid a 50-year sentence after being arrested for the rape of a 13-year-old girl. When he was finally detained in Switzerland in 2009, Polanski had been living and working in Paris for over 30 years and was traveling to Zurich...
Who Run for Congress? Girls! Women have had enough and are running for office. NPR reports that more twice as many women are running for Congress in 2018 than did in 2016. 431 women are running for the House and 50 women are running for the Senate, and there’s still time left to throw your hat in the ring before filing deadlines if you want to up that number. Gun Control Survivors of the Pulse Nightclub shooting are standing in support of the Parkland School shooting survivors. CBS...
On February 7, Weight Watchers announced that they would offer free memberships to teens aged 13-17 this summer. Alone at my computer, I winced. I was 17 when I joined Weight Watchers. It was 2005. My mom offered to pay for their then new option of online only membership. I was too mortified to show my face at an actual in-person meeting, so getting to plug in my “points” from the privacy of my desktop — this was pre-smartphone era — was ideal. In...
A governess occupied a unique position in a Victorian household. She was neither servant, nor family member. She existed in a sort of in-between world which often left her feeling isolated and alone. To combat this, the young governess was advised to cultivate a tolerance for solitude. Author Susan Ridout addresses this in her somewhat depressing nineteenth century book of advice, Letters to a Young Governess on the Principles of Education and Other Subjects Connected with Her Duties (1840): “Consider therefore, before you enter a family, how far...
Michelle Obama Praises Black Panther More proof that everyone loved Black Panther. Former First Lady (though still the first lady of our hearts) Michelle Obama tweeted a congratulations to the Black Panther team, along with a mini review. Read more on Vanity Fair. Terry Crews Writes Essay On Black Representation And Black Panther Actor, activist, and incredible human being Terry Crews wrote a piece on what Black Panther means for black representation for USA Today. He reflects on his own experience growing up and seeing only white superheroes on the...
  Elana Meyers Taylor is a badass on a bobsled. Coming into the Pyeongchang Olympics, she'd already won four gold medals at world championships — not to mention a bronze in Vancouver and a silver in Sochi. Tomorrow, she will pilot a two-man bobsled alongside teammate Lauren Gibbs, and the duo is a favorite to win the gold. But when she’s not racing at 100mph (or pushing around 3,500lb SUVs to train), Meyers Taylor is a fierce advocate for gender equality. In 2014, she made headlines alongside...