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In celebration of the one-year anniversary of the Women’s March, March organizers have compiled Together We Rise, a definitive oral and visual history of the Women’s March on Washington. The book features exclusive interviews with Women’s March organizers, never-before-seen-photographs, and words from feminist activists. According to the Women’s March site, the book includes a series of essays authored by Jill Soloway, America Ferrera, Roxane Gay, Ilana Glazer, Elaine Welteroth, Jia Tolentino and more, as well as recollections from women who marched all over the world. The full-color book...
Rebecca Hall and Timothée Chalamet, stars of the upcoming Woody Allen film A Rainy Day in New York, have announced that they will donate their salaries to organizations that combat sexual assault. According to the Huffington Post, both actors expressed regret over working with Allen in the wake of child sexual abuse accusations made by the director’s adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow.   Their announcements follow co-star Griffin Newman’s decision to donate his salary from the film to charity. Griffin decided to donate his salary to RAINN, the Rape,...

    Yesterday, I read a piece in Babe. You know the one. The piece by Katie Way tells the story of a young woman, whom we know as Grace, who met Aziz Ansari, went on a date with him, and then engaged in sexual contact with him that was deeply uncomfortable and upsetting.The allegations against Ansari open up the next, harder, messier chapter in the #MeToo movement, one in which the vast majority of us are no longer able to simply say, "If you're not with us, you're against...
  Last year, five million people gathered on seven continents to join the Women’s March and support their mission: to end violence and support reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, worker’s rights, disability rights, immigrant rights and environmental justice. This year, there will be marches in DC, NYC, Chicago and hundreds of other locations. But they are all secondary to the Power to the Polls event in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday, January 21st. Nevada was chosen to host the event for many reasons, including that the state was home...
  In the same week that President Shithole tried (and failed) to negotiate a racist and bigoted immigration plan in an Oval Office meeting, an actually decent political figure decided to open his doors to LGBTQ folks in need. As reported by NPR, Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, India’s only openly gay prince, announced that he would open his palace doors to vulnerable LGBTQ people. Same-sex relations are illegal in India, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, and the country does not recognize same-sex marriage. Additionally,...
  Lydia Lunch, a musician, writer, and public speaker who emerged in the ’70s New York no-wave scene with her band Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, has always been known for her controversial statements and art on feminism, sex, and rebellion. Yesterday, in an interview with Tonya Hurley and Tracy Hurley Martin on the podcast Stories of Strange Women, Lunch made some divisive — and, at many points, unsettling — comments on the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. Lunch has been open about her past experiences with sex...
  Moira Donegan came out as the creator of the “Shitty Media Men” list in an essay she wrote for The Cut on Wednesday night. The list, created in October, was a Google spreadsheet for women to add names of the men working in media who sexually harassed or assaulted them, and to share their experiences of sexual harassment and assault perpetrated by male media figures. The intention of the list was so women could anonymously post these incidents to warn others while being protected from...
  In her Vogue cover story released on Wednesday, Serena Williams opened up about her marriage, her daughter, and the pregnancy complications that threatened her life. It’s both surprising and scary to hear that the U.S. has the highest rate of maternal mortality in the developed world. According to an article written by ProPublica, an estimated 700-900 women in the U.S. died from pregnancy-related issues in 2016, with black women dying at a rate more than triple that of white mothers. For Serena, her successful emergency C-section was...
  In a string of tweets, author Roxane Gay called out the Midwest Writers Workshop for not giving a woman a public-faciing position because of her size. In the tweets, she told a story of Sarah Holloway, a writer who has worked for MWW for five years. You can see her full response on Twitter or below:     In a field in which it would be expected that aesthetics and beauty standards would be insignificant, writers are still affected by and participate in fatphobia. For people who are unaware of...
  In a New York Times op-ed published yesterday, Lady Bird writer and director Greta Gerwig finally spoke up about Woody Allen, who she once called her “idol” and worked with in 2012. “If I had known then what I know now, I would not have acted in the film,” Gerwig said. “I have not worked for him again, and I will not work for him again.” Allen allegedly molested his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, at seven years old. Farrow first wrote about the abuse in 2014,...