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Much like any embarrassing teenage memory, a 10-minute-long animation made by Disney in 1946 titled "The Story of Menstruation" has resurfaced on the internet.  Surprisingly, for the time, Disney got a lot of stuff right. At first I felt a little cheated, because I don’t remember much from the school-sanctioned reproductive health talk back in the third grade. I just remember the boys being escorted out the class and the girls watching a very boring video telling us we’d get a period soon. They gave us...
  It turns out working at Google isn’t just nap pods, free food, and coding. This weekend, an anti-diversity manifesto written by a senior software engineer went internally — and then externally — viral. The 10-page document, titled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber," argues against the company’s diversity efforts with nonsensical, absurd and outrightly offensive claims, like trying to explain that women are underrepresented in the tech world because they're not biologically wired for it, or how harmful and suppressing  “politically correct monoculture” is. The document was met...
Increasingly, women are looking at mortality through a feminist lens, treating the way we die as an act of empowerment and resistance, and creating what has become known as the “death positive movement.” In 2008, in a hard-to-find alleyway in Brooklyn, The Morbid Anatomy Library opened. The small room full of medical specimens, taxidermy, and books about death and mourning, was a labor of love for founder Joanna Ebenstein, who wanted to share her collection with like-minded people. The lectures she began hosting in an adjacent...
The BBC has a badass and informative video series called Things Not To Say. in which they address stereotypical statements toward groups of people that commonly experience discrimination. Because people hear the same shit all the time as they deal with other people’s lack of understanding, fear, and animosity. Some questions and statements are welcome and stem from genuine curiosity, but sometimes they’re just ignorant or even hateful. Groups that have previously been featured are people with schizophrenia, sex workers, and people who have been sexually assaulted....
I was naive. Before I experienced overt sexism from both men and women in the workplace, I wasn’t prepared for the possibility that women would work — and work hard — to cut each other down. I wasn’t prepared for the possibility that the women in my office — and the men, too — would not only not support me, but that they would work against me and the other women I worked with. I should have been. I recognize the privilege inherent in not being prepared. It...
Ali Vingiano is a feminist writer, filmmaker, and video producer who's created dozens of videos, both funny and serious, for Buzzfeed, Glamour, and other channels, tackling topics like abortion, unhealthy relationships, and assault. Her work has been viewed over 400 million times (goddamn), and "EXES," her short film about running into your ex that's real AF, was named as a Vimeo Staff Pick and played at festivals all around the globe. So when we watched her latest video, “Are Women Equal?”, we weren’t surprised that...
Jeanne Moreau, French actress, singer, screenwriter, and director, died yesterday, July 31, in Paris at 89. She leaves behind a legacy of revolutionary independence, rebellion, and sexuality. In the 1960s, Moreau became the face of the French New Wave movement, which was characterized by the rejection of traditional filmmaking and a breakaway from conservative religious and political views, and she perfectly pioneered the transition to a new type of actress the critic Ginette Vicindeau described as "beautiful, but in a kind of natural way; sexy, but intellectual at...
Today, July 31st, is Black Women’s Equal Pay Day. Seven months have passed in 2017 so far, and the reason that today is Black Women’s Equal Pay Day is significant. To make the same money as their white, male counterparts in 2016, black women had to work seven more months into 2017. The wage gap between genders is impossible to deny at this point, but the divide between women of color versus white men is even worse. According to the Economic Policy Institute, “In all...
Late last night, Republicans rushed the so-called “Skinny Repeal” to vote. The “Skinny Repeal,” as you likely know, would have repealed vital parts of the Affordable Care Act and leave 16 million more people uninsured, according to the Washington Post. Politico writes that the vote “collapsed in dramatic fashion early Friday morning,” thanks to three Republicans who voted against the bill: Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Sen. John McCain of Arizona. At 1:29am, the final vote was 49-51. McCain was the...
Amidst yet another clusterfuck of a day brought to us by a series of tweets from Trump, a retired Navy SEAL hero, who is also transgender, spoke out. “Let's meet face to face and you tell me I'm not worthy,” Kristin Beck told Business Insider yesterday. “Transgender doesn't matter. Do your service.” Kristin Beck served as a Navy SEAL for twenty years. She served with not just one special counterterrorism unit, Team 6, but also with Team 1 and 5. She deployed 13 times, in Iraq, Afghanistan, and...