artwork by Rosie Ranauro - Now that spring is finally here (wee!) there is plenty of warm weather ahead of us. But as much as I love the beautiful weather, I’ve always dreaded shorts season. Regardless of my size, I’ve never been able to wear short shorts or dresses without ending the day in immense pain. Why? Because the tops of my legs chafe.  The problem was so bad, that when I would go for a run,  the inside of my legs would be bleeding by the time I finished. Read More
  One of the biggest controversies recently surrounding the Tour de France has to do with Lance Armstrong and drug abuse by participants. But one major controversy surrounding the race is barely talked about: the lack of female participants. Actually, women aren’t even allowed to race in the Tour de France, so it’s less of an issue of participation and more of an issue of straight-up discrimination. Some women, such as Kathryn Bertine, SKN National Champion Cyclist and filmmaker, as well as many other professional female cyclists, are fed up with the lack of inclusion. Read More
Let’s take a poll: how many people have heard or seen comments along the lines of “so-and-so is fat and can’t a) find nice clothes b) get a boyfriend c) anything else? Lose weight!” Besides the ignorance, shaming, and stupidity of said statement, it might not be so easy for plus size women to exercise, and it might not be the reason you think. Everyone with Internet access has heard about the Abercrombie CEO who was quoted saying that they don’t carry larger sizes because fat people aren’t the “cool kids” A&F wants as their clientele. Read More
  What we seem to know about heterosexual relationships make us believe that women want to settle down, and men want to sleep around, right? We may want to rethink that. Two recent studies have determined that evolutionarily speaking, men benefit more from monogamy. By studying a variety of animals, the studies' authors found that while a female is certain that a child she births is her own, a male of the same species does not have that same certainty; from a biological and procreative aspect, it behooves men to be in a monogamous relationship to ensure the continuation of their lineage. Read More
This is LITERALLY the saddest news I’ve heard all week. As a huge Parks and Recreation fan, I’m bummed to hear that both Rashida Jones (Ann Perkins) and Rob Lowe (Chris Traeger) are leaving after 13 episodes into the next season. Jones, who has starred in the show since the pilot, spent the end of the last season trying to get pregnant with Lowe's character. Presumably, their on-again/off-again relationship and her potential pregnancy will be tied into their exit from the show, although both have become such major characters that it is hard to imagine the show without them. Read More
As the YA genre has risen in popularity in recent years, the number of female protagonists has also grown in both books and film. Besides the obvious awesomeness of this, it’s especially great for there to be strong female characters in books for younger teens. I remember having a hard time finding many books with girls as the main characters beyond anything written by Tamora Pierce when I was in middle school. (Not complaining, though. All her characters were kick-ass).  As is with politics, CEOs, and other high-ranking positions, the more female role models the better. Read More
  The Internet confuses me. On the one hand, I’ve found an amazing feminist community full of support and open-mindedness. On the other hand, trolls. It’s gotten to the point where I almost can’t read comments on articles out of fear of MRA (Men’s Rights Activists) doing their thing. Sure, free speech is important and everyone is entitled to one’s own opinion. But I simultaneously feel hope and disappointment in humanity the more I stay online. Read More
Let’s play a game. How many movies have you seen this summer? Okay, and how many of those movies have had female leads? Two female leads? If you answered very few, that’s not surprising. Data collected by Vulture shows that no more than 18% of films in 2013 have more than one woman in a co-starring role. Though this statistic is abysmal, it’s nothing new in the film industry. Though there have been tons of superhero blockbusters about male heroes, Hollywood has ignored most female figures. Read More
The LGBT community has made major strides in the last 10 years in terms of legal rights and social acceptance. Even the transgender community, the most often neglected letter of the acronym, has seen some major wins lately. People seem to finally start being able to wrap their head around the idea of a transsexual person-so long as they still up hold the dichotomy of male/female. But what happens when someone doesn’t fit in that box? If you’re confused as to what I’m talking about, don’t worry. Read More
What do Kourtney Kardashian, Miley Cyrus, and Fox and Friends host Gretchen Carlson all have in common? They're all some of the recurring characters played by actress and comedienne Vanessa Bayer on Saturday Night Live that never fail to make us laugh till it hurts. Bayer is a regular on SNL, but you’ve got a chance to see her off the screen and in real life at our 20th Anniversary Party! Bayer is a strong female role model for girls and women everywhere while the comedy scene remains highly male-dominated, and scoring a recurring spot on SNL is no easy feat. Read More