The golden age of podcasting is upon us—everyone and their mother seems to want to host a digital radio show. But how can you compete with the nearly 300,000 podcasts currently listed in iTunes? As someone who’s produced both StoryCorps and the Moth Radio Hour, and is now Director of Audio at BuzzFeed, I can help. It’s going to take some doing to make your show stand out. And though the podcasting community is about as white and male as it could possibly be, more and more women and people of color are coming to the forefront, hosting smart, engaging shows. Read More
Recently, Glamour magazine held its 25th Women of the Year awards, honoring celebrities, politicians and everyday citizens including Reese Witherspoon, Misty Copeland, Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards, the women who lost loved ones at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church shooting in Charleston, and….Caitlyn Jenner. And unfortunately, there have been some transphobic reactions to Caitlyn Jenner’s win. Read More
These days, online privacy is a big deal. Everyone's worried about being hacked, spied on, companies following their every move, exes trying to ruin their reputation, and making mistakes that they can’t fix. Often, our privacy gets violated because no one warned us about what to look out for, or who not to trust. You wouldn’t give your ID to a random dude on the street—why give it to Facebook? One of the biggest problems we women face is that most websites and apps are not designed to safeguard us. We’re targets. Read More
  Today is the birthday of the classic actress Jean Seberg, born November 13, 1938, who starred in 34 films in both Hollywood and Paris before dying in 1979 at age 40. She’s known for her impressive entry into film as Joan, in the 1957 Saint Joan, when she was picked out of 18,000 women by director Otto Preminger. She is best know for her role as Patricia Franchini in Jean-Luc Godard's French New Wave film Breathless. Read More
“I can say that I'm not one of those people who likes to look back,” Ingrid Bergman’s eldest daughter, Pia Lindström, says on the phone before a special screening of the new documentary Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words. “I don’t really enjoy going back. I like to stay today and maybe tomorrow. There are people who seem to want to go back and hash out their childhood grievances or something, and I'm just not that person. I think things happen and we just move on. Read More
In honoring the classic holiday song originally performed by Frank Loesser – I really can’t stay…say, what’s in this drink? – the Bloomingdale’s 2015 holiday catalog features a well-dressed woman laughing, head thrown back, while a man, troubled that he's caught in the Friend Zone, watches her with intent. A phrase floats between them at eye level, giving illegal and terrifying holiday party advice: “Spike your best friend’s eggnog when they’re not looking. Read More
Take a time out from the turkey this year, and instead host a Thanksgiving dinner with a menu inspired by your favorite feminist icons We all know that today’s interpretation of the first Thanksgiving is kind of a sham—we’re pretty sure there was no congenial corn-cob sharing between the colonizing pilgrims and the Native Americans they persecuted. Read More
Drop everything you’re doing this instant. Margaret Cho just debuted her new single, "I want To Kill My Rapist", on PerezHilton. It is a brilliant revenge anthem for sexual assault survivors, featuring an army of women and girls training to hunt down and kill their rapists. Cho has always been bluntly open about her history with sexual assault and how critical it is to have a truly open dialogue about it. Watch her video here: On the importance of “cathartic rage,” Cho had this to say: “I do not condone violence but cathartic rage has its place in art. Read More
When genderfluid model/actor Ruby Rose hit the mainstream on Season Three of Orange is the New Black, the Internet exploded with lust, and the reverberations are still being felt months later. Her piercing eyes, edgy haircut, ample tattoos, and languid swagger have tingled the nether regions of nearly everyone with a Netflix account. Straight women everywhere announced online that they would “go gay” for the statuesque and Bieberesque Rose. And as expected, the LGBTQIA community reacted with Ye Olde Internet Outrage. Read More
  On the second floor of a house near Journal Square in Jersey City, Claire Caster sinks into a worn leather ottoman inside her living room. Still in her gym clothes, she drags her fingers lazily across the screen of her smartphone – encased in pink. The doorbell rings and she rises to answer it. Outside, a Buon Appetito deliveryman waits with an extra large pizza inside an insulated warming bag. This delivery – the sixth one this week – is part a social experiment that has resulted in an unexpected twist: sexual harassment. Two weeks ago Ms. Read More