on Aug 26, 2014
In my opinion, the popular 6-second video loop app Vine is a cesspool of transphobia, slut-shaming, cheap laughs and allowed the little twerp Nash Grier to be not only “famous” but to publicly shame women’s bodies and spread homophobia to 9.3 million followers. #gross
HOWEVER, upon doing a little research, I found that there are a ton of super cool feminist babes creating 6-second vines that smush the patriarchy and create more of a safe ... Read More
BY Hannah Baxter
on Aug 12, 2014
I don't remember the exact moment I discovered Tavi Gevinson's blog Style Rookie, only that I interpreted her shrines of teenage girlhood via Goody barrettes, Barbie clothes, Freaks and Geeks posters and Comme des Garcons ads as the work of a mastermind. A mastermind in Miu Miu pumps and granny shawls. I was in awe and continued to read her blog with a sort of feverish glee for years.
I wish I turned my Girl Scout patches into ... Read More
BY Lex Ellenthal
on Jul 11, 2014
My mother has been calling my father a feminist for a while now. I’ve been calling him subconsciously misogynistic for even longer. He makes jokes at the expense of women, tends to make unsolicited comments on women’s bodies, and has different expectations for his sons than he does for his daughters. Despite growing up with a very independent woman for a mother, having been married to my mother (who is a diehard feminist) for 20 years, and having ... Read More
BY Lex Ellenthal
on Jul 10, 2014
For those of you who don’t know, Tumblr is a fantastically fun place full of food, feminism, fandoms, and kittens! However, one thing Tumblr isespecially great for is allowing young artists to self-promote; they can post, share, and sell their work, all while having fun blogging. Other Tumblr users can enjoy what they blog and support their online friends by purchasing their products, be they books, paintings, custom stickers, or whatever else these ... Read More
Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, creators and stars of the webseries-turn-Comedy Central hit Broad City, are not so secretly feminist. Even just a quick google search for “Broad City feminist” yields pages of positive results.
So it should be no surprise to find that they definitely confirmed it in this Popsugar interview. “I would totally say I’m a feminist,” Jacobson says.
And unlike many celebrities, the two actually ... Read More
BY Amy Carlberg
on Jun 25, 2014
Moments after Jillian Weise left the stage of a poetry festival for which I volunteered, she pressed a copy of her recent poetry collection, The Book of Goodbyes, into my hands without payment. It's inscribed with one simple instruction: "Set the world on fire." It's a brilliant manifesto for a young woman of any discipline, and one that punches through every line of Weise's poetry. I asked her a few questions about new words, cyborgs, and burning the patriarchy ... Read More
BY Elle Brosh
on Jun 20, 2014
Once upon a time, beauty companies were telling women that their bodies weren't smooth enough, their faces clear enough, and their hair, shiny enough. However, after various body-positive movements in addition to all the feminist scholars critiquing the issue, companies have attempted to alter the explicit ways in which they enforce constant body surveillance. Now more recently, we are seeing women's beauty advertisements "praise" empowerment over body image. Take ... Read More
in Music Stuff
on Jun 10, 2014
Whether or not you give Alanis Morissette credit for producing ballad after ballad for just about every emotion a person could feel, for overcoming a major eating disorder in her late teens and later promoting eating disorder awareness, for that one time where she hosted the Juno awards in a nude leotard to comment on the era of censorship in our post-nipplegate society, or for kissing Carrie Bradshaw, Alanis Morissette is simply a goddess. Her new video for track ... Read More
BY Amy Carlberg
on May 20, 2014
The Maya Rudolph Show is like being kicked in the face with a sparkly tap shoe, and I want more.
Maya Rudolph, long-time former SNL cast member and star of the hit movie Bridesmaids, said in an interview with Seth Meyers, "Young folks have probably never experienced the joys of corny but wonderful but grand, feather boas and sparkles and people singing songs and telling corny jokes but guests dropping in and stopping by…" True, I don't think I have ... Read More
BY Andrea Stopa
on May 13, 2014
I think we can almost all agree that thinspo and its cousin fitspo (that tries to not be rude but still manages to be so rude) are both kind of the worst. The intense "no excuses" attitudes reflected by bold fonts saying something aggressive over images of impossibly thin women sweating, is just annoying, not to mention dangerously supportive of negative self-talk, detrimental to self-love, and just bottom line not what we need to see or hear. There is enough ... Read More