It was just last week that TIME Magazine issued a poll to its readers asking what word they would most like to ban in the year 2015. Included in the list were words like “bae” “kale” ... and “feminist.” It was just ten seconds after that, that the Internet rightfully lost its shit. Read More
Well, looks like we weren't the only ones that thought even suggesting a ban on the word feminist was inconceivable…
Anne Theriault, a Canadian journalist, was just as fired up. In 140 characters inspired by The Princess Bride, she launched the greatest meme of 2014. Enjoy the origin story and our ten favorite iterations of #feministprincessbride.
Having @time include feminist on their words to ban list makes me want to say it even more, like a petulant child. Feminist, FEMINIST. Read More
BY Mariana Garces
on Nov 05, 2014
Have you ever wondered how texting might have changed the dialogue in Les Misérables? Mallory Ortberg, cofounder of The Toast (only the funniest website written by and for ladies) and all around reigning queen of Twitter, has taken this idea and ran with it. Texts from Jane Eyre (Henry Holt Nov. 4 2014) is the beautiful result: a collection of the best imagined conversations with all the characters from the literary classics. Read More
Writer Amanda Hess recently sat down with Mike Pesca of The Gist to discuss the influx of males that are now labeling themselves as advocates for gender equality (#Heforshe), Aziz Ansari and why everything in the world is just so damn complicated.
Ansari’s recent declaration of feminism on The Late Show with Dave Letterman was a prominent talking point during the podcast. If you missed it, in-between typical talk-show anecdotes and Beyoncé references, Ansari defined a feminist as, “someone who believes men and women have equal rights. Read More
BY Julia Zdrojewski
on Oct 16, 2014
This week the gaming community received national attention as the heated debate known as “Gamergate” exploded with explicit threats of rape and murder to various feminist critics.
What is Gamergate? Essentially, it is an online debate concerning journalistic ethnics, the gaming press and the social responsibility that games may or may not have, but it is also deeply ingrained with issues of sexism, misogyny and threats of violence. Read More
BY Mariana Garces
on Oct 08, 2014
You probably recognize In Other Words as the feminist bookstore from Portlandia where Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein play finicky shop owners Candice and Toni. But they need our help! It's already hard enough being an independent bookstore these days, even harder when you are a non-profit, volunteer-run operation. See the video below to learn more about the crucial role In Other Words plays in the Portland community.
The shop has served as a feminist community resource center since 1993, that also hosts educational and cultural events for the public. Read More
BY Samantha Albala
on Sep 25, 2014
Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty by Christine Heppermann was just published this week so now I can hold it in my arms and sing and dance out of joy! Heppermann is no stranger to the book world, she is a long time reviewer and this is her second book, first of poetry. Although this YA poetry book is listed for ages 14 and up, it appeals to a greater mass of readers because it retells some of our favorite sexist and poorly cast fairytales, but also because it adds modern perspectives that help to remove a lot of the outdated “Princess” tropes. Read More
BY Jackie Leahy
on Sep 04, 2014
A friend introduced me to Jessica Lanyadoo's horoscopes about a year ago and Jessica's insight keeps drawing me back!
There's no doubt Jessica Lanyadoo is a force to be reckoned with. Her intuitive abilities have attracted clients from all over the world to her San Francisco-based practice. She's been featured on CBS 5 and worked as the Astrology columnist for Martha Stewart's Body and Soul Magazine Whole Living, and for The San Francisco Bay Guardian, which has over 100,000 weekly readers. Read More
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 space for women on vine.
Here are my top 12 and be sure to follow these babes (and dude)!
1. eh Feminist
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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 something this rad. Read More