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Are you still secretly five years old? Do you enjoy buying a cool toy every once in awhile? Are you frustrated at the lack of equal gendered-representation in the pink vs. blue toy world? If so, meet Dr. Ellen Kooijman and the people behind the #WeWantLeia campaign. Thanks to them, we have a few more fun, gender equal toys for kids and kids-at-heart. Kooijman, a geochemist from Stockholm, has always loved the LEGO brand, but didn’t quite love the lack of stereotype-free female minifigures. Read More
On May 25th The Washington Post published an article by Ann Hornaday which cited movies like Judd Apatow's and Seth Rogan’s recent film “Neighbors” as feeding into the misogynistic culture that cultivates killers, like Elliot Rodger, who experience the conflicted “toxic double helix of insecurity and entitlement that comprises Hollywood’s DNA.”  Now, I enjoy your average Hollywood flick as much as the next girl, but I have to say, I see her point. Read More
You've heard of #YesAllWomen, but what about #AllMenCan? Elizabeth Plank dreamed up the heartening flip side to the #YesAllWomen coin. Searching through the #YesAllWomen tag, you'll find tweets detailing the hurtful minutiae of sexism which plague daily life as a female.    Since the #YesAllWomen posts have left me feeling like I've been dragged through the dirt, and the horrible related news stories piling up all over the web, I'm glad that #AllMenCan is here to pick me up and dust me off. Read More
The so-called feminist magazine, Playboy, recently published an article written by a dude who argued that Neko Case is, “too smart—and frankly too old—to be one of those shiny young pop starlets who sing about love with superficial life-or-death stakes."  Earth to everyone; she is not a commercial pop star. So, why compare her to the likes of Katy Perry or Beyoncé?     The problem with the article is that it places women into one generalized category. Read More
I love the band X. In the '70s and '80s, these California punk rock icons inspired many young people like myself, and I’ve always especially admired lead singer Exene Cervenka. But I noticed something distressing over the past few months. She's calling herself a “Conspiracy Therapist” on Twitter, writing some disturbing tweets, and posting videos like The Blunt Truth about The Trayvon Martin Case. (Which essentially complained that the uproar over that case belittled all the other terrible things happening in the world. Read More
Shortly after the news broke out that Elliot Rodger went on a shooting spree targeting young women who'd rejected his advances at UCSB, many outraged Twitter users responded with stories of their own—stories about assault, discrimination, and pain.  Given the history of Twitter activism, I wasn't surprised that the tragedy generated this much discussion. Since hashtags make Twitter uniquely equipped for organizing, it was pretty evident that the backlash against the shooting would come via hashtag. Read More
    Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, oh my! SO MUCH SOCIAL MEDIA DEDICATED TO BABIES! I don’t know about you, but if I see one more baby picture on my newsfeed I might just go crazy. For some reason, mothers feel the need to document EVERY LITTLE THING that their precious little larvae humans do (clearly, I’m the motherly type). Read More
M.I.A released an uncensored music video for her song “Double Bubble Trouble” off her 2013 LP Matangi. She directed the video herself, but let her fans know via Twitter that her label was holding up its release. Soon after the tweet, M.I.A took matters into her own hands and uploaded the video herself. Universal Music Group obviously did not okay this move and the video was blocked within minutes, as UMG cited copyright infringement.   A few angry tweets from supportive fans later and M.I.A’s “problems at the internet” seem to have been solved. Read More
Beyoncé is the definition of famous. She's loved and praised by pretty much everyone that walks the earth--well, that assuming The Beygency captures all the haters. And except for a recent incident involving her sister Solange and Jay Z, Queen B. has managed to keep her personal life out of the papers. In fact, she always seems to beat the paparazzi to the punch by either releasing a public statement, or spontaneously making a documentary about herself. Beyoncé's rabid fans revere her for her astounding singing/performing, her poise, and her ridiculous good looks. Read More
Retta, the comic powerhouse behind Parks and Rec’s indomitable Donna, schools us on everything from owning Twitter to surviving V-Day. If someone asks you who Retta is, and you reply “my imaginary best friend,” you’re pretty much in step with the rest of the world right now. The New Jersey native and hilarious triple threat (actor/comedian/trained opera singer) first became a household name with her portrayal of Donna Meagle, the uber-competent, luxury-loving, romance-adept Pawnee government employee on NBC’s long-running sitcom Parks and Recreation. Read More