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If you haven't heard by now, singer-songwriter Annie Lennox has called out fellow performer Beyoncé for not being a "true" feminist. In a September interview with PrideSource, Lennox stated:  “I would call [Beyoncé]  feminist lite… It's tokenistic to me. I mean she's a phenomenal artist... but I'd like to sit down (with her)... and hear what [she] truly think[s]. I see a lot of it as [artists] taking the word hostage and using it to promote themselves, but I don't think they necessarily represent wholeheartedly the depths of feminism... Read More
I just want everyone to exhale very loudly before discussing this topic.  On Monday, Salma Hayek was honored as a woman’s rights advocate at Equality Now’s Make Equality Reality event. Hayek also is the co-founder, alongside Beyoncé and Frida Giannini, of Chime for Change. This is a global campaign to convene, unite and strengthen the voices speaking out for girls and women around the world. But don’t call her a feminist! Hayek said, “I am not a feminist. Read More
Every year around this time, the feminist-osphere goes all to pieces about how many women's Halloween costumes are all about being sexy (sexy ebola nurse, anyone?), and how many more women will dress up as "sexy cat" this year than, say, Grumpy Cat. But while I'll admit that the sexy Halloween costume idea is a bit uninspired, I completely understand why women do it. I mean, who can blame them? Halloween is the only day of the year where no one can be slut-shamed. It's a slut-shaming free zone. On Halloween, everyone receives a "Get out of slut-shame free" card. Read More
Ione Gamble is a twenty-year-old journalist and self-proclaimed Winona Ryder wannabe, and she’s just added Editor-in-Chief to her resume. The London native launched her internet sensation Polyester Zine this fall, dedicated to celebrating “trash culture” and all things girly, proudly bearing the slogan “have faith in your own bad taste.” I caught up with Ione after her successful launch party and asked her a few questions on Polyester and what it takes to start your own zine. Read More
Ione Gamble is a twenty-year-old journalist and self-proclaimed Winona Ryder wannabe, and she’s just added Editor-in-Chief to her resume. The London native launched her internet sensation Polyester Zine this fall, dedicated to celebrating “trash culture” and all things girly, proudly bearing the slogan “have faith in your own bad taste.” I caught up with Ione after her successful launch party and asked her a few questions on Polyester and what it takes to start your own zine. Read More
“What’s more offensive- little girls saying 'fuck' or the fucking unequal and sexist way society treats girls and women?”  That’s the question posed during FCKH8’s video “Potty-Mouthed Princesses Drop F-Bombs for Feminism,” aiming to draw attention to words that should be more offensive to society than fuck- for instance: pay inequality and rape. FCKH8 is a for-profit advocacy t-shirt company that takes $5 from every t-shirt sold to benefit anti-sexism organizations and projects. 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
  My first encounter with the work of Chloe Fay Worth Smith came in the form of large mounted color print of a mattress stained with menstrual blood. In a group show at Sarah Lawrence College, the work was magnetic and alluring, its uncomfortable subject matter elevated by its aesthetic beauty. The vision, so ordinary in the context of girlhood humiliations, became unfamiliar through her lens, emerging like the mysterious remains of some remarkable event. The image remained emblazoned in my memory, alternately unnerving and liberating me from the abashment that stirred within. Read More
The New York Comic Con enforced a harassment policy this year, including the motto "Cosplay is Not Consent." The new rules stated that permission is needed to take a picture or in anyway interact with a cosplayer. Any harassment experienced can be immediately reported to any staff member through the office or the Comic Con App.   I spent a good part of my day interviewing attendees, mostly women, about how they feel about these rules, the Con this year, and about women in the industry and fan base. Read More
Anyone who has seen Aziz Ansari on Parks and Recreation knows that classic Tom Haverford smile, right? Well that was me after watching Aziz Ansari, who was featured in this feminist magazine, hilariously explain feminism on Late Night with David Letterman. Ansari tells “Late Night” host David Letterman that his girlfriend is a “big feminist” and she has influenced him. He simply explains, “To the people who didn’t clap I don’t believe you. Read More