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There comes a time in moments of crisis when we need to just sit back and listen. Sometimes this request comes from a partner, a mother or a sister, but right now it’s coming from women worldwide. Al Jazeera reported recently that women from South Africa to Japan and the United States are demanding a diverse approach to feminism, or a fight for feminism that represents women of all cultural backgrounds. The hashtag #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen was developed by ... Read More
Some people really have a problem with referring to him- or herself as a feminist. Generally, even if someone still believes in gender equality, they still tend to get defensive when someone calls them a feminist. This is clear in first segment of an article published in the Guardian written by a man who, when asked by a fellow journalist to answer some questions about male feminism, agreed to speak, but was adamant about not being labeled a “feminist." He ... Read More
You might be familiar with the colorful  lucha libre masks and the fighters that wear them. Luchadores, professional Mexican wrestlers, are real-life superheroes, even if in costume only. But not so many of us know about the babes in the ring who mirror them - las luchadoras. A documentary by journalist Marta Franco called "Las Luchadoras" exposes the flip side of Mexican wrestling and its powerful female fighters competing for space in a very traditional ... Read More
Dame Helen Mirren knows sexism. The 67-year-old, Oscar-Winning actress got her start in film adaptations of Shakespeare plays, but says that gender relations back then were no better than in the time of the Bard. “The ‘60s and ‘70s were pretty ghastly, I think,” said Mirren in an interview with the Daily Mail.  “And into the ‘80s, as an actress, you would be the only female on set, apart from the continuity person, who was ... Read More
If you're desperately clinging to your childhood like me, then try not to freak out. Pop girl group Momoiro Clover Z just confirmed at a Sailor Moon 20th anniversary event that the long overdue brand new Sailor Moon series is supposed to debut this winter. Oh. My. Grosh. First of all, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, SAILOR MOON! You could practically be twinsies with us!  Looking forward to seeing these ladies again. Well, maybe not Chibi Moon so much. Second of ... Read More
Are you a feminist, a woman, a filmmaker, or a combination of all three? The London Feminist Film Festival is putting out an open call for submissions for their second-annual festival. Their website states that “women directors from all countries may enter” and that films should be “feminist in their representation of women” or “deal with feminist issues.” Last year, over 1,000 people came out to the festival to watch films like ... Read More
  I would say I’m a feminist because I believe in choice and equality. Yes, that includes the choice of whether to shave or not to shave. And there's no doubt this situation gets a little...prickly. Certainly some of us just like it. But a question mark remains on whether we like it because it makes us feel good, or if social constructs have convinced us that having a clean, plastic-like exterior should make us feel good. Is there any ... Read More
  The Internet confuses me. On the one hand, I’ve found an amazing feminist community full of support and open-mindedness. On the other hand, trolls. It’s gotten to the point where I almost can’t read comments on articles out of fear of MRA (Men’s Rights Activists) doing their thing. Sure, free speech is important and everyone is entitled to one’s own opinion. But I simultaneously feel hope and disappointment in humanity the more ... Read More
What’s in a name? Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet were able to forsake their last names for love. But Romeo and Juliet were idiots. What does it actually mean, in a 21st century context, to trade in your last name for your spouse’s? According to a new study (conducted by observing Facebook analytics, of all things) about a third of women who marry in their 20's choose to retain their original last name. This is a considerably larger ... Read More
I grew up in a very conservative home—so conservative we didn’t have regular playing cards till I was a teenager. No joke. We played Rook, and we used Rook cards.  It wasn’t till college that I owned my own deck of playing cards. I know. Wow. Yeah. I have some catching up to do. Also, there’s a lot I need to learn about awesome women in music (if I didn’t have playing cards, you know I didn’t listen to Joan Jett. Yes, I ... Read More