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  On November 28, adult film star Stoya took to Twitter to publicly accuse fellow adult film star and her ex-boyfriend James Deen of rape. Here are Stoya's tweets: That thing where you log in to the internet for a second and see people idolizing the guy who raped you as a feminist. That thing sucks. — Stoya (@stoya) November 28, 2015 James Deen held me down and fucked me while I said no, stop, used my safeword. I just can't nod and smile when people bring him up anymore. Read More
What happens when you really want to form a groundbreaking band with your friends, but don’t yet know how to play your instruments? In the case of New York’s all-female mariachi band Flor de Toloache, your band practices a lot—busking in the subway and near Times Square—until you all get really, really good. Founded in 2008, Flor de Toloache has a distinct and beautiful sound, fusing R&B, hip-hop, jazz, salsa, and soul influences with a traditionally Mexican format not usually known for including women. Read More
From left to right: Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Haudenosaunee woman, Matilda Joslyn Gage Where did early suffragists ever get the idea that women should have the same rights as men? The answer may be in their own backyards—in the egalitarian society created by Native Americans "One day, a [Native American] woman gave away a fine quality horse.” The audience of women’s rights activists listened attentively as ethnographer Alice Fletcher addressed the first International Council of Women. The scene was Washington, D.C. The date was March 1888. Read More
  Hey, did you know it's International Men's Day today?  Your optimism is cute, dear reader, but no--International Men's Day is not a day when we get to sit on satin pillows, eat cupcakes, and discuss the atrocities men have wreaked upon our lives. It's not a day where we sit around objectifying them, either.  International Men's Day is actually a bonafide day to celebrate men. Read More
“the thing about writing is / i can’t tell if it’s healing / or destroying me,” Rupi Kaur writes in her debut book of poetry, Milk and Honey. It’s a complete poem in its own - one of many micro-poems in the book, shorter than tweets but packed with power. Read More
Can horror films be feminist? Filmmaker Rémy Bennett answers.  Someone recently asked me, “Can I be a horror movie fan and a feminist at the same time?”  My first thought was well yeah of course, you can be whatever the fuck you want to be…and ALSO be a feminist. And my second thought was that horror is actually pretty synonymous with feminism when you look back at the classics. The genre tends to get a bad rap for representing women in degrading ways, but conversely this is something I see across the board in the majority of other kinds of films out there. Read More
Take a time out from the turkey this year, and instead host a Thanksgiving dinner with a menu inspired by your favorite feminist icons We all know that today’s interpretation of the first Thanksgiving is kind of a sham—we’re pretty sure there was no congenial corn-cob sharing between the colonizing pilgrims and the Native Americans they persecuted. Read More
  Instead of listening to music, or binge-watching Aziz Ansari's new show on Netflix, take a a little break to get inspired today with these feminist TED Talks by both men and women. From self-esteem to female genital mutilation, hearing about people's experiences and taking in different ideas are great ways to get motivated to make a difference in your community. Plus, it's always a good time to  collect more reasons to be a feminist–am I right?   1. Read More
It isn’t going to come as a galloping shock to anyone that men outnumber women in most positions of power from politics to STEM to the media and Hollyood. As part of their November Feminism issue, Elle UK launched a #MoreWomen campaign. In a 45-second video set to an infectious beat, “Get Your Way” by new singer Zilla, Elle UK has Photoshopped out the men in images of groups of powerful figures. Left standing (or sitting) is usually one woman, occasionally two or three. Read More
A lot of kids today get flack for living their lives out loud on social media, but millennial posts are not all frivolous, silly, or pointless. Sometimes young people use social media to make some important points and speak up about real issues they face in a way that no other generation has been able to do. In this way, social media is actually pretty cool - it gets people to LISTEN UP. On Oct. 27, Carey Burgess, a senior at Beaufort High School, posted on Facebook about a dress code incident in which she had been involved. Read More