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Before Donald Trump had a Twitter account and Super PACS put political ads between every 10 minutes of The Daily Show, political campaigning  took another form: postcards and posters. And in the suffragette era,  many of these posters argued that women should not have the right to vote. It was actually difficult to narrow these down to only five, considering the many dozens of comically sexist yet regrettably authentic pieces of memorabilia from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but here’s a taste. We recommend a barf bag. 1. Read More
Liza Treyger is one of comedy's rising funny gals. Her smart jokes inspire tear-inducing laughs and sneak in commentary about social issues like feminism and sex education. Glittercheese, Liza's debut Comedy Central album, was released last August and is a compilation of more than six years worth of jokes. You might recognize Liza from the roundtable on Chelsea Lately or from Comedy Central's The Half Hour special. Read More
What is a witch? The term has morphed over time from wise woman and priestess to practitioner of the dark arts and enemy of Christianity. The witches of fairy tales embodied undesirable characteristics of womanhood like jealousy, ugliness, independence, and old age. We cannot help but notice the similar criteria for killing women in the witch trials of the Middle Ages and beyond. The majority of women accused and killed for witchcraft were older women, often single or widowed, who acted as healers and midwives for their communities. Read More
  Suffragette doesn’t come out until October 23, but it’s already earned enough press for five movies. There’s plenty of good press - early Oscar buzz for both Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter; praise for the rare existence of a movie directed by, written by and starring women; acknowledgement of the importance of learning about this seldom-told part of history. Read More
For some enlisted men, The War Between the States involved a struggle between two identities. Hidden among the ranks of both the Union and Confederate armies were women in disguise, who fought and died for the cause—or lived to tell their incredible stories. In May 1862, a young, grey-eyed, black-haired soldier was discharged from the 17th Ohio Infantry in Corinth, Mississippi, despite having served well since signing up soon after the Civil War began in 1861. The reason for the soldier’s rejection from the regiment? Regardless of the fact that Pvt. Read More
  During an interview with Time Out - promoting the movie Suffragette no less! - Meryl Streep responded with a negative when asked if she was a feminist.   “I’m a humanist, I am for nice easy balance,” she told the magazine, and a little piece of my heart died. When prominent female figures reject the label of feminist on the basis of being a humanist or for all people, it implies that feminism doesn’t fight for the equality of all people (which it does) and that a cohesive movement for women isn’t necessary (which it is). Read More
"On the day when it will be possible for woman to love not in her weakness but in strength, not to escape herself but to find herself, not to abase herself but to assert herself--on that day love will become for her, as for man, a source of life and not of mortal danger. In the meantime, love represents in its most touching form the curse that lies heavily upon woman confined in the feminine universe, woman mutilated, insufficient unto herself." -- Simone de Beauvoir Simone de Beauvoir's voice is a potent one. Read More
  It’s safe to say that artist and journalist Alexandra Penney is a bit of a feminist powerhouse. Not only did she create the iconic pink ribbon for breast cancer awareness, but her work has returned time and again to women’s issues, whether she’s serving at the helm of Self Magazine or making photographs of blowup sex dolls as commentary on women and objectification. Throughout her fine-art career, she has continued to revisit one other subject: flora. Read More
  How To Have A Feminist Wedding Think that feminism and marriage make an unlikely pairing? Think again. Sure, marriage has historically functioned as a transfer of female property between men, and Emma Goldman once implied that a wife is just a glorified prostitute. But while some feminists would like to see rights and privileges disassociated from the institution of marriage altogether, plenty of others choose to tie the knot on their own terms. Read More
Guess who’s back, back again? Bikini Kill is back – tell a friend (or five)! The OG riot grrrls are reissuing their Revolution Girl Style Now! album with unreleased titles including, “Playground” and “Ocean Song. Read More