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  At the presentation of the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lifetime Achievement Award to the iconic Catharine MacKinnon, a woman asked the following question: I worry about the future generation of feminists; should they really be watching Beyoncé suggestively dancing? MacKinnon gracefully responded that feminist pop culture must evolve as the patriarchy adapts, and that’s the kind of work Beyoncé engages in. The singer’s achievements and messages of female empowerment have been vast… and mostly ignored or cast aside by academia. Until now. Read More
In the past, Pantene has had some pretty fabulous commercials (did anyone else tear up at the one about the violinist?) but their latest takes the cake.  The clip focuses on men and women who are living and working on parallel paths. While the men are praised for their dedication and ingenuity, the women are perceived negatively for the same actions. Read More
It's 2013--by now, we should have the cure for cancer, hoverboards, and all be dressing like Zenon. Instead, we remain entrenched in the archaic days of attempting to disprove a woman's argument by calling her "fat."  The Representation Project compiled a supercut of advertising, television, music, and news to reveal just how pervasive this mentality is in every media outlet  imaginable. Though the video also takes time to commend the strides made toward equal representation, the clear truth is that women are still being used as props, sexual objects, and male ego-boosters. Read More
Topman, an offshoot of the internationally renowned clothing line Topshop, is sponsoring a female blogger for the first time in its 35 year history.  Sonny Oram, founder of Qwear, identifies as a queer female whose wardrobe consists of menswear. Topman announced their new sponsorship in an interview with Oram, where she discussed how gender identity and sexuality helped inform her style.  She details how she prefers clothes that will hide her curves, but she shies away from the term “androgynous. Read More
J. Crew recently released a product for girls that has received some criticism: an apron. While boys are offered toys like “Boys’ Ridley’s Magic Tricks” or “Kid’s Color Block Notebook,” girls are not offered any toys at all. Instead, girls are offered nail polish and an apron. Redditer Miffy88 started the discussion on the product. While many children might want an apron, J. Crew discouragingly only suggests it to girls. Read More
  The Greek photographer Penelope Koliopoulou is tired of seeing romantic comedies that end as soon as the main couple gets together. From her yearning for more complex representations of intimacy, she created Self Portraits, a series of staged narratives in which she plays both the male and the female involved in a heterosexual relationship. Read More
  While searching for a temp job, the artist Coco Layne shaved the sides of her head. Soon after, she got an interview with a conservative clothing company. She wore a wig to conceal her unusual hairstyle. To fit in at work, she parted her hair in a more “feminine” way, covering the shaved areas of her head; she wore makeup.    She documented the transition in her gender presentation on film. Read More
It’s only been a few weeks since veteran Saturday Night Live player Kenan Thompson made a statement regarding the lack of African-American women in SNL's cast. This issue is something that has been largely un-addressed since Maya Rudolph's 2007 departure from the sketch comedy show. Should we be ashamed we've let that slip for the last six years? Probably. But there are people who want a better answer than that.  Online civil rights organization, colorofchange. Read More
  Elliot Sailors had a successful career as a female model with Ford agency until she hit thirty. Facing a dramatic decrease in job offers, many models are forced to shift gears as they age. But instead of turning to behind the scenes fashion work or hosting shows like America’s Next Top Model, Sailors pursued a career as a male model.    To make herself appear more conventionally masculine, she binds her chest, cuts her hair, and highlights her jaw. Read More
  The other day I was listening to an old episode of This American Life with Ira Glass called “Testosterone.” In one story, a transgender male feminist explained how his eyes uncontrollably wandered to female bodies when he took testosterone. He was heartbroken by the fact that he spent more time looking at chests than faces. Read More