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I have a confession to make: I really don’t care about Eddie Redmayne. I know that this may upset some people: Fans either love him (for performances like The Theory of Everything) or hate him (for Jupiter Ascending). Whatever their opinions, a lot of people have really strong feelings about him. For me, he’s rice pudding: Wobbly and pasty and too sweet, but if it’s the only dessert option, yeah, sure, whatever. So when I walked into The Danish Girl, it would be fair to say that I was preparing to be underwhelmed. Read More
An American living in Paris tells her story: I’m going to start by stating the most immediate and obvious thing: I am lucky. I wasn’t hurt in the terrorist attacks in Paris 11/13/15. No one I know intimately was hurt or killed. I wanted to write about my experience, albeit a quiet and very fortunate one because I learned something important. Read More
Suicide is historically burdened with the tenacious stigma of being “taboo”—a label that once meant the conversation was not suitable for mixed company (or any company) and should be quarantined to the likes of medical professionals. As talking openly has become inextricable from progress, this dated label has gone the way of matrimonial twin beds. No conversation is out-of-bounds anymore. Now when we say “taboo,” we mean to point out that our persistent reluctance has become a detrimental hindrance to growth. To be fair, suicide is complicated and heavy and sad. 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
  On the second floor of a house near Journal Square in Jersey City, Claire Caster sinks into a worn leather ottoman inside her living room. Still in her gym clothes, she drags her fingers lazily across the screen of her smartphone – encased in pink. The doorbell rings and she rises to answer it. Outside, a Buon Appetito deliveryman waits with an extra large pizza inside an insulated warming bag. This delivery – the sixth one this week – is part a social experiment that has resulted in an unexpected twist: sexual harassment. Two weeks ago Ms. Read More
  According to the CDC, over 20% of American women ages 14-49 have genital herpes. Ella Dawson tells teenage girls how to fight the stigma. I remember the first time I was ever called a whore. I had just turned fifteen and this boy, this arrogant little fucker, was angry because I had “broken up” with him after one movie date in order to ask out someone cuter. Our group of friends was walking to the gas station after school to buy gigantic fountain sodas, and he just said it. Whore. I don’t even remember why. Read More
Last week, I attended an event whose proverbial goody bag was an egg discount. No, not the chocolate kind Cadbury makes or the ones you scramble. Rather, I was gifted with a discount to help me afford insuring my fertility. A mixture of talks, open Q and A and mingling, the event was hosted by Dreamers//Doers, an online community of women with a strong member base in NYC. The group boasts founders of venture-backed companies, women who fill senior roles at start-ups, and many change-makers/influencers (nearly half of the 2014 Forbes 30u30 women are represented). Read More
Tizita Hagere as “Hirut Assefa” in DIFRET. Photo Courtesy of Truth Aid Media Meaza Ashenafi is the human rights lawyer on who the new film Difret, executive produced by Angelina Jolie Pitt, is based. Ashenafi is the founder and Executive Director of the Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association (EWLA).  She has worked with the Ethiopian Constitution Commission and has been active in legal reform efforts, public education, and information about the rights of women and girls. Read More
“Went to the bar, ordered a Shirley Temple, pretended to be African” – I read over the caption beside the two images depicting a woman in brightly patterned clothing, and my eyes scanned wildly as I tried to comprehend why the black, smiling face in the photographs was connected to pale, white shoulders.  The original set of Facebook photos, which depict a white woman in blackface, were shared on yoga instructor Freidel Kushman’s personal Facebook page on September 28th. The photos have since been shared over a thousand times and have over seven hundred comments. Read More
Model View Culture focuses tech, culture, and diversity media with online issues published every three weeks, and they rule. Their recent post "Shit Men Say to Women Founders" was so darn awesome, we're reblogging it here:  1. “Good luck with your project.” It's not a fucking project. It's a CORPORATION. It's an OFFICIAL, TAX-PAYING, CERTIFIED, DELAWARE-INCORPORATED business that is employing people, producing new products, contributing to the economy, making money and getting things done. We're working on it every day, all day, and every weekend. Read More