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The last thing any human on this planet wants to hear is, “You’re not fuckable.” What the hell does that even mean? And for any one person to dictate this statement is ridiculous, yet mega-babe actress Heather Matarazzo had to stare into her director’s eyes while he repeated those exact words. This isn’t the first time Hollywood has set feminism backwards – recently, Rose McGowan was fired for calling out Adam Sandler’s sexist casting call, and female speaking roles only make up around 29. Read More
BY: Lisa Hix (Collectors Weekly) We got cable TV in 1983, the same year I discovered what I called “rock” music, thanks to Michael Jackson’s “Beat It.” Since the “Thriller” video gave me nightmares, I wasn’t supposed to watch MTV, the all music-video channel that launched in 1981, but I did. Pretty much every kid I knew had it on in the background all the time. Read More
  Girls and Broad City are going to have another girl-centric comedy joining them: Jill Soloway, creator of the award-winning show Transparent, is working on a new feminist comedy series with #HotMessMoves stars Ashley Skidmore and Lyle Friedman.   The show focuses on two girls who met during summer camp and become super BFFs after getting struck by lightning. Ten year later—with the power of friendship and the concentrated essence of second wave feminism—they have dedicated themselves to saving womankind. Read More
MTV made a smart move partnering up with YouTube vlogger Laci Green to create their very first YouTube channel, Braless. Laci Green is a BUST favorite, she stood up to that creep Sam Pepper and promotes sex education and body positivity.  In the YouTube community, Green is regarded as the sex education teacher and her channel Sex+ has 1.1 million subscribers. The channel name, Braless, is a reference to the feminist movement during the seventies. Read More
If you haven't heard by now, singer-songwriter Annie Lennox has called out fellow performer Beyoncé for not being a "true" feminist. In a September interview with PrideSource, Lennox stated:  “I would call [Beyoncé]  feminist lite… It's tokenistic to me. I mean she's a phenomenal artist... but I'd like to sit down (with her)... and hear what [she] truly think[s]. I see a lot of it as [artists] taking the word hostage and using it to promote themselves, but I don't think they necessarily represent wholeheartedly the depths of feminism... Read More
  Beyoncé gave a major shoutout to our favorite dirty word, flashing “FEMINIST” in lights behind her during last night’s Video Music Awards performance. Text filled the screen for the sampling of novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TEDx Talk on embracing feminism, leaving no ambiguity that one of America’s biggest pop stars is indeed a gender right’s icon. Read More
Be still my gender non-conforming heart.  We’ve recruited another human capable of flawlessly representing any and all genders to our secret cult.  JK, there’s no cult.  But Ruby Rose is totally queer, though, no JK about that. Rose began her career as a model for Girlfriend magazine, moving on to MTV VJ-ing in 2008 after beating out 2000 other hopefuls for the spot.  This opened the floodgates for Rose’s fame. Read More
Laverne Cox, star of Orange Is The New Black and activist for trans* rights, awareness and visibility is at work with Logo and MTV to produce a new documentary that will follow the lives of four transgendered teens and young adults between the ages of 14-24. This new film will proceed Cox’s previous production debut: a documentary on the life and case of CeCe McDonald, a TWOC that was arrested and charged with accidental murder after defending herself from a racist, transphobic attack in Minneapolis. Read More
Though these days, it's almost difficult to imagine a world B.B. (Before Beyonce...), in honor of a news day so indebted to women who rock, yours truly has trawled the internet for lasting evidence of the power in a live performance. As MTV becomes a fond footnote in music history, as drum machines and auto-tune close in on the once-holy territory of the epic ballad, as Lady Gaga dons meat and Miley rides demolition equipment (I am clearly behind the times...) – take a moment to remember a few greats from the vast pantheon of amazing lady rock n' rollers. Read More
The old-as-time question of the feminist killjoy: Should I be enjoying this? I’ve found the answer is, typically, not really. Unless of course it’s 30 Rock, or Wanda Sykes standup. Girl Code is the MTV show that echoes VH1’s I Love the 80’s/90's in set-up and production. The show provides a litany of interview sound bytes from a variety of funny women, and a couple of dudes for “the male perspective.” *eye roll* What can be celebrated about this show is the unabashed women-centered and sometimes self-empowering conversation. Read More
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