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Karbonn Mobiles, an Indian cell phone company, recently decided to start a contest on Twitter. Using #WhatWomenWant, dudes were told to “woo girls” with their charm for a chance to “win big.”   The hashtag took a turn for the best when some smart users decided to tell the world what women really love. Hint: it's more than just fancy dates and flowers. Here’s just some of that Twitter witnessed: The company (of course) chose winners who gave one of the expected, cliché responses. Read More
When you’re Zoe Saldana, your resume is impressive – over 30 films, countless public appearances, and even the label of co-producer on projects like Rosemary’s Baby. You would assume that Saldana worked hard over the years to obtain this lengthy resume, and while this may be true, another factor came into play, and it’s incredibly sexist. In a recent interview to promote the new movie Infinitely Polar Bear, Saldana states, “A producer once told me he hired me for the way I held a gun while wearing panties, not for my opinions. Read More
It’s hard to tell if you’re a slut, sometimes. Most of us have heard it at least once, to our faces, behind our backs, written in a bathroom stall (do people still do that?). Read More
We wrote about the recent passage of a law banning female genital mutilation in Nigeria on Monday, and that isn’t the only feminist news coming out of the African country this week. An all-women’s book club in Nigeria spawned the hashtag #BeingFemaleInNigeria to discuss their experiences of prejudice, sexism, and the unrealistic expectations placed upon them. “The hashtag emerged from a book club based in the capital of Abuja, fronted by young Nigerian woman, Florence Warmate,” Ade Onibada reported for The Voice. Read More
  Writer, musician, actress, and former BUST covergirl Carrie Brownstein is perhaps our favorite sentient being. And, as a sentient being, she understands you perfectly. Read More
Adam Sandler keeps popping up in the news lately—not because of his work, but because of fashion. Yeah, that’s right. “Adam Sandler" and the word “fashion” in the same sentence is not something you’d expect to hear, but considering Sandler refuses to dress well, yet keeps himself surrounded by women who are expected to be a certain way, clearly it's something we should be talking about. Read More
The Human Rights Campaign is a civil rights organization whose entire purpose is to achieve equality for LGBTQ individuals. Reportedly, its office is home to the same exclusionary employment practices against which they fight. As one employee put it, “We are supposed to be fighting for people who are being discriminated against and marginalized, however we at HRC are discriminating against people and marginalizing people in the workplace.” The Pipeline Project did an extensive review of HRC’s workplace culture last fall. Read More
We all know that actors, authors, and, of course, models are Photoshopped relentlessly in the media—but even politicians aren’t safe from alterations. Australian Senator Sarah Hanson-Young won a case for defamation against a satirical magazine called Zoo Weekly this past week for that very reason. In response to her strong views that those seeking asylum should have a place in Australia, Zoo Weekly thought it would be clever to offer that refugees could stay in their magazine office—if she agreed to a bikini photo shoot. Read More
While woman-hosted podcasts still don’t get nearly as much recognition as we’d like them to, things are looking up: Next month, WNYC will be having its first-ever Women’s Podcast festival called “Werk It: How to Be a Grown Ass Podcaster.” On June 4th and 5th, the nation’s top female podcast hosts and producers will gather to discuss and workshop the future of podcast content creation. If you haven't been listening to any female-backed podcasts, here are 10 amazing ones you should really be tuning in for. Read More
Apparently, the MTA has received countless emails from “offended” men concerning its “Courtesy Counts” etiquette campaign: The PSAs feature faceless green and red stick figures and ask commuters to stop manspreading, nail-clipping, and performing gravity-defying dance routines on the subway. You know, stuff no one should do, but men—for whatever reason seem to do a lot—whilst commuting from one stop to the next. Many dudes profess to finding these ads to be more than a touch sexist. Read More