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Roxane Gay has always had a full schedule, and fortunately for her followers, it seems she’s only getting busier. Following the May 2014 release of her first novel, An Untamed State, Gay’s collection of essays titled Bad Feminist became a New York Times bestseller. Its success sent her on a national book tour and propelled her in the direction of “household name” status (a feminist scholar developing this much clout? We are so excited ... Read More
We recently read an article about the science of politely ending a conversation, which got us thinking about all the ways we deflect awkward advances on a regular basis. It’s no secret that women are targeted in what seem like even the most innocuous settings: pumping gas, ordering take out, and just getting the mail. These are all scenarios that have given us some regular practice at halting unwanted dialogue. And at the bar, come ons can sometimes be more ... Read More
We're just going to put that right there for your perusal. And if you're wondering what the march would have looked like without women, there is also an example of that, courtesy of an ultra Orthodox newspaper that decided no ladies would be an improvement to a solidarity march. See those circles? That's where ladies once were. And here's the original: Conclusions: People notice when you disappear Angela Merkel, and also there clearly need to be more women in ... Read More
  A teenage trio is leaving viewers speechless with their spoken word poem, “Somewhere in America,” which aired on The Queen Latifah Show last week. If you haven't watched it yet, the time has come—these young women, who are part of the LA-based nonprofit Get Lit, are airing out today's toughest issues with a poignancy and power far beyond their years. The poem begins with all three girls speaking in unison: “The greatest lesson you ... Read More
Most women have experienced some shade of this situation: Someone (usually a person who isn't particularly polite) feels the need to name the relationship between the way you look and what you've accomplished, manifesting in comments like, "You're way too pretty to be a rocket scientist" or "You're a lawyer?! Why do that when you could have been a model?"  It never feels good to be valued primarily for skin deep things you can't control when you've ... Read More
Forget your triple tall morning espresso. There’s a faster way to get your blood boiling: a hearty dose of mansplaining: Russell Crowe, the de facto emissary of all things misogynistic, is at it again. The 50-year-old star of the upcoming film "The Water Diviner" told Australian Women’s Weekly, “To be honest, I think you’ll find that the woman who is saying that [the roles have dried up] is the woman who at 40,45,48, still wants to play the ... Read More
As gaming enthusiasts can attest, the video game industry hasn't been very welcoming for women, and the way women are often depicted in games can be problematic. The Boston Globe reports on the atmosphere for women in gaming stating, "The billion dollar video game industry is growing quickly with the explosion of mobile gaming, but... Female game characters are hyper sexualized, and female workers are frequently subjected to unequal treatment, harassment, and ... Read More
Anything that gets viewed more than 16,000,000 times over a four-day period is bound to garner a response. But the YouTube sensation, “10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman” released by Hollaback! earlier this week received some responses that weren’t expected and were far more concerning than most could have imagined. Most of the conversation surrounding the video has been positive.  The video has provided validation for many women who ... Read More
In the past, Bollywood actresses, like many Indian women, were dissuaded from speaking about important women's issues like feminism, menstruation, and reproductive rights; however, that has, thankfully, begun to change. Notable actress Parineeti Chopra has used her role in the spotlight to step up and speak about taboo topics concerning women and their lives,  like rape and domestic assault, which often plague the lives of Indian citizens. Chopra's ... Read More
  This week the gaming community received national attention as the heated debate known as “Gamergate” exploded with explicit threats of rape and murder to various feminist critics. What is Gamergate? Essentially, it is an online debate concerning journalistic ethnics, the gaming press and the social responsibility that games may or may not have, but it is also deeply ingrained with issues of sexism, misogyny and threats of violence. The feminist ... Read More
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