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Yes, we certainly agree that Madonna looked great at the Grammys Sunday night—but can we please quit it with all the qualifiers? Adding "for her age" to the statement only bolsters society's treatment of women's aging as a disease. It's hard enough that female pop stars are judged so strongly for their appearances, but responses to Madonna's show remind us that when it comes to talking about lady performers out of their 20s, we'll be getting a large dose of ageism with our sexism. Read More
We're all constantly told to ignore the trolls—a nice idea, but pretty ineffective in execution. The trolls are packing peanuts that exploded via opening a box on your living room floor. They're not going anywhere. Thankfully, it looks as though responding to sexist numbskulls on Twitter invites others to do the same, and effectively benefits women's mental health. Anyone who has grown up female, a person of color, LGBTQ, or otherwise marginalized knows the Internet can be a personal hell. Read More
Uh... Hold up: Frozen minimizes the importance of men? According to one guest on Fox News, it sure does: “Hollywood in general has often sent the message that men are superfluous, that they’re stupid, that they’re in the way,” says Penny Nance, CEO of Concerned Women for America, a coalition of conservative women. “The question for us as moms is when we bring our daughters to see 'Frozen'... we often have our little boys sitting there, and is this message helpful? We want them to know that they’re essential... Read More
Yet again, Carl’s Jr., the American burger chain restaurant, has feminists groaning: This year's Super Bowl commercial features a staff of farmers market dudes swooning over an "all-natural” set of knockers slow-mo'ing their way through the veggie stalls. At the end model Charlotte McKinney takes a whopping bite out of a burger. These sorts of infamous Super Bowl commercials are pretty par for the course: It's not surprising that model Charlotte McKinney’s boobs are not-so-subtly replaced by melons, or that a clearly genetically modified apple covers up her buns. Read More
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 about Gay. 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 obvious and aggressive. 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 power positions. Harumph on all fronts. 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 will ever teach us, you won’t even remember. 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 ingénue, and can’t understand why she’s not being cast as the 21-year-old. Read More