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Josephine Decker is an actor, writer, performance artist and filmmaker. Her most recent creations are two fearless feature-length films, Butter on the Latch and Thou Wast Mild and Lovely. These evocative movies defy expectations of narrative and rely on alternative styles of storytelling to illuminate the lives of young women. I got a chance to ask Decker some questions about her filmmaking process, feminism and fantasy. She is currently taking a ... Read More
Looks like in the game of capitalism vs. women’s rights, capitalism wins once again. American Apparel, who did a great deed by firing former CEO and founder Dov Charney after further allegations against Charney arose, backpeddled BIG TIME.  According to ABCNews.com, the “made in America” minimalist clothing company just rehired Charney as a “strategic consultant until the end of the investigation.”  Charney’s fate as ... Read More
You've heard of #YesAllWomen, but what about #AllMenCan? Elizabeth Plank dreamed up the heartening flip side to the #YesAllWomen coin. Searching through the #YesAllWomen tag, you'll find tweets detailing the hurtful minutiae of sexism which plague daily life as a female.    Since the #YesAllWomen posts have left me feeling like I've been dragged through the dirt, and the horrible related news stories piling up all over the web, I'm glad that ... Read More
Though we didn’t need scientific research to confirm that sexual violence is a major problem among young adults, the statistics are now official: A study appearing in the journal JAMA Pediatrics surveyed 1,058 young adults and the revolting results indicated that 8% of Americans between the ages of 14 and 21 have committed some form of sexual violence, defined as “kissing, touching, or making someone else do something sexual” when the perpetrator ... Read More
It’s a perfect day – the glimmering sun breaks through the clouds and warms their backs as they cheerily go for their daily afternoon stroll. The loving father beams down at her when suddenly, spotting something in the road, she skitters away, and he shouts out, Stay! to his – dog? Or, uh, daughter? This commercial from the Best Friends Animal Society disturbingly blurs the line between girl and pup. The advertisement is for their Fix At ... Read More
Last Tuesday, in association with V-Day, Eve Ensler, award-winning playwright of The Vagina Monologues, hosted a panel discussion regarding sexual violence, in the light of the Steubenville rape case. The event sold out in eight minutes. Though it was exciting to know that every seat would filled with engaged listeners, there was something so annoyingly typical about the scene that greeted me: the audience was composed almost entirely of women, with a couple ... Read More
  Athletes, moms, and activists have become unanimously pissed off at rapper Rick Ross and his explicitly date-rapey lyrics. The disturbing line in Ross' song, "UOENO" is as follows:"Put molly all in her champagne, she ain't even know it/ Took her home and enjoyed that, she ain't even know it."Ross is currently the face of the Reeboks Classics series, a line of sneakers that takes pride in its roots and history. "It takes a lot to make a classic" declares the ... Read More
It’s a TGIF miracle: heartening, pro-woman news straight out of New Delhi. Eight female cab drivers in Delhi are trying their best to protect women from sexual violence and harassment with a fleet of seven ladies-only vehicles. Their business, Cabs for Women by Women, caters to moderately affluent women who can afford a cab, but don’t have a car or chauffeur of their own. Even before the gang rape and subsequent death of a 23-year-old in December, New ... Read More
Halloween happens to be one of the best holidays ever, but it also can be one of the most upsetting. Whether it’s sexist, historically inaccurate, a shameless rip-off of something in pop culture (A “Ticktock Orange Juice”, anyone?), or just plain stupid, there's a cheap, offensive costume for everyone out there. As a Halloween enthusiast I thought I was pretty well acquainted with the dark underbelly of cheap mass produced costumes. Turns out, not ... Read More
Eve Ensler is a total rock star. See? She’s best known for writing and starring in the groundbreaking play The Vagina Monologues—heck, even your grandparents have probably heard of it. Not being one to rest on her laurels, she founded a nonprofit, V-Day, that combats the epidemic (and yes, folks, it is an epidemic) of sexual and domestic violence happening all around the world. V-Day activists have opened hospitals for abuse survivors in the Democratic ... Read More
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