Well, shit. “The names and contact information for more than 300 Planned Parenthood employees have been published on a private website hosted by a group of hackers, part of an organization called 3301,” according to the Los Angeles Times. By publishing this confidential information, the hackers are putting the employees at risk for harassment and physical harm, endangering them and their families. Read More
BY Olivia Harrison
on Jul 28, 2015
Thanks to one woman, the British retailer Topshop will no longer use its unrealistically thin mannequins.
When images of the new Topshop mannequins surfaced last October, many people were quick to point out that at taller than 6’0” and absurdly thin, the mannequins were unrealistic and ridiculous. Last week, after seeing the figures in a store in Bristol, a customer-service representative named Laura Berry posted a comment on Topshop’s Facebook page criticizing the negative effects the mannequins could have on female body image. Read More
The “Masters of Sex” star is all about embracing her femininity and taking no shit. She wrote an essay for Cosmopolitan discussing reproductive rights, female presidents, and a lack of interest in sleepover dance parties, saying, “I don’t want to be a boy, but I sure as hell want to be equal to them. Perhaps that’s what I’ve been striving for all along.”
After growing up a tomboy, Caplan now celebrates her femininity. Read More
In Terry Gross's NPR interview with writer and editor Jessica Grose, professor of linguistics Penny Eckert, and speech pathologist Susan Sankin, the subject on the table was the policing of young women’s voices. “People are busy policing women’s language and nobody is policing older or younger men’s language,” Eckert says. Two of the speech tics discussed are uptalking (ending a sentence like it’s a question) and vocal fry (drawing out, or rasping, the ends of sentences). The clear double standard here? Men often employ these same tics. Read More
35 – it's the alleged number of women Bill Cosby has raped by use of Quaaludes. Though this large number is haunting, the number of people refusing to believe the women is even worse.
In a recent project conducted by New York Magazine's, Noreen Malone and Amanda Demme, these women have finally been given the chance to tell their horrifying stories. Though a hacker (supposedly not hired by Cosby's team) took the site down in an effort to mask these tales, the project is back up and running and can be viewed here. Read More
BY Alexa Salvato
on Jul 24, 2015
The #GrowingUpAGirl hashtag currently cycling around Twitter is a collection of very common experiences for anyone who grew up a girl, especially those who were cisgender girls. The hashtag expresses complaints and injustices surrounding periods, catcalling, double standards, and all the other shit unique to growing up as a girl in our world today. Check out a few of out favorite Tweets below, and see even more posts on Twitter. Read More
BY Alexa Salvato
on Jul 23, 2015
After the announcement of the Video Music Awards, Nicki Minaj took to Twitter to thank MTV for the nominations she earned—Best Female Video for “Anaconda,” Best Hip-Hop Video for “Anaconda,” and Best Collaboration for her work on “Bang Bang.” Here’s where it got messy: She also tweeted that she felt “Anaconda” was snubbed for the Video of the Year award, which is considered the seminal award of the night, and that her collab with Beyoncé, “Feeling Myself,” deserved attention too. Read More
America’s Next Top Model: Vulva Edition!
Perhaps you suffer from the same problem that I do. I desperately want to be a vulva model, but I was cursed with a faulty vulva. Lucky for me, there’s correctional surgery - invasive and non-invasive - to fix this terrible problem.
Seriously. There is cosmetic surgery for your vulva. If you have a vulva, and it’s where it belongs, it’s between your legs and you can’t see it. And if someone else is seeing this vulva, I’m sure they’re feeling pretty dang lucky just to see it and wouldn’t dare criticize it. Read More
BY Kathryn Hensch
on Jul 23, 2015
Hey Hollywood, yet another star is speaking out about the absurd amount of sexism in the entertainment industry. Maybe it’s time to get a grip? Emma Thompson, mega babe and actress extraordinaire, spoke to RadioTimes about how the discrimination has gotten worse in the years since she began her career. “When I was younger,” she said, “I really did think we were on our way to a better world and when I look at it now, it is in a worse state than I have known it, particularly for women and I find that very disturbing and sad. Read More
Want to hear the biggest dad joke of the year? Missouri state Representative Paul Joseph Wieland wants to prevent his three daughters from obtaining birth control through their group health insurance. Did I mention that two of his daughters are adults?
It’s not enough for Wieland to tell his daughters not to take birth control. He wants their insurance to block coverage for the three women in case they decide to disobey his wishes. Read More