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“Went to the bar, ordered a Shirley Temple, pretended to be African” – I read over the caption beside the two images depicting a woman in brightly patterned clothing, and my eyes scanned wildly as I tried to comprehend why the black, smiling face in the photographs was connected to pale, white shoulders.  The original set of Facebook photos, which depict a white woman in blackface, were shared on yoga instructor Freidel Kushman’s personal Facebook page on September 28th. The photos have since been shared over a thousand times and have over seven hundred comments. Read More
  During an interview with Time Out - promoting the movie Suffragette no less! - Meryl Streep responded with a negative when asked if she was a feminist.   “I’m a humanist, I am for nice easy balance,” she told the magazine, and a little piece of my heart died. When prominent female figures reject the label of feminist on the basis of being a humanist or for all people, it implies that feminism doesn’t fight for the equality of all people (which it does) and that a cohesive movement for women isn’t necessary (which it is). Read More
If you haven’t heard of hilarious feminist and The Daily Show’s youngest correspondent Jessica Williams by now, you’re missing out. The 26-year-old comedian’s most popular segments focus on race and privilege, and bring much needed humor to even the most infuriating of current events.   Fortunately for all of us, her presence on social media is no different – but being an outspoken woman and public figure with over 140,000 followers makes her extra prone to probably-sitting-alone-in-their-mother’s-basement Twitter trolls. Read More
Students in Charleston, South Carolina are attaching letter As to their clothing to protest sexist dress codes at their school. Their protest comes in tandem with those of other girls across the country, who are starting to ask questions like, “Why are schools calling our bodies ‘distractions,’, instead of calling on boys to treat our bodies with respect?” It seems like these policies are ripe with double-standards. Read More
Earlier this week, Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, appeared before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to answer some very insightful and sensitive questions regarding the nature of money in government, and what it means to truly work for the people in a democracy. Read More
  Continuing the tradition of vile internet trolls hiding their misogyny behind “jokes” and “sarcasm,” douchebags are “joking” about crushing #ShoutYourAbortion founder Amelia Bonow’s head in a super-sensitive allusion to abortion. The Los Angeles Times, splashed the headline “Why the founder of #ShoutYourAbortion had to go into hiding,” announced she is getting death threats, and waxed poetic about how she is now the martyred face of the pro-choice movement. Read More
Lara McLeod was raped. Then she was arrested. Earlier this week, Buzzfeed published the story of Lara's rape and subsequent family struggles in an in-depth story and interview. Then 19, Lara was raped by her sister’s fiancé in the summer of 2011. She was home for the summer after her first year of college when Joaquin Rams showed her his gun, forced her to have sex with him and threatened to take her to a stranger’s party to be gang-raped by more men if she didn’t. Read More
“I stand with Planned Parenthood because…Donald Trump,” Stachyann Chin shouted into the mic yesterday to the laughter and cheers of a passionate crowd gathered to stand in solidarity with Planned Parenthood. Foley Square, Manhattan was just one of the rallies taking place all over the country yesterday to protest the house vote to defund Planned Parenthood through blocking Medicaid reimbursement and withdrawing Title Ten Family Planning Program funds. What would our country look like without Planned Parenthood? Well, considering that Planned Parenthood provides care for 2. Read More
. New York City supporters of Planned Parenthood swarmed Foley Square on Sept. 29, at the #PinkOut rally. Along with the chance to participate in chants like "Show me what democracy looks like! THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE," and listen to several speakers, the event gave us the chance to chat with the President and CEO of Planned Parenthood NYC, Joan Mailn, about what government defunding of the organization would look like, and how you can help to stand with PP.  What would the United States without Planned Parenthood look like? Well, it would be 2. Read More
  (Lee Krasner)   They say that behind every great man is a great woman, but we chose to shoot at a different angle and put the ladies in focus for a change. So here’s a short list of women whose work was overshadowed by the fame of their partners and the media’s preference to celebrate men-- casting woman as a muse and supporter. These women worked hard to build careers and do meaningful things with their lives but have either been forgotten or had their roles marginalized and minimized (to the point of inaccuracy).   1. Read More