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Okay, so you might have ignored the 'Super Bowl' part of 'Super Bowl Sunday.' It’s fine: We did too. But some of the tweets about the big game were definitely not to be missed, particularly the ones from Portlandia. Obviously. The digital quips of our favorite fake booksellers—Toni and Candance from the show's Women & Women First store—gave us opportunity to guffaw at almost every pass (that's what they do in football, right?) via the ... 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 ... Read More
We barely have words for this because we are laugh-cringing so hard. What do you get when you combine feminist theory courtesy of bell hooks with old "Saved By the Bell" screenshots? Probably the most amazing thing we've seen in weeks. WEEKS PEOPLE. Maybe even the entirety of the new year. It is freaking incredible. Just look at these gems: BUT ... AND SO ... ALTHOUGH ... Bless you, you retro television genius who created this. We are obsessed with you. ... Read More
  The Australian's bizarre obituary of bestselling novelist Colleen McCullough has received international attention for its sexist second sentence: "Plain of feature and certainly overweight, she was, nevertheless, a woman of wit and warmth."  McCullough's The Thorn Birds sold over 30 million copies worldwide, making her the most successful author in Australian literature.  So for your pleasure I have written a few other obituaries in the style ... Read More
A recent interview has Joss Whedon pointing out the cold, hard truth: The lack of women in comic book movies has sexism in the industry to blame. “It's a phenomenon in the industry that we call 'stupid people'," he said. "There is genuine, recalcitrant, intractable sexism, and old-fashioned quiet misogyny that goes on.” This isn’t the first time that the avid screenwriter has spoken out against sexism in the industry. During his acceptance speech ... Read More
You might not know this, but women have been making some pretty badass progress in Africa over the past few decades. Since 2008 females have held at least 50% of Rwanda's parliamentary seats, Liberia's current head of state is a woman, and two years ago Senegal elected its first female prime minister.The most successful social movement in Africa's recent history has been the women's movement, thanks directly to the incredible efforts for ladies, by ... Read More
Plot twist! Turns out the leader behind the controversial Men's Right's Movement used to be pals with Gloria Steinem. Mother Jones released a profile of Warren Farrell's journey from feminist to hero of the haters, and we are left with an unshakable feeling of unease (as well as many questions—like, for one, why is this guy only ever photographed in a cave? Like here. And here. And oh yeah, also here.)   In the 60s, feminists were excited about the ... Read More
We're pretty disheartened about the state of women's reproductive rights at the moment: It seems like every other day there is a new obscure abortion restriction law threatening to undo all the work Roe v. Wade set out to accomplish more than four decades ago. Reading this op-ed on Ohio.com, then, makes us feel a bit more at ease about what’s to come on the reproductive rights front. There, Congressman Tim Ryan shares his evolved stance on abortion—and ... Read More
In Lima, Peru, 7 out of 10 women are catcalled by men every day—but a new public service campaign is showing guys just how foolish they are for harassing women by way of the women who taught them the most: their mothers. The PSA, called “Silbale A Tu Madre” (Whistle At Your Mother), began when Everlast, the organization producing the campaign, spoke to the mothers of two men guilty of sexual harassment. These moms agreed to get dolled up in a ... Read More

 Well, #GamerGate has reared its ugly head once again: Five feminist editors are reportedly being banned from making corrections on the GamerGate Controversy wiki page—and on any Wikipedia page having to do with gender and sexuality. Wikipedia’s arbitration committee made the decision to sanction them as part of an effort to curb an edit war on the GamerGate entry, but all of the editors were just trying to keep the page from being written in a way ... Read More
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