Category » Feminism
Recently, Meryl Streep made us all cry when she said that she is not a feminist….no, no, no, not a feminist, but a humanist. Now, we're cringing over photos of Streep and her Suffragette co-stars posing in white t-shirts that read, “I’d rather be a rebel than a slave.” While there’s nuance in the sentiment, there’s also something decidedly eerie about seeing an image of a white woman wearing a T-shirt printed with the word “slave. Read More
Okay…we need to talk about something: “they” are making a menstrual cup with Bluetooth and texting capacity. I’m talking a piece of silicone with some serious hardware in your yoni, and I’m not on some cyberpunk or George Orwell trip either. Introducing...the world’s first-ever smart menstrual cup: Looncup. The cup has sensors, batteries, Bluetooth, and an antenna. Call me an alarmist conspiracy theorist but like, HELLO DUDE, our reproductive systems sort of control the whole world, and also are constantly under attack in EVERY WAY, OKAY?! THIS IS REAL. Read More
On Saturday, October 3rd, Amber Rose marched through the streets of Los Angeles on her #SlutWalk - an event that sold out with over six thousand tickets to condemn our culture of slut shaming and victim-blaming.  The event raised more than $55k for the Amber Rose Foundation, a foundation that “is specifically geared towards women empowerment and fighting against victim blaming.” A handful of celebrities donated to the cause, most notably Nicki Minaj, with a quick $5000 donation, and Rose’s manager Nick Cannon, who donated $14,000. Read More
“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