Category » Feminism
Being “beautiful” is a lot of work and sometimes the things we wear to look good can almost seem medieval. Tina Fey, on her last appearance on “Late Show with David Letterman” the lovely former BUST cover girl stripped down to her Spanx just to show what goes on underneath pretty clothing. Proclaiming this to be her last fancy dress (because who dresses up for Jimmy?), Fey took the time to properly model her blue number. Read More
A lack of female directors in Hollywood is a constant reminder of the industry's failings when it comes to women behind the scenes. US News released an article showing that 93 percent of the 250 top grossing domestic films in 2014 did not have a female director and, with the exception of producers, most areas of film making are lacking are male dominated. For the women that do make it, there is a huge amount of sexism being flung at them—but anymore, they refuse to keep it to themselves. Read More
It is a Jubilee Year, a.k.a. a Catholic year of Mercy, and Pope Francis is yet again proving to be James Dean levels of cool by directing priests to pardon women who have had abortions.  Generally, this is a good thing. Because it's a year of mercy, priests are encouraged to pardon and forgive all “sinners." Which is to say that women who have had an abortion have sinned, and have something they should be repentant for in the first place. Read More
Sometimes you just need a GIF to sum up how you’re feeling. From reminding us how awesome girl power is to smashing patriarchy to bits, these awesome feminist GIFs do just that. They're all we want to look at today. Check them out below!  1. When people ask how you became a feminist.   2. When you need to explain what Womanhood is.    3. When you just need to shut someone down.   4. When you're trying to contribute to the conversation, but some people aren't having it.  5. When you're questioned for being a strong-minded woman. 6. Read More
What do we associate with roller skates? Disco, afros, fast food, maybe Patrick Swayze in Skatetown USA. We definitely don’t think of the Victorian Age, which calls to mind matronly tight-laced women and extreme poverty as opposed to shredding it up at the local skating rink. But say you were a Victorian middle or upper class youth, and your every romantic endeavor was carefully watched by your elders... Wouldn’t you strap wheels to your feet in order to escape? It turns out skates, like overbearing parents, have played a large part in amorous history for hundreds of years. Read More
As we all know, the current state of reproductive rights in our country is far from ideal. (That is, of course, if you’re into having some sort of control over when you bring a human life into this world.) But last week we hit a new low: An all-male committee of Republicans voted to end Colorado’s pregnancy prevention program, which is the most successful of its kind in the nation. So successful, in fact, that the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association recognized it last Tuesday in Washington D.C. at a prestigious award ceremony. Read More
#HowToSpotAFeminist: She’ll be the woman with the scraggly beard tucked under a smelly armpit, brandishing a man-hating picket sign, spouting some anti-capitalist nonsense while breastfeeding in public, or burning a bra with a stick of incense. This was the intended mockery in the trending hashtag Doc Thompson recently sparked on The Morning Burn. Totally understandable: It’s just too hard to spot a feminist in this day and age, when normal looking humans are walking around with these radical ideas hiding in the pockets of their pantsuits. Read More
Rose McGowan has always been a BAMF, but lately she has been expressing more of her frustrations with Hollywood sexism and it is delicious. In an interview on DP/30 back in 2014, McGowan spoke about her career, but also on being objectified by media and realizing that she didn’t belong. IndieWire released a speech she delivered on April 21st to the Sisterhood of Traveling Producers which contains some awesome advice on how to deal with sexism in the industry and beyond. Read More
During her impressive career, Kelly Clarkson has dealt with a ridiculously unfair amount of weight-shaming. Just last month, on The Mike Gallagher Show, anchor Chris Wallace and host Mike Gallagher made some distasteful and straight-up rude comments about the Grammy Award-winning singer’s weight. During the interview, Gallagher asked Wallace, “Have you seen Kelly Clarkson? Holy cow, did she blow up.” Wallace replied saying that Clarkson has “a lovely voice,” but then added, “She could stay off the deep-dish pizza for a little while.” Ugh. Read More
Dating back to the 18th century, tea towels were made from plain, soft linen and were used to dry fine bone china tea sets, hence their name. But by the 19th century, they were as much decorative as utilitarian. Crafty ladies used patterns from women’s magazines to beautify their towels with embroidery or other fancywork, then set them out during card parties or afternoon teas. Flash forward to the mid-20th century, when tea towels were commercially printed with all kinds of designs for use in the kitchen or to be stitched into pillow covers or framed to hang on the wall. Read More