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It appears that everyone is now privy to the same rights and privileges as those of us willfully ensconced in hetero-normative life patterns. We’re talking about access to super unnecessary and expensive public symbols of romantic love—the kind featured in Tiffany’s new ad campaign. Two handsome gentlemen sit on the steps of what we're guessing is a fancy pants brownstone (who knows? maybe posing for engagement portraits?) in the ad. They don't ... Read More
We're just going to put that right there for your perusal. And if you're wondering what the march would have looked like without women, there is also an example of that, courtesy of an ultra Orthodox newspaper that decided no ladies would be an improvement to a solidarity march. See those circles? That's where ladies once were. And here's the original: Conclusions: People notice when you disappear Angela Merkel, and also there clearly need to be more women in ... Read More
So the NY Senate is planning to approve 8 bills on the subject of women’s rights. They're all pretty long overdue, but at least they're on the lineup. The bills would outlaw certain varieties of employment discrimination, require workplace accommodations for pregnant women, allow for sexual harassment complaints at places with fewer than four employees (um, why is this even a question?), ensure equal pay across the gender divide, disallow housing ... Read More
In an awesome, inspiring, ya-damn-right kind of moment, actress Charlize Theron demanded and won a $10 million pay raise for her work in "The Huntsman"—a figure that matches what her co-star Chris Hemsworth made on the film. This is great news for the fight for equal pay (especially arriving on the heels of Sony hack-related emails revealing that Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams made waaayyy less than their male counterparts in "American Hustle"). The hack ... Read More
  As of Saturday, Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, 66—who previously served as head of the Vatican’s highest court (making him the highest-ranking American in the Vatican)—has been downgraded to a ceremonial position of chaplain for the Knights of Malta, a charity group. Thankfully, he now holds little responsibility and has a much smaller figurative megaphone. With Burke’s uber-conservative views on abortion, same-sex marriage, and feminism ... Read More
  A teenage trio is leaving viewers speechless with their spoken word poem, “Somewhere in America,” which aired on The Queen Latifah Show last week. If you haven't watched it yet, the time has come—these young women, who are part of the LA-based nonprofit Get Lit, are airing out today's toughest issues with a poignancy and power far beyond their years. The poem begins with all three girls speaking in unison: “The greatest lesson you ... Read More
Ready to get mad? Here you go: Tw0-hundred and thirty-one anti-abortion laws have passed in the U.S. since 2011, according to data from the Guttmacher Institute. That means even with the 96 state-legislated measures that expanded abortion access in the same period of time, more than half of American women still live in places that are hostile to abortion rights. The worst offending areas to live? Those would be Texas, North Dakota, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, ... Read More
Award-winning actor and advocate Geena Davis is set to launch a film festival this spring  that celebrates women and minority characters: Films will only qualify for the competition portion if the cast is gender-balanced and the script was written, directed, and led by a woman or minority person. The festival kicks off May 5th-9th in Bentonville, Arkansas, and will include a number of legendary actors and artists—like Angela Bassett, Eva Longoria, and ... Read More
Most women have experienced some shade of this situation: Someone (usually a person who isn't particularly polite) feels the need to name the relationship between the way you look and what you've accomplished, manifesting in comments like, "You're way too pretty to be a rocket scientist" or "You're a lawyer?! Why do that when you could have been a model?"  It never feels good to be valued primarily for skin deep things you can't control when you've ... Read More
Well, the public finally got Phylicia Rashad’s opinion on the Bill Cosby sexual assault allegations. Unsurprisingly—like many of his friends and family members—she is defiantly defending the Jell-O man and discrediting his accusers. Rashad, who played Cosby’s onscreen wife Clair Huxtable for 12 years, held her tongue about the heat her costar is facing until earlier this week. The actress told Showbiz 411’s Roger Friedman, “What ... Read More
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