Category » Feminism
So here’s the good news: the Dalai Lama is a self-proclaimed feminist and said he’d totally support a female successor. This we already knew. The bad news though is that he has very a specific qualification for his successor if she’s a female. In a recent interview with the BBC, the Dalai Lama said her “face should be very attractive, otherwise not much use.” D-Lam started off more positively in the interview saying, “The female biologically [has] more potential to show affection and compassion. Read More
In Suffragette, Sarah Gavron and Abi Morgan’s powerful film about women’s struggle for the vote in England, Maud Watts, beautifully played by Carey Mulligan, is imprisoned for her part in the movement. Battered and force fed, the brutal treatment of the suffragettes was meant to break their spirits and end the burgeoning women’s rights movement of the early 20th century. Read More
  The day after the House of Representatives voted to defund Planned Parenthood, Seattle-based writer Amelia Bonow logged onto Facebook and began a post. “Hey guys!” she began. “Like a year ago I had an abortion at the Planned Parenthood on Madison Ave...."     Writer and activist Lindy West shared Amelia’s story on Twitter along with the hashtag #ShoutYourAbortion, and, with the help of another "co-conspirator" Kimberly Morrison, a viral movement was born. Read More
Seriously guys? Reproductive healthcare is not a political bargaining chip, it’s a necessity for everyone (yes men too). Planned Parenthood makes this necessity a reality for people who would otherwise not be able to afford these services.  It goes without saying that defunding Planned Parenthood would be a devastating step backwards for our country, but I’ll say it anyway, since my faith in humanity is still smarting from Friday. Read More
Last week, the Harvard Spee club voted to start inviting women to apply for membership. This comes 30 years after the eight elite, all-male social clubs known as final clubs, officially disaffiliated themselves from the university so they didn’t have to adhere to the university’s gender discrimination policy. Spee was also Harvard’s first final club to admit an African American, Frank M. Snowden in 1965. Read More
One of the biggest voting blocks that has stumped Republicans for decades is women. Republican presidential candidates haven’t gotten the women’s vote since 1988. But they’ve got the solution now. They’re going to put their mothers, daughters, Rosa Parks, and a couple non-American women on the $10 bill. Carson suggested his mother, because apparently he could think of zero historically significant female Americans. Huckabee suggested his wife, because “then she could spend her own money.” Yuk yuk yuk, Huckabee, you riot. Read More
"On the day when it will be possible for woman to love not in her weakness but in strength, not to escape herself but to find herself, not to abase herself but to assert herself--on that day love will become for her, as for man, a source of life and not of mortal danger. In the meantime, love represents in its most touching form the curse that lies heavily upon woman confined in the feminine universe, woman mutilated, insufficient unto herself." -- Simone de Beauvoir Simone de Beauvoir's voice is a potent one. Read More
Hide your children. Amber Rose had sex last night and loved it. The Internet is buzzing about Amber Rose’s “Walk of No Shame” video. Set in quintessential Americana, complete with a milkman, Rose looks gosh-darn pleased with herself. Her sluttier-than-slutty leather strappy outfit, which can barely contain her fabulous boobs (all of this is said in the most sex-positive manner), belongs nowhere near Leave It To Beaver land, yet everyone she passes has nothing but enthusiastic support for her choices. Read More
I’m lucky enough to have grown up in a family where social activism was highly valued. This was thanks mostly to a brother who was 6 years older, openly gay, and always eager to organize and mobilize the people around him to work towards equality and acceptance. A lot of people are heavily influenced by their parents, but for me, no one played a more vital role in shaping my social and political beliefs than my older brother. In truth, he probably played the most important role in shaping my career goals as well. Read More
We already knew Grace Dunham, Lena Dunham’s 23-year-old sibling, was awesome in *their own right. They’re an activist, an actor (remember Tiny Furniture? And their upcoming role on the next season of Girls?) and an award-winning poet already. But as of Monday, they’re also a veteran model of New York Fashion Week, walking for label Eckhaus Latta. Read More