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Representation matters—even in your iPhone’s Emoji inventory. Recently, the Emoji app incorporated more people of different skin tones, but their options for women are still lacking.  MAKERS, an organization that aims to create the largest-ever collection of women’s stories, made the call for “Femojis” in a blog post yesterday. They commented on why Apple's new Emoji "diversity" still leaves much to be desired: “While this initiative is certainly commendable, their collection of female emojis remains limited to being a bride, a princess, or a geisha. Read More
As far as meme-worthy flubs go, Mitt Romney’s “Binders Full of Women” moment was pretty much the crème de la crème. Inspiring a multitude of glorious homemade Halloween costumes, not to mention the EPIC Tumblr account, it has unfortunately gathered a bit of dust in the sphere of popular culture. But fear not, for there is plenty of misogyny and covert sexism to fill the binder-shaped void. Read More
There are myriad reasons why you would have missed the top feminist news this week, including final exams, warmer weather, and a plethora of distracting cat videos. But just in case you wanted to stay on top of the lady things, we've pulled a few items together — five, in fact — for you to familiarize yourself with. Let's get this show on the road and kick off the weekend!   1. Read More
Despite what you may have seen on AMC, the heyday of Madison Avenue advertising had its fair share of feisty females. And these dames made a lot more than just coffee.“The Chef does everything but cook—that’s what wives are for!” proclaimed Kenwood’s 1961 advertisement for a new kitchen mixer called The Chef. The ad’s implicit sexism is anything but subtle: a beaming woman (wearing a chef’s hat, no less) hugs her husband from behind, apparently thrilled by her new kitchen appliance. Read More
231 laws restricting abortion access have been passed since 2010, and yesterday’s Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, passed in the House yesterday, is one of the worst—John Boehner called it “the most pro-life legislation to ever come before this body.” Here’s what you need to know: It bans most abortions after 20 weeks. As Planned Parenthood explains, “Nearly 99 percent of abortions occur before 21 weeks, but when they are needed later in pregnancy, it’s often in very complex circumstances. Read More
Check out this awesome video of Citytv reporter Shauna Hunt responding to the vulgar statement of a Toronto soccer fan. In the middle of one of Hunt's interviews, a man interrupted to say "f**k her right in the p**sy" directly into her microphone. Rather than letting it go, the female reporter confronted the man and his friends on camera to let them know "It's a disgusting thing to say... it's degrading to women."   Though none of the guys responded with any sort of embarrassment or remorse, we're happy to see Hunt calling them out. Read More
In news that will make you say OH HELL NO, insurance companies are still trying to wriggle their way out of paying for your birth control. The National Women's Law Center recently released not one but TWO studies that found evidence of insurance companies ignoring provisions in the Affordable Care Act that require FDA-approved methods of birth control be covered without a co-pay or other charges. Read More
Apparently, the MTA has received countless emails from “offended” men concerning its “Courtesy Counts” etiquette campaign: The PSAs feature faceless green and red stick figures and ask commuters to stop manspreading, nail-clipping, and performing gravity-defying dance routines on the subway. You know, stuff no one should do, but men—for whatever reason seem to do a lot—whilst commuting from one stop to the next. Many dudes profess to finding these ads to be more than a touch sexist. Read More
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