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Uh... Hold up: Frozen minimizes the importance of men? According to one guest on Fox News, it sure does: “Hollywood in general has often sent the message that men are superfluous, that they’re stupid, that they’re in the way,” says Penny Nance, CEO of Concerned Women for America, a coalition of conservative women. “The question for us as moms is when we bring our daughters to see 'Frozen'... we often have our little boys sitting there, and is this message helpful? We want them to know that they’re essential... Read More
As we inch closer to February 14th, the sappy Valentine’s ads stack up by the dozen, with leading companies like Hallmark being the main culprits. Was this year any different? No—but we did get a sweet surprise this time. Hallmark’s newest ad campaign, “Put Your Heart To Paper”, includes a real-life biracial lesbian couple with a real-life message:   This wonderful ad is just one of many displays of inclusiveness aimed toward gay consumers in recent years. Read More
  Girls and Broad City are going to have another girl-centric comedy joining them: Jill Soloway, creator of the award-winning show Transparent, is working on a new feminist comedy series with #HotMessMoves stars Ashley Skidmore and Lyle Friedman.   The show focuses on two girls who met during summer camp and become super BFFs after getting struck by lightning. Ten year later—with the power of friendship and the concentrated essence of second wave feminism—they have dedicated themselves to saving womankind. Read More
You’re probably most familiar with Aasif Mandvi from his work as The Daily Show’s “Senior Foreign-Looking Correspondent,” “Senior Muslim Correspondent,” and “Senior Brown Correspondent.” On that show, he’s managed to get a GOP chair to admit he’s a bigot (the man later resigned),make a Fox commentator look a fool, and all while maintaining a steely—and hilarious—composure. Given his mad improvisation skills, you’d think that Mandvi came up on the comedy circuit. But you’d be wrong. Read More
While there is so much amazing, female-friendly television programming out there at the moment, it’s hard to fathom a world in which women's media interests actually outrank those of their be-penised counterparts. But once a year, we get a taste of what that world would be like: Super Bowl Sunday might take up all the bandwidth on ESPN, but all the other channels are acutely aware that non-sports fans, ladies included, might want to watch something (anything) other than sports. Forget the Oscars. Read More
Red carpets are just fancy sidewalks where women are as important as the designer they're wearing and reporters (if you want to call them that) pretty much socially-tolerated cat callers in fancy attire. But Rashida Jones didn't let it slide at the SAG Awards when a reporter complimented her on a glowing tan. "I'm ethnic," the actress deadpanned. Reminder, award show talking heads: Not every woman in Hollywood is white. YouTube has removed the video that showed Rashida seting the record straight (without batting an eye, we might add). Read More
Yes, that is a shameless use of a cute kitty meant to reflect how snuggled up you are this very moment. Because ADULT SNOW DAY! What's the best part of getting snowed in? Making a mug of something warm and curling up with a great (feminist) movie, of course. Here are our top 11 flick picks (based not just on quality but also on streaming convenience) for your next few days. Ida Anna is a novice nun in Poland who travels home to visit her aunt, Wanda, prior to taking her vows. While home, Wanda tells Anna that she is actually Jewish, and her real name is Ida Lebenstein. Read More
Broad City, like the adjective in its title, is all over the place: It is laugh out loud physical comedy, wry observational humor, and an endearing tale of lady friendship all in one. Creators and Stars Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer are seriously killing it as the hottest duo on television these days (yep, we said it and we meant it!). Lucky for us (and you, dear reader!), they are also the funny, fearsome cover ladies on our February/March 2015 issue. Read More
So many of our favorite shows in the last couple years have been released through Netflix (here's looking at you House of Cards and Orange is the New Black). But there's a new one on its way that we're literally squealing about  like happy newborn piglets. Tina Fey paired up with the distributing channel to make Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, a show about a doomsday cult survivor—played by BUST fave Ellie Kemper—who begins life completely anew in NYC after being rescued from an Indiana apocalypse bunker. Read More
Great news, trekkies: Voyager celebrates its 20th anniversary today! January 16th of 1995 marked the first episode of this intrepid series. This is especially exciting as it also marks the anniversary of the appearance of Star Trek’s first female captain and star of Voyager, Kathryn Janeway, played by Kate Mulgrew. Star Trek has had female captains before Janeway, but she was the only woman to serve as the lead character in a series. She later went on to become a Starfleet Admiral. Read More