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Steven Universe, the first Cartoon Network show created by a woman (Rebecca Sugar, former Adventure Time writer), is so much more than just a kids' show - it’s a feminist revolution. The show focuses on the Crystal Gems, a team of renegade aliens who take the form of giant, powerful women who protect Earth. Steven is the half-human, half-Crystal Gem son of Rose Quartz (leader of the Crystal Gems) and Greg Universe (a regular human man). In order to create Steven, Rose had to give up her physical...
Last week, SNL made headlines with a sketch of men using feminism as a pickup line. This past Saturday, the crew was back at it again with 'A Sketch for the Women,' on the theme of male feminists, this time tackling the ever-irritating trend of men mansplaining women’s issues. Host Scarlett Johansson and cast member Aidy Bryant began the sketch by explaining that they, and the entire female cast, had proudly taken the day off for A Day Without A Woman. Because the sketches are...

'I freakin' marched for you! You won’t get down on this?!' In the daily business of being women, we don our defensive armor in preparation for the deluge of catcalls and passes we will likely encounter before we’ve even grabbed our morning cup of joe. Now, in the age of the Women’s March, we have to contend with a whole new breed of man and his pickup antics — the self-proclaimed male feminists who hide their misogyny under a pink pussy hat. These so-called woke dudes...
*Spoilers for Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life below, though it's been four months and you really should have watched it by now, or at least not clicked this link if you wanted to remain un-spoiled.* When the Gilmore Girls revival season ended with those long-teased four words — “Mom?” “Yeah?” “I’m pregnant.” — we thought that Netflix was setting us up for a sequel, even though creator Amy Sherman-Palladino has said in interviews that she’s had those in mind as the FINAL four words...

On March 3, 1997, Daria premiered on MTV. A spin-off of Mike Judge’s show, Beavis & Butthead, Daria focused on one of the minor characters — who Beavis and Butthead continuously referred to as “diarrhea.” Unlike the bro-y fanbase that Beavis & Butthead appealed to, Daria was MTV’s attempt at attracting a female viewership. “MTV had no female viewers,” says Glenn Eichler, co-creator of Daria in an interview with Variety. However, Karen Disher, who came up with the plot of Daria’s pilot episode, always believed the show to...
"Unicorn" is a term that doesn’t have the most positive connotations in the poly community. It’s used to describe a solo poly being sought by a poly couple, and if rules are set by the primary couple, it may not always be a relationship where everyone has an equal footing.Unicornland is a web series, described as a "dramedy" by its writer and producer Lucy Gillespie, puts the unicorn first. In a series of eight short but beautifully shot and scripted episodes, newly divorced New Yorker...
Earlier this year, we wrote about ANSIHR’s study of the appearance of abortion in TV plotlines and were surprised that more and more shows are dealing with the subject. However, in a follow-up study published in Feminism & Psychology which surveys abortion in TV from 2005-2015, “found that these plotlines often underrepresent the various difficulties, including legal barriers, financial constraints, and social pressures, that real women face in pursuing abortions.” Though more frequent, these depictions are still luke-warm and sugar coated — shying away from the real consequences...
After debuting her new Netflix special, Just Keep Livin'? last month, Jen Kirkman talked with BUST about the trials of being comfortable with oneself and navigating the world in one's body. We talked about her influences, the fuel behind her two successful specials, where wisdom comes from, and all the ways in which women are made to be afraid. In her new show, Jen reveals her Just Keep Livin' tattoo (a sage Mathew McConaghey quote), explains how we approach culture and spirituality, talks about women being able to travel...

  Last year, I was harassed by a group of “Anti-Social Justice Warrior” trolls for my feminist beliefs. The trolls infiltrated the feminism Facebook group I admin and when I caught on and started to ban them, the harassment began. Messages soon flooded my Facebook inbox, and the trolls even began to migrate to other platforms including Twitter and email. I wrote about some of my experience for Ravishly, but after that article was published, the harassment got even worse — the trolls contacted my mom...
Since Election Day last November, Democrats have been lobbying for Trump’s impeachment with a list of grounds deeming him unequipped for office. Despite increasing numbers of people getting on board with them against this farce of an administration, the situation seems improbable. In usual fashion, the Full Frontal queen Samantha Bee stepped in to demonstrate this improbability in the most lucid of ways. Paul Ryan, the House Speaker, previously condemned any notions of extreme vetting or an executive order. At the end of January, however,...