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Watch: A Ray Rice-inspired makeup tutorial

I’ll admit that the first few times I saw this Ray Rice makeup tutorial shared, I was skeptical. Maybe I just wasn’t quite ready to find the dark humor in a story that, as Mychal wrote last week, has revealed just how much some people hate women. But comedian Megan MacKay’s video is really very [...]

Victim Blaming at the Miss America Pageant

Criticizing the Miss America pageant feels almost old school. Does anyone even take Miss America seriously anymore? But I tuned into the pageant this weekend, intrigued by how the competition seemed to be shifting ever so slightly away from its white-centric beauty pageant roots and toward a scholarly ethos. Show More Summary

For the 4th time, Senate Republicans vote against equal pay protections for women

Surprise! For the 4th time since 2012, Senate Republicans have blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act. The GOP, of course, claims that it’s not that they’re against equal pay for women. It’s just that–well, to be honest, it’s not entirely clear how they finish the end of that sentence. Some argue that the Paycheck Fairness Act–which would [...]

Watch CBS Sportscaster James Brown Deliver a Powerful Speech About Domestic Violence

Thursday night's pre-game show before the Ravens-Steelers match-up was probably the best example thus far of how much the Ray Rice video has impacted the culture around the NFL. At the end of the half-hour show—which featured a liveShow More Summary

The Militarized Mind: How a Narrative Becomes a Weapon

The militarization of the police strikes one with the immediacy of tear gas or the blunt trauma of a baton. It is, more than most things, painfully obvious. As the spell bound after 9/11 has finally unravelled in the wake of some truly indefensible crimes on the part of American police, we at least find the hopeful [...]

The Story of a Fashion Model to Make you Cry

Thu September 04, 2014 The Story of a Fashion Model to Make you Cry By Padmini Parthasarathy Carrie Hammer is known for her unusual models. Founder of the self-named online custom designer boutique, Hammer has made a habit of featuring powerful professional women in her fashion shows and on her online catalogue. Show More Summary

Fast food workers join forces with home care workers to demand higher wages

Over the last couple of years, fast food workers have been organizing increasingly large and visible protests to demand an hike to the minimum wage. Today, fast food workers are joined by home health care workers in the largest planned protests to date, not only planning a nationwide strike in more than 100 cities, but also upping [...]

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

500 years of female portrait paintings in three minutes. Horrifying: Between 1997 and 2013, in the English town of Rotherham, “at least 1,400 children, some as young as 11, were groomed for sexual exploitation while the authorities looked the other way.” This weekend, two last-minute court ruling protect abortion access in Texas and Louisiana. WTF, CeeLo? [...]

Feministing Readz: Kim Gordon’s Is It My Body?

Rock star and role model Kim Gordon is best known for her band, Sonic Youth, but she’s also always been a visual and performance artist. For those who know Gordon primarily as a musician, “Is it My Body? Selected Texts,” a collection of her writings on art and performance published this past May by Sternberg [...]

The Trial That Made Rape a War Crime

Fri August 15, 2014 The Trial That Made Rape a War Crime By Padmini Parthasarathy Soldiers have raped and pillaged since the concept "soldier" and the act "war" have existed. However, using rape systematically as a tactic to destroy a population is a more recent invention. Show More Summary

Feministing Jamz: Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off”

If you spend most of your social media time on Twitter, your feed is probably mostly about what’s happening in Ferguson, MO, right now. If you spend most of your social media time on Facebook, however, it’s probably light on the racialized state violence and suppression of journalism, and heavy on the NEW TAYLOR SWIFT [...]


[Content Note: Police brutality; images of aimed weapons; racism.]Yesterday, the National Guard arrived in Ferguson, adding another layer of militarism to the scene of protests advocating for justice. The National Guard set up to defend...Show More Summary

Why I Need Feminism: Overcoming My Self-Loathing

As a kid I was very chubby and sturdy, but that all changed once puberty kicked in. People wondered if I went on a diet to lose weight when I was younger, but my eating habits hadn’t changed. This complacency didn’t last for very long, though. Show More Summary

An Interview with #NMOS14?s Feminista Jones

In response to Mike Brown’s murder and continued police brutality in Ferguson, the latest example of national state violence, organizers across the country will be coming together today at 7 PM EST / 4 PM PST for a silent vigil. The National Moment of Silence 2014 (or as you’ll see on Twitter, #NMOS14) will honor the [...]

Talk the Talk: On Being A Role Model

Lately, I have been swept up in the flurry of beautiful videos detailing why what we say to young girls matters – videos from companies like Always and Verizon. Videos that remind me why I am thankful every day to have attended an all-girls school that planted the seeds of early feminism. I am, perhaps, more attuned to these videos right now. Show More Summary

“Ferguson Police just executed my unarmed son.”

Stacia L. Brown has a powerful piece on the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer in a St. Louis suburb while walking unarmed down the street on Saturday afternoon.  I don’t want to think of who will go out on her hands and knees to scrub what’s left of the boy’s blood from the [...]

Jenny Lewis’ The Voyager Is a Feminist Experience

“I’m just another lady without a baby.” Jenny Lewis’ delivery of this line in “Just One of the Guys,” the third song on her new album, The Voyager, is quiet, yet powerful. She seems almost to be taunting the listener, or possibly to be imitating someone she once heard describe her. Show More Summary

April O'Neil Finally Gets Some Turtle Power of Her Own

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles started as an elaborate joke. In 1983, comic artists Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird drew up some anthropomorphic, nun-chuck-toting, adolescent turtles, named them after Renaissance artists, placed them...Show More Summary

Hide & Seek: A Film About Polyamory, Love, and Society

Thu July 31, 2014 Hide & Seek: A Film About Polyamory, Love, and Society By Padmini Parthasarathy Marriage has problems. Monogamy is hard. Gender roles constrict us all like unisex spanx. Polyamory fixes those problems for some people. Show More Summary

Feministing Readz: Dorothea Lasky’s Rome

These days, it seems like wound talk is everywhere. Throughout the blogosphere, feminist writers have explosively reopened public discussions of how to articulate and theorize their pain. In April, Leslie Jamison sketched an expansive...Show More Summary

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