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Macy Gray Has Written the Ultimate Song About Vibrators

Macy Gray is most well-known for her late-'90s hit “I Try,” but if there’s any justice in the world, she will go down in history first and foremost as the author of the definitive song about vibrators. “B.O.B,” which stands for “battery-operated better,” is an ode to the piece of machinery that “fits like a glove” and is “always up for love, steady as a caterpillar.”

Rihanna’s ‘BBHMM’ Video and Our Resistance To Black Women’s Subjectivity

Rihanna performing BBHMM live at the 2015 iHeart Radio Music Awards. As anyone even mildly interested in pop culture likely knows, Rihanna recently dropped a new music video for her song Bitch Better Have My Money. I found the video itself interesting, but honestly found the critiques of it even more so. Show More Summary

Feministing Jamz video of the week: Destiny Frasqueri’s “Soul Train”

Formerly known as Princess Nokia, Destiny Frasqueri has left behind the futuristic sounds we’ve known her for until now for a new name and a new direction and girl, we are feeling it!  The video for Soul Train is an aptly 70’s-inspired disco number — a black and brown New York City block party, where Frasqueri […]

“I will light you up!” Video shows traffic stop that led to Sandra Bland’s death

Waller County, Tex., officials released video yesterday from a dashboard camera showing Sandra’s Bland’s arrest in a traffic stop. She was found dead in a jail cell three days later.  The 52-minute video shows Brian Encinia pulling Bland over and then threatening to “yank her out” and “light her up” with a taser for refusing to get […]

Q&A: Avoiding the Friend Zone?

  Whether one believes the friend zone is real or not, today’s dating advice should have a positive effect on anyone’s love life. In this week’s episode, we even try to shoot for a bit more maturity, which you can … Continue reading...

Let's Talk About Crip Culture

This week on our podcast, I talked with a couple different people about the power of reclaiming language. One of those people is disabled writer and activist Caitlin Wood. In her work, Caitlin often uses the word "crip." In 2012, she...Show More Summary

Patricia Navidad calls out menstrual shaming

What a BAMF. Mexican singer Patricia Navidad, like a lot of people, menstruates. And, like many of those people, she uses pads. Unlike most people, she’s super famous, so when she has a menstrual gear malfunction while dancing, a ton of people see (celebrities — they are not just like us). This week, while performing […]

How did Sandra Bland die?

A couple days after she was violently arrested after a routine traffic stop, Sandra Bland was found dead in her jail cell.  On July 9, 28-year-old Sandra Bland of Naperville, Ill., drove to Texas to start a new job at her alma mater, Prairie View A&M. On July 10, police stopped Bland just outside the campus […]

Now Texas is denying citizenship to children of immigrants

Even though it is 100% unconstitutional, a couple of Texas border counties have been systemically denying U.S. citizenship to children of undocumented immigrant women. A group of women have filed a civil rights lawsuit against the Texas...Show More Summary

Diary of a mad, fat Puerto Rican Woman leaving the island

Let me begin by stating a fact that has taken me years to get over. I am a fat Puerto Rican woman. I am only a size 14 but that is huge for our standards, especially on an island where the pressure to look your sexiest is a lifelong pursuit. Throughout my life, I’ve somehow […]

HelloFlo, Hello Naama: An Interview With HelloFlo Founder, Naama Bloom

The Period Fairy You may be familiar with HelloFlo from their viral videos that buck period-related stigmas and feature boisterous young girls celebrating their time of month. But this company is much more than these adorable videos:...Show More Summary

Watch: Serena Williams’ vulnerability is what makes her a champion

It seems as if everyone is talking about Serena Williams, whether it’s her dominance or the way she perseveres in the face of obvious sexism and racism. Regardless, for the second time in her career, she has achieved the “Serena Slam,” which is holding all four major titles simultaneously. Now, the tennis world is alive […]

4 Reasons to Love Rihanna 10 years later

If you’re like me, you recognize that Rihanna has been the shit ever since she killed the choreography in the video for her breakout hit “Pon de Replay.” Single after single, album after album, power move after power move, I have found myself sending affirming head nods across the world in support of “bad gal […]

Feministing Jamz: “Hey Mama” and antiquated gender roles

Summer hits rock my socks like no other section of the music calendar. I love good summer songs that make me think of the beach, kissing my boo, or driving for days through the countryside. I love bouncing beats and lip-sync jam sessions. What I don’t love is finding the patriarchy wrapped in my techno-rap-pop […]

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

Birth control costs have been slashed in half since Obamacare’s contraception mandate took effect. Why straight men should see Magic Mike XXL: “Too many men, I fear, do not know what the face of a joyfully turned-on woman looks like.”  Google’s algorithm shows high-paying executive job ads more to men than to women. How Back to […]

Q&A: Talking to a Hot Guy?

Male geeks may think dating is easier for women, but any woman who’s endured modern dating hell will likely disagree. Partly the problem is mathematical – when women outnumber men, men have the leverage to set the terms. But then there are those girl geeks who really challenge themselves, gunning for guys they find “hotter” than themselves. Show More Summary

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet: Obergefell Edition

What it was like to be inside the Supreme Court this morning. Tumblr went all out for marriage equality. Everyone cheering for marriage should stand with the White House “heckler.” You may cry watching this mass wedding ceremony in Atlanta. The march of marriage equality. For better or for worse, conservatives are getting in on […]

The Feministing Five: Dr. Kali Nicole Gross

For this week’s Feministing Five, we spoke with Dr. Kali Nicole Gross, who is an associate professor, associate chair of the African and African Diaspora Studies Department, and core faculty in Women’s & Gender Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Along with her scholarly work on black women’s history with the US criminal justice […]

A Conversation About Transgender Representation in Pop Culture

Janet Mock, on her MSNBC web show, is one of a handful of transgender people who has recently gained international visibility. Recently, we’ve seen a transformation of the representation of transgender people in pop culture. Trans people...Show More Summary

Q&A: Talking to a Gamer Girl?

Romance is tough enough, but when one hails from a culture notorious for misogyny and entitlement, sometimes refreshers on the basics of dating are necessary. So when one bloke asked us for advice on talking to gamer girls, we did what...Show More Summary

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