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Indigenous women stand up to displacement by Brazil’s Belo Monte dam

In the fight to stop climate change, many people paint carbon-neutral energy as the solution to saving the planet. But what happens when “green” energy projects threaten the existence of people, animals, and entire ecosystems living on it? Is “green” energy really the solution when it comes at such a cost? As Brazil invests heavily […]

The Feministing Five: Sonia Guiñansaca

Sonia Guiñansaca is a queer migrant feminist poet, cultural organizer, and activist. For this week’s Feministing Five, we were thrilled to speak with her about poetry, her work, and her inspiration. Sonia is an incredible leader amongst artistic and activist communities having spent over eight years as a national figure within the immigrant rights movement. She has […]

Charli XCX Attempts to Define Feminism for Pop Music in a New Film

It’s been more than a year since Beyoncé placed her flawless self in front of an enormous, glowing “FEMINIST” sign, but the music industry has only just started grappling with the term, according to Charli XCX. In a new BBC documentary...Show More Summary

On Justin Bieber, Minneapolis, & reconciling ‘progress’ with regression

Last week was a big deal. I fell in love with Justin Bieber, something I never thought would happen. I am not alone in these feelings (though I am significantly less thirsty, because my sexuality is not inclusive of Justin Bieber no matter how much he apparently looks like a lesbian).  My new found love […]

The Feministing Five: Margaret Cho

Margaret Cho, the standup comedian, actor, writer, activist, singer-songwriter, mensch, and wedding officiator, is also an unapologetic feminist. Cho is known for using her comedy as a weapon against racism, sexism, and homophobia. In...Show More Summary

New TV series honors Celia Cruz, la Reina de Salsa

Ed. note: This piece is by Emilly Prado and was re-published with permission from Bitch Magazine. The work of Celia Cruz is being honored this year in an astonishing 80-episode long series from the Spanish-language network, Telemundo. For those of you who aren’t yet familiar with Cruz, the series will be an overdue but necessary […]

REVIEW: The New Order (2014)

After months in development hell, the first instalment of our feminist game review series has arrived! Was it worth the wait, and work? We hope so, but we ask you to judge – after all, we’ll be uploading stuff like … Continue readin...

Trap Feminism Vol. 4: Young Thug – Trap’s Gender Bender

Thus far, my exploration of trap feminism has focused on the music, which is important because trap culture is visually inspired and illustrated by that genre. In the previous volumes of this series, I’ve examined some trap lyrics to pull out potentially feminist themes like women’s economic agency, liberation from ageism and other kinds of […]

Generally Awesome

[Content Note: Star Wars spoiler. It's a minor one, but, you know, if you don't want to know ANYTHING, then skip this post!]So, I love Carrie Fisher. I love her, imperfect though she is as are we all, because she is an outspoken advocate...Show More Summary

Is Missy Elliott’s New Track a Miley Cyrus Diss?

Missy Elliott, the once and forever queen of vivid sex euphemisms and bedazzled sportswear, is back in the game today with a video for her new track, “WTF (Where They From).” It’s Missy at her Missyest: There’s some choice deployment of “blah blah blah,” crowds of lip-syncing b-girls and -boys, and hoop earrings the size of Indiana. Show More Summary

Q&A: Why Girls Join ISIS?

In our final instalment, we somehow ended up talking with a 12-year-old about Muslim women’s role in geopolitical affairs. And shockingly, it did not turn out horribly… IGNORANT KID EXPLAINS “WHY GIRLS JOIN ISIS” A.K.A. TWO BROTHERS CHATTING WHILST PLAYING … Continue reading ?

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

“Bears will be bears.” Obama rejected the Keystone Pipeline! Coerced c-sections: the latest reach of fetus-first laws. Lawsuit accuses Brooklyn charter school of failing to provide special education services. “These lefty guys are reminding their feminist peers that misogyny and bitter gender resentments are not — as they have never been — the sole province of […]

Should We ‘Drop The Plus’?

via YouTube: When I recently opened the September issue of Vogue, I was (for once) surprised by what I found. Hidden in the midst of 832 pages of fashion coverage was a 2-page ad featuringShow More Summary

Q&A: Why Girls Wear Leggings?

We tried talking with a younger sibling about something sexism-related, before the sexist conditioning of secondary school could infect his young mind. But perhaps we were too late… IGNORANT KID EXPLAINS “WHY GIRLS WEAR LEGGINGS” A.K.A. TWO BROTHERS CHATTING WHILST … Continue reading ?

Q&A: Why Girls Need Makeup?

How old is the youngest human to post or comment on Feministe? Jill was somewhere in her twenties when she started this blog. Some of our mates were teens when they began commenting here. But today’s post likely takes the … Continue reading ?

Why BLM activists are showing up for a Palestinian woman threatened with deportation

Dani McClain has an excellent piece over at The Nation that discusses growing solidarity between Black and Palestinian activists challenging state violence. The poignant example at the center of the piece? A campaign to support Palestinian...Show More Summary

Feministing Five: Writer, artist, educator Kim Katrin Milan

When we connected with writer, artist, and educator Kim Katrin Milan on Halloween Eve, she was hard at work finishing up a TedX talk that she would be delivering in Vancouver next week. Kim is a well-respected and renowned speaker on issues of equity and justice, as well as the Executive Director of The People Project, […]

Video of the Day: North West asserts her right to privacy

Two-year-old North West (daughter of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West) had just arrived at her dance class yesterday when she was once again confronted by the bane of celebrity existence: paparazzi. North West, a.k.a. “Nori,” is no stranger to swarms of cameras following her around, but I am so pleased to know that she is already comfortable […]

On the importance of media representation and living critically

I fell in love with TV at age 14, when I first started watching Grey’s Anatomy. Grey’s is complicated, and that’s what I love about it. It’s a show where the cast is racially diverse, and race matters. Grey’s was the first show that I ever watched where two women became a couple, and the […]

#MyFeminismIs campaign aims to show all the faces of intersectional feminism

The Ms. Foundation released their #MyFeminismIs campaign this week with the goal of creating a more intersectional, inclusive image of what feminism is and why it’s important.  “The aim of the campaign is to invite anyone who believes in the definition of Feminism as ‘the social, economic and political equality of ALL genders,’ to ‘tell us what your […]

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