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Our Guide to Fall Movies

Fall is movie season. There’s the New York Film Festival, which just ended on Sunday, having run over a fortnight. There’s its cousin across the ocean, the London Film Festival, an 11-day affair, which ended Sunday as well. And there’s the looming specter of the Oscars, and the many film that will be released in these next few […]

If You Want Your Teenage Kids to Eat Healthy, Try Reverse Psychology

The problem with many public-service campaigns aimed at young people is that they are based on lies. Not all users are losers, and drug dealers do not tend to be dorks. Driving fast is actually very fun. And smoking is not lame; in fact, it is cool.

Overcoming Internalized Misogyny

Credit: YouTube “Wow, they’re beautiful,” I thought to myself at nine years old as I watched yet another music video by yet another girl group for the hundredth time. I admired these women, in all their scantily clad glory. I aspired...Show More Summary

Both Candidates in a Maine Congressional Race Come Out Against Body Shaming

Last week, the National Republican Congressional Committee released an ad suggesting that Maine congressional candidate Emily Cain once promoted body-shaming young women. The accusations were a reference to Cain’s sponsorship of a bipartisan bill that would have attempted to combat childhood obesity with measures including weighing kids in school. Show More Summary

The Problem With Criticizing Emma Watson and Justin Trudeau’s Feminism

Credit: YouTube On September 29th, two influential individuals had a very public meeting of the minds: Justin Trudeau, current Prime Minister of Canada, and actor/activist Emma Watson. The two met in Parliament in Ottawa on September 28, 2016, ahead of the One Young World summit, and reportedly discussed their efforts regarding gender equality. Show More Summary

Ivanka Trump Says Being a Mother Is a Woman’s “Most Important Job”

From the start of his presidential campaign, Donald Trump has relied on Ivanka to convince women that he’s not the human embodiment of every shred of misogyny they’ve faced in their careers and personal lives. Her latest effort, a video on Trump’s meager proposals for child care and maternity leave, launched on Friday.

The Feministing Five: Lizzo

If you don’t already know about Lizzo, get ready because this self proclaimed Big Grrrl in a small world is about to take over! 28-year-old Lizzo is a Houston native and alternative hip hop artist with eclectic tastes and a powerful message about self-love and body positivity. She’s smart, fierce, and feminist as fuck. As […]

We Need To Stop Sexualizing And Policing Women Who Have Curvy Bodies

Patrice Brown Patrice Brown, a fourth-grade teacher in Atlanta who is known for being at the center of the hashtag #TeacherBae, is being criticized in the media — not for her body of work, but rather her body at work. Specifically people...Show More Summary

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

“Do not speak to me unless it’s a greeting, which it will be never.” RIP Terence Crutcher. Surveillance video released yesterday show Crutcher, an unarmed Black man, raising his hands above his head before being fatally shot. Marley Mag, created for by Marley Dias, the 11-year old creator of #1000BlackGirlBooks, is wonderful and features interviews with Ava […]

The Power Of Intergenerational Activism

Julia Bluhm and Izzy Labbe We are former SPARK Movement activists and Hardy Girls Healthy Women Girls Advisory Board members. In 2012 we served key roles in SPARK’s Seventeen Magazine action that garnered over 86,000 petition signatures and pushed the magazine to revise its policies on digitally altering the appearances of its models. Show More Summary

The Empty Page Talks Indie Rock Feminism

The Empty Page The Manchester hard rock trio, The Empty Page, is breaking every rule in the industry. Led by bassist and lead singer Kel, lead guitarist Giz, and drummer Jim, the band is bringing feminism to a scene notoriously crowded by men, and challenging authority in their upcoming debut album. Show More Summary

Quick Hit: Crippledscholar on that Paralympics Ad

In the UK’s trailer for the 2016 Paralympics, “We’re the Superhumans,” a number of disabled musicians perform a cover of Sammy Davis Jr.’s, “Yes I Can” while clips are shown of paralympians training, competing, and doing mundane tasks. Also included are non-athletes. As Dan Brooke, Channel 4’s Director of Marketing and Communications, explains, the trailer “was […]

A Chinese Woman Thanks Fu Yuanhui: Let’s Talk Periods & Sexual Freedom

Editor’s note: Some of the external links in this piece are in Chinese. You will need to use your browser’s translation function to read them. Chinese swimmer Fu Yuanhui (???) became a media darling when she mentioned her period after the women’s 4x100m medley relay in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Fu’s period comment should be a huge deal. She […]

Being A Swifty Who Rejects White Feminism

Taylor Swift Hi, my name is Karla, and I have been a die hard Swifty for as long as I can remember. I pre-ordered all of Swift’s albums, We Are Never, Ever Getting Back Together was one of my favorite shower songs, I’ve cried ceaselessly...Show More Summary

Why Proper Representation Matters: The Invisible Minority in Pop Culture

Maybe not so great. I have never had a hero who looked quite like me. Growing up, my favorite shows on Disney Channel included Hannah Montana and Wizards of Waverly Place – shows with complex, interesting female characters, but which also had predominantly white casts. Show More Summary

Michelle Obama: A One Of A Kind Role Model

Michelle Obama is a boss. When I was in fifth grade, I watched the Obama administration come to life from a crowded library carpet and a single roll-in television. My back ached as my elementary school peers and I watched our nation’s first black president put his hand on the bible, his breathtaking wife standing guard. Show More Summary

How The Sexist Media Treatment of Hillary Clinton Affects Young Girls

Hillary Clinton “I can’t believe we just put the biggest crack in that glass ceiling yet,” Hillary Clinton said on July 27th, acknowledging her historic presidential nomination during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia. “This is your victory,” she continued. Show More Summary

The Powerful Message of Mothers of the Movement

Mothers of the Movement. On Tuesday, July 26th, several mothers of police brutality victims spoke at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. United by the organization Mothers of the Movement,  the women joined together to...Show More Summary

This Ad Supporting Equal Pay for Women’s Soccer Players Will Air During the Olympics

The U.S. women’s national soccer team is getting a nice PR boost for its fight for equal pay during the Olympics. A new ad from UltraViolet, a feminist advocacy group, makes a concise argument against a current U.S. Soccer payment structure that pays the men’s team more for just showing up to a game than it pays women for a major win. Show More Summary

WTF of the Day: How Reporting on Rape Can Actually Perpetuate Rape Culture

We know that reporting on sexual violence can increase awareness of the violence so many of us face. But a  recent report written by Joanna Jolly and released by Harvard’s Shorenstein Center demonstrates that it’s not just whether media reports on sexual violence that matters — it’s how. Jolly examines the Indian English language news […]

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