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How Hailee Steinfeld’s “Most Girls” Pushes Back On Toxic Female Competition

Credit: Vevo/YouTube “You’re not like most girls,” a boy tells Hailee Steinfeld in the music video for her latest single, “Most Girls.” He tells her this sincerely, but ignorantly; Hailee gets visibly uncomfortable by this “compliment” and tells him that she has to go. Show More Summary

Stop Blaming Women For Men’s Violence

Joy Lane on CNN Last month, thousands of people watched as a man recorded a live Facebook video of himself shooting 74-year-old Robert Goodwin Sr. The shooter, who has since been identified as Steve Stephens, claimed to have alreadyShow More Summary

An Interview With Sexual Health Activist Ella Dawson

Photo credit: Kim Hoyos Media Over the past two years, feminist social media manager and writer Ella Dawson has received widespread recognition for her work crushing the stigma of STDs. She has been called the “internet’s foremost herpes essayist,” and has even been recognized by Hillary Clinton. Show More Summary

Orgasm Equality for All: Feministing Reads Becoming Cliterate

The world is full of bad sex. Specifically, the world is full of bad sex between women and men. Drunk hookups where you can’t figure out, for years afterward, whether you consented or not. Sex where an air of violence hangs about your memory of the encounter but you can’t quite figure out why. Plain old […]

Filmmaker Tracy Tragos Puts Women First in Her New HBO Documentary on Abortion

Credit: Tracy Tragos The trailer for Abortions: Stories Women Tell, award-winning filmmaker Tracy Tragos’s new documentary, opens on a hall full of people with boundless energy. We catch a glimpse of a low-hanging “Missouri Right to Life” banner behind them. Show More Summary

What Rihanna Revealed About Humanitarian Work

Rihanna accepting her award On February 28, 2017, Rihanna walked up the creaky wooden steps of one of Cambridge’s storied halls to accept the Harvard Foundation’s 2017 Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian of the Year Award. While she is bestShow More Summary

Tomi Lahren Has Lost Pro-Life Conservatives. But At Least She Has the Alt-Right!

Tomi Lahren has always seemed like a too on-the-nose parody of a conservative media star. Where others were tan, blonde, and young, Lahren is bronzed, platinum, and literally 24. On her nightly show on Glenn Beck’s The Blaze TV, her commentary wasn’t just “racially charged,” it was often openly racist. Show More Summary

Feministing Films: “Get Out” Captures Double Consciousness Perfectly

In Jordan Peele’s directorial debut, “Get Out”—a film that blends horror, comedy, and psychological thriller genres—a talented young photographer Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) gets ready for a weekend away with his white girlfriend Rose Armitage (Allison Williams) and her parents at their idyllic, remote mansion. He asks her if they know he’s black. She answers, simply, […]

An Interview With Award-Winning Teen Activist Filmmaker Jordan Barger

Jordan Barger Jordan Barger is a junior in high school from Houston, Texas. She also happens to be an award-winning filmmaker who has her own production company, JOM Productions. Barger’s short film, “Milky White // Rosy Petals,” has...Show More Summary

This Eating Disorder Survivor Is Making A Difference

Dayna Altman “There’s beauty in everything and everyone, and that shouldn’t be decided by the media or anyone,” Dayna Altman — a 24-year-old eating disorder survivor, graduate student, and mental health activist from the National Eating...Show More Summary

Keith Ellison is the DNC Chair Feminists Need

Editor’s note: This post was co-authored by Barbara Sostaita and Mahroh Jahangiri. Last night, eight candidates for Chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) faced off in a national debate. The two frontrunners represent competing visions for the future of the Democratic Party: a continuation of failed establishment policies under Tom Perez or a truly […]

Quick Hit: Taja Lindley Releases Short Film “This Ain’t A Eulogy”

Last week, writer, artist, and healer, Taja Lindley released the short film, “This Ain’t A Eulogy: A Ritual for Re-Membering” based on her solo performance art show of the same name.  Inspired by the non-indictments of the police officers responsible for the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, the short film draws parallels between discarded […]

What Does #FreeMelania Really Mean?

Donald and Melania Trump By now, you have probably seen the infamous clip of Trump and Melania on Inauguration Day. To recap for those who haven’t, the footage shows Trump turning to Melania, who is courtly, beaming. As soon as Trump...Show More Summary

Dispatches From the Queer Resistance

[content note: transphobia, homophobia, gender policing, sexual assault] Exit polls showed that LGBT voters overwhelmingly cast ballots for Hillary Clinton (77%) compared to Donald Trump (14%) in Election 2016. With LGBT identities cutting...Show More Summary

We Need to Talk About This Bodysuit Peekaboo Thing

In December, Fifth Harmony’s “Work From Home” was named the most watched music video of 2016, with over a billion views. In addition to a hard hat (the video is set at a sexy construction site), Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello wears a green bodysuit in it, the leg holes peeking out over her low-slung jeans. Show More Summary

Daily feminist cheat sheet

In response to Trump’s dangerous and expanded global gag rule, women’s health champions introduced the Global Health, Empowerment & Rights (HER) Act in Congress today. And frankly, the optics of female lawmakers advocating for women’s rights around the globe were a lot better than, well, this. Read more on Trump’s expanded global gag rule, which dismantled abortion […]

We will fuck up. Let’s confront that and do better.

My mother marched. My father, my sister, my cousins, my aunts and uncles. My Grandma, sitting home in her chair recovering from a broken hip, watched the crowds gather, a huge colony of pink-hatted ants on the tiny screen, and her heart marched. And my own heart, large and porous, flew to them across oceans, […]

The Feministing Five: Mitski

When I first listened to 26-year-old indie sensation Mitski’s latest album, Puberty 2, I was blown away by how vividly, messily human it felt to me. She was emotional, she was strong, she was defiant, she was vulnerable. She sang about feeling ugly, finding calm, the fleeting nature of happiness, and so much in between. […]

Feministing Reads: Kathleen Collins’s Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?

When Kathleen Collins’s 1982 film Losing Ground was screened at New York’s Film Society of Lincoln Center in 2015, it immediately became inconceivable to me that film history might have been written without it. The film, in which a painter (Bill Gunn) and philosophy professor (Seret Scott) retreat upstate to alternately tend and neglect their […]

What A Hijabi Beauty Contestant Means To Hijabi Teens

Halima Aden Ever since reading the work of authors such as bell hooks, Simone de Beauvoir, and Naomi Wolf, I have dismissed the concept of physical beauty as a trivial social construct. The mainstream narrative of beauty glorifies Eurocentric...Show More Summary

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