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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 […]

On Korryn Gaines and Black Women Who Dare to be Defiant

On August 2, 2016, Korryn Gaines, a 23-year-old Black woman and mother of two, was shot and killed by Baltimore County police officers during an hours-long stand-off that took place in her home. According to police accounts, officers first went to Gaines’ apartment with an arrest warrant in connection to a past traffic stop. The […]

Political Theater in Transfigured Time

This election season, much of the regular political writing and theorizing reads as ill-equipped. With Donald Trump, we have written about a candidate who has no concrete policy, speaks in pitches and not tones, needs not make sense to garner fervent support. And so pieces about him have ranged from too-easy satire to desperate, futile fact-checking. After months of his […]

Feministing Reads: Lindy West’s Shrill

How do you reclaim an identity that is hostile at every turn? Recently I went through a bad couple weeks. Shitty treatment by men, a sexual assault that made me feel about half an inch tall. As I cried to a friend, almost putting our joint out with my tears as though I needed that […]

How the DNC Is Subtly Rebuking Donald Trump’s Mockery of a Disabled Reporter

Last fall, in a campaign stop in South Carolina, Donald Trump imitated a New York Times reporter who has a congenital condition that limits the movement in his joints. “You've got to see this guy, ‘Ah, I don't know what I said! I don't remember!’” Trump jeered, jerking his hands around and distorting his voice. Show More Summary

Cut To: The Beach

The significance of the beach is not found in its metaphor but in its expanse. If you are lying on the beach on your belly—whether you’ve positioned yourself or emerged violently from the water like so—beyond you, horizons emerge like short valleys of beige and blue. There is no better place to wonder about presence […]

From the Wayback Machine: Clinton Owns Pence

[Content Note: Video may autoplay at second link.]I originally posted this way back in 2009, when Mike Pence was merely the worst congressman from Indiana and not the vice-presidential nominee of the Republican Party. Have a look atShow More Summary

Does Fergie’s “M.I.L.F. $” Music Video Have A Feminist Message?

M.I.L.F. $ The first time I heard Fergie’s “M.I.L.F. $,” I genuinely thought it was a joke. “Wow, Fergie’s just desperately trying to stay relevant,” my friend declared. I laughed in agreement. The song’s blatant auto-tuning, remixed...Show More Summary

A Note to White Feminists Following Alton Sterling and Philando Castile’s Deaths

In the wake of the recent killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by police and the following waves of Black Lives Matter protests, all white people have had to take renewed accountability for the perpetuation of racism. No less white feminists and survivors of sexual assault (like me), whose goals of ending sexual and intimate […]

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

Who invited all the cops to the Gay Pride parade? Teach for America has gone global. President Obama and members of the Cabinet will no longer visit colleges that don’t take sexual violence seriously. Metaphor and philosophy in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Essential Viewing: the Films of Agnès Varda

The reason why it is essential to sing the praises and recommend the films of Agnès Varda — even when there’s no anniversary or birthday or award to celebrate or death to mourn — is that her work is consistently exceptional yet criminally underseen. Varda has her fair share of admirers and retrospectives, but I’m not sure […]

The Problem With Gossiping About Beyoncé and ‘Lemonade’

We missed the point. We are now almost two months into the post-Lemonade universe, and it still seems the biggest public conversation the album has inspired is a debate about the true identity of “Becky with the good hair.” Look, I can’t...Show More Summary

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