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Teen Social Media Stars and Sexism: When Will It End?

“Entertain me.” “If you play too hard to get, then it’s just like, ‘Oh, she doesn’t even like me,’ but if you play easy, then it’s just like, ‘Oh, she’s a whore.’ Find a balance.” “Wax, shave. It’s the worst when there’s hair.” Wait, stop. Show More Summary

“Fame-inism” for the rest of us

So. "Beyonce feminism." Roxane Gay is against it. (Annie Lennox, too.)

16 Feminist Halloween Costume Ideas

There's lots of advice out there about what not to be on Halloween—people dressing up as "Indians" and domestic abusers, I'm looking at you—but not a lot of advice for actually good costumes. Here's a fun list we put together of pop-culture-inspired costumes. Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Get a lacy cravat and dress up as a superhero for our time. Show More Summary

No Type: Trap Feminism Pt. 2

I’ve been thinking a lot about trap feminism and what it means since I first wrote about it in January. In this introductory piece — which was mostly a purge of initial ideas that I had been bouncing back and forth with friends — I identified some of the makings of trap feminism which included [...]

Things I am too hot to care about

It’s the same reason why young women on juries are not a good idea. They don’t get it! They’re not in that same life experience of paying the bills, doing the mortgage, kids, community, crime, education, health care. They’re like healthy and hot and running around without a care in the world.” –Fox News host Kimberly [...]

Embracing Taylor Swift’s Feminist Awakening

It’s that time again. Every two years (like clockwork) we get a brand new Taylor Swift as the young starlet reinvents herself with each new album release, the fifth of which will be released in just a few days. Back in 2006, a doe-eyed, bouncy-curled country singer got us all crying on our guitars. Show More Summary

As Anita Sarkeesian Shows, Online Harassment Can Be a Life and Death Issue

There was a time when people had one answer to online harassment: “Don’t read the comments.” This week, it’s become painfully clear how harassment women endure online is not something we can fix by just ignoring it. Instead, in thisShow More Summary

Ileana Jiminéz: Inspiring Feminism Locally and Globally

Ileana Jimenez Social media as well as blogs and communities like the FBomb have played a key role for young people involved in the feminist movement by giving us a platform to share our thoughts and ideas and allowing us to learn about and discover feminism by scrolling through our social media newsfeeds or browsing the blogosphere. Show More Summary

Are “Empowered” Pop Stars Claiming Sexuality or Giving Into the Patriarchy?

Nicki Minaj in "Anaconda" Typically, the heterosexual male gaze controls the depiction of women’s bodies and sexuality in pop culture. Music videos especially tend to enforce the idea that female sexuality is defined by what is pleasurable for men. Show More Summary

Chanel’s feminist rally

Paris Fashion Week events aren’t the traditional “stuff” that makes feminist news. But last week, Chanel had feminism at the forefront of everyone’s mind. Under the leadership of designer Karl Lagerfeld, the grand finale of Chanel’s runway show was a recreated 1960s-style feminist rally, complete with picket signs and blow horns. The feminist fashion hybrid moment [...]

The Academic Feminist: We Heart Women’s Centers, Part II

Welcome back, Academic Feminists. Today is the second in a three-part series on women’s centers on college and university campuses. The first post tackled the history of women’s centers. The final post will discuss women’s centers role in providing a safe space for survivors of sexual violence, as well as their efforts to make sure [...]

The Good2Go sexual consent app: Oversimplifying consent so you don’t have to

In all the discussion of sex and consent -- and there's been a lot of it, and it's not all recent, and unfortunately it doesn't change all that much for all that the debate is pretty much constant -- a recurring theme is the idea of somehow recording consent and negotiating it in an official context to avoid any confusion. Show More Summary

Feministing Jamz: Jam of the week – Trigger by Maluca

Maluca’s been featured in some of our previous Jamz posts, so you might have noticed that I’m a fan. It had been a bit since she’d put out new music, so when she released a teaser for Trigger this spring I anxiously awaited the full track (while listening to the tidbit provided over and over). Excited [...]

Let’s talk about that bass

Chances are, you've heard the much-lauded pop song of late summer, Meghan Trainor's body-acceptance anthem "All About That Bass." (Chances are, just reading that title has driven the season's most pernicious earworm directly into your brain, and for that, I apologize.) You may or may not like it. Show More Summary

Do Not Fear California's New Affirmative Consent Law

On a classic episode of the sitcom It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Dennis, the most sociopathic character of the bunch, explained to another character why he wanted to buy a boat. "The whole purpose of buying a boat in the first place...Show More Summary

YouTube Star Sam Pepper’s “Prank” Video Is Sexual Harassment

Sam Pepper It’s undeniable that the YouTube community is becoming a powerful and influential force in the entertainment industry. Vloggers appear on magazine covers (such as Seventeen and Fast Company), red carpets, and even on TV in...Show More Summary

Escaping the Extreme Christian Fundamentalism of "Quiverfull"

Can religious fundamentalism turn otherwise non-abusive relationships abusive? Vyckie Garrison of the blog No Longer Quivering argued yes in a recent speech given at the American Atheists national convention in Salt Lake City. Garrison...Show More Summary

In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today...Emma Watson, who is a UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador, gave a speech at the UN asking men and boys to join the fight for gender equality. The transcript of her address is here.Pope Francis said...Show More Summary

Watch John Oliver Take on Miss America

Last night, John Oliver took on Miss America in a 15 minute Last Week Tonight segment that skewered the pageant's backwards approach to offering college scholarships to young women—one that, as Oliver puts it, operates on the assumption that "the intelligence portion of the brain is located somewhere on the upper thigh.”

Vogue and the “Big Booty” Trend

Nicki Minaj: the latest 'bootylicious' star In the Vogue article “We’re Officially in the Era of the Big Booty,” writer Patricia Garcia argues that, “In music videos, in Instagram photos, and on today’s most popular celebrities, the measure of sex appeal is inextricably linked to the prominence of a woman’s behind. Show More Summary

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