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Subverting the “Girlie” Calendar: March

Ms. March On windy nights in March, her stars align, like satin stitches neatly placed in rows, and for a moment, though the rough wind blows, her needlepoint is part of the design. A “girlie calendar” makes one think of men’s lockers, walls of auto repair shops or a military barracks: They’re typically collections of nude or scantily dressed women in provocative poses, designed for the male heterosexual … [Read More...]

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Amy Goodman: Speaking Truth to Power

This March, for Women's History Month, the Ms. Blog is profiling Wonder Women who have made history—and those who are making history right now. Join us each day as we bring you the stories of iconic and soon-to-be-famous feminist change-makers. “The role of reporters is to go to where the silence is and say something.” – Amy Goodman Journalists play a special role in history. They don’t just participate in … [Read More...]

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Interview: The Activist Survivors of “The Hunting Ground”

It's strange to think of Annie Clark and Andrea Pino as "stars" of the new documentary The Hunting Ground, since their "stardom" arose from traumatic real-life experiences. But they're indeed the main protagonists of this game-changing film about campus rape, which opened yesterday today in New York and Los Angeles (and, in two weeks, in Boston, Berkeley and Washington, D.C.). Both young women were sexually assaulted … [Read More...]

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“Fifty Shades of F*cked Up”: The Film on its Own Terms

Have you heard of Fifty Shades of Grey? Of course you have. It’s everywhere. By now we probably all know the basics: damaged millionaire falls for innocent undergrad and introduces her to a world of BDSM play that’s by turns sexy and disturbing. He tries to push her into a full-time dominant/submissive contract; she tries to push him into a “normal” romance. Predictably, it’s a tortured relationship. … [Read More...]

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The Weight of a Falling Sky

The following text (accompanied by photos and videos) is excerpted from "The Weight of a Falling Sky" in the Winter 2015 issue of Ms. In that article, acclaimed author Barbara Kingsolver investigates the impact of climate change on women globally—and the creative ways that women are lifting up their communities. To read more, become a member of the Ms. community and get the issue delivered to your doorstep or … [Read More...]

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Angela Davis’s Legacy of Collective Solidarity

“The masculinist mode of representing history makes it so that, too often, credit is not given where it’s due.” These words—among an impassioned treasure-trove of others—were delivered by longtime political activist, radical queer feminist, writer and scholar Angela Davis this past Monday night. On the 43rd anniversary of her release from prison following her acquittal of "conspiracy in the 1970 armed … [Read More...]

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How #BlackLivesMatter Became the Word of the Year

For the first time in its history, the American Dialect Society voted for a hashtag as 2014’s Word of the Year. The phrase in question is #BlackLivesMatter, the resounding call to arms that went viral after the 2013 trial trial of George Zimmerman—who shot and killed teenager Trayvon Martin—saw Zimmerman walk free. It gained traction again in […]

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Activists Stay the Course Against Trade Deal

Activists opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade deal currently being negotiated by the U.S. and 10 other Pacific Rim nations, gathered in a park across the street from the Beverly Hills Hotel Wednesday to call on Congress to stop the fast-track of the deal. While the TPP has been criticized for many reasons, the […]

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Philly Workers Finally Get Paid Sick Days

Yesterday Philadelphia became the 20th location in the U.S. to enact a law guaranteeing that workers can earn paid sick days (in this case, one hour for every 40 worked). It’s the third time the Philadelphia City Council has passed such a measure, but the first time the mayor has signed it. This third time […]

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Subverting the “Girlie” Calendar: March

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“It Follows”: A Horror Film That Doesn’t Blame the Victim for Having Sex

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Black Women’s Histories: A Conversation With Barbara McCaskill

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Lucretia Mott: “The Lioness of the Convention”

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