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#NoRapeOnReign: When Sexual Violence Is a Plot Device

As someone who has always been a sucker for historical fiction in television (The Tudors, anyone?), I couldn't help but be drawn in when a friend put me on to CW's Reign, a fictionalized teen drama that follows the early life of Mary, Queen of Scots in the 16th century. I quickly came to appreciate the show for its portrayals of complex women characters, especially in a starkly patriarchal era when prospects for women … [Read More...]

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Around the Ms. Office: Our Favorite Feminist Reads

As the weather chills and sweaters make their annual reappearance, it’s the perfect time to grab a book and hunker down. Following our post on children's books for budding feminists, we've compiled a list of the Ms. office’s favorite books for a slightly older crowd. Here's what our editors and interns had to say about their most memorable reads. Michele Kort, senior editor Most Feminist Read: Backlash: The … [Read More...]

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“A Thousand Times Goodnight” — The Work/Family Conflict Goes to War

A Thousand Times Goodnight goes way beyond the usual conversation about how a woman can balance the competing demands of work and family. It illuminates the profound moral quandary at the heart of the conflict, heightened because this mother’s work not only takes her away from her family: It can also kill her. Rebecca (Juliette Binoche) is a renowned war photographer who we meet as she’s filming, in Afghanistan, a … [Read More...]

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Serena and Venus Williams Battle More Body-Shaming

It seems like Serena and Venus Williams just can’t catch a break. Though both have been ranked No. 1 in women’s singles tennis, taken home armfuls of trophies and been credited with ushering in a new era of American women's athleticism, nasty comments about their bodies—and gender performance—continue to plague their careers. The most recent gaffe comes courtesy of Russian Tennis Federation President Shamil … [Read More...]

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Victory! Thrift Store Pulls Sexy Halloween Costumes for Girls

If you're a Halloween enthusiast, you may know that one of the best places to pick up inexpensive pre-fab costumes is the local thrift store. What you probably wouldn't expect to see are skimpy, sexed-up outfits for little girls—but that's exactly what one Canadian thrift store had on offer recently. Mom and writer Raina Delisle penned a gobsmacked Huffington Post Canada blog post this week after stumbling … [Read More...]

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This is What Democracy Looks Like

Today marks the 19th annual National Day of Protest To Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation. It also marks the 74th day since Michael Brown was killed by Ferguson Police Department officer Darren Wilson. It has been 74 days since Leslie McSpadden hugged her son. When unarmed Brown was shot down on August 9, I, like many Black people across the country, cried out in horror and … [Read More...]

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New Research Exposes Myths About Voter Fraud

While Texas Attorney General (and gubernatorial candidate) Greg Abbott (R) celebrates the Supreme Court’s decision to allow his state’s discriminatory voter ID laws to go into place—citing a “voter fraud epidemic” as just cause for the rule—new research from the Government Accountability Office shows that voter fraud is, in fact, an imaginary problem. The GAO […]

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We Heart: Kristen Stewart for Calling Out Anti-Feminists

Kristen Stewart has grown a lot from her Twilight years: She’s no longer the meek Bella Swan waiting for a vampire in glittery armor to save her, but instead is restarting her career with standout indie performances. She stars in the upcoming film Camp X-Ray, in which she plays a disillusioned guard at Guantanamo Bay, and […]

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NEWSFLASH: Supreme Court Does Right By Texas Abortion Clinics

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court took action to keep open the doors of some of Texas’ abortion clinics. Women’s health advocates had filed an emergency motion earlier this month asking the court to strike down a decision by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals that had shuttered all but eight clinics in the state. […]

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Around the Ms. Office: Our Favorite Feminist Reads

As the weather chills and sweaters make their annual reappearance, it’s … ...

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“A Thousand Times Goodnight” — The Work/Family Conflict Goes to War

A Thousand Times Goodnight goes way beyond the usual conversation about how … ...

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Forgotten Women of Film History: Marion Wong

The second installment of our "Forgotten Women of Film History" series … ...

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The Woman Who Could Replace Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

By now, the mayor of my beloved hometown, Toronto, needs no introduction: … ...

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Dear UN: Where Are the Women in Your Ebola Prevention Plan?

The following is an open letter from the Mano River Women's Peace … ...

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Why We Need to #LiftTheBan on Abortion in War Zones

TRIGGER WARNING: Contains references to sexual violence Being a girl in … ...

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This is What Democracy Looks Like

Today marks the 19th annual National Day of Protest To Stop Police … ...

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Why Schools—Not Law Enforcement—Should Investigate Campus Rapes

There's one question about campus rape that comes up again and again: Why … ...

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Federal Judge Faces Wife-Beating Charges; Refuses to Step Down

A federal judge in Alabama was arrested in August after his wife called 911 … ...

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The Day That Men’s Sports Got It Right

We've been inundated with bad news about men's sports lately, from … ...

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Sleater-Kinney, Bad Brains, Black Flag — Rachel Maddow’s Midterm Playlist

The stress of midterm elections have you pulling out your hair? Don’t … ...

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Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Discriminatory Voter ID Law

Sorry, African Americans, Latinos, married or divorced women, poor people, … ...

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