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The Pakistani Superhero Who’s Battling Polio

In Pakistan, a woman superhero is saving the day on television screens, spreading awareness about women’s issues and fighting for gender equality. Launched last summer, award-winning animation Burka Avenger tracks Jiya and her titular alter ego. An agreeable schoolteacher by day, Jiya transforms into her superhero counterpart at night, donning a burka and kicking butt before sunrise. In the midst of rising Taliban … [Read More...]

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Gender, Race, and the Supernatural: Appreciating Sleepy Hollow‘s Abbie Mills

Just before the start of the fall TV season, New York Times writer Alessandra Stanley caused a stir online for misrepresenting TV showrunner Shonda Rhimes and all of her fictitious black women characters as "angry black women." Of course, many in the feminist blogosphere rushed to defend both Rhimes and her black heroines, Olivia Pope of Scandal and Annalise Keating of the new show How to Get Away with Murder. Few, … [Read More...]

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Baby North West Gets Gender-Policed

Little Miss North West is not even 2 years old and already she's stirring up trouble with the gender police. Her father, Kanye West, claims he invented the leather jogging pant, so it was no surprise to see little North sporting a pair of the slick trousers on her mother Kim Kardashian's Instagram last week. What was surprising, though, were the reactions to North's pants from commenters: "I would love to see … [Read More...]

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Take a Class with bell hooks

Reading bell hooks has practically become a feminist rite of passage. Having published dozens of books and papers, including Feminism is for Everybody, the distinguished professor at Berea College has made brilliant contributions to feminism. She's also become an icon for budding feminists, and many of us may find ourselves wishing that we could take a class with her or eavesdrop as she talks with amazing academic, … [Read More...]

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Why the Jian Ghomeshi “Rough Sex” Scandal Isn’t About Rough Sex

This article is reprinted with permission from Sex Geek. There’s a scandal breaking in Canada. It’s about BDSM. Or is it? I’m not so sure. Short version: Jian Ghomeshi is a wicked popular CBC radio host, and the CBC just fired him without disclosing why. He’s retaliating with a $55-million lawsuit (unheard of in non-litigious Canada) and a demand for reinstatement. On Sunday, he made a Facebook post which … [Read More...]

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The Dangers of Mansplaining Abortion

Even mansplaining is bigger in Texas. “Mansplaining” was a New York Times Word of the Year after the publication of Rebecca Solnit’s classic essay "Men Explain Things to Me" back in 2008. Before long, the word had morphed to explain the experience of other groups who are often dismissed: whitesplaining, straightsplaining and, for those who reject the gender binary, gonadvising. It struck a chord with anyone … [Read More...]

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All About That Catcalling Video

By now you’ve probably heard about the catcalling video co-created by anti-street-harassment group Hollaback! and Rob Bliss Creative. The video features a woman who, while walking around New York for 10 hours, gets harassed by men more than 100 times; it’s been making its way speedily around the Internet and think-pieced in high volume. While some have come out in […]

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NEWSFLASH: North Dakota Court Restricts Medication Abortions

The North Dakota Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a state law restricting medication abortions will be allowed to take effect, severely limiting women’s access to a safe, legal medical procedure. Said Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, which first filed a lawsuit challenging the bill in July 2011: Today’s decision […]

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What’s at Stake: Ballot Measures in Your State

The Nov. 4 election is almost here—and we hope you’re feeling well-informed and ready to vote for the best candidates in your state. If you’re in one of the four states on the map below—Colorado, Oregon, North Dakota and Tennessee—you’ll have the opportunity to vote on measures that could hugely impact women’s daily lives—and our […]

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Will Disney Get Race and Culture Right With Moana?

Earlier this week, Disney Animation Studios announced a late-2016 release … ...

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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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The Pakistani Superhero Who’s Battling Polio

In Pakistan, a woman superhero is saving the day on television screens, … ...

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Why the Jian Ghomeshi “Rough Sex” Scandal Isn’t About Rough Sex

This article is reprinted with permission from Sex Geek. There’s a … ...

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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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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 Dangers of Mansplaining Abortion

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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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