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The Final Hobbit Film: One Kick-Ass Chick Among the Sausagefest

You like battle scenes? You'll probably like The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the last of director Peter Jackson's six films based on the work of J.R.R. Tolkien. Battle scenes make up the majority of the 144-minute film—and that doesn't even count preparing for battles and talking about battles. Though there are some great scenes with the dragon Smaug at the outset, one very impressive scene with the elf woman … [Read More...]

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The Privilege of Christmas Carols

It’s that holly, jolly time of year again when the festive patriarchy and cultural majority rises up and celebrates itself for its good-spirited, happy camaraderie. A time when we sing in hearty chorus, celebrating the triumphs and tribulations overcome by our favorite heroes, chipper and forward-looking, pulling themselves up by their red-and-green-striped bootstraps. Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas carols. … [Read More...]

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Jennifer Lawrence: Legal Tipping Point for Women in Hollywood?

The recent “Guardians of Peace” Sony hacks are rocking Hollywood this holiday season with revelations of studio-wide sexism. News that Jennifer Lawrence, arguably the biggest movie star of the moment, received lower pay than her less-famous male co-stars on 2013’s American Hustle could spell catastrophe for Sony—and new hope for women if the revelations lead to action. According to The Daily Beast, a … [Read More...]

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Women Claiming the Streets, Women Claiming Community

The streets have always been a site of political struggle, but this year, how women have been positioned on the streets is a lesson in community building and feminist solidarity. While the Ferguson, Missouri, protesters became a huge story in 2014—even coming close to being named Time's Person of the Year—few may remember just how central women of color have been in mobilizing this movement: from Feminista Jones, who … [Read More...]

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Police Kill Black Women All The Time, Too — We Just Don’t Hear About It

Reprinted from Bustle with permission  Protestors in New York flooded the streets last week, toting signs that blazed with images and phrases about cruel injustice. Just a week after similar events in Ferguson, a grand jury ruled that Daniel Pantaleo--the NYPD officer who put Eric Garner, a 44-year-old, black, Staten Island man, in a chokehold that led to Garner’s death--should not be brought to trial for his … [Read More...]

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We Don’t Need to Prove “Jackie’s” Story

TRIGGER WARNING: Discussion of sexual assault By now, most people will have read, or at least heard of, the Rolling Stone article that details the alleged gang rape of Jackie, a first-year student at the University of Virginia (UVA). The day I read her story, my reaction was similar to that of my female friends: sadness, anger, empathy, but not surprise. When I heard that Jackie’s story was being questioned, though, … [Read More...]

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Surprise, Surprise: Increased Contraceptive Use Leads to Fewer Unintended Pregnancies

Who would have guessed? Increased use of contraceptives is accompanied by a decline in abortions and unintended pregnancies, according to a new report from the Guttmacher Institute. Researchers found that women who use birth control methods consistently and correctly make up only 5 percent of unplanned pregnancies.  Other key findings from the report: The use of long-acting, reversible […]

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We (forever) Heart: Toni Morrison

From Beloved to Song of Solomon, 83-year-old Toni Morrison has shared a panoply of great novels with the world. The author’s accolades range from the Nobel Prize in Literature to the Pulitzer, earning her works a lasting spot as American classics. Earlier this month, Knopf announced it will be printing the author’s eleventh novel, God […]

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7 Feminist Human Rights Icons Who Are Changing the World

Happy International Human Rights Day! In celebration of the United Nations General Assembly’s 64-year-old commitment to “bring to the attention ‘of the peoples of the world’ the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations,” the Ms. Blog compiled a short list of some of our favorite feminist human […]

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The Final Hobbit Film: One Kick-Ass Chick Among the Sausagefest

You like battle scenes? You'll probably like The Hobbit: The Battle of the … ...

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The Privilege of Christmas Carols

It’s that holly, jolly time of year again when the festive patriarchy and … ...

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In Bed with Susan Sontag

In Regarding Susan Sontag, a deliciously dark and brooding documentary … ...

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Our Favorite Feminist Crowdfunding Campaigns

Every single day, people work hard to turn their feminist dreams into … ...

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Sometimes it takes a good role model to inspire someone to pursue an … ...

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Kim Kardashian: The Butt of an Old Racial Joke

Reprinted with permission from The Grio Earlier this week, social media … ...

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Police Kill Black Women All The Time, Too — We Just Don’t Hear About It

Reprinted from Bustle with permission  Protestors in New York flooded … ...

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We Don’t Need to Prove “Jackie’s” Story

TRIGGER WARNING: Discussion of sexual assault By now, most people will … ...

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Dear Governor of Virginia: Please Protect College Women

Ms. audiences by now have likely read the Nov. 19 article by the … ...

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Women Claiming the Streets, Women Claiming Community

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6 Applause-Worthy Pro-Choice Victories of 2014

The war on abortion and reproductive rights has grown alarmingly in the … ...

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Reasonable Doubt? Rolling Stone’s Missteps Fuel Disbelief of Rape Victims

Not long ago, I overheard a snippet of conversation among my college … ...

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