Pimpkillah: Feminist Comic Hero Is Not Your Girl Next Door

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When one is looking for nuanced, relatable female characters, the comic book world can be a difficult one to traverse. Women are often props for male protagonists, prizes that need to rescued, adored or ogled. Even when they do get to be the main characters who vanquish villains, they are reduced to “fighting fuck toys,” […]

Amber Rose and the Kardashians: Race, Privilege and Slut-Shaming

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For those who don’t keep up with Twitter beefs between reality stars and hip-hop models, there was quite the social media brawl when the latter (Amber Rose) disparaged rapper Tyga for allegedly dating one of the former (underage Kylie Jenner). When asked on a radio show what she thought of the relationship, Rose said: She’s […]

#Ferguson: Six Months After the Killing of Michael Brown

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Michael Brown was gunned down by police in his Ferguson, Missouri, neighborhood six months ago today. Trayvon Martin, killed by a self-appointed “vigilante,” would have turned 20 years old last Thursday. Also last week: the 16th anniversary of the death of Amadou Diallo, who was shot at 41 times by NYPD when reaching for his […]

#BlackGirlsMatter: When Girls of Color Are Policed Out of School

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Last year, 12-year-old Mikia Hutchings was faced with expulsion from her Georgia middle school and possible felony charges by the local sheriff’s department. Her crime: writing the word “hi” on a locker room wall. Her white friend graffiti’d even more words on the wall, yet the school handled their punishments quite differently. Mikia’s friend paid […]

The Super Bowl Commercial Everyone Should See

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The National Football League attracted much unwanted attention last year surrounding the issue of domestic violence in its ranks. When the now-infamous Ray Rice elevator video went viral, the embarrassing incompetence of the league in handling domestic abuse was exposed, and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was forced to answer to the public. Now that the […]

Up For Debate: Newsweek’s Silicon Valley Cover

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Is the Newsweek cover above sexist? Depends on who you’re talking to. When the cover, depicting a cursor lifting up a faceless woman’s skirt, leaked ahead of its accompanying feature story on sexism in Silicon Valley, Twitter lit up with condemnation. Many felt it too closely mirrored what it was trying to critique: Some women […]

Marissa Alexander Is a Free Woman!

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Marissa Alexander, the Florida woman who spent the last three years behind bars for firing a warning shot at her abusive husband, has finally been released from prison. She will spend the next two years under house arrest with a GPS monitor on her ankle. This brings a bittersweet end to an embroilment that started […]

Diversity Wins Big at SAG Awards

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In the wake of #OscarsSoWhite and Ava DuVernay’s Academy Awards snub, there was a bit of good news for women of color in Hollywood Sunday night. At the annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, not one but two African American women actors snagged SAG awards for their leading roles. Viola Davis won Outstanding Performance by a […]

George Lucas: “Girls Go to the Movies Just Like Anyone Else”

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It looks like the trend of gender-balanced children’s movies might be here to stay. Today marks the release of Strange Magic, an animated musical by Disney that revolves around the fairytale adventures of two sisters. This latest addition to the growing list of girl-centered kids’ movies comes from an unlikely source: Star Wars creator George Lucas. […]

Top 5 Feminist Moments in the State of the Union

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Expectations were high for President Obama’s sixth State of the Union address, and he did not disappoint. He managed to tackle a myriad of issues that impact women and families, from reproductive rights to fair pay, highlighting them as a national priority. To much applause, Obama also gave much-needed attention to just how integral working […]