We Heart: Ashton Kutcher’s Crusade for Diaper-Changing Tables in Men’s Restrooms

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Ashton Kutcher, who we already kind of loved for his activism against child pornography and sex trafficking, boosted his feminist street cred even further this week. The new dad of a five-month-old girl took to Facebook to critique the parenting double standard that leads to providing only women’s bathrooms with diaper-changing tables. The actor wrote: […]

We Heart: Trailblazing Senator Barbara Mikulski

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The pioneering politician who “made it okay for women to wear pants in the Senate” won’t be seeking re-election. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), the longest-serving woman in the U.S. Senate, announced her pending retirement yesterday at a news conference in Baltimore. In her nearly 30 years in the Senate, Mikulski achieved many firsts, including being […]

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 […]