Choking on a Waterfall of Watermelon Seeds

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Reprinted with permission from Nikky Finney On Wednesday night Jacqueline Woodson won the 2014 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. After she left the stage the host of the National Book Awards, Daniel Handler, told the crowd that she, a Black woman, “was allergic to watermelon” and then implored the crowd at the National […]

“Twilight” Screenplay Contest to Boost Women Writers and Directors

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Just when you thought Twilight had receded into the zeitgeists-of-popular-culture-past, a new short film contest called “The Storytellers— New Voices of The Twilight Saga” promises to bring the series, and its vibrant fan base, back to life. Before you grit your teeth and shake your feminist fist, bemoaning that one of the most regressive, non-feminist-friendly blockbuster sagas is […]

Nicki Minaj and the Performance of White Supremacy

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“[Hitler] killed Jews and Gypsies because he didn’t have us.” — from Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon I had already read the numerous condemnations before actually viewing the lyric video for Nicki Minaj’s latest single, “Only.” Just how bad could it be? I thought. After all, I had not seen prior indication that the pop star was given to anti-Semitism. […]

Women on Stage: The First Wives Club in Musical Form

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This spring, the widely popular 1996 movie The First Wives Club will make its stage debut at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre. Based on Olivia Goldsmith’s bestselling novel, the musical follows a trajectory similar to the film: Three college friends reconnect years after graduation, realizing they have more in common than just their alma mater. All three women […]

Forgotten Women of Film History: Lois Weber

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The third installment of Forgotten Women of Film History focuses the lens on socially conscious actress, writer, director and producer Lois Weber. Weber was the first American woman to direct a feature film, the first and only woman member of the Motion Pictures Directors Association and the first mayor of Universal City, Calif. Born June 13, […]

Marvel and DC Get a Diversity Facelift

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You could say that Marvel and DC Comics have been duking it out in a superhero film arms-race since, well, forever. Who has the greatest fan-favorite superheroes? Who has better film ratings? Who’s making the most money? And while many say Marvel’s in the lead, given the success of the recent Avengers reboot and Guardians […]

Subverting the “Girlie” Calendar: November

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Ms. November November steels herself for this eclipse. She twirls her silver ring, light wheels to dark. Shuffle around the closed amusement park. Take flight before the skygray canvas rips.   A “girlie calendar” makes one think of men’s lockers, walls of auto repair shops or a military barracks: They’re typically collections of nude or […]

Artist Who Objectifies Women Declares Himself a Feminist

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British artist Allen Jones seems to be going all-in on his Halloween costume this year. In an interview with The Guardian today, Jones—known for his sculptures of semi-dressed women in bondage gear, contorted to look like household objects—has declared himself a feminist. That’s got to be his Halloween costume, right? RIGHT?? Appears not. Jones, a […]

Will Disney Get Race and Culture Right With Moana?

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Earlier this week, Disney Animation Studios announced a late-2016 release date for its 56th animated feature, Moana, a musical comedy-adventure that will transport viewers to the South Seas to a world of sea creatures, underworlds and Polynesian folklore. Moana will be Disney’s first-ever Pacific Islander princess and second protagonist from the region (second only to […]

Around the Ms. Office: Our Favorite Feminist Reads

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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 […]