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 […]

“A Thousand Times Goodnight” — The Work/Family Conflict Goes to War

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A Thousand Times Goodnight goes way beyond the usual conversation about how a woman can balance the competing demands of work and family. It illuminates the profound moral quandary at the heart of the conflict, heightened because this mother’s work not only takes her away from her family: It can also kill her. Rebecca (Juliette […]

Forgotten Women of Film History: Marion Wong

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The second installment of our “Forgotten Women of Film History“ series shines the spotlight on the earliest known Chinese American film director, Marion Wong. While there are conflicting reports about the exact dates of her birth and death, it is believed that Wong was born in 1895 in the San Francisco Bay Area and lived there until […]

To Lena Dunham, the Personal is Political

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It’s easier to explain Lena Dunham’s new book, Not That Kind of Girl, by explaining what it’s not: It’s not a self-help book, nor an attempt to quell Dunham’s critics. It’s not drowning in narcissism, nor the author’s affinity for nudity. Rather, the reader is introduced to Lena: a self-aware, unashamed and extremely funny woman. […]

Geena Davis to Filmmakers: “Add More Female Characters”

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Last week, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media (GDIGM) hosted their 2nd Global Symposium in Los Angeles to share the findings of a new study examining how women are portrayed in films—and how often they get cast at all. The event featured keynote speakers such as institute namesake Davis, study leader Dr. Stacy L. Smith, PhD. and […]

10 Must-Read Books for Young Feminists

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It seems fitting to award Malala Yousafzai the Noble Peace Prize just days before International Day of the Girl. Malala’s mission—advocating for girls’ access to education—aligns with the sentiment behind the United Nations-recognized day: International Day of the Girl celebrates and advocates for gender equality, including ensuring girls have educational opportunities, on a global scale. […]

Forget “The November Man” — Try “Homeland,” “Hunted” or “Haywire” Instead

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You don’t have to be a feminist to not like The November Man. You just have to be someone who likes good movies. Even though I grew up watching sexist James Bonds films with my real-life CIA dad, this movie is worse. Not only does the film specialize in putting women down, but the female […]