An Open Letter to Jerry Seinfeld

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Dear Jerry Seinfeld, I heard you on ESPN radio the other day. You were talking to Colin Cowherd about how you write jokes, where you like to perform and how much you love Colin Cowherd. I have to be honest, Jerry, you two were losing me until Colin broached the subject of political correctness and […]

We Have the Data, Hollywood, Where are the Results?

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Last month, the ACLU sent a letter to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission smacking down Hollywood’s sexism and insisting something be done to get more women into top positions. It was a strong move, and a new report from San Diego State University’s Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film titled Independent Women proves that there […]

Proof That Women Do—And Should!—Win Literary Awards

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Last week, British novelist Nicola Griffith momentarily broke the internet when she blogged about a startling discovery: Through her own independent research, she found that books about women characters, written by women novelists, for the most part do not win awards. While Griffith is the first to admit that she’s “a novelist, not a statistician,” her […]

A Q&A With Transparent Creator Jill Soloway

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The following is a reprint from the Spring 2015 issue of Ms. Click here to get your copy! Jill Soloway’s series Transparent is changing the face of contemporary television in more ways than one. Previously known for her writing on HBO’s Six Feet Under and for writing and directing the film Afternoon Delight, Soloway introduces an unmatched variety […]

Subverting the “Girlie” Calendar: June

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Ms. June Where is the girl of June who skipped and ran along the feather lane of birdy hill? I’d like to give her my last daffodil. She’s lost on river road where she began. A “girlie calendar” makes one think of men’s lockers, walls of auto repair shops or a military barracks: They’re typically […]

Bessie and the Musical Legacy of Black Feminism

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From the written page to the streets, and even to cable TV, black feminism is hitting its stride. Not only is a black feminist theorist like Kimberlé Crenshaw changing the political landscape—first with her policy brief, “Black Girls Matter,” and her article of the same name in Ms.‘ current issue, and later with her co-authored brief, […]

Why You MUST See Mad Max This Weekend

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A version of this article originally appeared on Skirt Collective Much has been made of the call by Aaron Clarey in his piece “Why You Should Not Go See ‘Mad Max: Feminist Road.’” As many articles have discussed Clarey’s ridiculous, hyper-macho douchery, (for example, here, here and here), I will instead offer a counter call: Instead of “mancotting” the film as Clarey […]

10 Best Feminist Comedies on Netflix

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When it comes to comedic films in theaters and online, it’s pretty slim pickings if you’re seeking something that manages to be witty without using women as a punchline. Luckily, there are enough comedies that pass the Bechdel Test currently on Netflix to satisfy your binge-watching needs for the week. Some of the flicks in […]

ACLU Goes After Hollywood’s Gender Gap

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The American Civil Liberties Union is taking Hollywood to task for the industry’s unchecked sexism in hiring practices. Accusing the industry of committing civil rights violations against women directors, the ACLU is calling for a state and federal investigation of television networks, movie studios and talent agencies. The organization has sent a 15-page letter to […]

The Feminist Children’s Book You’ve Been Searching For

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Your child’s library—and, if we’re being honest, your own library—has been lacking until now. Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History…and Our Future, a new feminist alphabet book written by Kate Schatz and illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahl, introduces young readers to a group of remarkable women who have left an […]