A Feminist Guide to Horror Movies, Part 8: Beware of Crimson Peak


Author’s Note: If the thing that scares you most is disagreement among feminists, you might not want to read this post—fellow feminist film buff Natalie Wilson gave this movie a glowing review on the Ms. Blog last week. Surely a well-cast hex or two will bring Ms. Wilson over to my side… I am the first […]

10 Reasons You Should Read Notorious RBG


It’s finally RBG day! Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a book inspired by the revered Supreme Court Justice, was released today. Written by MSNBC reporter by Irin Carmon and creator of the Notorious RBG Tumblr, Shana Knizhnik, the book follows the life of RBG, from her humble beginnings in Brooklyn to her seat on the Supreme […]

10 Awesome Feminist Films From the ’90s


The 1990s were a decade of witchy fashion, Tamagotchis, glitter pens and pop stars. Although many glorious (or terrible—you decide) trends came out of the ’90s, my all-time favorite was, hello, riot grrrl and other ’90s-era feminisms. During that decade, many artists used film as a tool to critically examine political and social issues using a feminist lens. Although some […]

Guillermo Goes Gothic in the Grrrl-Powered Crimson Peak


WARNING: SPOILERS Forget the phallic-tongued vampires populating The Strain and go for the sumptuously Gothic Crimson Peak. As with Pan’s Labyrinth, Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak is a woman-centered and driven narrative brimming with claustrophobic imagery and red-hued horror. While Pan’s Labyrinth incorporated fairytale structure and imagery to tell a political tale of post-civil war Spain, Crimson Peak draws on the gothic genre to meditate on the dangers of inherited class privilege. More […]

A Coloring Book Grown-Up Feminists Will Love

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It’s no secret that coloring books for grown-ups are having a moment right now. They’ve been called an “alternative to meditation” and some have sold millions of copies. Well, now adult feminists have a coloring book of their own, thanks to artist Grace Miceli. Miceli’s quirky feminist coloring book is exactly the artistic outlet we wish we’d had […]

Freeheld Beautifully Captures the Notion that “Love Is Love”


Love is forged in small moments. Like ragged bits of bottles polished into sea glass, Freeheld‘s lead characters, Laurel Hester (Julianne Moore) and Stacie Andree (Ellen Page), are rugged and tough, tumbled unwittingly by societal pressures and personal illness into gems fighting for LGBTQ equality. In one early scene in the film—which is based on the true […]

Through the Glass Ceiling and Beyond! Sally Ride’s Feminist Legacy


In the early 1960s, when Sally Ride was a child, her parents gave her a chemistry set and a subscription to Scientific American. They got her a microscope and a telescope, too, and so, from an early age, she learned to ask questions about the universe and her place within it. Along with the other students in her […]

11 Badass Feminist Song Lyrics

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There’s nothing quite like a feminist anthem to get you buzzing. Whether it’s a song about double standards, sexism or unconventional sexuality, or self-worth, respect and empowerment, these inspiring tunes from the past and present showcase feminism without fear. Click through the slideshow for some badass feminist lyrics to hum in your car, scrawl in your notebook or […]

Muted Explores What Happens When Black Girls Go Missing


What happens when a young girl of color goes missing? Who searches for her? Who tries to bring her home safely? Not the police, as the short film Muted shows. Even though it’s only 18 minutes long, Muted packs a serious emotional gut punch as the viewer is taken into the terror-stricken world of single black […]

Sexism in the Music Business? Taylor Swift & Ryan Adams Shake it Off!


It may have started as a joke. Or maybe a form of break-up therapy. Whatever led alt-rock singer-songwriter Ryan Adams to record his own track-by-track version of Taylor Swift’s mega-hit album 1989, it’s turning out to be a big win for the two artists on many fronts. In what has to be a music history first, both […]