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 […]

Subverting the “Girlie” Calendar: May

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Ms. May   The life they tell of May is a mistake. They simply wanted her to love a man she didn’t. Skewed her voice to fit their plan. Left May alone with her peculiar ache. A “girlie calendar” makes one think of men’s lockers, walls of auto repair shops or a military barracks: They’re […]

How Ex Machina Fails to be Radical

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Reprinted with permission from Skirt Collective I am going to admit: Ex Machina profoundly disturbed me—so much so that at one point I had to leave the theatre and catch my breath. It is very rare for me to walk out of a film. Rarer still for me to walk out not because the film […]

Meryl Streep Boosts Over-40 Women Screenwriters

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Back in 1986 Newsweek made a point of suggesting that for all practical purposes, women are dead at age 40.  Women over 40, they wrote, are “more likely to be killed by a terrorist” than get married. And Newsweek had statistics to back it up: Women over 40, they claimed “have a minuscule 2.6 percent […]

Our Dream Feminist Coachella Lineup

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With this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival—and its rampant cultural appropriation (ahem festival garb)—behind us for now, we’ve put together our dream feminist Coachella lineup featuring a handful of artists who have either claimed their feminism, sung about it, proudly rallied for it or unapologetically lived it. Here’s hoping a fem-fest of this size […]

Subverting the “Girlie” Calendar: April

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  Ms. April When April weeps, the tears drip on her toes, the water rises in the jade-stone lake, a blue jay shakes the red-bud blooms awake, in rainy light, the green grass rosy glows. A “girlie calendar” makes one think of men’s lockers, walls of auto repair shops or a military barracks: They’re typically […]

How Do We See Ourselves?

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I take black-and-white photos of women and then ask them to write, in their own words, how they feel about the way they look in the photo. The woman’s photo and her words become one piece that stands on its own, with no editing and filtering. The viewer, first attracted to the photo, is then […]

Sex and Suffering: The Tragic Life of the Japanese Courtesan

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This article is excerpted with permission from Collectors Weekly It’s difficult to get a window into the world of Edo-Period Japanese prostitutes without the gauzy romantic filter of the male gaze. The artworks in the new San Francisco Asian Art Museum exhibition, “Seduction: Japan’s Floating World,” were made by men for men, the patrons of the Yoshiwara […]

A New Feminist Book Once a Month? Yes, Please!

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While many have argued that the rise of sites like Amazon.com killed the indie bookstore, one enterprising pair of young women are using the popularity of e-books to carve out a space for feminist authors online. Emily Gould and Ruth Curry founded Emily Books in 2011 while both at professional crossroads. Currently, Curry works in academic publishing and Gould, a […]