Meet the Former Sex Worker Who’s Battling Prostitution

Toward the end of award-winning director Kim Longinotto’s new documentary, Dreamcatcher, the film’s subject, Brenda Myers-Powell, stands onstage in front of a room full of mostly women. Confident, passionate and determined, Brenda speaks to the gathered conference attendees and encourages them to keep an open mind. She’s brought a guest, Homer, a former pimp and sex trafficker, […]

New Coloring Book Lets You Create Your Own Feminist Icon

We’ve been writing a lot about feminist coloring books lately, including those designed for adults and kids. Well, now we’ve discovered one that caters to both audiences—and we couldn’t be more excited to share it with you. Created by Canadian artists Katrin Leblond and Iris Glaser, Colour Her: A Mix ‘n Match Colouring Book lets users create […]

How Chanel and Tribeca’s New Program for Women Filmmakers Falls Short

Just a few years ago, not many people were aware that the employment numbers of women directors in America was “criminally low.” The discussion about the exclusion and censorship of female voices from our nation’s media had not yet taken hold. Today, thanks to the powerful support of the ACLU and a strong surge of […]

KillJoy’s Kastle: Where Lesbian Feminist Tropes Go to Die

Pass through the Georgia O’Keefe-inspired vagina dentata and enter a world of lesbian feminist frights. Turn to your right and you’ll find a zombie folksinger gaily crooning away, strumming an acoustic guitar beneath a shimmering sign reading “Lesbian Rule.” If you’re in need of a restroom, turn to your left and walk through a door […]

A Feminist Guide to Horror Movies, Part 9: Be Careful What You Wish For

Apparently the spirits of Halloween can be quick to respond this time of year, because no sooner did I wish for a Gothic horror-based film that enables its young heroine to save herself and even her family without the help of men, whether dead or alive, than I found one on Netflix: Haunter, starring Abigail Breslin, is this […]

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

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 […]