Why Kylie Jenner Gets to Be “Just a Kid,” But Amandla Stenberg Doesn’t

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Another day, another incident of unapologetic cultural appropriation. Recently, reality TV star Kylie Jenner posted a selfie to her Instagram where she was sporting cornrows and mean-mugging the camera. The photo quickly drew criticism from her 29.5 million followers, some of which came from Hunger Games actor Amandla Stenberg. In a comment on Jenner’s Instagram that has […]

New Report Shows the Powerful Effect of Working Moms

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Want girls to grow up and be successful in the workplace? Support their working mothers. According to a report released last month, working mothers have an extremely positive impact on their children’s future well-being—particularly their daughters. The study, published through Harvard Business School, found that maternal employment had a direct effect on gender role models in the home and […]

A Black Mother Weeps for America

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They are not insurgents. They are not enemy combatants. They are not hostile enemy forces. They are not terrorists. They are our Black sons. And I beg you, America, to stop killing them in their own backyards, in the streets outside of nightclubs, on the phone talking to their girlfriends, and a few blocks from […]

Why We Can Still Learn From a ’70s Sex-Ed Comic

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In a recent Fusion article, writer Sam Meier chronicled the fraught history of a newly re-discovered sex-ed comic from the ’70s called Ten Heavy Facts About Sex. According to Meier’s research, back in the groovy year 1971, Sol Gordon, a professor of child and family studies at Syracuse University, used the comic to deliver honest, far-out […]

A Girl Scout Group Returned a $100,000 Gift for a Great Reason

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The Girl Scouts may be more often associated with Tagalongs than transgender activism, but that could soon change. The Girl Scouts of Western Washington recently received a check for $100,000—nearly a quarter of the council’s annual financial assistance funding for girls who need scholarships. But the gift—from a donor who has not been publicly identified—came with a condition: Please […]

Black Girls Matter

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The following is excerpted from the latest issue of Ms. To read the entire article, get a print or digital subscription today! In 2012, 6-year-old Salecia Johnson was arrested and handcuffed in a Georgia school for having a temper tantrum. In 2007, 16-year-old Pleajhai Mervin was arrested after she dropped cake on the floor in […]

A Condom Designed With Women’s Pleasure in Mind

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Compared to everything from a “sandwich bag” to a “balloon stuck between my legs,” the female condom isn’t exactly beloved, or even well-known, in the United States. (For some, female condoms are even “just ew.”) But a new condom called the VA w.o.w Condom Feminine, created by the Michigan-based company IXü, may just change those […]

Rachel Dolezal, Transracialism & What to Learn From Black Allyship Gone Wrong

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The past week has been filled with conversations about the now-infamous Rachel Dolezal, a white woman who has successfully passed as black since around 2006 or 2007. In that time, she has become a known activist, Africana Studies professor, public speaker who specializes in race and gender and the president of the Spokane, Washington chapter […]

The Trans Icons You Should Know About

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This month, as 2015’s LGBTQ Pride celebrations kick off around the world, trans activist Reina Gossett and filmmaker Sasha Wortzel begin production on Happy Birthday, Marsha!, a narrative short film celebrating trans justice pioneers and lifelong friends Marsha P. (“Pay It No Mind”) Johnson and Sylvia Rivera. The Ms. Blog caught up with Gossett, Wortzel […]

Is “Female Viagra” Really as Great as it Sounds?

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On June 4, a governmental advisory committee recommended the FDA approve what has come to be known as “female Viagra,” or flibanserin. The committee voted 18-6 that the drug be approved, provided that certain safety measures be taken to reduce the risk of side effects. The meeting marks the third time the FDA has reviewed […]