There will always be a space and a place for the Powerpuff Girls—but we’re living in the golden age of smart, intersectional, feminist children’s animation, and television shows and films alike are currently bursting with fantastic viewing options that explore identity, sexuality, and gender equality in innovative and moving ways.
In 1995 when I discovered my mother’s black heritage, she made me promise never to tell her secret until she died.
Most of us already hate using public bathrooms. There’s a reason all those news stories compare the bacteria levels of common surfaces—steering wheels, doorknobs—to the bacteria levels in public bathrooms. We’re grossed out by them. They’re malodorous caverns to which we must expose our most sensitive external organs and deposit our own smelly, bacteria-ridden waste […]
When I began Los Angeles County’s online marriage license application a few nights ago, I was asked to choose between either a public or confidential marriage license. I confess that it was the nominally lower price tag of the confidential option that led me to do a quick Google search. There were a few differences between […]
If you’re like me, the #OscarsSoWhite and #OscarsSoStraight controversies surrounding this year’s Academy Awards—Hollywood’s self-congratulatory pat on the back for making zero progress toward creating a more inclusive industry and more opportunities for women, particularly women of color—left a rancid taste in your mouth. But fear not, feminist cinephiles! This month marks the 20th anniversary of The Watermelon […]
Valentine’s Day is upon us and we here at Ms. have collected a few feminist card ideas that are perfect for your significant other or favorite feminist friend. Skip the sappy, cliché or otherwise patriarchal Valentine’s Day messages and send one of these gems instead! All the bells and Whistles Let this remarkable feminist author and activist be the […]
My 6-year-old black daughter adores makeup tutorials. She can rock any MAC lipstick harder than I can, and gently corrects my makeup choices that she calls too “mama-style.” So my stomach fell to my knees when I read about the comments recently posted by top African American beauty vloggers Ravyn Elyse and Vicky Logan. Elyse, 22, […]
Reprinted with permission from Women and Hollywood Earlier this month, Oscar-nominated screenwriter Ron Nyswaner reignited a debate that has long been percolating in the LGBT community about our representation in media and entertainment. At the Vanguard Awards, Nyswaner, the writer of Philadelphia and Freeheld, had some pointed things to say about how the project had been “de-gayed.” […]
Hillary Clinton has been in the public spotlight for so long that her likability isn’t a question; even her most ardent supporters acknowledge that people don’t like her. Republicans, of course, but also the very people she’s spent her whole career trying to represent: women. Gloria Steinem’s new book, My Life on the Road, excerpted […]
Tis’ the month that culminates with witches, mystical creatures, fictional characters, and, well, a little bit of cultural appropriation. Turn on your television, and you’ll hear Michael Jackson’s Thriller courtesy of Party City. Head to YouTube and the beauty community competes to upload the most popular Halloween looks. Run over to your local Walgreens and […]