Colorism Is a Feminist Issue

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, […]

Is This the End of the Model Gay Character?

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.” […]

What Hillary Clinton and Anne Hathaway Have in Common

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 […]

Cultural Appropriation Suits Up for Halloween

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 […]

God Responds to Kim Davis

Voice Male magazine, a publication chronicling the profeminist men’s movement, reports that it has come into possession of a memo from God to Kim Davis, the Rowan County, Kentucky clerk who has refused to issue marriage licenses to any couples since the Supreme Court ruling affirming gay marriage more than two months ago. She was jailed for […]

The Age of White People and Masculinities Studies

What does it mean to have privilege? Many of us have never really had to ask ourselves that question—hence the privilege. As a result, we can choose to go about our days and ignore or reject those who are not men, white, cis or straight. But could the times finally be changing? Last month, MTV released White […]

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

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

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 […]

As Caitlyn Jenner Reemerges, So Should Talk of Privilege

At 65 years old, Olympic gold medalist, self-affirmed Republican and reality-show star Caitlyn Jenner has opened up about her gender identity. She chose to “reemerge” as her femme self earlier this week on the cover of Vanity Fair, with a request for people to “Call Me Caitlyn.” While we at Ms. applaud her courage in […]

We Need to Talk About Eddie Huang’s Misogyny

A few months ago, I wrote a piece praising the runaway ABC hit Fresh Off The Boat for its refreshingly nuanced, relatable and colorful portrayal of Asian Americans on network television. As an Asian Pacific American (APA)-identified woman, I have a personal investment in seeing the show succeed. I do not, however, have a reason to silence my […]