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 […]

Inside the Duggars’ Dark World

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It’s the pictures that keep bothering me. I have tried to avoid the Duggars and their ever-growing family, but I have not been able to avoid the promotional pictures of the Duggars which show up in my world frequently. I suppose this is to be expected given that I am writing a dissertation on the […]

As Caitlyn Jenner Reemerges, So Should Talk of Privilege

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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 […]

Radical Monarchs: A Social-Justice Twist on the Girl Scouts

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The following is a reprint from the Spring 2015 issue of Ms. Click here to get your copy! They are not your mother’s Brownies. Oakland’s Radical Brownies —now known as the Radical Monarchs—are a revolutionary twist on the traditional girls club (though they’re not affiliated with Girl Scouts of the USA). Sporting brown berets in […]

7 Eye-Rollingly Sexist Prom Policies

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You’ve poured years of hard work and determination into your high school education. You’ve thought carefully about what to wear to your prom to express your truest self. You’re ready to have the best night of your young life and what happens? Your school says you can’t go to prom because they don’t approve of […]