What Beyonce, Black Girls Rock! and Popular Education Mean for the Feminist Movement

Having been aware of celebrity DJ Beverly Bond’s nonprofit organization Black Girls Rock! and its annual awards show for quite some time, I must confess that this year was the first time I actually tuned into the BET show. And watching the parade of truly amazing black women from all walks of life, who are making an impact […]

How to Get College Men to Stop Campus Rape

The re-trial of a former Vanderbilt University football player charged with a 2013 sexual assault began this week in Tennessee. The defense blamed alcohol, technology and the encouragement of male peers for his poor college-boy behavior. This trial gives us a perfect opportunity to talk about engaging men in ending sexual violence—especially since April is Sexual […]

On Sex Work,the “Girlfriend Experience” and the Labors of Feminine Beauty

During the final year of my undergraduate degree, in a small, rural city in the south of England, I was supplementing my fragile self esteem with an over-the-counter laxative habit. I told people around me that my newly svelte frame came courtesy of my giving up alcohol (a fair-weather friend) and adopting a Japanese “eating […]

The Obama Administration Just Took a Big Step to Support Girls Worldwide

Last week, Secretary of State John Kerry did something unprecedented in U.S. foreign policy: He announced a new, multiagency strategy designed not to secure American trade or security interests or stem the tide of extremism, but purely to empower the world’s adolescent girls—250 million of whom live in poverty, 62 million of whom are out of school […]

The Real Reason Everyone Freaked Out Over Kim Kardashian’s Nude Selfie

Whether you keep up with celebrity affairs or not, you can’t really ignore the Kardashians—and you definitely can’t avoid knowing what people think about them. When Kim Kardashian posted a nude selfie on Twitter this week, there was a smattering of “you go girl” support, but also a wave of criticism about her immodesty or […]

If You Love Queer Feminist Films by Women of Color, Watch This Movie

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 […]

What Happens When a Mormon Girl Falls for Punk Rock

Punk shows, bass guitars, tattoos and cigarettes: Quincy Larsen is a long way from her Mormon childhood in Utah. Larsen is what pollsters call a “none,” someone without religious affiliation. Nones are not all atheists. In fact, 37 percent describe themselves as “spiritual but not religious.” Larsen and other nones under 30 reflect a massive shift […]

The GOP’s Politics of Emasculation

With the presidential election now in full swing, the Ms. Blog is excited to bring you a series presented in conjunction with Presidential Gender Watch 2016, a project of the Barbara Lee Family Foundation and the Center for American Women and Politics. They’ll be tracking, analyzing and illuminating gender dynamics during election season—so check back with us regularly! In […]

10 Valentine’s Day Cards to Send to Your Favorite Feminists

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 […]

These Are the Feminist Valentines You’ve Been Searching For

Reprinted with permission from the American Association of University Women Along with roses and chocolates, Valentine’s Day comes with a deluge of tired, patriarchal, and heterosexist clichés. But don’t fret! Our feminist valentines are just what your activist heart desires. Help spread the love! Be sure to share your favorites on Facebook or Twitter. For […]