The Not-So-Progressive Pope

As Pope Francis prepares for his first-ever visit to the United States, many are looking back on his first years as pontiff and evaluating what have been, by some measure, a series of “radical,” “progressive” or otherwise surprising gestures. From pronouncements about abortion and divorce to a denouncement of the gender pay gap, the pope […]

I Do! Now What?

This article originally appeared in the Summer 2015 issue of Ms. Click here to subscribe and  get the full issue in your mailbox or inbox! “The nature of injustice is that we may not always see it in our own times,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in his recent opinion for a 5-4 Supreme Court majority in Obergefell […]

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 […]

5 Bible Verses That Are Way More Graphic Than Fun Home

Several Duke University students announced this week that they would be skipping one title on the school’s recommended summer reading list: Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, the acclaimed illustrated memoir by Alison Bechdel that became a Broadway musical and swept the Tony Awards this summer. The students cited religious concerns, saying that the Bible prohibits the viewing of […]

One Simple Way to Move Women Closer to Equality

August 26 marked the 95th anniversary of women’s suffrage, enshrined in the 19th amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Many describe this as the date women were “granted the right to vote.” Others prefer to say it’s when women “won the right to vote,” recognizing the decades of struggle it took to get that victory, full […]

I’m a Feminist, and a Sorority Girl

People often ask me, as if I’m somehow lying to them, How can you love your sorority and be a feminist? To me, that question misses the point entirely: I feel no conflict, because to me, sororities are feminist. I watched the University of Alabama Alpha Phi recruitment video, released last week, with horror and […]

“Female Viagra” Approved by FDA

Yesterday, the FDA approved the first drug to treat low or absent sexual desire in pre-menopausal women. Popularly known as “female Viagra,” the drug, Addyi, has created a clear divide in feminist circles. On one side of the debate are advocates for the drug. Many of them are part of Even the Score, a coalition that […]

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 […]

6 Celebrity Teens Who Have Spoken Up for Gender Equality

Recently, 16-year old actor Amandla Stenberg drew both praise and criticism when she called out reality TV star Kylie Jenner for posting a photo of herself to Instagram wearing cornrows. Even though Stenberg was criticized by adults and attacked by many of Jenner’s 29.5 million social media followers, she didn’t back down from her point: If Jenner […]

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

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 […]