COFFEE: Where Feminism And Family Intersect

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Imagine a space where feminism and family intersect. Where people from all walks of life get together to discuss—productively—the changing face of what constitutes a family, how they’re “made,” what they need to thrive and succeed and the various obstacles in their way. Where the topics tackled move beyond the work/life balance trope that, while […]

Girls’ Education: A New Priority for the White House

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The White House launched an initiative Tuesday aimed at combating girls’ reduced access to education around the globe. Let Girls Learn will use $250 million from the federal government and other sources, including private-sector donations, to fund programs dedicated to improving girls’ educational opportunities. Said President Obama in announcing the initiative: Wherever they live, whoever they […]

Canadian High Schoolers Won’t Take Dress Codes for An Answer

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“Two, four, six, eight! Give us a policy before it’s too late!” What started as a student protest to change the dress code at a Canadian high school turned into a much-needed discussion of sexual harassment—and has led to the drafting of a new district-wide policy that covers both issues. The chant was a rallying […]

“Fifty Shades of F*cked Up”: The Film on its Own Terms

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Have you heard of Fifty Shades of Grey? Of course you have. It’s everywhere. By now we probably all know the basics: damaged millionaire falls for innocent undergrad and introduces her to a world of BDSM play that’s by turns sexy and disturbing. He tries to push her into a full-time dominant/submissive contract; she tries […]

Black Women’s Histories: A Conversation With Barbara McCaskill

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Black Women’s Histories, a conversation series, will profile different feminist scholars engaging black women’s histories and narratives during Black and Women’s History Months (February and March, respectively). The Black Women’s Histories series continues with a conversation with Barbara McCaskill, associate professor of English at the University of Georgia, and author of the forthcoming Love, Liberation, and […]

Too Young to Marry

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The following is excerpted from Too Young to Marry in the Winter 2015 issue of Ms. Subscribe today and get the issue delivered straight to your doorstep! When Kakenya Ntaiya was a 7-year-old schoolgirl in Kenya, she worried that her family would soon marry her off and she would be forced to become a child raising children. She had […]

Amber Rose and the Kardashians: Race, Privilege and Slut-Shaming

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For those who don’t keep up with Twitter beefs between reality stars and hip-hop models, there was quite the social media brawl when the latter (Amber Rose) disparaged rapper Tyga for allegedly dating one of the former (underage Kylie Jenner). When asked on a radio show what she thought of the relationship, Rose said: She’s […]

Can Ryan Gosling Turn Men Into Feminists?

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It looks like those yummy Ryan Gosling memes created by Danielle Henderson could have the power to do more than make feminists swoon. Recent preliminary research from graduate students at the University of Saskatchewan examined the impact of the Feminist Ryan Gosling memes on men—with interesting results. The researchers found that men who were exposed to the […]

Are You There, God? It’s Me, Rebecca: Early Puberty a New Normal

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Judy Blume’s 1970 classic, Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret, guided my generation through puberty. The book chronicles an almost-12-year-old girl’s struggle as she prays that her mom will get her a bra, and then deals with her nervous excitement and embarrassment when she starts having periods. Today, Blume would have to write about the […]

Black Women’s Histories: A Conversation with Mireille Miller-Young

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Black Women’s Histories, a conversation series, will profile different feminist scholars engaging black women’s histories and narratives during Black and Women’s History Months (February and March, respectively). This week’s scholarly conversation profiles Mireille Miller-Young, author of A Taste for Brown Sugar: Black Women in Pornography. An associate professor of feminist studies at UC Santa Barbara, Miller-Young’s work […]