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 […]

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, […]

Want to Make Consent Sexy? Try Using Sex Toys

As a college administrator, I can tell you a myriad of things that don’t work when it comes to engaging college students around issues of healthy sexuality and relationships. Having a presentation labeled “Consent” is near the top of that not-to-do list. But, want to know what does work? Having an event titled “Sex Toys.” […]

My First Serious Boyfriend

As the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade approaches on Jan. 22—and with the Supreme Court set to revisit women’s fundamental right to access abortion in the Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole case, the most serious threat to abortion since 1992—the Ms. Blog decided to look back at the realities of illegal abortion pre-Roe, and for women today who […]