Meet the Writer of Bitch Planet, 2015’s Most Badass Comic

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Are you woman enough to survive Bitch Planet? So begins every issue of Bitch Planet, a comic series that takes place in a dystopic future where Earth is run by “The Fathers,” and women who don’t fit the patriarchal vision of a “woman” (read: white, cis, thin, subservient, sexual playthings) are deemed Non-Compliant and shipped off to […]

Orange Is the New Black Is Back!

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Happy Friday, Ms. readers—and happy Orange Is the New Black season three release day! Or so we thought. In a wonderful plot twist, Netflix actually released the latest season of one of our favorite shows six hours early last night. Lucky for us! If you are unfamiliar with the show, OITNB takes a bold look at the lives of women in […]

On Caitlyn Jenner and “Feminine” Beauty

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Caitlyn Jenner made her bold debut on the cover of Vanity Fair this week. While we’ve talked on the Ms. Blog about privilege and trans identity and the incorrect conflation of gender identity and sexual orientation, we haven’t addressed the choice of image on Jenner’s cover and in the pages of the magazine. While we celebrate Jenner’s jubilant emergence as her […]

Taking On Twitter’s Worst Trolls

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Any woman who’s ever been on Twitter knows harassment is de rigueur—and a new study from Women, Action and the Media (WAM!) confirms that once and for all. The study found that women on Twitter are subject to many forms of harassment, including threats of violence and revenge porn, but endure hate speech (sexist, racist and homophobic […]

This Is What a Feminist Looks Like

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On Monday night, the Feminist Majority Foundation (publisher of Ms.) held its 10th annual Eleanor Roosevelt Global Women’s Rights Awards honoring showrunners Shonda Rhimes and Jenji Kohan. The organization recognized the two women for changing the face of media and presenting female characters who defy stereotypes and reflect real women’s lives. Cast members from the women’s series—including Scandal, […]

Honoring the Women Who Are Changing TV for the Better

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On Monday May 18, the Feminist Majority Foundation (publisher of Ms.) will honor showrunners Jenji Kohan and Shonda Rhimes at its 10th annual Global Women’s Rights Awards. The award is the highest honor given by the organization. Rhimes and Kohan are being recognized for their innovative programming that breaks sex and racial stereotypes, and gives voice to […]

The Women Who Run the Show

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This article appears in the Spring 2015 issue of Ms. To read our exclusive interviews with Shonda Rhimes and Jill Soloway, subscribe today! Back in 1973, when Linda Bloodworth-Thomason was hired as a writer on TV’s M*A*S*H, the only thing she knew for sure is that her work couldn’t be ordinary. “It was the case then and it’s […]

The Top 10 Ways to Spot a Feminist

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At the prompting of a right-wing radio show host, the sexist trolls and meninists of the Twitterverse banded together under the hashtag #HowToSpotAFeminist yesterday, ridiculing women and men who, you know, want an egalitarian society. Trite and unoriginal, the #tcot community collectively chortled over the tired stereotypes that all feminists are ugly, hairy, whiny and can’t […]

Where Do Feminists Fall in the Charlie Hebdo Debate?

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Last night, the PEN American Center, a literary and human rights organization, conferred a Freedom of Expression Courage award to Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical magazine that was brutally attacked by Islamic extremists in January after it published cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad. In the weeks leading up to the PEN event, heated controversy erupted when […]

6 Feminist TV Shows You Can Watch Right Now

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Sick of male protagonists saturating your television screen? It wouldn’t surprise us. Studies show that female characters in television shows only make up less than 40 percent of speaking roles—and when they do, those roles are too often trope-saturated, hypersexualized caricatures of real women. But the last couple of years have brought us a handful of […]