Hunger: The New Solution for Street Harassment

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Wouldn’t it be great if, instead of the typical “Hey baby” cat-call, you heard something like this from men on the street: “You know what I’d like to see? A society in which the objectification of women makes way for gender-neutral interactions, free from assumptions and expectations. You go, girl!” Well, Snickers Australia has discovered […]

Quote, Unquote — Kickstarting Women’s History

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The seeds for my book (and now web series) The Quotable Woman began back in 1973, when I had a vision. It came to me in the middle of a restless night, not long after my mother died. I was sleeping in her bed when suddenly a light appeared. In the light was a book. […]

Alice Walker Documentary on PBS This Friday

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Sometimes you have to write the stories you want to read—or, in this case, see. A few years ago, filmmaker Pratibha Parmar was staying with friends and happened across PBS’ American Masters series on DVD.  She couldn’t help but notice something was missing: They were all about American men who are icons, or who have […]

Girls Will Be “Girls” — A Feminist Lens on Season 3

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The third season of HBO’s Girls premiered Sunday night with two new episodes and a whole lot of millennial self-absorption. Hannah (Lena Dunham), now back with Adam (Adam Driver), is getting her life back on track, while her best friend Marnie (Allison Williams) is single again after being ceremonially dumped by Charlie (Christopher Abbott). Shoshanna […]

The Femisphere: Young Feminists, Part 2

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Continuing the conversation we started with young feminist bloggers here … The Femisphere: Do you think it’s accurate, as sometimes portrayed by mainstream media and even certain feminists, that young people aren’t as “into” feminism any more? Gloria Malone: Hell no! It’s a lazy and inaccurate statement. Just because young people’s feminism doesn’t look like […]

The Femisphere: Young Feminists, Part 1

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Feminist youth are thriving, and much of their presence can be felt online. I had the chance to speak with three young bloggers about the work they do and their feelings on the future of feminism. Carmen Rios Carmen Rios is a writer and activist based in Washington, D.C., where she lives with her dog, […]

Profiles in Courage: Women Journalists

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This year, four fearless women journalists were each awarded a prestigious Courage in Journalism award from the International Women’s Media Foundation for their commitment to seeking the truth even when it puts their lives in danger. The 2013 recipients hail from Afghanistan, Cambodia, Zimbabwe and Syria. Three were flown to the United States to be honored at […]

Moms and Mr. Moms: Funny and Smart

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Calling all Comedy Central junkies, SNL fans and lovers of The Colbert Report: If you care about the history of comedy, then you need to know about Jackie “Moms” Mabley, and unless you’ve done your humor homework, chances are pretty good that you don’t. Moms Mabley (born Loretta Mary Aiken) was one of the biggest comedy […]

Muslim Teen To Kick Butt As Marvel’s Latest Superhero

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Ms. Marvel, a well-known character in Marvel comics, has come a long way since 1968, when she appeared as a muscular, sexualized blonde superhero in thigh-high patent-leather boots. The newest Ms. Marvel is a 16-year-old daughter of Pakistani immigrants from Jersey City. In February 2014, Kamala Khan will be the first Muslim woman character to […]

To Find Black Women Comedians, SNL Should Look Online

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This weekend, Kerry Washington will be hosting Saturday Night Live, a move many suspect is a reaction to SNL’s recent controversy surrounding women of color in comedy. Recently, SNL cast member Kenan Thompson blamed the show’s lack of black female comedians on their absence from the industry. “It’s just a tough part of the business,” Thompson told TV […]