Writing Her In: Wikipedia As Feminist Activism

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Most of the feminist activism I do—whether it’s writing or teaching or protesting—requires a long view. A really long view. Sometimes I feel as if my feminist colleagues and I are saying and doing the same things over and over again, with little to no results to show for any of our work. And when […]

When Slambooks Go Online

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Thanks to social media, bullying has become more insidious than ever. “Confessions” platforms—independently run pages on social media sites and mobile apps where students can anonymously post about their campus communities—are rampant on campuses across the country. The emphasis on anonymous contributions makes the personal public. The forums feature racism, sexism and homophobia, perpetuating intolerance […]

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. […]

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, […]

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 […]

The Femisphere: Fitness Bloggers

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In a culture that conflates health with a particular body type–often achieved via Photoshop–it’s both refreshing and a relief to read fitness posts that are actually about being healthy. Striving for a certain media-based idea of “perfection” seems to have become the norm when it comes to discussing health and fitness. Not only does this […]

Three Ways to Virtually Role-Play Through Others’ Eyes

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Pretty much every new form of media provokes fears that this one will be the end of us. The rise of social media, the prevalence of smart phones, tablets that keep us connected no matter where we are and the Internet itself have all created speculation that we are losing our humanity—that digital connectivity is […]

Want to See More Women Writers in The New York Times?

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If The New York Times—or any other publication—wants to include more women as writers and sources, here’s simply what it has to do: Pay attention. As the Ms. Blog reported in early August, a recently launched website, Who Writes for the New York Times, keeps track of gender imbalances in a way that could help the Times’ editors […]

A New DIY Movement: #SmartFeministsofTwitter

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Best-of lists are always controversy magnets. By definition, they elevate some at the expense of others. Earlier this week, when Fast Company published a list, compiled by Ann Charles, of “25 of the Smartest Women on Twitter” that failed to include a single woman of color, the Twittersphere responded immediately. Within a day, the hashtag […]