Downton Gabby’s Bawdy Feminist Commentary

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Fans of Downton Abbey will know the forlorn feeling I’m talking about: It’s when a cliff-hanging final scene ends and you are left with the sad realization (and a mysterious craving for PBS advertisers’ Viking River Cruises and Ralph Lauren floor-length yellow skirts) that you have to wait an entire week to bask in the […]

Kerry Washington’s “Professional” Hair

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Scandal has been lauded, and rightfully so, for its decision to give us a rare look at  Kerry Washington’s natural curls in its fourth season premiere last September. But little has been said regarding the brevity, content or meaning behind the hit television show’s portrayal of Washington’s hair. So let’s lay it out. September’s season premiere […]

Up For Debate: Newsweek’s Silicon Valley Cover

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Is the Newsweek cover above sexist? Depends on who you’re talking to. When the cover, depicting a cursor lifting up a faceless woman’s skirt, leaked ahead of its accompanying feature story on sexism in Silicon Valley, Twitter lit up with condemnation. Many felt it too closely mirrored what it was trying to critique: Some women […]

Can a Rape Joke Ever Be Funny?

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In an ideal world, eliminating the material to even be able to make rape jokes—i.e. ending rape—would be the best solution to our culture’s rape-joke problem. But as Ilana Glazer’s character on Broad City quipped during the show’s recent season two premiere, “we live in rape culture…we just do.” The episode, which has garnered both critical backlash and enthused […]

Facepalm: Top 10 Anti-Feminist Gaffes of 2014

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Get ready to facepalm, people! In no particular order, here are the top anti-feminist gaffes of 2014: “It’s not really about asking for the raise but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along. And that I think might be one of the additional superpowers […]

6 Apps Every Feminist Needs

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As of July 2014, there were 1.3 million apps available on Google Play and 1.2 million on iTunes, so we get that it may feel impossible to sift through it all to find the gems that can make your life easier and more feminist. Well, here at Ms., we’ve waded through the depths to find some nifty apps […]

The 10 Most Feminist Ads of 2014

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The last year was full of advertisements highlighting smart, strong women and men that defied traditional gender roles. While advertisements are—at their core—just marketing ploys for our chronically capitalist society, this year’s ads highlight the palatable version of feminism that’s taking the country by storm. Feminism’s popularity is rising, so media campaigns are catering to the […]

Our Favorite Feminist Crowdfunding Campaigns

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Every single day, people work hard to turn their feminist dreams into realities, and crowdfunding websites like GoFundMe and Kickstarter have helped to put many people’s goals within reach. Last week, we put the spotlight on nonprofit SheHeroes’ Indiegogo campaign, which seeks to fund up to six biographical videos of women in STEM fields (science, technology, […]

SheHeroes-A-Go-Go!

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Sometimes it takes a good role model to inspire someone to pursue an unlikely career path, but oftentimes girls don’t feel like they have role models from fields that have traditionally not been welcoming to women. Thus, certain fields like technology lose out on tons of brilliant girls and women, because at young ages many […]

Kim Kardashian: The Butt of an Old Racial Joke

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Reprinted with permission from The Grio Earlier this week, social media was flooded with images of Paper magazine’s winter 2014 cover featuring Kim Kardashian’s glistening posterior. The response was both explosive and polarizing. Some rolled their eyes and complained “I’m so tired of seeing her naked. She’s a mother! Put some clothes on” while others applauded her boldness and sex […]