The State of LGBT TV in 2015

Reprinted with permission from Women and Hollywood Depending on how you look at the numbers, things are either better or still sorely lacking for LGBT characters on television. GLAAD released its annual “Where We Are On TV” report, and its findings defied simple summarization. Overall representation is up. Overall representation of queer people of color and […]

The Problem With the Press Corps Covering Hillary Clinton

Politico ran a story this week on the most startling thing about the press corps covering Hillary Clinton’s campaign: most of the journalists on the trail are women. That’s unusual, and awesome, in a world where the news is reported overwhelmingly by men. But there was one thing we couldn’t help but notice about the “class photo” of […]

Tell NBC to #DumpTrump!

NBC announced last week that Donald Trump would host Saturday Night Live on Nov. 7. The response to the announcement was swift—and scathing. The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda and other Hispanic groups wrote a letter to NBC CEO Stephen Burke and SNL executive producer Lorne Michaels saying they were “flabbergasted” by the decision to have Trump host […]

Hey Raven-Symoné, You’re Part of the Problem

Hey, Raven-Symoné. My name is Bianca White and I am a fictional character created by a woman named Yolanda Spivey. You see, back in 2009, after graduating college, Yolanda conducted an employment experiment because she simply could not find a job. So on paper, she changed her name and race to mimic that of a […]

H&M: Where Pseudo-Sustainability Meets Diversity Porn

The world’s second largest fashion retailer recently made a deliberate move to attract members of the world’s second largest religion, and people have taken notice. More specifically, H&M featured a Muslim hijabi woman for a split second in this video advertising spot that deftly disguises a sly cost-saving measure as an eco-friendly call for “sustainable fashion.” The […]

Your Feminist Fall TV Guide

As the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences rolls up the red carpet on this year’s Emmys, the new season of must-see TV is just beginning. Women continue to struggle with representation on and off screen, but excitement is in the air(waves) for a fresh crop of women-created and women-centered programming. Here’s Ms. Blog’s roundup […]

An (Un)Surprising Thing Happens When Women Run TV Shows

When a woman is calling the shots on a TV show, she does one thing differently than a man would: She hires more women. According to a new study by Martha Lauzen of the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University, primetime television programs with at least one […]

A Model-Free Ad Campaign We Can Get Behind

You may have heard about Target using “real” women in its 2015 swimsuit campaign, or aerie publishing unretouched images of its models. And there’s been tons of great exposure for plus-size models this year. All of these efforts are steps toward a more realistic media landscape, and we’re really loving the latest move: an empowering ad campaign from clothing retailer The Limited. The […]

Women Aren’t Here to Smile for You

Serena Williams, the winner of 21 Grand Slam titles and arguably the greatest living female athlete, was understandably exhausted after defeating her sister and best friend Venus Williams in the U.S. Open earlier this week. So she wasn’t having it when, during a post-match press conference on Tuesday, a reporter had the gall to ask […]

Twitter Announces Plan to Hire More Women

Social media giant Twitter announced a plan last week to hire more women and people of color. Overall, the company’s current employee roster includes 66 percent men and 34 percent women. It hopes to raise that to 35 percent women by 2016. Twitter’s workforce is 59 percent white overall, with another 31 percent of its staff of Asian descent. […]