Is this the End of American Apparel’s Controversial Ads?

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Clothing brand American Apparel is no stranger to controversy. Over the years, its risqué ads—from in-your-face billboards to shocking online campaigns—have incited everything from mild discomfort to serious complaints. And it’s no wonder why: For years, the American Apparel image has been inextricably intertwined with the exploitation of women’s bodies. Not only are AA’s models often scantily clad, many look underage and […]

Marvel’s Blade is Getting a Badass New Lead

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This past weekend, thousands of comic fans gathered in San Diego for the 46th Comic-Con International. Guests roamed the main exhibit hall, saw exclusive sneak peeks for their favorite shows and movies, and attended panels filled with esteemed authors, illustrators, directors and more. This year’s Women of Marvel panel happened on Sunday, the last day of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ida Tarbell: The Woman Who Pioneered Investigative Reporting

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This March, for Women’s History Month, the Ms. Blog is profiling Wonder Women who have made history—and those who are making history right now. Join us each day as we bring you the stories of iconic and soon-to-be-famous feminist change-makers. When you hear the words investigative journalist, what images spring to mind? Do you think of surly […]

The Unstoppable Nellie Bly

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This March, for Women’s History Month, the Ms. Blog is profiling Wonder Women who have made history—and those who are making history right now. Join us each day as we bring you the stories of iconic and soon-to-be-famous feminist change-makers. You might think that journalism today is a woman’s game. After all, women make up the majority […]

Carol Sutton: Newspaper Pioneer

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This March, for Women’s History Month, the Ms. Blog is profiling Wonder Women who have made history—and those who are making history right now. Join us each day as we bring you the stories of iconic and soon-to-be-famous feminist change-makers. As a women’s page editor at the Louisville Courier-Journal in the 1960s, Carol Sutton was quick to […]

Pimpkillah: Feminist Comic Hero Is Not Your Girl Next Door

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When one is looking for nuanced, relatable female characters, the comic book world can be a difficult one to traverse. Women are often props for male protagonists, prizes that need to rescued, adored or ogled. Even when they do get to be the main characters who vanquish villains, they are reduced to “fighting fuck toys,” […]

Inside Wonder Woman’s Secret History

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Since her creation more than 70 years ago, Wonder Woman has been a feminist icon. The Amazon warrior princess first appeared on comic book stands in 1942 and fought for love, justice, truth, beauty and, of course, women’s rights, using her famed Lasso of Truth to wrangle villains. Solidifying her place in feminist history decades […]