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 […]

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 […]

Transparent‘s Jill Soloway on Inventing the Female Gaze

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You don’t watch the new show, “Transparent,” as much as you mainline it. Like me, you may plan to  just watch one episode of the season before bed on Amazon Prime, but then find yourself hours later staggering from the couch, realizing the workday ahead is a wash. Behind the addictiveness is creator Jill Soloway, […]

Around the Ms. Office: Our Favorite Women on Television

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If your post-election mental state needs a boost (ours does), we’ve collected a list of our favorite women on television, present and past, for your viewing pleasure: Women leads who inspire and demand attention, best friends who challenge us and each other with each episode, and groups of women who share the stage. The list […]

Sunday Night: Jane Austen, Elizabeth Bennet, P.D. James — and Anna Maxwell Martin

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To me, it’s all about Anna Maxwell Martin’s face. Maxwell Martin stars in Death Comes to Pemberley, the BBC two-part adaptation of P.D. James’s 2011 mystery based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, which ends its Masterpiece Theatre run on PBS this Sunday night. (You can catch up on Episode One online here.) I’ve loved […]

Gender, Race, and the Supernatural: Appreciating Sleepy Hollow‘s Abbie Mills

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Just before the start of the fall TV season, New York Times writer Alessandra Stanley caused a stir online for misrepresenting TV showrunner Shonda Rhimes and all of her fictitious black women characters as “angry black women.” Of course, many in the feminist blogosphere rushed to defend both Rhimes and her black heroines, Olivia Pope of Scandal […]

Who Wants to Work? Cristela Does!

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“No husband, no kids and no money! Ay!” Sound familiar? No te precupes—you’re not the only one. Cristela hears it every day. The new ABC comedy series Cristela features a hardworking Mexican American law student in her 30s striving to be a successful career woman. Based on the star and creator Cristela Alonzo’s own family from […]

Fox News Host to Young Women Voters: “Go Back on Tinder”

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It seems that conservatives are determined to quash the millennial vote before the midterms next month: they’ve moved polling places off college campuses, introduced unnecessarily strict voter ID laws and now they’re advising young women to skip the polls and “go back on Tinder or Match.com.” In a segment of Fox News’ “The Five” earlier this week, co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle […]

#NoRapeOnReign: When Sexual Violence Is a Plot Device

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As someone who has always been a sucker for historical fiction in television (The Tudors, anyone?), I couldn’t help but be drawn in when a friend put me on to CW’s Reign, a fictionalized teen drama that follows the early life of Mary, Queen of Scots in the 16th century. I quickly came to appreciate […]