Leslie Knope’s 7 Greatest Feminist Achievements

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Last night, fans of Parks and Recreation bid a fond and tearful farewell to their favorite city employee, Leslie Knope, as the series aired its final episode. Here at Ms., we were especially sad to say goodbye to Amy Poehler’s endlessly upbeat, hyper-motivated and earnest Knope—a public servant in Pawnee, Indiana—because she offered up a consistently wonderful portrayal […]

The Top 5 Most Feminist Oscars Moments

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While we’re not quite ready to call last night the #FeministOscars—there were some majorly ugh-worthy moments (hey, Sean Penn)—there was certainly lots to cheer for. Join us on a journey through the Oscars most feminist moments: 1. The #AskHerMore campaign ruled the red carpet. Reese Witherspoon got on board with the #AskHerMore campaign before the […]

Seeing Myself in Fresh Off the Boat

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When I watch ABC’s Fresh Off The Boat, I see my mom. I see her packing three lunches, feet shuffling in house slippers, wearing an oversized T-shirt from a summer trip to Waikiki, lovingly instructing her two xiao bao beis to eat their xi fan for breakfast and not-so-lovingly screaming for her third offspring to wake up. I […]

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 […]

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 […]