H&M: Where Pseudo-Sustainability Meets Diversity Porn

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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 […]

Women Aren’t Here to Smile for You

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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 […]

What Makes Olivia Benson “America’s Favorite Female Character”


Television shows that feature empowered, multi-dimensional women and girl characters seem to be having a moment. One doesn’t have to channel surf for long during a typical weekday night before coming across the face of Olivia Benson, Cookie Lyon or whatever character Jessica Lange happens to be playing on American Horror Story. Entertainment and content marking […]

Who’s Behind Your Favorite TV Shows? Certainly Not Women


The Directors Guild of America (DGA) this week released its annual report on the gender and ethnicity of TV directors, and the results are less than promising for women and people of color: When it comes to directing TV, white men still vastly outnumber every other group of people. The “DGA TV Diversity Report” breaks down […]

Pretty Little Liars’ Transphobic Secret


Last week, makers of the teen drama/thriller/mystery series Pretty Little Liars revealed the identity of the show’s vicious villain, “A.” “He, she, it, bitch,” as one of the liars so problematically foreshadowed, is ring-leader Alison’s long-lost brother, Charles, who transitioned to a woman, Charlotte, while living in a psychiatric ward and now goes by the […]

The Worst Things Donald Trump Has Said About Women


In one of the best, sassiest ways possible, supermodel Heidi Klum has “trumped” Donald Trump. Just a few days ago, Trump felt it was prudent to give The New York Times his opinion on Klum’s looks: “Sadly, she’s no longer a 10.” While the internet seethed at yet another example of Trump’s overt sexism, Klum fired […]

5 Reasons We Love Amy Schumer’s Feminism

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It’s no secret that Amy Schumer is a feminist. The award-winning comedian is not shy about proclaiming her feminist predilections or calling out the patriarchy. She doesn’t censor herself for fear of being “un-ladylike” and she doesn’t allow the media to define her beauty. She speaks her mind and works tirelessly to debunk sexist stereotypes. And this month, you […]

Take a Class in Advanced TV Herstory


Only about 40 percent of all speaking characters on TV are women—but Cynthia Bemis Abrams is here to celebrate those who do. Her new podcast, Advanced TV Herstory, traces the lineage of women in TV, onscreen and off, from All in the Family’s Maude Findlay (whose handling of social issues such as menopause “was necessary to propel the conversation in the […]