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How Donald Trump Got Gender Wrong (Again)

On Tuesday night, Donald Trump told his supporters and the press: “Frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don't think she'd get 5 percent of the vote." There’s no basis for that calculation, of course. It assumes that nearly 55 percent of the Democratic primary electorate voted for Clinton based on gender alone. More specifically, it would mean that about 75 percent of Black voters, 45 percent of unmarried voters, and … [Read More...]

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Lemonade: Beyoncé’s Redemption Song

Beyoncé knows how to pick her moments (and her platforms). There is something quite poetic (both literally and figuratively) in the premiere of her sixth album, Lemonade, as a music-meets-film experience on the premium cable channel, HBO, on Saturday, April 23. Just days before her musical event, we had learned that the U.S. Treasury Department plans to feature freedom-fighter Harriet Tubman on our $20 currency and … [Read More...]

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Liberating Words: “I Did Not Ask”

The poems contained in this series, “Liberating Words,” came out of an interdisciplinary course for high school juniors at The Winsor School, an all-girls school in Boston. The course, “The Personal Is Political:  An Interdisciplinary Look at Feminism,” is co-taught by Libby Parsley, a history teacher, and Susanna Ryan, an English teacher. The second unit of the course focuses on the history and literature of second-wave … [Read More...]

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The Artist and Her Work: A Conversation With Feminist Filmmaker Josephine Decker

Josephine Decker is a feminist filmmaker with a spontaneous heart; she’s concerned with how women are viewed, how they act and how they messily propel themselves outside of traditional tropes. Whether it’s two girls reconnecting at a Balkan folk camp in Butter on the Latch or the farmer’s daughter grappling with isolation and lust in Thou Wast Mild and Lovely, Decker’s narratives often end in sexual evocation and … [Read More...]

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Endless Aftershocks

April 28 marks the one-year anniversary of the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal. The article below, which first appeared in the Spring 2016 issue of Ms., outlines the ongoing devastation facing the nation's women. Subscribe to Ms. today to read more global news with a feminist lens. Five-year-old Shirisha, once the Tamang family chatterbox, barely speaks now. She watches her mother and sister battle to plant … [Read More...]

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Reinventing Pygmalion: Tracey Emin’s “Rocky” Marriage

The British artist Tracey Emin is famous for uncompromising displays of female vulnerability in the most fleshly and confessional of forms. From the dirty underwear and tampons of her 1998 “My Bed” installation to the visceral sexuality of her autobiographical paintings, Emin’s work is filtered through a desirous—and often distressed—mortal body defined by a raging sense of lack. This emotional and physical neediness has … [Read More...]

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    The Political Popularity Contest

    With the presidential election now in full swing, the Ms. Blog is excited to bring you a series presented in conjunction with Presidential Gender Watch 2016, a project of the Barbara Lee Family Foundation and the Center for American Women and Politics. They’ll be tracking, analyzing and illuminating gender dynamics during election season—so check back with us regularly! Think […]

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    Victory! Harriet Tubman to Grace the $20 Bill

    At long last, a woman’s face will grace the $20 bill. The Treasury Department announced Wednesday that a portrait of abolitionist Harriet Tubman will adorn the frontside of a new $20, set to be redesigned by 2020. Bizarrely, however, an image of slaveholding president Andrew Jackson—who is currently the face of the $20—will be moved to the backside of the […]

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    A Woman Is Apologizing

    The idea for this poem came after an incident that occurred while walking down the street in a big city. A man knocked into me, hard, and kept going—which was surprising. I was just as surprised to hear myself apologize to him. After that, I started hearing myself apologize all the time: at work, at home, at […]

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    Liberating Words: “I Did Not Ask”

    The poems contained in this series, “Liberating Words,” came out of an … ...

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    Lemonade: Beyoncé’s Redemption Song

    Beyoncé knows how to pick her moments (and her platforms). There is … ...

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    The Artist and Her Work: A Conversation With Feminist Filmmaker Josephine Decker

    Josephine Decker is a feminist filmmaker with a spontaneous heart; she’s … ...

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    How Donald Trump Got Gender Wrong (Again)

    On Tuesday night, Donald Trump told his supporters and the press: “Frankly, … ...

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    How Many Women Will it Take for Bernie to Win the Nomination?

    With the presidential election now in full swing, the Ms. Blog is excited … ...

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    The Women Taking on Climate Change

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