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Gender Inequality

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Living in a manic pixie dream world

Date: May 15, 2015 | Posted By: Kaity Gee
She wears floral skater dresses. She rocks oxfords and grandad socks. She’s unbelievably quirky, ebullient, and has a tendency towards petty theft. She is a manic pixie dream girl. First coined by Nathan Rabin in his review of Elizabethtown to describe the bubbly flight attendant portrayed by Kirsten Dunst, the manic pixie dream girl (MPDG) Continue reading


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Tina Fey and the bare truth (about shapewear)

Date: May 12, 2015 | Posted By: Audrey
The other night, actress/comedian Tina Fey stripped down to her underwear on The Late Show with David Letterman. Ostensibly, it was to “honor” the talk show host ahead of his imminent retirement. But what Fey really did was show the whole world just what it takes for some women to wear a form-fitting dress and Continue reading


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My wish for Mother’s Day: A break from the sexism aimed at my kids

Date: May 10, 2015 | Posted By: Gretchen
I’m raising two boys, and it is exhausting — but not for the reasons you might expect. It’s not because they’re “gross” or “loud” or “stinky” or “roughhousing” all the time. All kids can be those things at any given moment. What is truly exhausting is always running into sexism and violence in toys, TV Continue reading


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“You look too young to be a 51-year-old!”: Unhealthy beauty standards at the White House

Date: May 8, 2015 | Posted By: Caitlin
Recently, the unquestionably accomplished First Lady Michelle Obama spoke to a group of children in the East Room of the White House for Take-Our-Daughters-And-Sons-To-Work Day. Few people are better representatives of hard work than Ms. Obama, and, as one could reasonably expect, she was direct about the effort she put into achieving success. Ms. Obama Continue reading


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Why I love Amy Schumer’s new music video, “Girl, You Don’t Need Makeup”

Date: May 6, 2015 | Posted By: Kinga
The other morning, while eating my breakfast, I found this: comedienne Amy Schumer’s new music video, “Girl, You Don’t Need Makeup.” I watched it thinking it would be a silly remake of some song. I was wrong. It is so much more. I have since sent this to all of my best girl friends. I Continue reading


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Two reasons why the princess rap meme isn’t really that funny

Date: April 1, 2015 | Posted By: Audrey
Are they blowing up your newsfeeds these days, too? Those two-minute vignettes that string together hilarious rhymes while perpetuating horrible stereotypes of girls and women? Yeah, those. So far, there’s Snow White vs. Elsa (with 28 million+ views) and, more recently, Cinderella vs. Belle. Despite their sassy tone (and Sarah Michelle Gellar’s funny facial expressions Continue reading


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9 easy ways you can support women and girls right now

Date: March 27, 2015 | Posted By: Stacey
1. Pledge to only read books written by women this year. Check out this list of books by transgender authors. 2. Blog. See something sexist? Have something you want to get off your chest? Write about it! I started a feminist Tumblr that focuses on sharing media and stories that support feminism, empower women, and Continue reading


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Living in an age of celebrity feminism

Date: March 4, 2015 | Posted By: Caitlin
The Oscars are like prom for Hollywood: a time for glitz, glamour, and celebration of (debatably) the best films of the year. They’ve also steadily gained a reputation as a hub for sexism disguised as admiration, as women on the red carpet are inevitably asked, “Who are you wearing?” and consequently criticized or applauded all Continue reading


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Advertising and porn: Why can’t we tell the difference?

Date: February 25, 2015 | Posted By: Tara
What is porn, anyway?                        Is this porn?                                               Is this? How about this?               How do you know? It’s been said that porn is hard to define, but “you know it when you see it.” So what do we see when we see porn? Documentary filmmaker Rashida Jones Continue reading


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“Era of the Big Booty”? No thanks.

Date: February 18, 2015 | Posted By: Audrey
I’m not a prude, and I don’t like to judge other women’s personal choices. But I do care an awful lot about how women are portrayed (and portray themselves!) in the media. We’re now averaging 13.6 hours of media consumption per person per day, which means the stories we see played out in the media Continue reading