Male Privilege and the Campus Party Scene

Male Privilege and the Campus Party Scene

I am a cockblocker.  On any given Friday or Saturday night at around 9 p.m., you will find many girls around campus preparing for battle. They suit up in their favorite cut-off shorts and crop tops, and consult plans and signals for facing a strong opponent that many have lost to before. They have alliances with females and maybe a […]

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Fashion and Feminism: A Perfect Match?

“A girl should be two things: who and what she wants.” – Coco Chanel It’s not hard to find meaning—both positive and negative—in the staged feminist protest orchestrated for the Chanel Spring 2015 runway show. The fashion-minded among us want it to be a brilliant political statement about the significance of feminism and its place in fashion and culture. But […]

Who Is the Shooter?

Who Is the Shooter?

As a black woman, my heart bleeds for the Michael Browns, Trayvon Martins, Oscar Grants, Eric Garners, Ezell Fords and every other unarmed black man who will find himself at the end an officer’s gun barrel. As I see the names of slain black men in articles and the faces of the murder victims on t-shirts, I cannot stop myself from thinking that any one of […]

Gallup Poll Finds Increased Numbers Of Americans In Favor Of Women Leaders

Gallup Poll Finds Increased Numbers Of Americans In Favor Of Women Leaders

A recent Gallup Poll demonstrates that growing numbers of Americans say that the country would be better off with more women leaders. Those numbers are up from 57% in 2000.  With only about 20% of congress made up of women it certainly wouldn’t be hard to improve on those numbers. I also find it encouraging that 59% of Americans believe that […]

Campus Sexual Assault: What Are Colleges Doing Wrong?

Campus Sexual Assault: What Are Colleges Doing Wrong?

  Update July 29: We have updated this article to include the responses universities gave to the stories. During their time at college, the Department of Justice estimates one in five women will be sexually assaulted, and as many as 95 percent of the cases go unreported. So how are colleges failing to protect students from sexual assault? We sorted […]


Why Thinking You’re Ugly Is Bad For You

Why Thinking You’re Ugly Is Bad For You

Take a look at this TED talk from Meaghan Ramsey, about the larger personal and social impacts of making both women and men feel like pressured to conform to arbitrary, cultural standards of physical attractiveness. She examines the effect this has on girls–they don’t participate in class, or sometimes even come to class, on days when they’re not feeling confident […]

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Map Of Paid Maternity Leave Around The World

Map Of Paid Maternity Leave Around The World

According to this article from The Atlantic only 11% of private employers in the United States offer any kind of paid maternity leave. That’s not the case in other parts of the world. Take a look.  

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Sarah Silverman Brings Feminist Worldview To SNL Hosting Gig

Sarah Silverman Brings Feminist Worldview To SNL Hosting Gig

Saturday Night Live has an especially strong female cast this year and when a strong and very funny woman like Sarah Silverman hosts that makes for a potent comedy combination. While it wasn’t the best sketch of the evening this soap opera parody, “Supportive Women” stood out to as feminist comedy. Silverman and the female cast members mock the typical […]

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Why Are We All Talking About Penises?

Why Are We All Talking About Penises?

You can’t swing a stick without hitting a penis these days. Metaphorically, I mean. Think about it: everywhere you look on the Internet it’s Best Celebrity Bulges this and Top Dick Pics that. And of course, there’s poor Jon Hamm and his much-photographed “Little Hamm.” We should probably leave those two alone for a while.

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My Fiancé’s 22 Years Older Than I Am and Yes, We Have Things in Common

My Fiancé’s 22 Years Older Than I Am and Yes, We Have Things in Common

“Do you have a Daddy complex?” Whoa. Two years ago, a former colleague asked me this question after I informed him that my boyfriend was 22 years my senior. The question, one part WTF sarcasm, one part innocent case of speaking-before-thinking, was ridiculous. To arrive at such a bizarre assumption—and to have the chutzpah to actually ask me about it—made […]

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Blubber Girl

Blubber Girl

In third grade one of my schoolmates, who I’ll call Nancy, used to call me Blubber Girl. And I believed her. I felt massive, like a whale, a huge blubbery whale. Eventually, the teacher intervened. “How do you think Jenny feels when you say that, Nancy?” “I dunno.” “Jenny, how do you feel?” I want to die. Send me off to […]

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Movie Review: ‘Gett, The Trial of Viviane Amsalem’

Still from "Gett."

Watching this film was excruciating, but I mean that in a good way. “Gett” is distressing by design, as it brings us along on the journey of an Israeli woman, Viviane, while she tries over the course of five harrowing years to obtain her husband’s permission to divorce him.

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Male Privilege and the Campus Party Scene

Male Privilege and the Campus Party Scene

I am a cockblocker.  On any given Friday or Saturday night at around 9 p.m., you will find many girls around campus preparing for battle. They suit up in their favorite cut-off shorts and crop tops, and consult plans and signals for facing a strong opponent that many have lost to before. They have alliances with females and maybe a […]

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Fashion and Feminism: A Perfect Match?

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“A girl should be two things: who and what she wants.” – Coco Chanel It’s not hard to find meaning—both positive and negative—in the staged feminist protest orchestrated for the Chanel Spring 2015 runway show. The fashion-minded among us want it to be a brilliant political statement about the significance of feminism and its place in fashion and culture. But […]

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How Much Of Your Data Would You Trade For A Free Cookie?

How Much Of Your Data Would You Trade For A Free Cookie?

by Lois Beckett ProPublica, Oct. 1, 2014, 12 p.m. This story was co-published with Mashable. In a highly unscientific but delicious experiment last weekend, 380 New Yorkers gave up sensitive personal information 2014 from fingerprints to partial Social Security numbers 2014 for a cookie. “It is crazy what people were willing to give me,” said artist Risa Puno, who conducted […]

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A Q&A With Feminist Filmmaker, Kristin Tieche

A Q&A With Feminist Filmmaker, Kristin Tieche

San Francisco based filmmaker Kristin Tieche is currently hitting the festival circuit with her short film, The Spinster.  We spoke with her about the film and it’s strong female protagonist. Tieche is also an avid cyclist whose blog, Velo Vogue is dedicated to cycling fashion. 1) What is The Spinster about? The Spinster is a short psychological thriller that follows a vixen […]

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Who Is the Shooter?

Who Is the Shooter?

As a black woman, my heart bleeds for the Michael Browns, Trayvon Martins, Oscar Grants, Eric Garners, Ezell Fords and every other unarmed black man who will find himself at the end an officer’s gun barrel. As I see the names of slain black men in articles and the faces of the murder victims on t-shirts, I cannot stop myself from thinking that any one of […]

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In Sports, In Politics, In Life—Does Character Even Matter Anymore?

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These past few weeks the stories making headlines have been troubling, to say the least. Domestic abuse, child abuse, messy divorces…these are heavy, heartbreaking issues. It’s not surprising that they draw our attention. What is surprising is that in many instances, the events are not only met with outrage, but with justifications, excuses, and even acceptance. Has lack of basic […]

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Old Debts, Fresh Pain: Weak Laws Offer Debtors Little Protection

Old Debts, Fresh Pain: Weak Laws Offer Debtors Little Protection

by Paul Kiel, ProPublica, and Chris Arnold, NPR, Sep. 16, 2014, 5 a.m. This story was co-published with NPR. Like any American family living paycheck to paycheck, Conrad Goetzinger and Cassandra Rose hope that if they make the right choices, their $13-an-hour jobs will keep the lights on, put food in the fridge and gas in the car. We asked […]

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Why Gun Control Groups Have Moved Away From An ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban

Why Gun Control Groups Have Moved Away From An ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban

by Lois Beckett ProPublica, Sep. 9, 2014, 1:16 p.m. The morning after the Sandy Hook shootings, Shannon Watts, a mother of five and a former public relations executive, started a Facebook page called “One Million Moms for Gun Control.” It proved wildly popular and members quickly focused on renewing the federal ban on military style assault weapons. “We all were […]

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Formula: An Honest Look

Formula: An Honest Look

by Kylie Hastings  Shortly after I found out I was pregnant with our second child my breast milk supplies began to diminish — the one in my breasts and the one in my freezer. Our daughter wanted to eat more and more and I had less and less to give her and it was heartbreaking. We were just two months […]

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