Tag: feminism

As the 2019 Women’s March Dawns and the DNC and Others Pull Support, Tamika Mallory and Co-Leaders Confront the Divide Within

The View/ABC (YouTube) As feminist activists and allies across the country prepare to join the third wave of Women’s Marches in as many years on Saturday, a well-publicized shadow has been cast over the event. The concern? Longstanding accusations of anti-Semitism and exclusion within the ranks of the Women’s March, with national co-president Tamika Mallory […]

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‘Tidying Up with Marie Kondo’ Is Inadvertently About Women’s Invisible Labor

I have always been good at organizing. I excessively purge and sort, immersing myself in organizational minutiae to the point of obsession. My bookshelves are alphabetized by subject, I use up all of my free makeup samples, and if you name a single item in my house I can tell you where it is. As […]

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Fundraisers Are Already Popping Up to Send Girls to See ‘Captain Marvel’

DC Comics may have beat Marvel to the punch by releasing smash hit, feminist film Wonder Woman in 2017. But there’s no shortage of excitement for Marvel’s first female-lead movie, Captain Marvel, premiering on International Women’s Day, March 8. Non-profit organizations have already started raising money to send girls to screenings. Girls Inc. of Greater […]

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The Best Thing on TV This Year Was: ‘The Expanse’

There are levels of loving a TV show. There’s “I love this show” in the moment you watch it, well knowing you’ll forget it as soon as it’s replaced by another great one. And then there’s the show that knocks you on your ass, becomes an all-time top favorite almost immediately—an “I love this show […]

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I Have a Son Now, Which Means I Can Finally Start Respecting Men as People

Photo: monkeybusinessimages (iStock) Last week, my wife gave birth to a beautiful, healthy, bouncing baby boy. He is all the things that you hope new babies are. A blessing. Loud. Adorable. Soft. Precious. Gassy. Alert. Moderately bemused. Perpetually hangry. Vaguely human. Somewhat reminiscent of Fred Sanford. He is also life-changing. He’s our second child, but […]

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‘Widows’ Isn’t the Feminist Triumph You Think It Is

Widows’ diverse, all-women cast was expected to break the glass ceiling of the heist genre: The film has been critically lauded, with heavy praise doled out for Viola Davis’ lead performance and director/co-writer Steve McQueen, as well as best-selling novelist and co-writer Gillian Flynn. Based off of a 1983 ITV series of the same name, […]

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Ten Things You Always Wanted to Ask a Hand Model

This article originally appeared on VICE India. Every time you see an ad for a hair product with Kareena Kapoor or Deepika Padukone or Priyanka Chopra (you get the picture), and the camera cuts to their hands running through their hair—it’s not actually the movie star’s hands. The same happens with beauty product ads when […]

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Understanding the Female Psyche in Light of the “Me Too” Movement

With the Me Too movement underway in the past year women from all walks of life, renowned or not, have been coming forward to share vulnerable experiences of sexual assault and misconduct. Women have been speaking out against the alleged misconduct of actors, politicians, movie moguls, and Supreme Court justices. Women have been speaking out on […]

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New Study Shows How Badly Girls Are Starved for Superheroes

Photo via Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. The idea that representation matters may have already seemed obvious. But a new study from Women’s Media Center and BBC America, has finally quantified the impact female sci-fi characters and superheroes on television and in movies have on girls. The study, “Superpowering Girls,” suggests that female leads make girls […]

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How Republicans Stole #MeToo

There is a photo of Christine Blasey Ford from her Thursday appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee that captures why her testimony about Brett Kavanaugh—the Supreme Court nominee she has accused of sexually assaulting her in the summer of 1982, when they were both teenagers—felt true. She is raising her hand as the oath is […]

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This Newspaper Ran a Wildly Offensive Cartoon of Kavanaugh’s Accuser

screenshot via Twitter user @EliseShrock and the Indiana Star. In the last week alone, there’s been a seemingly endless amount of new developments in the saga of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. He’s been accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women and offered up bizarre defenses in response, all after the initial accuser, Christine Blasey […]

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All the Rage

You would think there would be more literature about why men are so angry—the president, the mob in Charlottesville a year ago, the alt-right generally, the bar brawlers, the wife-beaters, the gay-bashers, the man who got more famous than he anticipated for screaming at a couple of women who were speaking Spanish in a Manhattan […]

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A Look Back at the Reaction to ‘Straight Black Men Are the White People of Black People’ a Year Later

A year ago, a line in a piece from Saki Benibo—an assertion also articulated a year before in a tweet from Mela Machinko—inspired me to write something of my own based on that statement. The result (“Straight Black Men Are The White People Of Black People”) was my most read VSB piece of 2017. It […]

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Brie Larson Was Told to Smile, So She Put Smiles onto Marvel Dudes

The Captain Marvel trailer that dropped Tuesday excited fans not just because it showed a badass Brie Larson showing off the usual suite of superpowers—flying, super strength, shooting energy from her fingertips—but because it’s the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first film centered around a woman. But the trailer also brought out the usual sexist trolls. A […]

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In ‘Colette,’ Queerness Is an Act of Rebellion, Not a Source of Trauma

Photo via Bleecker Street. Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, known mostly as just “Colette,” had one of the most profoundly impactful literary careers of any woman in French history, winning nominations at the prestigious Prix Goncourt and a Nobel Prize in Literature, despite having her byline stolen by her husband in the early years of her career. She […]

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The Emmys Are Practically Asking for a ‘La La Land’ / ‘Moonlight’ Fiasco

‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ (left) image courtesy of Amazon. ‘Insecure’ image courtesy of HBO. This year’s Emmy nominations seem to show us that Hollywood is ready for progress, but perhaps not too much. The innovative, diverse series Atlanta garnered 16 nominations while the artful inventive series This Is Us got eight nods. However, for two […]

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