How To Make Black Widow Truly Awesome, According To Richard K. Morgan

Black Widow’s rise to badassery arguably began in 2004, when Richard K. Morgan wrote a miniseries that revamped her backstory and gave her a much stronger inner life. And now that we’re all talking about Black Widow in the wake of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Morgan has some thoughts about how to achieve her full… » 5/08/15 3:26pm 5/08/15 3:26pm

Entire College Rugby Team Suspended Over Recorded 'Fuck a Whore' Chant

One chilly afternoon in late November 2014, a few dozen students at the University of Mary Washington gathered in a house about a half mile off their Fredericksburg, Virginia, campus for a party at a house rented by rugby players. For a Sunday, the mood was raucous, with students belting bar chants in celebration of… » 3/23/15 2:30pm 3/23/15 2:30pm

Why Early Wonder Woman Was A Champion Of Feminism... And Bondage

Looking back, Wonder Woman's earliest adventures are a little...strange. The first Wonder Woman comics were filled with bondage, submission, and domination — and even spanking games with small children. How was this supposed to be feminist? A new book analyzes those early Wonder Woman comics. » 1/23/15 4:09pm 1/23/15 4:09pm

Rape Is Part of My Truth, and the Truth of Many Other Women

When Rolling Stone issued its retraction, my greatest fear was that we would once again have a curtain of silence, where young women feel too afraid to share their truth. And while I have no interest in reliving the experience or pinning culpability on anyone, that curtain of silence is why I am sharing my story today… » 12/15/14 9:05am 12/15/14 9:05am

Awkwafina Yearns for Kevin Bacon in Her New Video, 'Daydreaming'

You may be familiar with Awkwafina's previous work: her video for "Queef," for one, or maybe her hit "My Vag." Her newest song, "Daydreaming" is the first single off her forthcoming EP. It's definitely less vaginally-focused, but no less irreverent. In an ode to her dream men, Awkwafina shares love for Kevin Bacon,… » 11/18/14 12:00pm 11/18/14 12:00pm

Miss America Was Kicked Out of Her Sorority for Abusive Hazing

On paper, Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev reads like a forward-thinking person's dream of what a beauty queen could be. She's a trilingual honors student who's publicly passionate about women's health and down to clown with Jimmy Kimmel; she's got a squeaky-clean image and a squeaky-clean resume. But it's missing one… » 9/22/14 1:30pm 9/22/14 1:30pm

Inside The Sadistic Mind Of Outlander's Villain Captain Black Jack

One reason Starz's Outlander works so very well is due to the menace of Captain Jack Randall, a.k.a. Black Jack, played with chilling delivery by actor Tobias Menzies. We had the pleasure of speaking with actor Menzies about the show — spoilers for last week's episode ahead! » 9/16/14 2:34pm 9/16/14 2:34pm

Johns Hopkins's Newest Rape Expert Previously Mishandled Rape Report

Johns Hopkins University is one the 76 American colleges and universities under federal investigation for mishandling rape allegations. Like so many of the schools that have come under fire in the past year, JHU has publicly paid lip service to fixing its polices — but student activists are skeptical that the changes… » 8/29/14 12:50pm 8/29/14 12:50pm

Why Bran And Arya No Longer Want To Be Rescued On Game Of Thrones

Season four of Game of Thrones contained some major departures from the books — and some of them underscored just how much Bran and Arya Stark no longer want or expect to be rescued. We caught up with Isaac Hempstead-Wright and Maisie Williams at Comic-Con, and they told us why things are only going to get murkier. » 7/29/14 12:59pm 7/29/14 12:59pm

College Party Mogul Threatens Female Journalist With Rape

Arya Toufanian is one half of the addled brain behind I'm Shmacked, a popular video series that documents collegiate party douchebaggery and packages it into 4 minute videos. He also spent his morning throwing a tantrum wherein he threatened a female Business Insider journalist with rape, encouraged harassment of a… » 7/23/14 3:00pm 7/23/14 3:00pm

Exclusive Horror Story From The Absolutely Chilling Through The Woods

Oh holy hell—Emily Carroll's horror comic collection Through The Woods is so freaking spooky. We absolutely inhaled this book when we got it in our hands. Each little horror comic is so creepy and absolutely gorgeous. It's Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark kinds of fun. And we have an exclusive scary story excerpt… » 7/17/14 4:49pm 7/17/14 4:49pm

Why I'm Finally Speaking Up About What Terry Richardson Did to Me

When I was 12 years old, my mother hit pause on the VCR player, stopping the movie we were watching. I’m pretty sure it was starring Ashley Judd, and it could have been A Time to Kill, but all I remember is that whatever it was involved rape. She told me, with tears in her eyes, that when she was 23 years old, she was… » 6/16/14 3:00pm 6/16/14 3:00pm