Mad Men: Joan Would Like To Burn Shit Down, & Other Feminist Concerns

The primary goal of the miniskirt was never about tempting men: designer Mary Quant, mother of the mini, always said its construction was meant for woman's lib, literally. "I liked my skirts short because I wanted to run and catch the bus to get to work," she told the Scotland Herald last year. "It was that feeling of… » 4/06/15 12:35pm 4/06/15 12:35pm

When Was the Last Time You Really Thought About Getting Old? 

If there is one thing I can tell you of usefulness in your life as a woman on this planet: You need to get yourself some older lady friends. You need to sit with them, and you need to let them tell you about the world. And you need to take it all in, and you need to be very, very grateful for it. » 3/26/15 12:00pm 3/26/15 12:00pm

Naked by Choice: A Chat About Feminism with Actress Caitlin Stasey

In the middle of January, actress Caitlin Stasey (who you may know from Reign or Please Like Me) made ripples across both the feminist and entertainment blogospheres when she launched Herself, a website profiling women who are willing to strip down both emotionally and physically to tell their stories and talk about… » 2/27/15 3:50pm 2/27/15 3:50pm

The Women of Pawnee Ruled Parks & Recreation 'Til the Very End

Leslie Knope left our televisions forever last night. She rode figuratively into the sunset with Parks & Recreation, ending its seven season run, and a little bit of us went with her—the exact parts of us that utilized and relished our lives watching religiously for the past six years. Those years are gone and I can… » 2/25/15 5:10pm 2/25/15 5:10pm

Westminster Dog Retires to Breed. Why Can't Bitches Have It All?

Miss P is a four-year-old beagle from British Colombia—a fully grown adult, by dog standards. On Tuesday, she won the top honor in her field, the Westminster Dog Award for Best in Show. A legacy attendee—her granduncle, Uno, won the prize in 2005—Miss P was considered an outlier nonetheless, and statistically speaking… » 2/18/15 3:15pm 2/18/15 3:15pm

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Will Be Happy When There Are 9 Women On The Court

During a talk at Georgetown University Law Center last week, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spoke to the crowd about her experience as a woman in the profession. "In the ancient days when I was going to college, the law was not a welcoming profession for women," she declared. » 2/08/15 3:00pm 2/08/15 3:00pm

Girlhood: Finally, a Film About Black Girls Strengthening Each Other

I met my two teenage best friends at the start of high school, but our affections didn't crystallize and become epochal until two years later, on the very first day of eleventh grade. All three of us had grown up in an ethnically diverse Toronto suburb and chosen to attend a performing arts high school in the… » 1/27/15 3:50pm 1/27/15 3:50pm

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

Woman, Subject: The Fall Is The Feminist Crime Show We've Been Wanting

Call it the Netflix curse: An entire weekend spent with my eyes transfixed on the television, consuming episode after episode of The Fall, a show about a murderer, a detective and the crimes that draw them together. It's a bleak series—full of ugly, sad things that are only made more grim by the rainy Belfast… » 1/22/15 2:10pm 1/22/15 2:10pm

Reign Actress Starts Feminist Website Celebrating Women's Sexuality

When I first read that Caitlin Stasey, one of the lead actresses on the CW's Reign, had launched a, to borrow the words of E! Online, "NSFW Website Featuring Nude Photos of Women (Including Herself)," I'll admit I rolled my eyes. But then I actually looked at Herself, Stasey's feminist project that highlight's women's… » 1/14/15 8:45pm 1/14/15 8:45pm

The Gender-Swapped Queen Kong Is Basically The Most Ridiculous Movie

Ray Fay gets dressed up in a pink boa and shiny pants and fed to Queen Kong, who falls in love with him. Then the giant ape fights a T-rex for the man she loves, in this completely bonkers clip from the movie Queen Kong. The best bit is where he teaches Queen Kong how to kick a dinosaur in the nuts. » 1/13/15 11:00pm 1/13/15 11:00pm

​Cosmo, Ms. Foundation Name Emma Watson Feminist Celebrity of 2014

It certainly has been quite a year for feminists (or maybe just the word "feminist") Over the course of the last month or so, the Ms. Foundation for Women and Cosmopolitan magazine held an online poll, asking readers to choose their top celebrity feminist. Congratulations to Emma Watson and all, but I don't know… » 12/20/14 3:30pm 12/20/14 3:30pm