Charli XCX Made a Wonderful Documentary About Feminism in Pop

Just two minutes into Charli XCX’s documentary about feminism in pop, The F Word And Me, Charli is seen doing press before her set at the Glastonbury Festival in London . After a female reporter asks her which essential item she’d bring to a festival (“Vodka,” says Charli), it cuts to an off-camera male interviewer… »Wednesday 4:40pm11/25/15 4:40pm


Hey New York Times Crossword Puzzle, What Does This Clue Mean?

The New York Times crossword puzzle is a hallowed institution of yesteryear, one that is useful in distinguishing normal people from people good at one very specific, generally useless skill. Apparently, its worldview (or its editor Will Shortz’s worldview) has not been updated for the modern puzzle aficionado. »11/18/15 2:50pm11/18/15 2:50pm

Gloria Steinem Has Written the Rare Memoir That's More Focused on Others Than on Herself

In her 81 years on Earth, including a long former career as a journalist, Gloria Steinem has only written six books, three of which are essay compilations. None are specifically about her life, despite its figurative importance to so many people; she’s never quite explained how she’s accomplished all that she has, how… »10/27/15 5:00pm10/27/15 5:00pm

Superb Human Jeremy Renner Cannot Be Bothered to Fight For Equal Pay

Jeremy Renner—the frog-faced Avenger with a sixth grade boy’s haircut—has caught wind of American Hustle co-star Jennifer Lawrence’s essay on unequal pay in Hollywood. He’s aware that many of his fellow actors are clamoring for an end to this discriminatory gap. But he doesn’t especially give a flying fuck. »10/21/15 9:15pm10/21/15 9:15pm

Amy Schumer's Nice HBO Special Rescued by Wacko Dickplay & the 'Abraham Lincoln'

Amy Schumer’s set for her inaugural HBO special buttressed my confidence in a number of my recent decisions. First, any prickles of guilt attached to last night’s spicy beer nuts and prosecco alchemized into third-wave feminist defiance. She also confirmed my suspicion that moving to Los Angeles would mean certain… »10/19/15 10:20am10/19/15 10:20am

Is Brie Larson the New, Lower-Key Jennifer Lawrence? 

Lest I be accused of pitting women against one another, just know, I really don’t care about your opinion. Also, these two actresses are both blonde-ish, tall, white, and immensely talented, so the comparison really isn’t much of a stretch. Why point out this parallel now? Lawrence, of course, is best known for her… »10/11/15 10:20pm10/11/15 10:20pm

Slutwalking With Amber Rose Was Everything I'd Dreamed It Would Be

There were not nearly enough sluts at Amber Rose’s Slutwalk in Los Angeles on Saturday. The event had 15,000 registrants but the crowd felt more the size of a high school dance. I decided to ask some unnecessary cops milling around how many people they thought were in the crowd. One cop said 500. One cop said 300. One… »10/05/15 1:30pm10/05/15 1:30pm

Meryl Streep Is a 'Humanist' Not a Feminist So I Guess Words Don't Have Meaning Anymore 

Meryl Streep is currently promoting her new movie Suffragette in which she plays Emmeline Pankhurst, the British activist who was instrumental in earning women the right to vote. In early September, Streep sent a package to each member of Congress urging him or her to support the Equal Rights Amendment, which would… »9/30/15 4:40pm9/30/15 4:40pm

Priyanka Chopra Shines In ABC's Intriguing Terrorism Mystery Quantico

ABC’s diversity train is not slowing down with the debut of Quantico, an FBI crime drama starring Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra as a steely female agent. It’s a feminist series led by an Indian actress, which is groundbreaking in itself. Let’s see whether the thriller does, or does not, make viewers tune in. »9/27/15 2:45pm9/27/15 2:45pm

Duh: Women in Hollywood Power Positions Hire More Women

Women in Hollywood power-positions definitively hire more women than men in the same positions. It’s something we could derive empirically or even intuit, but now there’s more quantifiable evidence, via an annual report from San Diego State University’s Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film. »9/15/15 9:45am9/15/15 9:45am

Was Banning Tyler, the Creator, the Victory International Feminism Needed?

On Sunday, August 23, Tyler, the Creator, was riding through France on the nicest tour bus he’d ever rented—a giant TV screen, a circle couch, extra beds—and heading towards the end of what was meant to be a month-long tour of Europe, reveling in the amenities his hard work had afforded him. The 24-year-old Los… »9/02/15 11:30am9/02/15 11:30am

'Purity' Used to Target Women, But for Franzen, Purity Targets Men 

Purity starts out, as Jonathan Franzen’s books do, with a word used unusually well, a little signal that the author is in control. In The Corrections, it was “the berserk wind.” In Freedom it was “conniving with the coal industry.” In Purity, it was “without undue weirdness transpiring,” where “transpiring” has the… »8/31/15 3:45pm8/31/15 3:45pm

Author Elena Ferrante: 'I Am A Passionate Reader of Feminist Thought'

The Story of the Lost Child, the fourth and final book of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan series, will be released next week. (SPOILER: It’s wonderful.) Vanity Fair was lucky enough to nab an interview (conducted over email) with the elusive chanteuse écrivaine, and the first part was published today. In it, Ferrante… »8/27/15 5:30pm8/27/15 5:30pm

Interview With a Millennial Dad Who Admits He's a Shitty Feminist

Relationships can feel pretty equal until a baby shows up, when suddenly even the most progressive couples are waylaid by the tyrannical demands of child-rearing. Women become baby-feeding machines, and men do what they can—some more than others. At least one such dude has admitted he was not, in fact, doing all he… »8/23/15 2:00pm8/23/15 2:00pm