For Chrissake, Going Without Makeup Is Neither a Trend Nor Laziness

"Not wearing makeup: is it feminism, laziness or the rise of cosmetic normcore?" wonders Slate. Huh. Good question: having a face and not smearing cosmetics upon it: is it a political statement, sloth, or, uh, some kind of weird fashion thing? Or could be it be some strange, unheard-of fourth option... such as being a… » 4/17/14 2:55pm 4/17/14 2:55pm

Gloria Steinem at 80: She Looks Good and Everyone Wants Her to Know It

Gloria Steinem turns 80 today. She makes 80 look good, logistically speaking: her schedule is just as jam-packed as it ever was. She also makes 80 look good physically speaking: to the amazement of her fans, she appears far too young to have spent eight decades on Earth. But for all her accolades and accomplishments,… » 3/25/14 3:00pm 3/25/14 3:00pm

Some Cobbled Together Thoughts On The #BanBossy Campaign

I've been thinking a lot about Sheryl Sandberg's new #BanBossy campaign over the last week or so since it debuted. I've read the thinkpieces both for and against, and even the ones that fell in the middle of the road. And after considering all of the very valid critiques, I've realized why this campaign bugs me so… » 3/15/14 3:43pm 3/15/14 3:43pm

​You Don't Need to Ban 'Bossy' — You Need to Take Away Its Power

The word bossy is not a bad word as words go. It can even be kinda great. It's when someone is aggressive to get shit done. Anyone can be bossy — go ahead and tell me you've never met a bossy guy without a title in sight. But you don't need a study to tell you this is a word usually reserved for women who give orders,… » 3/13/14 2:50pm 3/13/14 2:50pm

Newsflash: Beyoncé Can Be Both Sexual and a Good Role Model

Well, here we are in 2014 back at square one trying to explain that women—just like people!—have the extraordinary ability to enjoy sex without being completely defined by it. Didn't Madonna already cover this a quarter of a century ago? » 3/13/14 2:10pm 3/13/14 2:10pm

A Grown Woman's Guide to Responsible Celebrity Worship

I'm really not into the phrase "It Girl." First of all because it sounds like a euphemism for "Sexy Pennywise Halloween Costume," and second of all because it's so...singular. We can only have one girl? And that's "It"? Girls are like the Highlander? What happens to her when she's not "It" anymore? Why don't we have an "It… » 3/12/14 1:40pm 3/12/14 1:40pm

Feminist Stephen Colbert Gave Himself a Master's in Women's Studies

Last night on The Colbert Report, host and self-professed feminist Stephen Colbert recognized — in honor of Women's History Month —"that society has intrinsically linked a woman's value to her outward appearance and thereby undermining her status and strengthening the patriarchal hegemony." For his revelation, Colbert… » 3/07/14 7:15pm 3/07/14 7:15pm

What Does It Mean for Feminism if Feminism Becomes Trendy?

2013 was a Big Year for feminism in pop culture. The media's endless hounding of female celebrities regarding whether they identify as feminist has finally paid off — several prominent figures, including Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Claire Danes, Selena Gomez(ish), Rashida Jones, Ellen Page and even Courtney Stodden » 2/23/14 4:30pm 2/23/14 4:30pm

Claire Underwood Is Far Too Complicated for a 'Feminist or Not' Debate

House of Cards' Claire Underwood is a multi-faceted character. As Robin Wright portrays her, Claire can occasionally play nice — but mostly she's the cold and reserved, a counterpoint to the passionate and manipulative Frank Underwood. In the recently released season two, many, including this website, have used the… » 2/20/14 5:30pm 2/20/14 5:30pm

Beyoncé's Feminist Icon Chimamanda Adichie on Equality and Chocolate

Thanks to Beyoncé's song "Flawless," a feminist trojan horse of sorts, Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is getting tons of attention right now. In addition to penning novels like Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun (the latter has been made into an upcoming film), she's amazing speaker who is vocal about gender… » 2/17/14 6:45pm 2/17/14 6:45pm

House of Cards' Claire Underwood Is a Feminist Warrior Antihero

If House of Cards is like chess, then Claire Underwood is the queen—the most powerful piece in the game. And that becomes clear in the show's second season when all the scheming and plotting and compromises have given her a national platform for the causes that are the most personal to her: abortion and sexual… » 2/17/14 1:30pm 2/17/14 1:30pm

Invite-Only Oceanside Conference Vows to "Reset the Agenda for Women"

Makers began as a documentary about the history of women's equality developed by AOL and PBS, but seems to have morphed into a brand of its own. Next week, Makers is hosting a three-day conference where Sheryl Sandberg, Eric Schmidt, Tim Armstrong, and others plan to "reset the agenda for women in the workplace in the… » 2/03/14 8:59pm 2/03/14 8:59pm