Karen Elson Thinks Fashion Needs More Feminism

Supermodel and musician Karen Elson popped up over at Rookie to answer advice questions from teen readers. Elson offered reassurance to one teen who was feeling self-conscious about her tooth gap, gave another advice about how to have a more constructive relationship with her mother (boundaries!), and helped out a… » 3/29/13 5:10pm 3/29/13 5:10pm

Wearing Heels Does Not Make You A Bad Feminist

Are you overdue for a reminder that your high-heeled shoes are nothing more than pretty, pretty evidence of your status as a quisling to your sex? Well, the Chicago Tribune has an op-ed about the horribleness of heels and the women who wear them. » 3/22/12 5:30pm 3/22/12 5:30pm

Samantha Bee Mocks Cosmo While Celebrating The Pill

Last night, Samantha Bee, Cybill Shepherd, Dr. Ruth, Cosmopolitan's editor-in-chief, and a lot of rich people gathered to wish the Pill a happy 50th over steak and cocktails. It was pretty fun, especially when Samantha Bee laid into Cosmo. » 10/19/10 7:47pm 10/19/10 7:47pm

WaPo Panelists Talk Abortion, Palin, Supposed Death Of Feminism

Washington Post writer Anne Kornblut moderated an alternately infuriating and inspiring panel discussion Tuesday on reproductive rights, Sarah Palin, and what it will take for a feminist to win the presidency. » 1/14/10 4:30pm 1/14/10 4:30pm

Should Feminism Be "About Equality For Males?"

Cathy Young defends men's rights groups in Reason, and her article's subhead reads, "Feminism should be about equality for males, too." So should it? » 11/24/09 3:00pm 11/24/09 3:00pm

New Yorker: Women's Representation Is Not Enough

In this week's New Yorker, Ariel Levy complains that feminism has turned into "identity politics," focusing on getting women in positions of power but not on what they should do when they get there. » 11/09/09 1:00pm 11/09/09 1:00pm

Three Feminists On Dirty Words, Pop Culture, And The Language Of Choice

Yesterday the Planned Parenthood NYC Action Fund brought together Jessica Valenti of Feministing, Lynn Harris of Broadsheet, and longtime reproductive rights activist and writer Gloria Feldt to discuss everything from feminist pop culture to whether "feminism" is a dirty word. » 11/05/09 12:00pm 11/05/09 12:00pm

Three Ways To Not Solve Sexism, By Former Portfolio Editor

In Saturday's NY Times, former Portfolio editor Joanne Lipman attempted to critique the stalling of feminism in America. The result was so ham-handed and contradictory, it read like a tutorial on How Not to Talk About Sexism. » 10/26/09 12:40pm 10/26/09 12:40pm

Complaining About Sexism Makes You A "Ranty-Pants"

Well, not really, but Janice Turner of the Times of London is asking readers to submit examples of sexism. She says that women are encouraged to ignore such examples — or risk looking like "a strident old ranty-pants." » 9/28/09 5:00pm 9/28/09 5:00pm

Can A Man Be A Feminist?

Recently relaunched "pro-feminist" men's site XY has a lot of great content. But what's a "pro-feminist" anyway? Do men who support women's rights need a special word? » 9/17/09 5:00pm 9/17/09 5:00pm

What Makes a Presidency Feminist-Friendly?

The White House's new Council on Women and Girls is designed to ensure that government programs do enough to aid women. Between this and the Lily Ledbetter act signing, is the Obama Administration embracing feminism? » 9/14/09 3:00pm 9/14/09 3:00pm

Is Margaret Atwood A Feminist? Are You?

The Guardian is worried that "if Margaret Atwood isn't sure she is a feminist anymore," feminists might be "an endangered species." But Atwood's take on the f-word is more complicated than the Guardian implies — and so is ours. » 9/09/09 2:00pm 9/09/09 2:00pm

Feminists Don't Hate Marriage: In Defense Of Elizabeth Gilbert

In a short but nasty Wall Street Journal editorial, Charlotte Hays opines that Eat Pray Love writer Elizabeth Gilbert has deserted her feminist readers by getting married — thus revealing that the feminist = man-hater canard will basically never die. » 9/04/09 11:30am 9/04/09 11:30am

Lessons From Sarah Palin Are Lessons We Don't Need

Writing in The American Prospect, Feministing's Courtney E. Martin writes that Sarah Palin can teach us three important lessons about feminism. I disagree. » 7/20/09 4:30pm 7/20/09 4:30pm

Is Kate Winslet Killing Feminist Pop Culture? And Other Non Sequiturs

Broadsheet pointed us to Lynn Crosbie's bizarro piece in the Globe and Mail, which alleges that Kate Winslet and Holly Peterson's The Manny signal the death of feminism in pop culture. » 4/29/09 3:40pm 4/29/09 3:40pm

Rebels With A Cause: How Women Put James Dean To Shame

British blog The F Word reviews Maria Raha's Hellions: Pop Culture's Rebel Women, and concludes that "loner" white guys aren't the only rebels — and they may not be rebels at all. » 3/18/09 5:40pm 3/18/09 5:40pm

Lesbianism: Sexual Orientation, Political Choice — Or Both?

Should all feminists be lesbians? It's a very second-wave idea, but according to Julie Bindel in the Guardian, its time has come again. » 2/02/09 12:00pm 2/02/09 12:00pm