TIME Apologizes for Including "Feminist" on List of Words to Ban

Last week, Time magazine held their fourth annual word banishment poll, in which readers can vote for the word they would like to remove from our modern lexicon. They decided to include the word "feminist" possibly as a critique of how ubiquitous and relevant the word has become (as if that's a bad thing?), a move… » 11/16/14 4:00pm 11/16/14 4:00pm

4Chan Is Why 'Feminist' Is Winning the TIME Poll of Words to Ban

Oh for God's sake: Time magazine is doing its annual reader poll of words and phrases that should be "banned" from the English language, and alongside worthy contenders like "disrupt" and "said no one ever," they've included the word "feminist." And because this is the Internet, guess which word is winning? » 11/12/14 1:40pm 11/12/14 1:40pm

Amy Adams and Claire Danes Talk Feminism and Women in Hollywood

Amy Adams and Claire Danes are both on the covers of the January issues of Vanity Fair and Glamour, respectively, and though Danes looks like she's been caught picnicking in Central Park while Adams could be drunk off of too much egg nog, their interviews reveal similar takes on being women in Hollywood. » 12/03/13 11:00am 12/03/13 11:00am

Watch Joss Whedon Make the Perfect Speech About the Word Feminist

"I hate feminist. Is this a good time to bring that up? Is this the right forum for that?" Joss Whedon said at the beginning of his speech at an Equality Now dinner Monday where he'd been asked to speak because of his work on gender equality. "I hope I'm being clear," he added. "I didn't say I hate feminists; I said… » 11/07/13 10:00am 11/07/13 10:00am

Everything I Know About Feminism I Learned From Working Girl

The year was 1988. Margaret Thatcher became the longest-serving Prime Minister of the century, Canada struck down its anti-abortion laws and Joan Jett topped the Billboard charts. Women’s full-time employment had skyrocketed to 52%, university grads were increasingly female, and the wage gap was quickly closing.… » 10/25/13 1:20pm 10/25/13 1:20pm

The Book of Jezebel is in Glamour! (And coming to Chicago.)

This month's Glamour includes a 2-page Q&A featuring Anna Holmes and the magazine's deputy editor Mikki Halpin (who also contributed to The Book of Jezebel). And we've got more news! We've added a couple of author appearances and events to the schedule. On October 30, Anna will be appearing at The Avid Reader in her… » 9/12/13 1:46pm 9/12/13 1:46pm

Farrah Abraham Gets the Whole Feminism-Lesbian Thing

Teen Mom star Farrah Abraham is doing some press right now promoting god knows what and during one interview with the Miami NewTimes, she was asked about whether or not she was a feminist. Abraham's response revealed a rare moment of true vulnerability and enlightenment not usually documented through the mass media. » 9/03/13 2:40pm 9/03/13 2:40pm

The Catchy New Word For Feminism

When we asked for a new word for feminism — hoping we could do better than Beyoncé, who suggested something "catchy like 'bootylicious'" — we were, obviously, being tongue-in-cheek. There's nothing wrong with the word feminism, and if you believe in equality, you really should embrace the word — there's strength in… » 8/11/11 2:15pm 8/11/11 2:15pm

A Teen Feminist Calls the Westboro Baptist Church

The Westboro Baptist Church is one of America's most infamous hate-mongers, using the bible and Christianity (at least, their brand of Christianity) to justify savage and hateful messages targeted at almost every group imaginable: homosexuals, abortionists, Muslims, Jews, Roman Catholics, even the United States… » 7/12/11 5:45pm 7/12/11 5:45pm

Keri Hilson Is A Feminist, Not That She Wants To Say So, Exactly

Her song "Pretty Girl Rock" — with lyrics like "Get yourself together don't hate (never do it)/ jealousy is the ugliest trait (don't ever do it)/ I can talk about it cause I know that I'm pretty /And if you know it too then ladies sing it with me" — is sort of an anthem for confidence (or, um, lookism?), and Keri… » 2/14/11 1:15pm 2/14/11 1:15pm

Discussions Of Sarah Palin's "Feminism" Are (Mostly) Split Down…

Feministing has a message » 9/08/08 4:00pm 9/08/08 4:00pm for the mainstream media: Sarah Palin is NOT a feminist. This is in response to stories by , Townhall.com, the , NPR, and the , all of which had the words "Sarah Palin" and "feminism" or "liberated woman" in the headline. While some news outlets are painting the proposed veep as a feminist,…

British Lad Mags: Root Of All Ills Or Symptom Of The Bigger, Sexist…

Michael Grove, the shadow education secretary and a prominent Conservative in England, gave a speech today » 8/04/08 9:30am 8/04/08 9:30am at a meeting organized by the think tank IPPR condemning lad mags (like , , and ) for promoting "instant-hit hedonism" and presenting women as "permanently, lasciviously, uncomplicatedly available." The result,…