​Eddie Redmayne Takes On Role As First Trans Woman To Have SRS

Actor Eddie Redmayne will be playing the trans woman title character of the novel The Danish Girl in an upcoming film adaptation. The novel is a semi-fictionalised account of the life of Lili Elbe, who might be the first recorded transgender woman to have had sex reassignment surgery as it is known today. Not… » 11/03/14 10:18pm 11/03/14 10:18pm

Making Female Characters Is Too Hard, Says Assassin's Creed Director

Finally, some answers from the gaming industry! After years of clamoring from female video game fans who just want their existence acknowledged by the billion-dollar industry they dump all of their money into, one game director is speaking out. It's not that video game designers are sexist—it's not that they don't want » 6/11/14 6:00pm 6/11/14 6:00pm

Updated Report Shows That the Media Gender Gap Is Still Enormous

The Women's Media Center has released an update to its annual State of the Media report; its findings are (as always) pretty grim. This year: out of 27,000 pieces of content — a category that includes "TV networks, newspapers, news wires, and online news sites" — reviewed for the study, 63.4 contributors were male.… » 4/04/14 3:40pm 4/04/14 3:40pm

No Black Kids, Latinos, or Girls Took AP Computer Science in Montana

Well, this is unsettling. According to this year's data, not a single female student, black student, or Latino student took the AP computer science exam in either Montana or Mississippi. That means it was pretty much just all white dudes. Not exactly a heartening indicator of all that "diversity in tech" that tech… » 1/14/14 6:20pm 1/14/14 6:20pm

Why the Hell Are On-Screen Interracial Relationships Still a Big Deal?

We're now in year six of sunny post-racial America, and things are going great, right!?! We have a biracial president, and, uh...Halle Berry won an Oscar that time...and...a vocal contingent of Americans will eagerly whip themselves into a racist frenzy over a kid having a white mom and a black dad in a fucking… » 9/11/13 6:10pm 9/11/13 6:10pm

White Folks Star in 90% of 2011's Young Adult Book Covers

Last year—riffing on a hand-wringy Wall Street Journal article about the thematic "darkness" of YA books—blogger Kate Hart created a "YA Cover Color Wheel," sorting the top titles of 2010 by their literal colors. Then she dug into some more pointed analysis of "where YA covers are most definitely NOT dark:… » 5/21/12 3:10pm 5/21/12 3:10pm