How to Not Give a Shit: Making Art While Female

"I feel very strongly about that: an alternative to the idea of women being a certain way." Janet Weiss, the drummer for Sleater-Kinney, was sitting on a leather green swivel chair three feet in front of me as she responded to a question from Broad City's Ilana Glazer about feminism. "The quiet, demure, soft-spoken… » 1/21/15 2:27pm 1/21/15 2:27pm

Lots of Americans Say Double Standards Are Still Holding Women Back 

Strap in, because Pew just released a pretty massive survey of America's attitudes toward women and leadership. And it turns out our countrymen are increasingly aware of the fact that, wait a minute, maybe there are some double standards and retrograde attitudes blocking women's paths to the top! » 1/14/15 3:30pm 1/14/15 3:30pm

The Future of Women on Earth May Be Darker Than You Thought

It's easy to get caught up in the internet gender war trainwreck, where we're still arguing over whether women belong in tech or rape victims are liars. But let's set that shit aside and take the long view: Do we have any evidence that the future will bring greater freedom to women, or should we expect more dystopia? » 1/02/15 4:25pm 1/02/15 4:25pm

Male Startup Founders Think Your Vagina Should Smell Like a Ripe Peach…

When the PayPal cofounder came for your period, I did not speak out enough. So I blame myself, really, for this waste of science. According to Inc. magazine, two male bio-hackers just "previewed plans for a new probiotic supplement that will enable women to change the way their vaginas smell."

It is called it Sweet… » 11/19/14 9:50pm 11/19/14 9:50pm

Woman Sick of 'Wearing the Pants' in Relationship Gets Schooled

Feminism is not just about lifting the oppressive veil of gender expectations off of women — it's also about loosening the necktie of expectation from men. Sometimes, it's women who need to be schooled in this matter, and who better to drop the glisteningly hard slab of Real than Heather Havrilesky at Ask Polly. » 10/26/14 2:15pm 10/26/14 2:15pm

The 'Cool Girl' Is Not Fiction, But a Phase

Recently a friend ran into a woman we all knew in our twenties as a so-called "Cool Girl." She braced herself for the typical performance-art femininity—"dude in a hot girl's body" ready to party with suspicious, irritating gusto—and was startled to find herself speaking to a grownup who seemed pretty together. Down… » 10/08/14 11:50am 10/08/14 11:50am

The Real Secret to Talking Sports With Any Woman

If you were a trash person, you'd assume that women didn't like sports and that, as Men's Health Magazine indicates, we only follow them if there's "a story line." Your argument, if you were made of trash, would be that women can't understand statistics or they don't have attention spans long enough to sit through a… » 10/07/14 5:37pm 10/07/14 5:37pm

Here Is What It's Like When Women Have Slightly More Power

Having it all is, of course, a tired phrase that crassly oversimplifies the stakes for most women, and yet, for the sake of shorthand, let's rename it "Winning at Life" instead. If winning at life is, say, balancing family, romance and power on something like your terms — then the ladies of the Mosuo got it all… » 9/25/14 4:20pm 9/25/14 4:20pm

Republican Ad Treats Obama Like an Abusive Boyfriend

"In 2oo8, I fell in love," says an attractive and concerned-looking 30-something lady on a clean white couch. "His online profile made him seem so perfect...I trusted him, but by 2012 our relationship was in trouble, but I stuck with him because he promised he'd be better." Step right up and place your bets: domestic… » 9/22/14 5:45pm 9/22/14 5:45pm

Study That Says Women Are Grumpy 10 Days a Year Can Fuck Itself

A new study from an English vitamin company has found that the average woman spends approximately 10 days a year in a "grumpy" mood. Well, either the ladies of the UK are the cheeriest bunch of broads you'll ever meet or this study is totally wack because most of the women I know are pissed-off for about 10 hours a… » 9/22/14 1:00pm 9/22/14 1:00pm