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An epidemic of female suicide is sweeping Afghanistan.

Hunter “Most Hated Man on the Internet” Moore is being sued for his “revenge porn” site.

The Steubenville rapists’ super predictable defense? “She wanted it.

Jessica on why Zerlina’s stance against rape as natural and inevitable is so important.

After you’ve read that, thank Zerlina for her work.

A Twitter conversation with the FLOTUS attracts enough bigotry to make you sick.

A bunch of important ladies talk about “having it all” on CNN.

A great take from xoJane on rape culture and Sunday’s Girls.

I think the word you were looking for is “protest,” not “riot,” to describe the Brooklyn ...

An epidemic of female suicide is sweeping Afghanistan.

Hunter “Most Hated Man on the Internet” Moore is being sued for his “revenge porn” site.

The Steubenville rapists’ super predictable defense? “She wanted it.

Jessica ...

5 Reasons the Chris Brown and Rihanna SVU episode was both awesome and bad

Warning: Spoilers!

Last night, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit premiered a new episode “ripped from the headlines,” with a story line that was obviously supposed to be a take off of Chris Brown and Rihanna.  A singer named Micha Charles and her boyfriend, hip hop star Caleb Bryant get into an argument when Bryant is caught talking to another woman and Bryant beats and chokes Charles until she’s nearly dead.

Sound familiar?

The episode was heavy handed and a litte – no a lot – cheesy but there are 5 reasons why it was both awesome and bad (mixed with sincerity and snark): 

Warning: Spoilers!

Last night, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit premiered a new episode “ripped from the headlines,” with a story line that was obviously supposed to be a take off of Chris Brown and Rihanna.  A ...

Why I’m not looking for the missing Black folks on HBO’s “Girls”

Before I start: I did not see any of the second season yet, so NO SPOILERS!

Anyway…Almost everybody loves HBO’s Girls–even black girls like me who don’t have a TV and have to make arrangements to go watch it at someone else’s place (hence the reason I haven’t seen season 2). I say “almost” because we’re only two episodes into the new season and Lena Dunham is already back on the chopping block for her portrayal of people of color in the show. In season 1, the controversy was about the fact there were not enough people of color in a show about four white women living in one of the most diverse cities in the country, New York. ...

Before I start: I did not see any of the second season yet, so NO SPOILERS!

Anyway…Almost everybody loves HBO’s Girls–even black girls like me who don’t have a TV and have to make arrangements to go ...

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The Best and Worst of the Golden Globes

Last night everyone in the world (read: everyone I follow on Twitter) watched the Golden Globes, which promised to be an important event for women in entertainment with Amy Poehler and Tina Fey hosting and a bunch of talented ladies nominated. In case you had better things to do than watch (read a book, take a nap, feed your cat), we’ve compiled the best and worst moments from the night—from a feminist perspective, of course.

The Top Feminist Moments:

5. Lena Dunham wins stuff. I get that this is a controversial call, and I’m pretty ambivalent about Dunham. I absolutely agree that she is no progressive feminist leader; the “Girls” creator/director/writer/star has some serious thinking to do about ...

Last night everyone in the world (read: everyone I follow on Twitter) watched the Golden Globes, which promised to be an important event for women in entertainment with Amy Poehler and Tina Fey hosting and a bunch ...

When I think of “Home”. Or reasons to watch “Homeland”.

 

Writers don’t write from experience, though many are hesitant to admit that they don’t. I want to be clear about this. If you wrote from experience, you’d get maybe one book, maybe three poems. Writers write from empathy. – Nikki Giovanni

You Guys: I have SO much TV to catch up on. The above epigraph may seem incongruous, but to deny that popular art, and in this case TV dramas are reflections of our collective lives is just dishonest. As a creative writer, I know this. I know that I need a metaspace to organize a set of experiences, memory to mete out what makes sense. There is a great deal of empathy in the life and work of artists. I ...

 

Writers don’t write from experience, though many are hesitant to admit that they don’t. I want to be clear about this. If you wrote from experience, you’d get maybe one book, maybe three poems. Writers write from ...

Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean makes TV debut and beautiful music history

Last week R&B singer Frank Ocean made history.  He is the first R&B singer to come out and reveal that his first love was a man.

With the release of his debut solo album, Channel Orange Ocean makes beautiful music and pushes the boundaries of traditional pop and R&B with not so subtle references to being in love with him.  Critics took notice and wrote up reviews praising his courage considering Hip Hop and R&B’s general unease and open hostility to gays and lesbians.

Ocean’s disclosure is especially interesting given the fact that he has been the lead singer for the openly homophobic and misogynistic rap group Odd Future.  The groups front man Tyler the Creator seems to be ...

Last week R&B singer Frank Ocean made history.  He is the first R&B singer to come out and reveal that his first love was a man.

With the release of his debut solo album, Channel ...

Olympic sexism study: Male athletes have skill and female athletes have luck

According to a new study on past television coverage of the Olympics, sports commentators talk about athletes in notably different ways depending on their gender. And by “notably different” I mean “pretty sexist.” The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Delaware, analyzed NBC’s primetime coverage of past games. The main findings:

When female athletes succeed, commentators tend to focus on luck and less on physical ability. When female athletes fail, physical ability and commitment are noted. When male athletes succeed, commentators applaud their skill and commitment to the sport. When male athletes fail, it is not necessarily about their failure, but about how their competitors succeeded.

So basically women athletes can never truly win and male athletes can never truly lose. ...

According to a new study on past television coverage of the Olympics, sports commentators talk about athletes in notably different ways depending on their gender. And by “notably different” I mean “pretty sexist.” The study, conducted ...

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The Feministing Five: Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington is one of those few actresses who reminds us that Hollywood can actually serve as a vehicle for progressive change. She openly identifies as feminist in interviews and backs up her words with political activism. She was a supporter of the Obama campaign back in 2008 and is an active member of the V-Counsel, a group of advisors to V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls. She appeared in Howard Zinn’s documentary, The People Speak, and serves on the board of Voices of a People’s History, a non-profit arts and education group using education and performance to bring to life the material inspiring the book Voices of a People’s History of the United ...

Kerry Washington is one of those few actresses who reminds us that Hollywood can actually serve as a vehicle for progressive change. She openly identifies as feminist in interviews and backs up her words with political activism. ...

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