The Girls In The Picture traces Hollywood's problem with women to the very beginning

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Melanie Benjamin finished writing The Girls In The Picture months before the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke, but the novel still feels firmly rooted in the Me Too movement. As Hollywood faces a reckoning about sexual harassment and, among other issues, equal pay, Benjamin’s book about the role two women played in the…

Let’s debate Quentin Tarantino’s feminist bona fides

Following the release of 2015’s The Hateful Eight, Quentin Tarantino got a certain amount of backlash for the film’s portrayal of violence against women, or in this case, woman. Throughout the film, Jennifer Jason Leigh’s foul-mouthed Daisy Domergue is repeatedly brutalized and beaten by the male characters to such a…

Here’s what a bookstore would look like with no male authors

On Wednesday, women across America will participate in the “Day Without Women” strike, which aims to highlight the often underappreciated economic power of women. In a similar vein, the staff of Loganberry Books in Shaker Heights, Ohio decided to send a concrete visual message about women and culture—only theirs…

“The Woke Bois” want to seduce you with feminism

One tried and true boy band tactic is to sing lyrics aimed directly at the group’s female fans. From The Backstreet Boy’s “As Long As You Love Me” to One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful,” these songs offer a particular kind of wish fulfillment in which attractive, nonaggressive dudes tell their listeners exactly…

New Girl showrunner Liz Meriwether on “poop feminism”

Earlier this week, New York Magazine published a staggeringly detailed examination of American culture during the eight years of Barack Obama’s presidency. The “time capsule” offers a mix of historical details (unemployment rate, major events, etc.) as well as longer essays contributed 60 different people. And while…

Outdoor Research flips the script on a dudebro GQ profile

Earlier this month, GQ Style published a profile that centered on “three premier climbers and a couple of cute friends” showing off their stylish clothes and climbing skills in Joshua Tree, California. Notably, however, the premier climbers turned out to be three dudes while the “cute friends” were several bikini-clad…

Portlandia’s feminist bookstore says, “Fuck Portlandia”

Across six seasons, Portlandia has used Portland’s real-life feminist bookstore In Other Words as the basis and filming location for its fictional analogue Women & Women First—a relationship that even predates the IFC series, dating back to Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s earliest comedy work as Thunderant. But…

Read This: The long history of the ever-evolving “rom-com bitch”

It is a truth universally acknowledged that while romantic comedies are usually marketed towards women, they aren’t always so great when it comes to female representation. And in a new long-form piece for BuzzFeed, Bim Adewunmi digs into the history of one of the most problematic rom-com archetypes: the rom-com bitch.…

Kristen Bell highlights the gender wage gap with “Pinksourcing”

Kristen Bell’s special skills include not only singing, dancing, and delivering wry one-liners, but also taking on wage inequality in pithy comedy videos. Two years ago she dressed up as Mary Poppins to push for an increased minimum wage. And now she’s back to take on the gender wage gap, too. The satirical video is…

Read This: President Barack Obama explains why he’s a feminist

It’s President Barack Obama’s birthday, and to celebrate he decided to pen an article about feminism for Glamour magazine. It’s not the most typical way to mark one’s 55th year of life, but perhaps he’s simply realized that smashing the patriarchy is the gift that keeps on giving. In the thoughtful, personal essay…

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