‘Suffragette’: A Lesson in Contemporary Smugness

At this time of year, nearly every week brings to the cinemas an Oscar hopeful that intends to use history to teach us a lesson about ourselves. Unfortunately, most of these movies fall into the same trap: They aren’t very curious about history. They are more like acts of self-congratulation. The new film Suffragette, starring … Continued

Entertainment, Movies

The Closing of the Feminist Mind

In a Vox poll taken last month, an overwhelming majority (85 percent) of the respondents claimed to support equality for women, but a mere 18 percent were willing to label themselves “feminists.” To understand why the disconnect is so striking, look no further than the controversy attending recent university talks presented by “Factual Feminist” vlogger … Continued


Stop Criticizing Patricia Arquette’s Oscar Speech

Patricia Arquette deservedly received her first Academy Award on Sunday night. I loved Arquette as the mother in Boyhood. She plays a strong, smart, single mom of two children who grow up in the suburbs of Texas around the turn of the Millennium. The movie, filmed over 12 years, is told from the vantage point … Continued


Malala Yousafzai is the Future of Feminism

Of all the hashtags that have trended in recent memory, there is one that really has stuck in my mind. #firstworldproblems It’s just so good, and I find myself inadvertently coming back to it several times a day. The generic brand dishwasher pods that I am trying out leave my dishes with a few annoying … Continued


The Problem With #WomenAgainstFeminism

“I don’t need feminism because I love men and value their human rights.” “I don’t need feminism because I can form my own opinions without the influence of other women, politicians, and liberal college professors.” “I don’t need feminism because I am not oppressed and I am the only thing holding me back!” A new … Continued


The Paradox of Declining Female Happiness

  The title of this article is also the title of a 2009 study by economists Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers. The study looked at data from the United States and Europe, focusing on the period from the 1970s to the mid-2000s: a time of medical advances, the second wave of feminism, the rise of no-fault … Continued


The Daily Pop Culture Scene

Immortalizing Our Stars With Statues–The Daily Beast Will Pakistan’s Oscar Change the Fortunes of Its Women?–Time Some People Confuse Hollywood’s Fiction With Reality–National Review Is America Heading to a Post-Marriage Society?–Atlantic The Baby Boomers & the Rise of Gray Divorces–WSJ Romance? If Angelina Marries Brad, She’ll Wear Black–Jezebel Critics May Hate Lorax, But Audiences Love … Continued