Mary Rose Somarriba is executive editor and culture editor of Verily Magazine.

What Angela Lansbury Did Say, And What She Didn’t Say

Actress Angela Lansbury has been under fire this week for comments suggesting women are in part responsible for sexual harassment and assault. “There are two sides to this coin,” Lansbury told the Radio Times in an interview. “We have to own up to the fact that women, since time immemorial, have gone out of their … Continued


Beware the Villain that Tries—And Fails—To Be Feminist

“Why aren’t monsters being played by women?” actress Sofia Boutella asked in an LA Times interview this week. “If you piss off a woman she’s far more brutal than a man. How come they didn’t think about that before?” (Warning: spoilers ahead). Of course, we have had female villains on screen before; Medusa, Maleficent, or … Continued


Does Miley Cyrus’ New Image Signal the Death of Shock Pop?

Among the most talked about performances at this weekend’s Billboard Music Awards was one by Miley Cyrus, but not for the reasons you may think. Miley, whose performances the past few years have turned heads for their wacky costumes and deadpan sexual innuendo, surprised the world Sunday with something different. A simple, gimmick-free song. #BBMAs … Continued


Viral Video Overreach: Kanye West Edition

Last week Kanye West unveiled a music video for a song “Famous” that seems to be the latest bid to break the Internet. Perhaps since marrying Kim Kardashian, West has been infected with the reality-TV bug of trying to out-outrageous others in his field, because in this video, West includes a depiction of himself, his … Continued

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Is Beyoncé Beyond Feminism?

As you’ve probably heard, Beyoncé released her second surprise video album this weekend. The album, called Lemonade, aired as a one-hour feature on HBO on Saturday, and has since been available to viewers and listeners on her husband Jay Z’s streaming music site Tidal. I have had my criticisms of Beyoncé’s past albums, but this … Continued

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