Why Lindy West Wants Men to Stick Up for Her

Lindy West wants white men to stick up for her. In her debut column for the New York Times, feminist West answers the question she gets asked a lot by well-meaning dudes: How can we support people like you? West’s response is eloquent: “Just stick up for us.” She writes: “[Guys] want to know what … Continued

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It’s O.K., Serena. You Can Need a Man.

Serena Williams is having an identity crisis. If the cover story about her in the August issue of Vanity Fair is any guide, she can’t decide whether she wants to be the most powerful athlete on earth or the woman who has finally found her other half. It reminded me a little of the new … Continued

Celebrities

Don’t Ask a Supermodel What Feminism Means

It’s terribly difficult to be a woman in modern America. Just ask former supermodel Paulina Porizkova. After immigrating to the U.S. as a young woman, she pursued a lucrative modeling career, married and had children, and even wrote a few books. Nevertheless, the oppressive mores of American society recently compelled her publicly to adopt the … Continued

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The Importance of Fathers in an Age of GirlPower

Granted, Father’s Day is a silly holiday—a commercialized, homogenized Hallmark-fest of grills, BBQ, and “Best Dad Ever” coffee mugs. If it’s good for anything though, it’s good for reminding us how important fathers are in an era obsessed with whether or not feminism will finally smash the patriarchy. While not all fathers do a bang-up … Continued

Politics

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

Entertainment

The War on Pronouns

When was the last time you encountered someone who was offended by the pronoun you used to refer to them? If you are like most people, the answer is probably never. In part that’s because the number of transgender people in the United States is only 0.3 percent, according to the Williams Institute on Sexual … Continued

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