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The Swimsuit Issue: 2009

So the latest Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue just hit my mailbox today. And as usual, I'm not really sure what I think about it. Featuring a near non-existant string bikini and several very tiny beautiful women of different ethnicities, this issue caters almost exclusively to male audiences.... Read more »

Mukhtar Mai's Story Becomes a Film, But She's Still Waiting for Justice

Many of you have heard of Mukhtar Mai, a Pakistani woman who was gang raped in 2002 as revenge for an honor crime, an act that was authorized by her village elders.  Mukhtar spoke out about the crime and prosecuted her attackers - and won.  That is, until an appeals court overturned the convictions... Read more »

Problematic PSAs

The other night I saw this in a bar, and could not figure out what it was a commercial for (especially since I couldn’t hear the sound!) It seemed kinda fishy and it turned out it was: It’s from a 2007 PSA campaign put together by... Read more »

Sex Education

As Valentine's Day approaches, The Box addresses the question that's on everyone's mind: How feminist is the sex on my favorite teen dramas? I graded the biggest shows of the last twenty years on their sex positivity. Click to see who came out on top. Read more »

Women and Movement Friday

I am not a biker by any stretch of the imagination, but I love biking anyway. You can find me and my family firmly in front of the television watching The Tour de France every July, and one of my big dreams to be able to someday follow the Tour in person. But because biking is not a mainstream... Read more »

Speaking of Super Bowl Ads

The following was apparently an ad that NBC refused to show during the Super Bowl. It is a commercial featuring an ultra sound of an unborn baby–which all wraps up into an image of Obama. The basic message being: if Obama’s mother had aborted him because it was going to be “hard” to... Read more »

Challenging "Post-Racial" America

Young Jean Lee pushes and pulls the lines of cross cultural theater in her critically acclaimed, "The Shipment." Read more »

Big Advertisers Are Watching You

I am not sure if the media-savvy among you have already heard of this phenomenon, but apparently the newest trend in super-creepy-and-invasive advertising is ads that watch you watch them. This new technology,... Read more »

The Super Bowl Post

So, rather than watch the Super Bowl, I ate food and slept. In spite of my attempts to avoid the whole damn mess, however, I still wound up being forced to deal with the requisite oohs and aaaahs over the commercials. I’m not a big fan of commercials period–but Super Bowl ads are often... Read more »

American Apparel Answers Back

I'm the type of person who likes to think of themselves as flying under the radar. So you can imagine my surprise when I woke up yesterday to find an email from American Apparel in reference to my blog post from Wednesday. I'll include... Read more »

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Politically Correct Language Isn't Just About Being Polite—It's About Survival

Photo by Phillipe Leroyer (Creative Commons). Two weeks ago, Jonathan Chait published the lengthy essay “Not a Very P.C.... Read more »

Ms. Opinionated: I'm a Man. How Can I Help the Feminist Movement?

Welcome to Ms. Opinionated, our weekly advice column dealing with questions of life, love, feminism, and pop culture. This week, a reader... Read more »

Eat, Pray, Spend: Priv-lit and the new, enlightened American dream

Priv-lit and the new, enlightened American dream. Read more »

Where My Girls At: Meet Two of Ferguson's Black Queer Activists

Amid national discussions of police brutality and systemic racism, Black women have been the loudest and most consistent voices demanding change. Read more »