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Weapons of Mass Distraction: The Bikini Turned Sexuality into a Threat

From the moment it debuted, the bikini was a scandal.

Bad Mouths: The Long History of Sanitizing Women’s Language

Many of us think of washing someone’s mouth out with soap as an outdated punishment for ill-tempered children, but for a long time it was also commonplace as a corrective for women. Read more »

8 Ways to Reclaim Mother’s Day

The founder of Mother’s Day was a righteous, anti-capitalist activist.  Read more »

What 17th Century Witch Burnings Teach Us About Evangelical Extremism

The descendants of those brought up amid the height of the witch-burning craze who became among the first to colonize settlements like Salem, Massachusetts, continuing the misogynistic and prejudiced witch trials in the United States. Read more »

Vivien Green Fryd Charts the Feminist Artists Who’ve Painted #MeToo for Decades

Against Our Will challenges us to witness without looking away, exploring sexual violence as a discrete subject of American art with unflinching analysis. Read more »

Snake Eyes: The Power to Turn the Patriarchy into Stone

A feminist analysis of the myth of Medusa reclaims her curse as a powerful protection against the male gaze. Read more »

Here, Now, Everywhere: Deborah E. Lipstadt’s New Book Charts the Resurgence of Antisemitism

Lipstadt’s uncompromising perspective is guaranteed to leave readers uneasy, no matter where they lie on the political spectrum. Read more »

When #MeToo Was a Blank Canvas: Joy McCullough Wants Teens to Know About Artemisia Gentileschi

Joy McCullough’s novel Blood Water Paint offers a stunning portrait of the painter Artemisia Gentileschi. Read more »

In the Frame: Artemisia Gentileschi, the Artist Who Broke the Mold

My ultimate empowered female art heroine is a woman who made a career for herself long before the word “feminist” was in use. Read more »

The Forgotten History of the Women Who Shaped Modern Advertising

It’s easy to dismiss advertising as an anti-feminist industry. Read more »

Suffragette City: The Reluctant, History-Making story of Wyoming’s Esther Morris

“Although I have often regretted I was not better qualified to fill the position,” she wrote, “like all pioneers, I have labored in faith and hope.” Read more »

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In a Bizarre 1976 Comic Book, Spider-Man Fought the Villain of Misleading Sex Education

Last week, I came across a very strange comic book: in 1976, Planned Parenthood teamed up with Marvel to publish a one-off comic in which... Read more »

Sojourner Truth, Unveiled

The leaders of the [women's suffrage] movement trembled on seeing a tall, gaunt black woman in a gray dress and white turban,...

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The Forgotten History of the Women Who Shaped Modern Advertising

It's easy to dismiss advertising as an anti-feminist industry. Read more »

It's Time to End the Long History of Feminism Failing Transgender Women

The marginalization of transgender women in feminism is not new, but the decades-long debate has taken on new dimension thanks to social media and the ease of finding strangers’ personal information online. Read more »