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Curses and Kitchens: “Jell-O Girls” Looks at the Secret, Sexist History of America’s Classic Dessert

“Jell-O Girls” is at once a memoir, a family history, and an overview of the domestication (and dissolution) of the American kitchen. Read more »

Light of Truth: Ida B. Wells Enters the Very White, Very Male Statue Game

Can we reimagine public remembrance as a community-funded endeavor? Read more »

Electric Dirt: Queer Appalachia Is Redefining Southern Identity

The collective is promoting art, activism, and culture in the South while building queer community. Read more »

Gambling for Freedom: Crafting Sally Hemings’s Complicated Legacy

Monticello is recognizing the slave girl who was raped by her master. Read more »

Them, Too: Remembering the Lawsuit That Took on a Writer’s Room

Can writers’ rooms continue to justify creativity in the name of hashing out “uncensored” personal anecdotes? Read more »

White Whine: The Past that Incels Long For Never Existed

The men who romanticize a period of time in which women and people of color were kept “in their place” have been raised by those who enjoyed the privileges of whiteness. Read more »

On Our Radar—Feminist News Roundup: Time's Up For Bill

In an interview, Clinton claimed to “like the #MeToo movement; it’s way overdue.” But when pressed on whether it had prompted him to rethink his own past behavior, he sputtered that of course he hadn’t, because he’d “felt terrible then.” Read more »

On Our Radar—Feminist News Roundup: "Sick" Questions How We View Women With Chronic Illness

There’s a class of illnesses—multi-symptomatic, chronic, hard to diagnose—that remain associated with suffering women and disbelieving experts.  Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Women in the U.S. Military

These women may not be pop icons, but they certainly deserve time in the spotlight for their noted “firsts,” some welcoming, some not. Read more »

On Our Radar—Feminist News Roundup: "The Tale" is Honest, Unflinching, and Timely

The Tale captures what it’s like to teeter on the brink of adolescence — and it manages to respect both its young protagonist’s agency and her older self’s sense of justice.  Read more »

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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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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 »

The Forgotten History of the Women Who Shaped Modern Advertising

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

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 »