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Feminspire | April 17, 2014

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Pop culture, media, internet culture, travel and more for young women.

To Selfie or Not to Selfie?

April 16, 2014 | Liesey Burns

To selfie or not to selfie? That is the question.

“Selfie” was the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year for 2013. However, the concept has been around longer than you may think. It started with MySpace back in the early 2000s, … Read More

Not Oppressed, Not a Terrorist, and #NotYourStockMuslim

April 8, 2014 | Dina El-Rifai | 3 Comments

Who said Muslims were all the same? Late last month, a Twitter conversation unlike any other began — a conversation that worked to debunk the stereotypes that are so often associated with Muslims, using the hashtag #NotYourStockMuslim.

“How I Met Your Mother”: The Finale Not All Of Us Wanted

April 1, 2014 | Lauren Slavin | 2 Comments

Readers, have I ever told you the story of how all media is problematic?

If not, I’m sure some blog, book or patient feminist has explained it to you. And I’m sure you, feeling like a teenager stuck on a … Read More

My Mad Fat Diary: Making Our 90s-Loving Feminist Hearts Beat

March 25, 2014 | Shelby Rosten

Maybe I’m late to the party, but I’ve spent the last two weeks watching the entirety of My Mad Fat Diary. The show recently began its second season, and let me tell you, Tumblr was crazy for this series, so I checked … Read More

Welcome Home, Veronica Mars: The Feminist Favorite We’ve Been Missing

March 18, 2014 | Kristy Pirone | One Comment

A long time ago, I used to be friends with a teenage private eye named Veronica Mars.

Well, that’s not entirely true. Veronica Mars was the sarcastic main character of the eponymously titled UPN television series, a cult classic that … Read More

10 Inventions You Never Knew Were Created By Women

March 10, 2014 | | 6 Comments

The United States (and many other countries around the globe) dedicate March as Women’s History Month. Women’s History Month is a worldwide event that recognizes the contributions of women to history and current society, corresponding with International … Read More

Oscars 2014: The Reign of Lupita & Forgotten Recognition of Trans Women

March 3, 2014 | Shelby Rosten | One Comment

So Ellen DeGeneres threw a giant pizza party for the stars Sunday night, or haven’t you heard? There were record-breaking selfies, and Brad Pitt passed around the paper plates. Award shows are always a mixed bag when it comes to feminism and diversity, … Read More

9 Things To Do On Valentine’s Day. Or Any Friday, Really.

February 14, 2014 | Shelby Rosten

Whether you’re alone this year or not, what to do on Valentine’s Day is always hard. Here are my suggestions.

1. Read a book. Any book.

Books are good. They will make you smarter.

2. House of Cards Season 2

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Your Gender Identity Can Now Be FBO

February 13, 2014 | Emily Vrotsos

I joined Facebook in 2008. In the six years since I joined, there have been a lot of major changes to its function. I remember when everyone was in an uproar over the new Timeline set-up, or when everyone … Read More

It’s Up to Harry Potter Fans, Not JKR, To Keep the Books Alive

February 10, 2014 | Laura Koroski | 3 Comments

In the Dark Ages when the internet was unheard of, inaccessible, and downright clunky, fans of books or movies had no power. But if there ever was a fandom that was born in the age of the internet and shot … Read More

But What’s the REAL Issue With The Super Bowl Coke Commercial?

February 5, 2014 | Briana Ureña-Ravelo | 5 Comments

The Coca-Cola Super Bowl commercial of various “diverse” (read: not white) Americans singing in different languages and the ensuing controversy it sparked is making the rounds in the mainstream media, and, as it follows, in the liberal, feminist, social justice … Read More

We Loved Beyoncé, But Wish We’d Seen These Women at the Grammys

January 27, 2014 | Shelby Rosten | One Comment

While there was no shortage of wonderful performances by Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Lorde, and Pink to be found last night, the Grammys definitely did not include all of our favorite women in music from the last year. And the ones who were … Read More