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Feminspire | April 24, 2014

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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.

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

Emily Graslie Shouldn’t Need “Sexier Glasses” to Get Your Respect

December 10, 2013 | Sully Moreno | 4 Comments

On any given day, courtesy of the internet, I come across at least one thing that makes me angry, typically related to outdated or disrespectful ideas about women. I don’t try to shield myself from this content since it reminds … Read More

Carrot: A New Dating App That Thinks Women Are Donkeys

November 10, 2013 | | 14 Comments

There’s a gag-inducing video that went viral several weeks ago featuring a tackily dressed male dispensing some typical compliments to a random attractive woman a la street harassment style. She casually dismisses him without ever acknowledging him—the tried and … Read More

College Women: Feel Free to Get Drunk! Emily Yoffe: Stop Encouraging Rapists

October 17, 2013 | Sara Luckey | 26 Comments

Trigger warning for rape and sexual assault

Emily Yoffe wrote a dumb-shit essay where she told college women to stop drinking in order to prevent sexual assaults and rapes. Yawn Yawn snooze zzzzzzzz! Where have I heard that before? Everywhere … Read More

FYI Mom Bloggers (If You’re Shaming Teenage Girls)

September 4, 2013 | Sara Luckey | 76 Comments

Can everybody please stop masturbating for five seconds so we can talk about modesty, but also talk about me? I was raised in the Roman Catholic tradition, and modesty was intertwined within every aspect of our teachings and … Read More

5 Best Feminist Parodies of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”

September 3, 2013 | Rhiannon Payne | 5 Comments

When the “song of the summer” became the rape culture-y, misogynistic “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke, women the internet over had a lot to say about it. Then they had a lot to sing about it.

“Lame Lines” by Melinda … Read More

The 5 Online Articles I’m Sick of Seeing

August 27, 2013 | Marinda Valenti | 3 Comments

Raise your hand if this isn’t the first article you’ve read today. How about if you’ve clicked on an article today that your friend shared? If you’ve shared one yourself?

Yes– there are plenty of voices out there, and they’re … Read More

“I Once Had a Guy Tell Me”: How Often Do You Deal With Misogyny?

August 8, 2013 | Addison Peacock

 “I once had a guy tell me that I didn’t know who Pink Floyd was.” 

This is the post that started it all on “I Once Had a Guy Tell Me,” a tumblr blog dedicated to collecting anecdotes about sexism … Read More

Time Lady? Sorry, “Doctor Who” Fans, Only Another White, Cis Man

August 6, 2013 | | 7 Comments

After a few months of betting and speculating and hinting, we have a new Doctor.

It’s Peter Capaldi. To him, I say congratulations– it will change everything about his life. To the fandom, I say get ready– getting used to … Read More

The Camp Gyno: The Video We Wish We Had Watched as Pre-Teens

August 5, 2013 | R.E. Brandt

Our culture has created a special kind of shame for women with vaginas who are on their periods. We smell. We are unclean. We are bitchy. We are over-emotional. We are irrational. We are gross. We can’t go swimming. We … Read More