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Feminspire | April 23, 2014

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The Media

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

Can Lupita Nyong’o’s Lancôme Campaign Help End Colorism?

April 11, 2014 | Keziyah Lewis | 2 Comments

Whether it’s her charm, beauty, talent, and grace, or her fortitude for shining on the red carpet and on screen, there is no shortage of reasons to appreciate Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o. And consequently, over the past year, she has … Read More

Somewhere in America, Hijabis Are “Hipster”

April 3, 2014 | Dina El-Rifai

After watching the Somewhere In America video, which consists of Muslim hijabi women, that call themselves “Muslim hipsters” or “#Mipsterz”, dressed in stylish clothing, goofing around with friends, taking selfies, skateboarding in heels, and just having fun, I watched it again, and … Read More

Women Authors Don’t Need John Green to Succeed

March 7, 2014 | Amanda Duncil | 4 Comments

My love for books is boundless, but discussing my predilections is a source of anxiety. Over time, I’ve learned that inquiries about my favorite titles are rarely expressions of genuine interest, but rather a litmus test for intellectual prowess … Read More

I’m Over the Trend of Black “It” Girls

March 6, 2014 | Alexsis Johnson | 8 Comments

I’m over black “it” girls.

It’s indisputable that Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar-winning actress, fresh faced fashion darling, and kick- ass flight attendant co-star of Liam Neeson is having a moment. Lupita’s face is everywhere, much like Jennifer Lawrence after the Oscars … 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

Our Media Keeps Disappointing Us and Doesn’t Know How to Stop

February 12, 2014 | Lauren Slavin | One Comment

“And remember,” I told the new writer with a smile, “One of the best parts of being a journalist is that you get to act like an idiot.”

I was a newly appointed editor at my college newspaper. Not even … Read More

Why Lena Dunham’s Curves Make Me Feel Like Shit About My Own

February 7, 2014 | Chelsea Leibow | 2 Comments

It’s true: Lena Dunham’s very public, extremely naked, hotly discussed body has made me more self conscious of my own. As a woman who “sort of looks like that,” as a girl who was always “chunky” or “slightly overweight,” Lena’s … Read More

If There Are No Women, Does That Mean There’s No Sexism?

February 4, 2014 | Sully Moreno | 5 Comments

Over the past few years, Super Bowl ads have been highly scrutinized for sexism. This year, Miss Representation even launched an app fashioned after their #NotBuyingIt campaign so tracking offensive ads could be easier than ever. And it seems that … Read More

Richard Sherman & Erin Andrews: Not a Thug and Not a Victim

January 28, 2014 | Alexsis Johnson

A few weekends ago during the Seahawks/49ers match-up that would determine who would be a contender in this year’s Super Bowl, cornerback Richard Sherman completed a defensive play denying the 49ers a game winning touchdown, then celebrated the play with … Read More

The Gross Imagery From NYT Mag Makes a Female Prez Seem Out of This World

January 27, 2014 | Emily Vrotsos | 2 Comments

Since Obama beat out Hillary for the Democratic nomination in 2008, Hillary’s supporters have been hoping she’d take another crack at the presidential election in 2016. We’re more than two years out from the election, and there’s already a … Read More

Ani DiFranco Isn’t the Problem – Whiteness Is

January 3, 2014 | Briana Ureña-Ravelo | 8 Comments

On Thursday afternoon, Ani DiFranco posted another apology for the “Righteous Retreat” location drama (in which she planned a feminist retreat to be held at a former slave plantation) on her Facebook, and this time, it’s actually a decent one. … Read More