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Half of 2014's movies fail this basic test of sexism

2014 is half over, and there's no time like the present to look at how well Hollywood is behaving.<p>One area of Hollywood's behavior that is easy to evaluate is the portrayal of women in movies. Thus far, movies aren't making much progress in the way they portray women. At least according to The …

What About The Amazons? I'm Tall But NOT Model-Thin, And I Rarely See Women Who Look Like Me Represented In Media

With a 6'3" father and a 6' paternal grandmother, it was never a question that I was going to be tall. I was always told that this was a lucky thing. Who's tall? Basketball players! Models! My height was going to arrive one day, and it'd be a gift. Just like my period.<p>In actuality, it turned out to …

Feminism

Gender at the NY Times: The Most Comprehensive Analysis Ever - Sociological Images

In this post I present the most comprehensive analysis ever reported of the gender of <i>New York Times</i> writers (I think), with a sample of almost 30,000 …

Hollywood's Problem With Women of Color Is Even Worse Than You Realize

Hollywood is playing with fire. American films have a significant global cultural impact on how, what and why people think the way they do, yet …

Women of Color

Mindy Kaling On Refusing To Be An Outsider And Sexism On Set

Mindy Kaling is part of a small group of female comedians, writers and actresses who have created and now run their own TV shows. Kaling also stars in her show, <i>The Mindy Project</i>, as Mindy Lahiri, whom she describes as "delusionally confident" and "unapologetically selfish."<p>And how do others …

Why The Body Diversity On 'Orange Is The New Black' Is So Important

“Don’t forget, ladies. Your usual meal is 1500 calories. Beware of overeating.”<p>Listen closely, and you’ll hear that announcement play in the background of various episodes of the Netflix original series “Orange Is the New Black.” The words are familiar to the average viewer in this health-crazed …

We’re losing all our Strong Female Characters to Trinity Syndrome

DreamWorks’ <i>How To Train Your Dragon 2</i> considerably expands the world introduced in the first film, and that expansion includes a significant new …

Emily Blunt

Why Media Representation Matters

E3 has come and gone and as always there's a lot to talk about. Did you hear about what Sony announced? (No, not really, I have no plans to get a …

Iron Man

Facebook's Nicola Mendelsohn urges media to change labels given to women

Social media giant's European vice-president tells conference of frustrations at language used to describe women in business<p>The vice-president of Facebook in Europe – one of the online industry's most powerful executives – has revealed her frustration at being portrayed in the media as a …

Olivia Wilde Has a Brilliant Comeback to a Reviewer's Sexist Comment About Her Latest Film

Who needs an education when you've got dat ass?<p>That's the logic behind <i>GQ</i> film critic Tom Carson's review of Paul Haggis's latest film, <i>Third Person</i>, …

Dads on Sitcoms

On television shows, dads have been portrayed as incompetent dolts reflecting and encouraging a damaging attitude towards men and childcare.<p>ASPEN — As a new dad, I've often been struck with horror at dads I see on TV. On the small screen, dads are dolts, dads are idiots.<p>And while it may seem …

Why Are All the Cartoon Mothers Dead?

The dead-mother plot is a classic of children’s fiction, but animated movies have supplied a new twist: the fun father has taken her place.<p>Bambi’s mother, shot. Nemo’s mother, eaten by a barracuda. Lilo’s mother, killed in a car crash. Koda’s mother in <i>Brother Bear</i>, speared. Po’s mother in <i>Kung Fu</i> …

The Princess Effect

How women's magazines demean powerful women—even when they're trying to celebrate them.<p>On June 18, the Hearst Corporation announced that Alyssa Mastromonaco, the former White House deputy chief of staff for President Barack Obama, would shortly join the publishing juggernaut as “an ambassador for …

How Bad Media Coverage Makes Things Worse for Transgender Victims of Violence

On June 26, a 28-year-old transgender woman named Tiffany Edwards was shot and killed by Quamar Edwards (no relation) in Cincinnati.<p>She was the …

#WomenCallAction: Illuminating the Relevance of Women Directing U.S. Media

by Rachel Feldman<p>-<i>USA</i>-<p>As a woman director who has been working in Hollywood for 30 years, banging the drum for gender equity behind the camera, I am …

That Lady From 'Mad Men' Tries To Work In A Modern Office And It Doesn't Go So Well. At All.

You could share this if you want everyone to know that it's not the 1960s anymore and we should do better. Your call though. Have a martini on me!

Mad Men

25 Years After ‘Seinfeld,’ Where Are All the Elaines?

25 Years After 'Seinfeld,' Where Are All the Elaines?<p>When “Seinfeld” premiered 25 years ago, few foresaw the monumental impact it would have, both …

Rhythm and Bash: Why Is Today’s R&B So Hard on Women?

<b>In 2008,</b> Sean Fennessey, then VIBE’s music editor, wrote how R&B had grown soft. Ripping recent offerings by everyone from Ne-Yo and Usher, to Lloyd …

In One Perfect Sentence, Amy Poehler Schools a Guy in What It's Like To Be a Woman

Oh, Amy. How do we love thee? Let us count the ways.<p>For one, she can make a feminist argument zing like a "Weekend Update" punchline, a skill she …

Comedy

Beyoncé's 'Flawless' feminist act at the VMAs leads the way for other women

Queen Bey doesn’t just tell interviewers about her feminism: she references it in her work and promotes it to her fans<p>Beyoncé, in the midst of an epic 15 minute medley at Sunday night’s MTV Video Music awards, performed her song “Flawless” in front of a giant screen blazoned with the word …

Vogue Discovers Big Booties

Yesterday <i>Vogue</i> published an online article titled, "We're Officially in the Era of the Big Booty." <i>Cue all the eye roll gifs please</i>. The article is a …

For Playboy, Feminism Is Now Just Part Of Being A Gentleman

Something is afoot at Playboy.<p>The men’s magazine relaunched its main website, Playboy.com, a few weeks ago, promising in a release to go beyond nude …

Sexist Depictions Of Latinas Aren't Just A Hollywood Thing

<i>After Sofía Vergara's controversial appearance at the 2014 Emmy Awards, we wanted to see more perspectives exploring the cultural dimensions of the controversy. You can</i> read Juan Vidal's reaction here. <i>Here's a response from contributor Daisy Hernandez.</i><p>I have a love-hate relationship with actress …

WATCH: Laverne Cox Schools Gayle King on Respect for Gender Identity

You can always count on Laverne Cox to make sure that not only do the hosts she interacts with on television treat trans people respectfully, but …

This Is What Happens When The Women In Horror Films Are Played By Men

You’ve never seen a damsel in distress like this before.<p>Featuring:<p>Corey Flaspoler<p>Jordon Sorenson (Twitter)<p>Josh Davis

Rape Culture Is Everywhere Our Children Can See — Watch Your Favorite Movies Prove It

Rape culture is everywhere, but most of the time we don't even notice it. As Senior Editor Liz Plank wrote here back in January, rape culture and …

Feminism