Ambition Condition: Women, writing, and the problem of success

By not owning up to her ambitions—whether they’re in the public or private realms—a writer feeds the machine that discounts the aspirations and talents of all women writers. Read more »

Of Woman Borg: Bionic betties, radical robots, and the evolution of the artificial woman

It’s no shock that feminine cyborgs are used exclusively in ads targeting young males; they tap right into stock fantasies of female subservience.” Read more »

Good Looking Out: Siri Hustvedt's New Essay Collection is an Exercise in Interdisciplinary Curiosity

Hustvedt dispenses with illusions of academic objectivity and doesn’t hesitate to share her thoughts and feelings throughout these pieces. Read more »

Pins and Needles: Tuesday Bassen Fights the Fast-Fashion Powers Ripping off Indie Designers

Early in 2016, Bassen’s art started showing up in an unwelcome place: On the website of fast-fashion mainstay Zara, uncredited.  Read more »

No Disrespect: Black Women and the Burden of Respectability

The public image of black female dignity is routinely attacked by a 24/7 media-industrial complex that serves up a steady stream of caricature.   Read more »

How to Raise a Boy in 1979: Navigating love, gender, and punk music in “20th Century Women”

Unlike Mills’s other boy-meets-girl, girl-somehow-saves-boy plots, the women are the backbone of this film.  Read more »

2016 Reading Challenge: 50 Books by Women of Color

If you don't seek out new voices, it's easy to fall into reading books primarily, if not solely, by white authors. Read more »

Pantsuit on Fire: The Founder of a Facebook Community Cashes In

 Chamberlain, who is neither an activist nor an author, is cashing in on what amounts to the labor of strangers. Read more »

Freedom of Information: Libraries in the Age of Trump

Libraries are radical, evolving resources that function with the sole purpose of providing free access to information for the masses and creating intellectual equality. Read more »

Popaganda: Women and Pain

This episode investigates patterns of both healthcare professionals and society at large dismissing, demeaning, and disbelieving women's pain. We talk with Maya Dunsenbery, the Executive Director of Editorial at Feministing.com, about her upcoming book ... Read more »

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Ms. Opinionated: I'm a Man. How Can I Help the Feminist Movement?

Welcome to Ms. Opinionated, our weekly advice column dealing with questions of life, love, feminism, and pop culture. This week, a reader writes in... Read more »

Politically Correct Language Isn't Just About Being Polite—It's About Survival

Photo by Phillipe Leroyer (Creative Commons). Two weeks ago, Jonathan Chait published the lengthy essay "Not a Very P.C. Thing to Say" in... Read more »

Tina Belcher's Sexual Revolution

Tina Belcher breaks all the rules of network sitcoms. That's why she's wonderful.  Read more »

Eat, Pray, Spend: Priv-lit and the new, enlightened American dream

Priv-lit and the new, enlightened American dream. Read more »