Heads Up, Media: Racism is Not a "Controversy": Is all this bad news lowering the bar?

Why are we seeing some of the most disturbing revelations of racism, xenophobia, and hate speech filed neatly away under the vague header of "controversy"?

Soft Serve : The Media Normalization of Mike Pence

It’s one (terrible and ill-advised) thing to politely pretend that Pence’s tenure in Indiana wasn’t uniformly awful for anyone who wasn’t Mike Pence. It’s another to rewrite history. Read more »

Oscar Night! Bitch Picks vs. Bitch Predictions

Be sure to tune in Sunday and crash our live-tweet Oscar party on Twitter!  (Well, it might just be Andi and Lisa going back and forth about Jimmy Kimmel with a lot eye rolling emojis, and dissecting speeches and fashion statements.)  Read more »

NBC and the Manufacturing of Donald Trump

The Apprentice groomed millions of future voters to believe that women and people of color are less competent than white men, who are natural leaders; business ethics are a joke; gratuitous offensiveness is admirable honesty; and Trump’s judgment matters more than anyone else’s.   Read more »

Are You Buying For-Profit Feminism?: We Bet You Are And You Probably Don't Even Know It

We're here to work against the clean, mainstream, for-profit media narrative of calling ourselves feminists and then calling it a day. Read more »

The Worst 100 Days: Make "Alternative Facts" Lies Again

In a postfactual world, the question of how to report, broadcast, and process news is more pressing than ever. Read more »

No, Donald Trump Won't be Good for the Arts

The social attitude that creatives must “pay their dues” by suffering feeds into the refusal to pay them actual money for their work, into stereotypes surrounding mental health and creativity. Read more »

On Our Radar—Feminist News Roundup

Trump is giving us a wicked case of reproductive rights déjà vu. Read more »

Backtalk: Golden Globes & White Nationalist Book Deal

Dahlia and Amy dig into the recent Golden Globes with some highlights, lowlights, and Meryl Streep's anti-Trump acceptance speech for her lifetime achievement award. One of the highlights included Tracee Ellis Ross's win for her work on Black-ish, where she dedicated her award to women of... 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 »

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 »

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Mad Science: Deconstructing Bunk Reporting in 5 Easy Steps

British scientists have uncovered the truth behind one of modern culture's greatest mysteries: why little girls play with pink toys. Is it because...

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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 »

A Look at How Media Writes Women of Color

Nearly every Saturday morning, feminists of color hold Twitter discussions taking a deeper look at issues, such as gender violence. It’s the best... Read more »

The Forgotten History of the Women Who Shaped Modern Advertising

Long before Peggy Olson fought to be a copywriter on Mad Men, women were pioneering advertisers in the new age of mass media.  It'... Read more »