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Many Female Scientists Of Color Say They Have Been Mistaken For Janitors

A new study on gender bias against women of color in science has found that "100 percent of the 60 scientists interviewed reported experiencing bias and discrimination." Incredibly, it gets worse; 48 percent of African-Americans and 46.9 percent of Latinas also reported being "mistaken for administrative or custodial… » 2/14/15 1:00pm 2/14/15 1:00pm

Woman, Subject: The Fall Is The Feminist Crime Show We've Been Wanting

Call it the Netflix curse: An entire weekend spent with my eyes transfixed on the television, consuming episode after episode of The Fall, a show about a murderer, a detective and the crimes that draw them together. It's a bleak series—full of ugly, sad things that are only made more grim by the rainy Belfast… » 1/22/15 3:42pm 1/22/15 3:42pm

The Gender-Swapped Queen Kong Is Basically The Most Ridiculous Movie

Ray Fay gets dressed up in a pink boa and shiny pants and fed to Queen Kong, who falls in love with him. Then the giant ape fights a T-rex for the man she loves, in this completely bonkers clip from the movie Queen Kong. The best bit is where he teaches Queen Kong how to kick a dinosaur in the nuts. » 1/13/15 7:02pm 1/13/15 7:02pm

Don't Miss The Moody Vampire Western A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

There's a lot that's unique about Ana Lily Amirpour's striking new film A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. This will likely be cinema's only black-and-white feminist Western vampire movie, shot in a California ghost town but with all dialogue in Farsi ... unless Amirpour decides to make a sequel. » 12/05/14 8:00am 12/05/14 8:00am

Why does DC Comics keep insulting its fans?

Another week, another DC comics scandal highlighting their portrayal of Women - this time, particularly egregious T-Shirts asking women to declare themselves the future Mrs. Batman, or 'celebrate' Superman scoring with Wonder Woman. How many more times is it going to take DC screwing up to stop with this bullshit? » 10/01/14 3:25pm 10/01/14 3:25pm

When Is It Okay (If Ever) To Fail the Bechdel Test?

Prompted by Charlie Jane Anders' discussion of the test today (as well as some of the reactions I've seen to it) I've given some thought to the Bechdel Test and whether it's ever okay for a story to fail it. There are a number of popular stories which do fail it - Pacific Rim, The Lord of the Rings, the original Star… » 6/05/14 11:22am 6/05/14 11:22am

Seanan McGuire explains why you shouldn't expect every fantasy heroine…

The other day, someone asked Seanan McGuire when the characters in her popular October Daye urban fantasy novels were going to get raped — because respect for the integrity of your own work, and pure realism demand it. McGuire's response to this idea is worth reading in full, but especially the part where she explains: » 10/03/12 3:44pm 10/03/12 3:44pm