Did you know a feminist named Lizzie Magie created Monopoly in 1904 to "to teach the world about single tax theory and the idea that land — and only land — should be taxed"? Read more about the history and evolution of the 100-year-old board game in this profile. » 2/28/15 1:15pm 2/28/15 1:15pm

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

Get To Know The Uber-Inspiring Woman Dubbed "The Superhero's Shrink"

The Atlantic has a long-form profile of psychologist, comic-book and cosplay enthusiast, and Under the Mask blogger Andrea Letamendi, discussing her background as an academic who slowly allowed her geeky passions to infiltrate her professional life. » 1/27/15 1:45pm 1/27/15 1:45pm

Why Early Wonder Woman Was A Champion Of Feminism... And Bondage

Looking back, Wonder Woman's earliest adventures are a little...strange. The first Wonder Woman comics were filled with bondage, submission, and domination — and even spanking games with small children. How was this supposed to be feminist? A new book analyzes those early Wonder Woman comics. » 1/23/15 1:00pm 1/23/15 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 12:40pm 1/22/15 12:40pm

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?

A Feminist Character ≠ A Character Who Is A Feminist: Examining Claire…

As far as I can tell, there's a stark difference between a "feminist character" and a "character who is a feminist." While there certainly can be overlap, there rarely even seems to be, and I can't understand why there seems to be so much confusion. » 6/25/14 6:04am 6/25/14 6:04am

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… » 6/04/14 10:02pm 6/04/14 10:02pm

FILM CRIT HULK Weighs in on She-Hulk (and a Little of My Own Take)

I know there's already been a huge amount of discussion on this subject but I thought it was worth sharing what Jennifer's analytical cousin had to say on the subject, especially since I'd heard it was pretty good. And indeed it was. » 5/23/14 4:14pm 5/23/14 4:14pm

The real reason that women in fantasy art wear such skimpy armor

It's horribly impractical for ladies to wear bikini armor while leaving their midsections exposed...or is it? Artist Stjepan Sejic reveals the "truth" behind half-naked women warriors. » 2/14/14 12:30pm 2/14/14 12:30pm

New "comedy" video shows Einstein sexually assaulting Marie Curie

Apparently It's Okay To Be Smart thinks it's okay to be sexist. The science-themed YouTube show is taking a ton of flak after releasing a video portraying Albert Einstein as a lecherous old man who can't keep his hands off Marie Curie during Thanksgiving dinner. » 11/20/13 6:30am 11/20/13 6:30am

Role Models Re-Imagined As Disney Princesses Will Have You Perplexed

This art project, depicting contemporary and past female role-models has generated a lot of discussion since it made its way over to these parts. » 11/02/13 4:57pm 11/02/13 4:57pm

Feminist Yog-Sothoth will drive you insane after getting your consent

Can you be an Eldritch horror and a feminist at the same time? Dave Hughes introduces us to the cosmic hilarity of Feminist Yog-Sothoth, who disregards gender when deciding whom to eat next. » 8/04/13 7:30am 8/04/13 7:30am

Is a superhero dressed in a burka sending the wrong message?

Meet Pakistan's first caped crusader, The Burka Avenger — a new superhero who's promoting girl power in that country. But the new animated character is dressed in a burka, and that's causing no small amount of controversy in Pakistan and abroad. » 7/31/13 7:20am 7/31/13 7:20am

How to Build an Artificial Womb

Artificial wombs are a staple of science fiction, but could we really build one? As time passes, we’re inching closer and closer to the day when it will finally become possible to grow a baby entirely outside the human body. Here’s what we’ll need to do to pull it off. » 4/19/13 11:01am 4/19/13 11:01am

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

RIP futurist Shulamith Firestone, who hailed artificial wombs and…

Shulamith Firestone, author of the highly influential The Dialectic of Sex, has died at the age of 67. A major figure in the development of cyberfeminism, Firestone will be remembered for her promotion of artificial wombs and other reproductive technologies as a means for women to liberate themselves from biological… » 9/03/12 1:00pm 9/03/12 1:00pm