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“Beautiful Girl, Non-Speaking”: New Tumblr Documents Sexist Casting Calls

When they’re preparing for auditions, aspiring thespians flip through casting calls that might be relevant to their skills, interests, and physical type. Naturally, this proves a stressful process. Yet for women in showbiz, there’s the added indignity of having to scroll through casting calls that ask you to be, essentially, invisible — a prop, or worse. … Read More

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The Deeply Flawed Viral Catcall Video Had Unintended Lessons to Teach

The street harassment video created by Hollaback that went viral this week has started a long-needed conversation about catcalling — and about the way we frame the movement against catcalling. … Read More

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Man Who Looks Like Paul Rudd and Helped Tackle Airport Homophobe Was Not Paul Rudd

Just about everyone reading this, at this point, has probably seen the video of an entire crowd of people tackling… Read More

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Shonda Rhimes Responds to Twitter Complaint of “Gay Scenes” that Are “Too Much”

Shonda Rhimes got a very annoying Tweet of homophobic constructive criticism, saying, “The gay scenes in Scandal and How… Read More

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Watch: Marcel the Shell Has a New Video

When she’s not making Republicans explode with her “pro-abortion” romantic comedy or telling wonderfully elaborate fart jokes, sometimes Jenny Slate is a… Read More

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Amy Sedaris to Star in PopSugar’s First Web Series, ‘Seriously Distracted,’ as a Comically Distracted Publicist

It may be its first attempt at a web series, but PopSugar’s Above Average-produced Seriously Distracted — which was announced… Read More

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This Is Terrorism: Misogynist Shooting Threat Forces Anita Sarkeesian to Cancel Speech

Last night, feminist commentator Anita Sarkeesian had to cancel a planned talk at Utah State University after threats of a mass shooting surfaced. Sarkeesian, who talks, writes, and vlogs about gender in video games, has been targeted by these kinds of nasty misogynist threats for a long time. Her trolling and persecution mostly now comes from the #GamerGate conspiracy theorists — she even had to leave her home at one point. … Read More

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‘Obvious Child’ for the Web: New Online Course Combats “Abortion Stigma”

Americans love to argue about abortion, in the moral-philosophical sense. Is it right or wrong? In what circumstances is it OK, or allowable? The debate goes back and forth, and so do the laws. Just last night, the Supreme Court reversed a circuit court’s decision (which had reversed a still lower court’s decision) to close a number of Texas abortion clinics — roughly accomplishing what Wendy Davis was initially trying to do with her filibuster. The shuttered clinics will now be able to re-open, until they’re targeted yet again. There’s no doubt they will be. … Read More

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