1. The important question concerning Hollywood’s imbalance is not whether good things are happening — they are — but whether each advancement inspires the developmental change necessary to make the numbers reflect the financial and creative strides being made in the industry. In 2014, people talk about the imbalance — but it will only matter if the powers that be start listening to the ever-rising voices of discontent.
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    5 years of Girls on Film

    A look at the ongoing evolution of femme-centric film in culture and Hollywood

     

  2. Girls on Film: Aspiring female filmmakers need male mentors, too

     There’s no reason to keep pushing women to want to direct if they’re just going to have to fight for scraps once they get there.

     

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  4. A leveler playing field for men and women — so that men and women doing the same job, over the same hours, are entitled to the same compensation — is a matter of basic human dignity, as well as something that regulation could fix relatively easily and cheaply.
     

  5. Girls on Film: Hollywood should stop pretending it’s hard to make a female superhero movie

    When the most powerful women in comic books are seen as co-stars and difficult characters, they lose what made them powerful and special. They become risks not because of who they are, but because of the attitudes of creative minds who are supposed to celebrate them.

     


  6. It’s difficult to imagine that editors, curators, or gallery owners are consciously excluding women, but both Gallery Talley and VIDA’s counts show gender discrimination is as present as ever. There is an important discussion to be had about inequality in the culture industry and the industry should welcome it rather than defensively stick their heads in the sand.
     

  7. Finally! This middle school solved the problem of hormonal, distracted, adolescent boys.

    JK they just enacted sexist policies that shift the responsibility to the girls.

    Middle school girls banned from wearing leggings so boys can focus on school work

     


  8. But the fact is, there is no Platonic ideal of a feminist. It is near impossible to eschew everything and anything that can be linked to the patriarchy, and even if one could, it would be an identity so radical that it would be nearly impossible to sustain. There is just no perfect way to resist centuries upon centuries of male dominance and occasionally put on lipstick and a pair of heels. Or even have a kid, for that matter. The good news is that past generations of women didn’t have to be perfect feminists to elicit change, and neither do we.
     


  9. Medicare provides penis pumps at a cost of $360 a piece, which has never been debated once. Not once. Never.
     


  10. One hopes young women paying attention to Knox will choose not to campaign for ambiguous increases in freedom, but rather in targeted betterments in the arenas of life you can take to the bank: good and fair wages, health, and safety in the workplace. In the world of porn, none of those goods are on offer.
     


  11. [Excessive pregnancies] are an outrage on humanity, and husbands are principally to blame.
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    The only reference to birth control in The Ladies’ Guide to Health (1888)

    How birth control became everybody’s business

     

  12. She should have called the culprits brothers and begged before them to stop … This could have saved her dignity and life. Can one hand clap? I don’t think so.”

    Self-described Indian “spiritual guru” Asaram Bapu told his followers that “guilt is not one-sided” in the case of 23-year-old medical student Jyoti Singh Pandey who was brutally gang raped on a bus last month. She later died from her injuries. 

    Unfortunately, Bapu is not alone in his mindset. Here, 6 examples of politicians blaming the victim

    Photo: AP/Saurabh Das

     

  13. "I feel I must complain in the strongest terms about the sexism of this item. Where are the ‘For Him’ pens? How can I embrace my masculinity, when there is no pen for me? Am I destined to just watch all of the women around me falling into a sparkly dream of ponies, crochet and butterflies, while I pace angrily here, unable to access the manly world of construction vehicles, barbeques, motor racing, and science? I can barely adjust my crotch, I am so angry. Make pens For Him. Strong pens. Manly pens. Pens that dress on the right. Pens with good grips for masculine hands. MANPENS!”

    In case you missed it: Some marketing genius at BIC decided that women, too delicate to grip standard BIC pens, needed a writing utensil designed specifically for their tiny, fragile hands. 

    Here, a roundup of the best joke-laden product reviews

    (Source: theweek.com)