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  1. Twitter Promotes Transphobic Tweets From 4Channer Impersonating Feminist Activist

    Today in "total garbage."

    Twitter has recently amped up efforts to prevent harassment, but terrible tweets promoted yesterday from a duplicate account indicate several areas where the platform still needs major improvements. [TW for transphobia, suicide and graphic language.]

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  2. Cate Blanchett: People Who Think Homophobia, Other Discrimination Are Over Are “Very Foolish”

    Some people in America lately seem to be convinced that we've entered some kind of future utopia where we've moved past racism, sexism, homophobia, and all other kinds of discrimination, and only the people who wish to have meaningful conversations about those subjects even notice such petty differences between people—despite the reality of daily discrimination. And Cate Blanchett has had it.

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  3. Shonda Rhimes and Jenji Kohan Honored, Talk Feminism At the Global Women’s Rights Awards

    "I just want those words ‘all of that,’ to apply to all of us.”

    Olivia Pope. Annalise Keating. Sophia Burset. Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren. Scandal showrunner Shonda Rhimes and Orange Is the New Black showrunner Jenji Kohan are in the business of creating nuanced female characters, which is why they were recently honored by the Feminist Majority Foundation at the 10th annual Global Women's Rights Awards.

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  4. Feminist Lisa Frank Catches Flak From Lisa Frank’s People, Fires Back with Pastel Kittens

    Damn, they said they "weren't mad, but disappointed." That parental guilt, though.

    Earlier this week we shared the news about the Feminist Lisa Frank Tumblr page. By Friday, the Tumblr page had apparently caught some hell from Lisa Frank's own representation. They went so far as to issue an intellectual copyright infringement notice to Tumblr in order to get the photos taken down.

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  5. Mad Max: Fury Road’s George Miller: “Initially, There Wasn’t a Feminist Agenda”

    Charlize Theron: "People keep saying ‘strong women,’ but we are actually just women."

    It's really something amazing to witness a huge Hollywood action blockbuster starting serious, positive, feminist discussions in the news, but with the cast and creators involved, it seems like it was a story just waiting to be broken.

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  6. Feminist Lisa Frank Will Knock Your Rainbow Unicorn Socks Off

    We love Lisa Frank. Full stop. But we also really appreciate when the internet takes Lisa Frank and injects it with an extra dose of amazing. Like that time we posted "If Lisa Frank Designed The Game Of Thrones House Sigils" or "Our Favorite Nerd Celebrities Are Wearing Lisa Frank." The Feminist Lisa Frank tumblr also makes sure to be inclusive while employing a lovely bit of snark when necessary. We approve.

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  7. Cate Blanchett Talks Women In Hollywood, Her Sexuality, and Her Latest Film, Carol

    “We have to push forward."

    Cate Blanchett has always been an insanely talented actress, and lately she's become something more - an outspoken feminist. As she's moved forward through her career, she's become increasingly vocal in her criticism of the sexism in her industry, which we love. She had reason to discuss those issues further in a recent interview with Variety, where she was discussing her upcoming, female-led film, Carol, which is premiering at the Cannes Film Festival this weekend.

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  8. Incredibly Peeved Men’s Rights Activists Call for Boycott of Mad Max, Are Unintentionally Hilarious

    Furiosa could probably use some male tears.

    If a movie's depiction of women is upsetting to Men's Rights Activists, then said movie is probably awesome. A+ performance, Charlize Theron. Dudes are literally terrified that you'll act them all into becoming feminists.

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  9. [UPDATED] When Trolls Attack: Feminist Deck’s Kiva Bay and Kickstarter Battle the Dark Forces Of Internet Bullshittery

    We recently had the pleasure of telling you about artist Kiva Bay's awesome Feminist Deck project - a series of adorable cards depicting and celebrating living female feminists that she admires. We are also honored to have two of our own - Sam Maggs and yours truly - depicted in the deck. This project has a Kickstarter, and it needs your help.

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  10. Mad Max: Fury Road‘s Charlize Theron The Latest Badass To Speak Up About Hollywood Wage Gap

    We don't wanna see Ravenna angry.

    It's a movement that's (thankfully) gaining momentum. Charlize Theron is the latest female Hollywood powerhouse to speak out against gender-based pay inequality.

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  11. Six Films For A Growing Feminist

    I haven’t always labeled myself as a feminist. Either due to being ignorant about its meaning or insecure about what others would say, I am guilty of the statement, “I believe in equal rights, but I wouldn't call myself a feminist."

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  12. Age of Ultron Stars Talk Joss Whedon, Lack of Black Widow Merch, and Female Representation in the MCU

    Hey, big guy.

    If it feels like Marvel's depiction of women has suddenly become more contentious than ever, you're probably right.

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  13. Twitter Harassment Is Not Just a Joss Whedon Problem: The Age of Ultron Director Explains Why He Deleted His Account

    Buzzfeed has asked the Avengers: Age of Ultron director why he left Twitter, and "harassment from feminists" was not his answer.

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  14. The Mary Sue Interview: Kiva Bay On The Feminist Deck Kickstarter


    By now you've probably noticed that a lot of prominent feminists on Twitter have new hand-drawn avatars on their accounts. It's no accident that they all have a similar style. All the art has been created by the hand of one talented artist: Kiva Bay. The Mary Sue recently had a chance to chat with her to talk about where she gets her inspiration and what she plans to do with the art in the future.

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  15. Pope Francis Calls The Gendered Pay Gap A “Pure Scandal,” Wants Men To Stop Blaming Feminists For Everything

    During the Pope's general audience remarks yesterday in a speech on the importance of marriage in society, he spoke up in favor of equal pay for women, asking the massive crowd to consider "the Christian seed of radical equality between men and women."

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  16. [UPDATED] Alice Eve’s Transphobic Comment About Bruce Jenner Underlines A Greater Misunderstanding of Feminism

    Two days ago, Star Trek Into Darkness' Alice Eve posted this great photo of body confidence activist, Harnaam Kaur, on her Instagram with the hashtags #equalpay and #equalrights. Seems like it'd be a feminist post, right? Well, yes and no. While Eve did post the image of Kaur in solidarity with a fellow woman, Eve then felt the need to talk about Bruce Jenner's announcement in the comments for some reason. They have since been deleted (but not before the Internet took notice).

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  17. The Trailer for Suffragette Will Make You Scream “We Can Do It!”

    All hail Queen Meryl!

    Carey Mulligan is fighting for the right to vote in this trailer for Suffragette, out in limited release on October 23rd.

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  18. Sexual Empowerment vs. Objectification: A Handy-Dandy Visual Guide from Everyday Feminism

    We here at The Mary Sue obviously spend a good portion of our days trying to think critically about how female sexuality is portrayed in media like comics and film, and a common response to criticism of pieces like the now-notorious Milo Manara variant cover is that it can seem difficult to tell the difference between empowering sexuality and objectification.

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  19. Batgirl Demands Equal Pay, Now!

    Didn't realize today was Equal Pay Day? Well, Batgirl did! Check out the video above in which you can see 1970s Batgirl fighting for fair and equal pay regardless of gender. There's also some important facts and figures about how the disparity in pay based on gender may affect you. We've definitely seen improvement in this area, but there's still a long way to go. If left alone, the gender gap in wages won't equalize until 2058.

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  20. Feminism Ain’t Easy: That Time Joss Whedon Used Our Tweet to Call a Jurassic World Clip Sexist

    Saying 'Joss Whedon' and 'feminist' in the same sentence will get you a variety of responses. There are those who think him one of the best examples of the term while others think he shouldn't be associated with it at all. However, I'm going to write about it today as recent events have made me realize there may be no harder thing one can choose to be than a feminist. Allow me to explain.

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