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  1. 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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  2. [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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. China Reportedly Frees Last Two Members of The Beijing Five; Activists Now Under “Conditional Release”

    Li Tingting, Wei Tingting, Zheng Churan, Wu Rongrong and Wang Manthe are now under a conditional release and may be charged at a later date.

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  8. Three Of the “Beijing Five” Released in China; Fate Of Other Two Unknown

    Last week, we covered the story of the feminist activists in China who came to be known as the "Beijing Five" after being detained for a month with no charges pressed against them after having been arrested shortly before an International Women's Day in March. We have now learned that three of the five women have been released.

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  9. Unlikely Partners: Feminist Advocates On Both Sides Of the Aisle Work Toward the ERA

    Women work best when they work together.

    After losing ratification by a thisclose vote in 1982 and seemingly losing steam, there is a resurgence of interest and work being put into the fight for an Equal Rights Amendment, which would put language into the US Constitution that would guarantee women legal equality and prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender. At the forefront of that fight is an unlikely alliance between a Democratic and a Republican Representative.

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  10. YouTuber AkilahObviously Uses Different Flavors of Pizza to Explain Intersectional Feminism

    "As great as it is to uplift cheese pizzas, the world could use a lot more flavor."

    Intersectional feminism is the feminism we should all strive to practice - but what does that mean? YouTuber AkilahObviously has outlined it in this new video where she uses an analogy of burgers and pizzas to explain.

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  11. Chinese Feminist Activists, “The Beijing Five,” Still Detained; US Ambassador Calls for Release

    You can't stop the signal.

    China had an interesting way of celebrating International Women's Day last month. They celebrated the first draft law on domestic violence in the country's history, while simultaneously arresting ten feminist activists for "picking quarrels" over that very change.

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  12. Cover Girl Tatiana Maslany Talks Orphan Black, Feminism, and Strong Female Characters

    You're damn right.

    "Having a strong female character doesn't mean she's beyond suffering and fragility. There's a fearlessness. That to me is strong writing for women."

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  13. New Maisie Williams Interview Demonstrates Awesomeness Beyond Arya Stark

    "There is no gender stereotype; you can do with your life as you please."

    So, we all know that Maisie Williams is pretty much the coolest ever, and Arya Stark is the jam on Game of Thrones. However, in this interview with Flicks and the City from the Berlin Film Festival, Williams shows that she's awesome above and beyond the character that has made her internationally famous.

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  14. With Great Privilege Comes Great Responsibility: Being A Good Feminist Ally

    Several years ago, I made the conscious decision to be more outspoken when it comes to being a feminist (or feminist ally, if you prefer). My wife and I were teaching at a small Baptist college in the south, and some of my students (and, honestly, colleagues) regarded our marriage with suspicion. Why did we have different last names, one male student wanted to know?

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  15. Pay Attention To This Gloria Steinem Quote About Black Women Inventing The Feminist Movement

    Let it never be said that feminist icon Gloria Steinem is complicit in "white feminism." No one's feminism is perfect, of course, but Steinem said something pretty crucial at Black Enterprise's Women Of Power Summit about the importance of black women to the feminist movement.

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  16. Our Hero Terry Crews Dropping Serious Truth Bombs About Feminism, Misogyny, and Toxic Masculinity

    Stay rad, Terry.

    Terry Crews, seriously, all allies should aspire to be as excellent as you.

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  17. Male Sci-Fi Authors Talk Feminism, the Bechdel Test and Genre Writing in New HeForShe Video

    Yes, HeForShe. You have correctly identified The Mary Sue's interests.

    "The purpose of a woman in ’50s science fiction “was to make the man look good, and scream when the bug-eyed monsters came in. My mother hated that trope; and she said, you know, ‘If a bug-eyed monster was invading my home, I’d find the nearest frying pan and beat the crap out of him!’"

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  18. Aziz Ansari Responds to Complaints That He’s a Mansplainer, Says There’s “Much Worse Shit Going On”

    Ready for those MRA Roombas.

    In a recent interview with Cosmo, Aziz Ansari addressed the backlash he's received since discussing feminism on The Late Show, specifically the accusations that he oversimplified and "mansplained" the issue.

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  19. Feminist Site Femsplain Taken Down by DDoS Attack on International Women’s Day of All Days

    Really? *Sigh.*

    Because we apparently can't have nice things without someone else getting all upset about it, Femsplain, a Kickstarter-backed feminist website founded by Amber Gordon, was taken offline for hours by a DDoS attack—on International Women's Day.

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  20. On The Importance Of Leslie Knope, Friendship, and Feminism

    And waffles. Don't forget waffles.

    There are some things that I will defend with my life about Parks and Recreation: that Donna Meagle is an inspiration for all women; that the Leslie/Ann friendship is unsinkable and beautiful like a butterfly; that April Ludgate was the best thing that could have possibly happened to Andy Dwyer. Parks and Rec ended less than a week ago and I can safely say it was one of the best series finales in television history.

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