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  1. 12-Year-Old Girl Calls Dick’s Sporting Goods Out On Lack Of Representation; Dick’s C.E.O Responds Like A Champ

    Nothing but net. Internet.

    When 12-year-old basketball player McKenna Peterson realized that the recent Dick's Sporting Goods catalog didn't have any representation of female athletes, she took matters into her own capable hands and sent the company an amazingly sassy letter.

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  2. The Secret Heroine of Video Games: Princess Peach

    That's Princess Toadstool to you, mister.

    When I was in elementary school, two video game characters in particular helped me visualize a space for girls like me in the medium I would grow to love and write about. One was Princess Peach, who has meant more to me than any other video game heroine since. Below is a look at her throughout Mario history—the games that did her justice, the ones that let her down, and why through it all, I still love her.

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  3. But Why, Though? DC’s New Licensed T-Shirts Suggest Some Terrible Things About Women

    Must be a day of the week ending in "Y."

    It's Monday and we can only spend so many brain cells being frustrated with DC's marketing and licensing department on a regular basis, so let's try to ease you slowly into the annoyance you're about to feel. Here is the good news: they made a shirt designed for young female wearers, and another shirt for men that has Wonder Woman on it! Let's just bask in that vague knowledge for a second before actually looking at the shirts and aaaaaargh.

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  4. “We Screwed Up:” Maker of DC Board Game Apologizes To Parents and Young Girls

    A little hope for humanity for your Friday.

    About a week and a half ago we shared fantasy author Peter V. Brett's story of raising a geeky daughter in a world where girls and women are far too often excluded from superhero merch. Specifically, the subject was DC Comics' Justice League: Axis of Villains game, which Peter had to do some DIY on so his young daughter Cassie could play as a female character. Here, Peter shares game maker Wonder Forge's response to his criticism.

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  5. Norman Reedus Is Totally OK With Playing The Walking Dead‘s Daryl Dixon As Gay, So Let’s Do This!

    Make it so.

    Ah, the ongoing drama of "Is The Walking Dead actually going to make their redneck prince Daryl Dixon LGBTQ?" The latest on that front is Norman Reedus himself chiming in, explaining how ex-showrunner Frank Darabont suggested that Reedus play his character as homosexual. Let's dig in:

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  6. You Can Get A Marvel Action Figure Made With Your Face At Walmart. Unless You Want A Female Character, Of Course.

    Only boys get to be superheroes, duh.

    Chances are, I will never be a superhero. It's something I've had to come to terms with. But now, thanks to Marvel, the most painful aspect of non-superherodom (the lack of a personalized action figure, obviously) has been mitigated. Starting tomorrow, you can head to stores near you and have a Marvel action figure made, featuring your very own face. As long as you're cool with being either Iron Man or Captain America. Sorry, girls; superheroes aren't for you I guess.

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  7. Orange Is The New Black Casts New CO, OITNB Writer’s Life Imitates Art In Best Way Possible

    YAY! More women!

    As much as Orange is the New Black is very much about the inmates of Litchfield Prison, it does a decent job of making the corrections officers who oversee these women just as complex and sometimes even relatable (except for Pornstache—he can jump in a well). Now it looks like the Netflix show is picking up a new cast member to to play one of Litchfield's COs. Plus, there's some pretty awesome stuff happening with the OITNB crew off-camera, too.

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  8. 16 Women on Television Who Challenge The Male Gaze

    Orange is the new dismantling male dominated media.

    As described in “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema,” Laura Mulvey’s seminal work on the objectification of women in film, the "male gaze" refers to female characters fulfilling the role of attractive, passive playthings for men. Yet many contemporary shows rebel against this model by presenting multi-layered women who demand the audience’s attention. Here are 16 characters currently on the air who do just that.

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  9. BioWare Shares All Romances For Dragon Age: Inquisition, Inclusive Of Different Orientations

    But which one will make me cry forever?

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is (finally) coming out on November 18th. And yeah, there will be dragons, and fighting, a presumably-excellent storyline, but as someone who has had her life ruined by both Garrus and Alistair, I know that we are all pretty stoked about the in-game romance options. BioWare's Mike Laidlaw has presented all the LI details—read on if you don't mind mild spoilers!

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  10. An Illustrated Guide to Issues of Harassment, Representation, And Media Criticism

    Trolls get banned, JSYK.

    I wish this didn’t have to be said again. I know many people have spoken about this, written about this, and yet the issue keeps coming back again and again.

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