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“Death by A Thousand Cuts”: Women Engineers Speak Out About the Sexism in Silicon Valley

In this video from Wired, women engineers speak about their experiences with workplace sexism and racism in the tech industry.

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Dear Image Comics: Depicting Violence Against Trans People Isn’t “Edgy,” It’s Exactly the “Divisiveness” You’re Worried About

So, it's Pride Month. You know, the month in which the LGBTQIA community celebrates not only pride, but survival as we commemorate the Stonewall riots of June 1969? The riots that were started, in part, by trans women of color? Yeah, those. Image's latest "edgy" comic would've been offensive at any time, but it is especially offensive being released this month. **CW: discussion of violence against a trans character**

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“Boys Can Be Wonder Woman, Too!”: Kids (and Their Parents) Talk About Their Favorite Amazon

When we celebrate films like Wonder Woman, it's for reasons beyond the female director (which is cool) the feminist message (which is also cool). It's because representation matters, and it's especially important not just for girls to have a role model in which to see themselves, but for boys to have an example of what a strong, nuanced, feminist hero can be. Because boys can look up to her, too!

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Attendee Shames Mostly-Male Science Panel For Mansplaining to Female Theoretical Physicist

First, let's look at the image above of a panel on "Pondering the Imponderables: The Biggest Questions of Cosmology" which was held at the World Science Festival at John Jay College in New York City this weekend. On this seven-person panel, only one is a woman, the literal odd person out. One gets the feeling they had a six-person panel, realized there were no women, then rushed to find one. This is the scientific community, Ladies and Gentlemen.

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HBO Developing Digital Series Brown Girls, Bringing Story of Queer Women of Color to a Wider Audience

Another digital darling is moving up to the big leagues! Brown Girls debuted back in February and became a popular web-based series. Now, these queer women of color are moving to HBO.

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“The Monster Gaze” Video Essay Shows Horror Fans What Sexist Perverts Monsters Actually Are

Yes, even The Count on Sesame Street.

We know about the male gaze in film and TV, but what about the "monster gaze." You may have noticed that, generally, monster movies always feature a young, nubile female character for the monster to ogle. Sometimes she's a lead character, but often times she's some nameless woman who screams while she runs and jiggles. Or alternately, she's made to stand under the monster's glare.

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People‘s Jennifer Garner Cover Story Not Only BS, But Sexist and Ageist as Hell

Sometimes, I forget that People is a tabloid dressed in a Real Magazine costume. Thankfully, I have things like this bullshit Jennifer Garner cover story to remind me.

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Colin Trevorrow Suspects He Might Be Naïve Re: the Subject of Female Directors. He’s Right.

A fan reached out to Colin Trevorrow on Twitter to ask a very important question regarding female directors, which you can see after the jump.

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Remember When The “Barbie Liberation Organization” Switched Barbie and G.I. Joe’s Voice Boxes?

In 1993, a group of artists and activists vaulted into the media spotlight after they performed "operations" on dozens of Barbie and G.I. Joe dolls, switching the voice boxes and returning the dolls to stores. Girls playing with their Teen Talk Barbies found the dolls saying phrases like "Vengeance is mine" and "Eat lead, Cobra!"

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Racists and Sexists Hate On Star Trek Discovery‘s Diversity Even Though It’s Still Unbalanced in Their Favor

It's not even that serious, you guys.

It always makes me laugh whenever the very people who complain that "liberals are too sensitive," or that we're seeing injustices where they don't exist are the first people to pitch a fit at the slightest hint that maybe white, straight, male, cis, able-bodied, straight-sized people aren't the only people in the world. It doesn't surprise me, but it does always make me laugh. After all, people often project their own behavior on others, amirite?

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Bentonville Film Festival: These Up-and-Coming Filmmakers Are Ones to Watch

What I love about the Bentonville Film Festival is that it celebrates diversity both on-screen and behind the camera.

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Interview: Geena Davis Eloquently Dispels Myths About Gender and Representation in Hollywood

It's no secret that we here at The Mary Sue respect and admire Geena Davis for her work in bringing gender and diversity to the forefront of conversation.

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The PDX Broadsides Sing What We’re All Thinking: We Want Better Representation in Media

An exclusive music video premiere, just for you. Yes, you.

Thanks to the PDX Broadsides, we've got an excellent anthem, one that we can sing along with in protest of Hollywood's continued lack of representation.

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Since Joss Whedon Doesn’t Know Who He Wants to Play Batgirl, We’ve Got Some Suggestions

Earlier today, we reported that Joss Whedon is still trying to figure out the kind of Batgirl he wants to bring to the big screen, and will settle on that before trying to find the right actor to match. That doesn't mean we have to wait. Now, you already know how much I would love to see Lindsey Morgan take the role. That said, here are some awesome ladies that would also be amazing contenders.

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Digital Documentary Series Lives of Women Showcases the Poignant Stories of Ordinary Women

Director Rodrigo Garcia (In Treatment) has partnered with Indigenous Media to create a digital documentary series called Lives of Women, which focuses on the individual stories and lives of real-life women from all backgrounds and walks of life. Check out the trailer after the jump!

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Weinstein Company Fighting Seemingly Transphobic R Rating on Movie They Failed to Cast a Trans Person In

The Weinstein Company film Three Generations, formerly About Ray, is set to hit theaters in May. The story of a trans boy who is searching for his biological father, because, as a minor, he needs his permission in order to medically transition has been given an R rating by the Motion Picture Association of America. Now, the Weinstein Company is fighting that.

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Review: Fanbase Press’ Gamma Gals Prove That Geek Girls Are Not to Be Messed With

I am all about better representation in comics. More female characters. More ethnicities and races represented. More body types and abilities. Yes, please! In that regard, Fanbase Press' newest title, The Gamma Gals, absolutely delivers. Unfortunately, where it's less successful is its storytelling.

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Big News: Female-Friendly Films Make Money! See Beauty and the Beast Opening Weekend For Details!

Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson was number one at the box office this weekend, bringing in a record $170 million and making it the seventh-biggest domestic opening of all time. All thanks to female movie-going audiences.

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LINE Webtoon Celebrates Women’s History Month by Spotlighting Awesome Female Comics Creators

LINE Webtoon has quickly become an awesome destination for lovers of independent webcomics. Now, the site is also a great destination if you want to become acquainted with some awesome female comic talents. For all of March, which happens to be Women's History Month, LINE Webtoon shines a spotlight on female comics creators!

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It’s About Gender Equality Now: On Women and Statues of Little Girls

You may have noticed that there's a new addition in the area of Wall Street. Across from the iconic (and aggressively male) bull that represents a buyer-friendly stock market now stands a statue of a defiant little girl staring the bull down. It's an image that is simultaneously inspiring and disappointing.

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