I have as many hangups about Cosmopolitan as the next feminist, but I love editor-in-chief Joanna Coles’ mission to make the magazine and its website a more well-rounded read. In an interview with NPR this morning, Coles, who has been in the position just two years, made it clear that she actually gives a damn about heavier topics like across-the-aisle politics and reproductive rights. She also pointedly defended a woman’s right to be a multi-faceted person who cares about both serious issues and lighter things in life (what a novel concept). Emily Ratajkowski of “Gone Girl” (and the “Blurred Lines” video) is on the cover of this month’s issue baring lots of skin, but the magazine also includes a lengthy article advising women on how to ask for a raise. To me, that seemed pretty cool — why shouldn’t a Cosmo reader be able to enjoy her sexuality and still kick ass in her professional life? This exchange followed, which Coles defended like a boss: Keep reading »
Another name can be added to the growing list of celebrity feminists– and this one comes with some great commentary about gender equality on the big screen. In an Oct. 11 interview with The Daily Beast‘s Marlow Stern, Kristen Stewart talked about the rarity of strong and complex female protagonists in film and the double standards experienced by many women in Hollywood.
While she admitted she doesn’t see herself as the type of person to “stand up and affect change” when it comes to talking about issues in the news, Stewart did make some great points about why many women are rejecting the feminist label, telling Stern, “It’s a really ridiculous thing to say you’re not a feminist.” Read more on Huffington Post Women…
Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist for girls’ education rights, just became the youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Price. She shares the award with Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian advocate who campaigns against child labor and exploitation. Yousafzai came into the international spotlight in 2009 when she began blogging anonymously about life under Taliban rule for the BBC and expressed her desire to continue her education. Her community in the Swat region of Pakistan had been overtaken by the Taliban the year before, and local schools had begun closing left and right. Eventually Malala was publicly identified as the blog’s author, and in 2012, Taliban forces barged onto her school bus and shot her in the head. Malala miraculously survived and was airlifted to England for recovery, where she still lives with her parents and brother. Instead of intimidating her into silence, the shooting made Malala even more determined to fight for the thousands of girls around the world who are still unable to attend school without fearing for their lives. After the jump, a few ways we can all help further her cause! Keep reading »
Last night, Gwyneth Paltrow hosted a Democratic National Committee fundraiser at her LA home with a guest list that included President Obama, and announced that the issue of equal pay is “very important to me as a working mother.” Here we go again. (She also told Obama that night that he’s “so handsome I can’t speak properly,” but that’s a whole different kind of facepalm for another day). Paltrow, a mother of two who makes $19 million a year being a movie star and “running” GOOP, sees herself as a martyr for the masses of working moms because she seems to believe that her ultra-comfy lifestyle is a prime example of the typical life of a working mother. While I think it’s a great thing that a Hollywood star is attempting to use their influence to advocate for women (and I think she really does have good intentions), her efforts are completely off base. Again.
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