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Venus and Serena Williams Open A Center For Gun Violence Victims

Photo by Taylor Hill   Sisters (and, let's be real, the best sibling athletes of all time? DON'T FIGHT ME ON THIS) Venus and Serena Williams continue to be deeply impactful on and off the court. In their hometown of...

Lena Dunham Explores The Stigma Of Women's Sick Leave

Lena Dunham is used to trolls on social media, and has even gone as far as to not manage her own Twitter as a solution. However, the actress posted a comment she received on Twitter (without the commenters handle) onto...

Disney's "Moana" Smashes Box Office Ceiling (& the patriarchy)

Photograph: 2016 Disney.   Disney’s new film Moana had a big weekend at the holiday box office. The film made $55.5 million in the days, made a total of $81.1 million in the 5 day holiday weekend. For those of...

Amber Heard Speaks Up In New Video

Amber Heard has been in the news frequently in the past year, but unfortunately, she rarely controlled the messaging. News outlets followed her to the courthouse as she filed for divorce, published photos of her bruised face after an alleged...

Jane Fonda Served Thanksgiving Dinner At Standing Rock

Thanksgiving has always had a troubling history, but this year's felt especially uncomfortable as indigenous people and their allies protested the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock in North and South Dakota. While many public figures, including Ava DuVernay and...

Film Producers Sue Amber Heard for Allegedly Objecting to Scenes With Nudity

By Kelsey Duchesne Actress Amber Heard has been sued by the producers of her 2015 film London Fields. Variety has reported that this lawsuit has expressed that Heard has costed the film over 10 million dollars for allegedly "sabotaging" the...

Kesha Will Receive Billboard's 2016 Trailblazer Award

By Kelsey Duchesne   Billboard has released some exciting news regarding their Annual Women In Music award ceremony. Musician Kesha will be receiving Billboard's Women in Music Trailblazer award, following Hayley Williams  and Lana Del Rey.   "By combining artistic...

Stop Asking Amy Adams About the Gender Pay Gap

By Kelsey Duchesne   Amy Adams, an Oscar nominated actress/woman who has officially #had #it, gave us all a big dose of real during the Hollywood Reporter Actress Roundtable discussion.   When the topic of the gender gap in Hollywood...

Chimamanda Adichie Received A Mansplanation About Racism

I don't know about you folks, but my eyes have rolled so far in the back of my head I can see my own brain about to combust (quick note to mainsplainers--this is a joke! No need to comment and...

Gaga Writes About Joanne and Strength In Modern Day Women

Lady Gaga is covering the December/January issue of Harper's Bazaar, and is reaching out to readers in first person on what it means to be a modern day woman.   The singer-songwriter released her fifth studio album, Joanne, last month,...

Emma Watson Is The Belle of the Subway

Like many of us, Emma Watson is still processing last week's election, but instead of adding fried oreos to her Seamless order (me), she’s spreading hope and love through Maya Angelou. The day after the election, Watson whimsically traveled through...

On Take My Wife, All Is Fair In Love & Student Loans

Warning: Spoilers ahead!   SEESO's new original show Take My Wife stars L.A. comedians Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher. The duo, who are married in real life, play a couple journeying through the highs and lows of a standup career....

Meghan Markle Has Received Racist-Fueled Harassment For Dating Prince Harry

By Kelsey Duchesne For any enthusiastic The Prince & Me fans (or perhaps even What A Girl Wants? We could stretch for Love Actually?), the relationship between Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle has been a true pop culture...

Mila Kunis Shuts Down Sexist Producers

By Kelsey Duchesne   “You will never work in this town again” is a phrase that is *actually* used by real Hollywood executives. Who knew this was a thing real people actually say outside of bad movies? Some dummy executive...

Adele And The Bad Questions We Continue To Ask Women

By Kelsey Duchesne   I'd like to start this article by affirming that the November Vanity Fair cover story on our lady Adele fully delivers-- there are even juxtaposed quotes of her and Beyoncé complementing each other, unveiling the crown...

Why the Beyoncé CMA Performance With The Dixie Chicks Was A Feminist Triumph

By Kelsey Duchesne On November 2nd, Beyoncé and the Dixie Chicks took the Country Music Award stage to perform Daddy Lessons, a track on Beyoncé's latest album Lemonade. A week before the election, with the phrase “Grab Your Pussy” riddled...

Our Favorite 2016 Feminist Halloween Costumes

Halloween can be a real hoot (sorry), but it can also be an unfortunate time where you see a celebrity you admire dress in something entirely inappropriate (and we're not talkin' about wearing something sexy or revealing). When you see...

Pussy Riot Releases Much-Needed Election Anthem

By Kelsey Duchesne The Russian band Pussy Riot were forced to hear their name in vain when Donald Trump said he was going to “grab her by the pussy” (still cringing). Never a group to back down from a challenge,...

Amber Rose Is Speaking Up About Sexual Assault In Hollywood

By Kelsey Duchesne   Although it’s been several (long) weeks since our ears were forced to listen to Donald Trump say he was going to “grab her by the pussy”, it’s aggression still lingers, slipping into our minds, uninvited. Activist...

When Celebrity Gossip Stops Being Fun

By Kelsey Duchesne In the last week, it has been reported that Angelina Jolie went through 4 hours of questioning with the FBI in regards to an incident on a plane on September 14th with her husband, Brad Pitt. It...

The Newest Bachelor Couple Didn't Need Roses To Find Love

Earlier this year, Megan Marx and Tiffany Scanlon joined the Australian cast of The Bachelor, where they both dated (or "dated", depending on whether your a Bachelor believer or not) Richie Strahan. Both Megan and Tiffany ended up winning, but not...

Anne Hathaway Struggled To Enjoy Her Oscar Win

In the Amy Schumer movie Trainwreck, she jokes that Bill Hader's character is carrying around his award “like Anne Hathaway at the Oscars.” It was an especially punchy line and welcomed laughs from the audience, calling back to Hathaway’s 2013...

Make America Ferrera Again Is Our Favorite Slogan. Case Closed.

Let’s be real-- our 2016 election has produced some pretty catchy phrases. Feel The Bern, Nasty Woman, and Make America Ferrera Again are some personal faves. The last one may sound a little new to you, but just wait-- America...

Rachel Bloom Pens Essay About Her Depression and Anxiety

Rachel Bloom is a co-creator and star of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, a title that, for a brief time long ago, left me puzzled and enraged every time I saw its ad on the subway. Fearing that we had an Entourage-style project...

Rose McGowan Writes An Open Letter To Hollywood

By Kelsey Duchesne Rose McGowan has written a letter to Hollywood, but team THINX sees it as required viewing for all. But let’s start from the beginning, shall we? On October 14th, McGowan published a series of Tweets about being...

Nicki Minaj Calls Out The Double Standards Set For Black Women

By Kelsey Duchesne There is nothing quiteee like a good Nicki Minaj interview, and that is a declaration I will confidently stand by for the test of time. She’s honest without being overly-candid, insightful, and establishes the same presence on...

Trump Fans Walk Out of Amy Schumer's Tampa Show

By Kelsey Duchesne Amy Schumer preformed in Tampa on Sunday night, and was the first women to ever headline the Amalie Arena (yeah, Schums!). Being mid-October, it’s not surprising that the comedian's routine included topical jokes and commentary regarding the...

SNL's CHONK Purposely Misses The Mark On Womens Empowerment

By Kelsey Duchesne Ya know when you walk into a store and they only have 4 size options (and surprise! None of them are yours), or when they put larger sizes into an entirely different category called “plus size” and...

Amber Tamblyn Shares Her Experience With Sexual Assault After Volatile Trump Video Is Released

By Kelsey Duchesne It’s probably safe to say that you've seen the leaked footage from a 2005 Access Hollywood special with Donald Trump and Billy Bush (if you haven’t, you can watch here. It’s awful. I’m sorry I’m even linking...

Shailene Woodley Was Arrested For Trespassing While Protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline

By Kelsey Duchesne Shailene Woodley was arrested on Monday in North Dakota for trespassing while she protested the Dakota Access Pipeline. It has been reported that the protest included around 200 participants, and 27 protesters were arrested. Woodley took to...

Beyoncé And Solange Have Broken A World Record Together

By Kelsey Duchesne Beyoncé and Solange Knowles have both put out strong and influential pieces of art his year-- Beyoncé’s Lemonade was released in April, and Solange's A Seat At the Table in September. While both sisters have enjoyed a...

Jenni Konner Writes About An Aggressive Director's Problematic Conversation With Lena Dunham

By Kelsey Duchesne Producer, director, and writer Jenni Konner has experienced blatant sexism throughout her time in the entertainment industry, and will no longer stay silent. The co-founder of Lenny Letter wrote an essay this week describing an awkward and...

Serena Williams Penns Moving Letter About Black Lives Matter

By Kelsey Duchesne   Serena Williams has released a letter on her Facebook recalling a chilling moment she had when driving in a car with her nephew. “Today I asked my 18 year old nephew (to be clear he's black)...

Emily Blunt and The Double Standard We Set For Unlikeable Characters

By Kelsey Duchesne   It should come as no surprise that unlikable female characters get the brunt of some heavy criticism. While dark and flawed characters like Walter White are seen as the modern day anti-hero, unlikable women often are...

Chrissy Teigan Calls Out Kardashian Critics On Twitter

By Kelsey Duchesne   As soon as the news about Kim Kardashian’s robbery spread, spectators were quick to give all of their (unsolicited) opinions on whether or not Kim Kardashian deserved to be robbed at gunpoint (short answer: no. long...

The Many Identities of Kim Kardashian Are Irrelevant In Her Robbery

by Kelsey Duchesne   Kim Kardashian West was robbed in Paris on Monday morning in her apartment. The five men were reportedly dressed as police officers, handcuffed the concierge, and forced him to show them Kardashian's room. They held a...

POP CULTURE RAG VOL. 23

Katy Perry Votes Naked Because It’s Her Constitutional Right (jk!)  Katy Perry has teamed up with Funny or Die to remind you that you can vote on November 8th no matter how you look or what you’re wearing-- you can...

POP CULTURE RAG VOL. 22

AMY SCHUMER TALKS TAMPONS & VAGINAS ON THE RED CARPET Amy Schumer took to the Emmys red carpet on Sunday night and talked about (gasp) her vagina and feminine hygiene! If you’re a regular reader of The Periodical you may...

The Pop Culture Rag Vol. 21

REMEMBERING ALEXIS ARQUETTE  Actress Alexis Arquette passed away on September 11th at 47 years old. Arquette was a part of the famous Arquette family, and appeared in movies like Pulp Fiction, The Wedding Singer, and Of Mice And Men. Arquette...

POP CULTURE RAG VOL. 20

GABRIELLE UNION RESPONDS TO NATE PARKER CONTROVERSY Birth of A Nation star Gabrielle Union has released an Op-Ed to the LA Times sharing her perspective on the Nate Parker sexual assault allegations. Union stars as a woman who has been...

Pop Culture Rag Vol. 19

BEYONCÉ STANDS WITH MOTHERS OF GUN VIOLENCE VICTIMS AT THE VMA’S Does it come as a surprise to *anyone* that Beyoncé completely slayyyed the VMA’s? Her Lemonade medley has been credited as the best performance of the night, and was...

POP CULTURE RAG VOL. 18

AMBER HEARD DONATES DIVORCE SETTLEMENT TO CHARITY Amber Heard and Johnny Depp are officially divorced, and although Heard has agreed to drop her domestic abuse charges, she will be receiving a reported 7 million dollar divorce settlement. Heard has released a statement...

POP CULTURE RAG VOL. 17

BLAKE LIVELY WILL NOT STAND FOR POST-BABY BODY SHAMING Actress and mother Blake Lively has a lot to say about bodies after babies. On the Australian morning talk show Sunrise the conversation almost immediately centered around her body, uninvited by...

POP CULTURE RAG VOL. 16

COREY COGDELL'S HUSBAND RECEIVES RECOGNITION FOR HER OLYMPIC WIN  Corey Cogdell received a bronze medal for trap shooting on Sunday, but it was her marital status that really tickled the Chicago Tribune. After her win, the Tribune posted an article about...

POP CULTURE RAG VOL. 15

CONSTANCE WU IS DISAPPOINTED WITH THE GREAT WALL CASTING  Constance Wu has been admirably vocal when it comes to discussing Hollywood's issues with diversity. This week the actress took to Twitter to criticize the casting choice in a new film called...

THE POP CULTURE RAG VOL. 14

BRIE LARSON IS THE NEW CAPTAIN MARVEL   I never thought I would write about superhero movies two straight weeks in a row, all for the sake of highlighting strong woman. But alas, here we are! Times are changing, folks!...

THE POP CULTURE RAG VOL. 13

JENNIFER ANISTON IS FED UP Jennifer Aniston is fed up. She describes herself as so in a piece she wrote for the Huffington Post titled For The Record, and the phrase itself, though in the introductory paragraph, stuck with us...

THE POP CULTURE RAG VOL. 12

Emily Ratajkowski Shuts Down Piers Morgan We gotta say--we’re really looking forward to the day that we don’t write about Piers Morgan anymore. But alas, the troll has come a-knockin’ and we’re here to uneasily open the door. Actress and...

THE POP CULTURE RAG VOL. 12

AVA DUVERNAY WILL HAVE ALL FEMALE DIRECTORS FOR NEW SERIES "QUEEN SUGAR" Ava DuVernay has created and produced a new show with the Queen Oprah Winfrey herself. The sugar on top? Every episode was directed by a woman. Aaaaand cue the release...

THE POP CULTURE RAG VOL. 11

NIKKI GLASER TALKS (REALISTIC) SEX Attention Inside Amy Schumer fans: Comedian Nikki Glaser’s new show, Not Safe, is probs right up your alley. In an episode appropriately titled "Really Real R&B," Glaser gets honest about sexpectations in the world of...

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