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‘Girl talk’ shouldn’t mean ‘sh– talk’

it doesn't need to be this way!

by Dee Putri Talking about girls’ friendship is very confusing, because it feels like it comes with a lot ofdrama and gossip. One day a girl can hate another girl, and the next  they can be friends, even best friends! Being a girl is complicated, confusing, with no exact rules, but that doesn’t mean our [...]

New year, new semester: 4 ways to take care of yourself

the author's schedule

by Alice Wilder This time of year is really hard for me. Between a new year and new semester, I truly hate social media this time of year. It’s all bombastic goals and quotes about grinding, slugging through and coming up. And I just want to take a nap. When the year starts it can [...]

‘Big Hero 6′ is the kind of kids’ movie we need

by Anya Josephs I’m going to admit that, although Big Hero 6 is technically aimed more at the kid set and I’m a college junior, I’ve seen the animated movie three times already. My friend Alison dragged me along during finals week because she heard there were women scientist characters (she’s a chemistry major). By [...]

Why it’s a problem we only see 2 types of lesbians on TV (and why I watch anyway)

by Maya Brown I’ll be the first to admit that if there are lesbians on a TV show, I will be all over that TV show. I’ll have seen all the episodes, be watching it right now, or at least have read the Autostraddle recaps to see if it’s any good. If you asked me [...]

SPARK book club: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before


by Madeleine Nesbitt It’s a new year, which means it’s time for new reading lists, and, in our case, the kick-off of the 2015 SPARK Book Club. Each month, we’ll be posting a review of a book (fiction or nonfiction, prose or poetry). This year, we’ll be joining the #ReadPOC2015 campaign, reading and reviewing books [...]

In Solidarity

As a multiracial, intergenerational group of activists fighting for the rights, health, and safety of girls and women, we are outraged by the deaths of Black men, women, and children at the hands of police. We recognize that though police violence is currently having a “media moment,” it is not new. American policing was founded [...]