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Nikki Gloudeman is an editor and writer for Ravishly.com, a women's entertainment, news and culture website. She has also written for The Boston Globe, Mother Jones, Change.org and GreenBiz.com.

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Is the Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie Marriage Really a Slap in the Face to Gay Couples?

(102) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 4:54 PM

In case you missed the breathless news, Brad and Angelina just got hitched in a French ceremony that, rather miraculously, they managed to keep secret from the media vultures. Everyone, naturally, is celebrating this long-awaited occasion and dare-we-say happy moment for the impossibly gorgeous A-list pair.

Well, not everyone.

Time writer...

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I'm a Domestic Disaster: Does That Make Me a Bad Woman?

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 2:29 PM

Yesterday, it happened again: While attempting to make breakfast, the kitchen transformed into a stage for my latest unintended slapstick routine.

It all devolved so quickly: While changing out the coffee grounds in my Keurig machine, the filter slipped through my fingers, unleashing a smattering of grounds to the floor. As I...
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Stop Looking Up My Skirt, You Creep! A Brief History of Peeping Toms

(1) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 1:51 PM

The latest catchy, scary term to sweep through the Internet is "upskirting," the icky act of sneaking a peek by looking up women's skirts. In the last month, it's happened on a train in Chicago and at a Target store in New Jersey. Earlier this year, after a...

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The (Naughty) Joy of Judging Other People's Parenting

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 10:31 AM

At the end of a recent flight from San Francisco to Philadelphia, my neighbor took it upon himself to gnaw on the seat in front of me, coating the cheap leather with a thick film of saliva. It was the finale to a flight in which he also repeatedly thrust...

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More Than a Superhero: How Wonder Woman Helped Shape Feminism

(2) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 12:50 PM

It's no secret that the comic book world is chock full of crime-fighting male superheroes: Iron-Man, Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, Captain America, Wolverine, Professor X, Magneto, The Hulk, The Green Lantern... need we go on? Amid this veritable mass of testosterone, one woman has stood tall, golden lasso in hand, as...

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Why Everybody Hates Blake Lively's New Website

(8) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 6:06 PM

Blake Lively's new lifestyle website, Preserve, has been mercilessly mocked with fiendish, snarky glee since it debuted last Monday. And honestly, it's hard not to get behind the haters. The site -- with its skinny-girls-only ethos (one skirt Lively peddles comes in extra-small only), painfully over-the-top...

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The Truth About Men, Women And Libido

(2) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 3:56 PM

In case you missed the memo, women are sex-withholding prudes and men are sex-crazed baboons ready to bang it out 24/7. At least, that's the long-enduring stereotype that was recently perpetuated via Reddit, which posted an actual spreadsheet a man put together to show how frequently his wife denied...

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Vanessa Williams Sheds Light on Female-on-Female Rape

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 3:31 PM

Vanessa Williams is many things: actress, singer, model, mother. She is also one of an estimated 17.7 million American women who's been a victim of attempted or completed rape. On Oprah's Master Class, Williams revealed that she was molested by an 18-year-old when she was just 10....

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Comment j'ai fini par aimer ce corps de 185 livres

(1) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 4:04 AM

Comme beaucoup de femmes, j'ai longtemps réduit mon corps à une série de statistiques: mon poids, la taille de mes robes, les calories, les glucides, etc. Mais cela n'a pas toujours été le cas. D'ailleurs, la première fois que j'ai pris conscience du rôle que les kilos allaient jouer dans...

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Comment j'ai fini par aimer ce corps de 85 kilos

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 2:21 PM

Comme beaucoup de femmes, j'ai longtemps réduit mon corps à une série de statistiques: mon poids, la taille de mes robes, les calories, les glucides, etc. Mais cela n'a pas toujours été le cas. D'ailleurs, la première fois que j'ai pris conscience du rôle que les kilos allaient jouer dans...

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Start Loving My 185 Pound Body

(49) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 8:33 AM

Like many women, I've often distilled body image into a series of cold hard numbers: pounds, dress size, calories, carbs. But it wasn't always this way. In fact, the first time I realized weight would be an issue in my life, it was all about words.

I was in grade...

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Not OK, Michael Bay: Transformers: Age of Extinction Sexually Objectifies an Underage Girl

(30) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 4:10 PM

When we first meet Tessa Yeager, the female protagonist of Transformers: Age of Extinction, she's naughtily video-chatting with a mysterious man. When we next see her, she's being sized up by a leering friend of her father's who calls her "hot." And with her flowing blond hair, shimmering makeup and...

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Schlubby Dude Gets Hot Chick: 22 Jump Street Revives Hollywood's Favorite Trope

(1) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 5:16 PM

Jonah Hill has a lot of winning qualities: he's funny, smart and may be one of the best comedic actors working in film today. What he's not is conventionally "hot." In fact, in 21 Jump Street and its just-released sequel, 22 Jump Street, one of the central jokes is the...

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Ignoring the World Cup? It May Be Because You're a Woman

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 1:05 PM

Wondering how the World Cup is going? Don't ask here; I haven't watched a single second. And while I hate to admit this, it might be because I'm a woman.

Now now, female sports fans, no need to slap me with a foam finger. I know there are plenty of...

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I'm a Feminist and I Want to Get Married: Please Don't Judge Me

(16) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 5:09 PM

Over the last few years, I've often fantasized about this dreamy scenario: my family and friends are gathered outside on a sunlit day in Northern California -- probably Mendocino, by the ocean -- watching me as I walk down the aisle to the gentle croon of Peter Gabriel's "Book of...

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Is Maleficent Disney's Most Feminist Movie Yet?

(7) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 1:15 PM

WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS.

In many ways, Disney's Angelina Jolie-headlined Maleficent isn't terribly pro-women. The heroine, Aurora, is still blonde, white and dull. The male villain is driven by greed and ambition, while the female villain is driven by heartache and emotion. The trio of fairies watching over Aurora...

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Why Women Shouldn't Be Excused for Violence Against Men

(9) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 12:52 PM

I still look back on it as the ugliest, rawest experience of my life. I had just learned that my then-boyfriend cheated on me while I was asleep in the next room, and the revelation set off a chain of reactions that grew more unhinged and volatile by the moment:...

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