Feminism, Pop-Culture | Posted by Faatimah Solomon on 10/20/2016

Emma Watson Reminded Us Why We Must Keep Fighting For Gender Equality

Emma Watson's video, 'Hurdles'

Emma Watson’s video, ‘Hurdles’

It’s easy for many people who care about social justice to get caught up in the obstacles these still face, and fall into a pit of despair and helplessness. On the flip side, many others get so caught up in celebrating all the achievements these movements have made that they tend to overlook the existing problems yet to be addressed. It’s critical to resist both of these extremes and to balance the way we perceive milestones in the fight for quality. Emma Watson’s “Hurdles” video, created by Global Citizen, communicates this very message.

Emma Watson starts the video by stating that since the beginning of time, women have faced injustices and inequalities, but that it has never stopped them from fighting for their

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Frances Nguyen on 10/7/2016

Public Women Are Not Public Property

Kim Kardashian West — one of the celebrities assaulted

Ukrainian social media personality Vitalii Sediuk is having a hard time with the definition of “assault.” Rather, the self-described “prankster”— who is responsible for assaulting both Gigi Hadid outside a Milan fashion show on September 22nd and Kim Kardashian West a week later in Paris—regarded both incidents as public protests. Apparently, he opposes  Hadid’s inclusion in high fashion and Kardashian West’s alleged butt implants. As he captioned his now-infamous Instagram photo of the attack on Kardashian West, “I encourage her and the rest of Kardashian clan to popularize natural beauty among teenage girls who follow and defend them blindly.”

Though Sediuk is entitled to his opinions (and entitled they are), his actions in both instances did not respectfully express these …

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Rachael Hanakowski on 10/3/2016

The Problem With Criticizing Emma Watson and Justin Trudeau’s Feminism

Credit: YouTube

Credit: YouTube

On September 29th, two influential individuals had a very public meeting of the minds: Justin Trudeau, current Prime Minister of Canada, and actor/activist Emma Watson. The two met in Parliament in Ottawa on September 28, 2016, ahead of the One Young World summit, and reportedly discussed their efforts regarding gender equality. But what should have been celebrated as a positive interaction that highlighted the work both of these public, influential figures are doing was interpreted far too cynically by too many — as a ploy for attention rather than a genuine conversation — which adds to an upsetting legacy of the way they have been treated under the spotlight. It also speaks to skepticism to which politicians are often subjected, which undermines their ability to lead with …

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Gabby Catalano on 08/31/2016

The Empty Page Talks Indie Rock Feminism

The Empty Page

The Empty Page

The Manchester hard rock trio, The Empty Page, is breaking every rule in the industry. Led by bassist and lead singer Kel, lead guitarist Giz, and drummer Jim, the band is bringing feminism to a scene notoriously crowded by men, and challenging authority in their upcoming debut album. The band’s recent music video, “Deeply Unloveable,” is a striking manifesto against sexism, classism, conformism, and sexual harassment, and the band itself is all about empowering women. The Empty Page spoke to the FBomb about their cultural influences, punk-rock titles, and being a feminist band.

Tell us about each of you and your music background, as well as your role in the band.

JIM: I’m Jim. I’m the morale booster and band pep-talker. I also play the drums …

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Feminism, Pop-Culture | Posted by Karla Majdancic on 08/24/2016

Being A Swifty Who Rejects White Feminism

Taylor Swift

Hi, my name is Karla, and I have been a die hard Swifty for as long as I can remember. I pre-ordered all of Swift’s albums, We Are Never, Ever Getting Back Together was one of my favorite shower songs, I’ve cried ceaselessly to Dear John while in the midst of boy troubles (and, um, every time I hear it), and I could kick your butt at I Knew You Were Trouble karaoke. But I have re-evaluated my feelings toward the singer this year after examining her behavior — specifically, her persistent tendency of perpetuating white feminism.

White Feminism does not describe all feminists that happen to be white, but rather describes a version of feminism that assumes white (and almost always cisgender, straight, able-bodied, thin, middle-to-upper class) …

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Chloe H on 08/19/2016

Kim Kardashian West Reminds Us Why The Feminist Label Does Matter

Kim Kardashian West

On Monday, Kim Kardashian West set the record straight: She’s not a feminist.

“For me, a feminist is someone who advocates for the civil and social rights and liberties of all people, regardless of their gender; anyone who believes that women should have the same choices and opportunities as men when it comes to education and employment, their bodies and their lifestyles,” she wrote on her website. And yet, she added, despite agreeing with these things, does not consider herself a feminist because she doesn’t like labels.

While few people are likely too concerned with whether Kardashian West as an individual aligns with the feminist movement, her comment points to an age-old debate: Does the feminist label matter?

“Why do we have to put labels on …

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Angela Liu on 08/17/2016

Why Proper Representation Matters: The Invisible Minority in Pop Culture

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Maybe not so great.

I have never had a hero who looked quite like me. Growing up, my favorite shows on Disney Channel included Hannah Montana and Wizards of Waverly Place – shows with complex, interesting female characters, but which also had predominantly white casts. Like millions of other young girls, I rooted for Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez: – I laughed at their jokes, celebrated their successes, and felt for them when they fell. Like millions of other young girls of color, however, I had no role models who looked like I did.

I was sitting down with my family at dinner recently when a CNN notification popped up on my phone, alerting me that Matt Damon had been cast in a new film called The Great Wall. …

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Emma Havighorst on 07/14/2016

Does Fergie’s “M.I.L.F. $” Music Video Have A Feminist Message?

M.I.L.F. $

M.I.L.F. $

The first time I heard Fergie’s “M.I.L.F. $,” I genuinely thought it was a joke.

“Wow, Fergie’s just desperately trying to stay relevant,” my friend declared. I laughed in agreement. The song’s blatant auto-tuning, remixed dance track, and seemingly nonsensical lyrics made her observation obvious to me.

But then the same friend and I watched the song’s music video. The “M.I.L.F. $” video left us staring at the screen in shock, wondering how such a horrible song had somehow turned into a tongue-in-cheek, clever presentation of an arguably feminist message.

To break it down, the music video’s message is this: Yes, we are mothers. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t also work and make money and provide for our families. Though I had initially written …

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