Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 08/24/2013
Saturday Vids: The Most Offensive Song Ever?
Last week, the Huffington Post wrote about Jake Jones’ “Wives & Lovers” — a song from 1964 that may be one of the most ridiculously offensive things ever. What’s worse? It won a Grammy. We may still have a ways to go but I think this song proves we have come quite a ways as well.
Feminism, Pop-Culture | Posted by Talia on 08/23/2013
How Stock Photos Reflect The Way We View Women
Last year, I was working on a graphic art submission to the National Organization for Women (NOW)’s Love Your Body Poster Contest. To execute my concept, I needed to find a lot of stock photos of women.
Since I wanted to celebrate multiculturalism and include women of different races, I needed stock images of white, African-American, Hispanic, and Asian-American women. I never expected how difficult it would be to find suitable stock photos. Searching for stock imagery of white women wasn’t a walk in the park, since a large percentage of the photos I found were sexualized (even on websites that were mostly clean and reliable). Stock images of women of color were so scarce that I almost gave up trying to find them. I am being completely literal …
Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 08/17/2013
Saturday Vids: Comics Undressed
Today is the last day to back “Comics Undressed” on Kickstarter. Here’s a video about the documentary and a description below. Help them out!
Comics, heralded as a white heterosexual masculine medium, has in fact a diverse range of contributors, many of whom are women, non-white, and/or do not conform to the binary constructs of sexual or gender identity. However, such voices often go unrecognized or are demeaned in mainstream media. Moreover, the lack of equal economic opportunities for a wide range of creators stifles the output of our culturally diverse society, which in turn is reflected in negative or absent portrayals of women, queers, and people of color in the content of the medium itself.
The Ladydrawers documentary Comics Undressed is an ambitious project with the primary aim …
Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 08/10/2013
Saturday Vids: Camp Gyno
Chances are, you’ve seen this viral video — a tampon ad that refuses to fall victim to the shame and secretiveness of most “feminine product” ads. But just in case you haven’t, it’s required viewing. Thanks, HelloFlo, for putting this out into the world!
Pop-Culture | Posted by Cindy C on 08/7/2013
I Hate These “Blurred Lines”
What do you do if you have a catchy song, a wanna-be-but-never-will-be-Justin Timberlake R&B singer and want to gather as many views on YouTube as possible? If you answered “by showing boobs” and “objectifying women” then you know how show-business works and why Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” video became a viral success.
Recently everyone has gone crazy for the unrated version of “Blurred Lines,” which shows topless girls dancing around like idiots and acting childish. If the clean version of the song was controversial, you might imagine what the unrated version looks like.
My problem with the unrated version is not the overwhelming nudity itself. I have many friends and relatives that professionally draw nude bodies and, although I prefer men, I think we can all agree that women’s bodies …
Feminism, Pop-Culture | Posted by Winnifred Bonjean-Alpart on 08/5/2013
The New Scarlet Letter
For the past seven years, I’ve been a member of The Arts Effect All-Girl Theater Company – an ensemble of girls that meets weekly in downtown Manhattan to creatively explore girl-focused experiences through theater. In 2012, we began developing our new play after realizing—frustratingly–the prevalence of the word “slut” in our conversations.
Every one of us had a close relationship with the word – we’d been called sluts or defined other girls as sluts. A third of the group had experienced slut-shaming after an incident of sexual assault or aggression. We all wanted to understand why it was so hard for us to be open about our sexuality without putting ourselves at “slut” risk. And then Steubenville happened. And the gang rapes in Delhi and Cairo. Torrington happened…
Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 08/4/2013
Support Women Artists Sunday: Sarah Dugas
Though these two Dugas siblings have made quite the sound waves each in their own right, you always know that when they are apart, it’s only temporary. Sure enough, in 2007, their respective joining of the Canadian Juno-winning and Grammy-nominated, The Duhks, was staggered over a mere couple of seasons.
Hailing from the French quarters of Winnipeg, Canada, they grew up on a varied regimen of vinyl records, courtesy of their musician parents. While never denying their wide-ranging musical tastes, they vicariously immersed themselves in Southern music and this unmistakable connection expanded into a full-blown musical path. They have since shared the stage with the likes of John Paul Jones, Los Lobos, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Wood Brothers, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Arrested Development and the Zac …
Feminism, Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 08/3/2013
Saturday Vids: Ana “Rokafella” Garcia — Pioneer Break Dancer
The latest episode of Makers features Ana “Rokafella” Garcia, who broke down gender barriers in the world of break dancing. “It’s very limiting to see a woman always in a thong shaking her butt, that’s just one percentage of what the women in Hip Hop are doing. I’m letting people know, you can be a woman and be a badass breaker. When you see me, you’re seeing excellence and that men don’t have a hold on the word ‘excellence’” she told Makers. She now works with her non-profit organization, Full Circle, to bring hip-hop culture to future generations.