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Feminism | Posted by Danika K on 10/21/2015
The phrase “sexism is prevalent in Hollywood” feels a little bit like saying “water is wet.” Headlines abound about this unfortunate reality and industry insiders themselves are speaking out more than ever before. In fact, their outspokenness may be making all the difference.
Take, for example, one of the most lauded stars of our time: Meryl Streep. The legend has long been an advocate for women in her industry and continued this legacy while promoting her new film Suffragette. Streep recently pointed out the barriers female filmmakers face at the Telluride Film Festival. “They do exist, they graduate [from top film schools], they’re good — and then they don’t get hired,” she said.
Actress Anne Hathaway, who is now 32, has spoken out about the sexism actresses face, …
Pop-Culture | Posted by Aph Ko on 10/19/2015
The music video for “Blurred Lines” marked an important moment in our culture — not because of the (highly sexist) video itself, but because feminist and anti-racist critiques of the video were widely celebrated. Parodies of the music video highlighted the asymmetrical power dynamic between the clothed men and topless women, which in turn demonstrated how feminists were using digital media to resist patriarchal depictions of women. It seemed sexist men in particular had learned a valuable lesson: Women want to be more than topless, nameless, voiceless blow up dolls when included in men’s projects. It felt like our society was finally “getting” feminism.
Then I watched the new music video for Nick Jonas’ song “Levels.” The song seemed fun, catchy and a bit sensual, so I …
Feminism | Posted by Chloe H on 10/16/2015
College is a place where all students should feel empowered to discover their passions and prepare for their future careers. The University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) was the place where I hoped to do just that, so I was ecstatic when I was given the opportunity to begin my freshman year there this Fall.
As the number one public university in the country, UC Berkeley boasts faculty members who have won many prestigious awards, including three fields medals and four Pulitzer Prizes. One such renowned faculty member is Geoff Marcy, who the Washington Post calls “one of the biggest names in astronomy” for his pioneering work to find exoplanets, some of which could potentially host life.
A university investigation also found that Marcy violated the college’s sexual …
Feminism, Pop-Culture | Posted by Eliza V on 10/14/2015
One show doing it right.
Trigger Warning: Mention of sexual assault.
Out of every 6 American women, at least 1 will be the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime. This horrifying yet all too common experience is depicted in mainstream media: Many popular drama series have story lines involving rape, for example. But the question remains: Is sheer volume of this coverage truly beneficial?
The vast majority of TV shows that depict narratives involving assault seem to do so in order to heighten tension and create scandal. Especially considering it’s statistically inevitable that a significant portion of a show’s viewers will be individuals who have survived assault, the phenomenon should ideally be carefully and purposely portrayed in order to show its severity, not to …
Pop-Culture | Posted by Kinder L on 10/12/2015
In March, Matt McGorry shared the dictionary’s definition of feminism on his Facebook Timeline. He explained that he was “embarrassed to admit that I only recently discovered the ACTUAL definition of ‘feminism’” and added that “the fact that the term is sometimes clouded with anything other that pure support and positivity in our society is very tragic.”
This post wasn’t just important because the actor publicly claimed the term “feminist,” but also because it encouraged those who, like him, are unsure of what “feminism really means” and are swayed by the negative connotations society attributes to feminists, to reevaluate how they feel about the term.
This Facebook post, however, was just the start of McGorry’s feminist journey. For example, McGorry decided to take on the controversy surrounding Instagram’s …
Feminism | Posted by Roberta Nin Feliz on 10/9/2015
The Dalai Lama
If a woman were to take over his role, the Dalai Lama said in September, she “must be attractive, otherwise it is not much use.”
feminist’s comment predictably and justifiably spurred anger and disapproval. While the sexist statement is certainly upsetting in and of itself, it also indicates an even bigger problem: Women in leadership positions — even, in this case, a hypothetical one — are derided in a way that men are not.
Women leaders are often evaluated in terms of an impossible double standard based on a feminine, maternal stereotype. Take female political candidates, for example: They are frequently judged as to whether or not they are adequately loving and devoted mothers while simultaneously discredited for the same role. Just last month, for …
Feminism | Posted by David G on 10/7/2015
“Til It Happens To You”
The Hunting Ground is an unabashed and damning portrayal of the still crucial and widespread problem of rape culture on college campuses. In fact, an estimated 20 to 25% of women in higher educational institutions may experience attempted or completed rape over the course of their college career according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.
But these numbers often obscure what this experience is like on an intimate, human level. The fact is, real women experience this — real women like Lady Gaga. In a 2014 interview with Howard Stern, the performer revealed that she wrote the track “Swine,” which is included on the album ARTPOP, to express the degradation she felt after she was sexually assaulted at 19 years old. When she …
Feminism | Posted by Saskia G on 10/5/2015
I took a seat on a vinyl chair next to my father in the event room of the American Legion in Weehawken, New Jersey. Weehawken is an urban township across the Hudson River from New York City, and its greatest claim to fame is that Alexander Hamilton, the founder of the National Bank and first Secretary of the Treasury, was shot there in a duel by Aaron Burr in 1804.
I have lived in Weehawken my entire life. I have attended duel reenactments and visited the rock against which Hamilton supposedly slumped after being hit. On this year’s anniversary of the July 11th duel, there was even a lecture on Hamilton and Burr’s relationship and the nature of dueling in general.
I opened a brochure that had been …