Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 09/1/2010

Ellen Hopkins, Censorship and Why We Can’t Tell Teens the Truth

Is that cover DARK AND MENACING? WELL THEN KEEP IT FROM THE CHILDREN!

Is that cover DARK AND MENACING? WELL THEN KEEP IT FROM THE CHILDREN!

Crank and Glass, both written by Ellen Hopkins, follow Kristina Snow, a high achieving 17 year old, as she nose dives into a meth addiction, with details on her subsequent rape, unwanted pregnancy and eventual jail time. Now, with just that one line description to go on, I can kind of see what the administrators at the high school over in Humble, Texas were thinking when they were presented with the opportunity to have the mastermind behind the series speak to their students. Who wants their kids exposed to what it’s really like to do drugs? So, they uninvited Ellen Hopkins to their “Teen Lit Fest.” Their thought process, as “concerned parents” sort of makes sense…until …

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Articles | Posted by Julie Z on 06/14/2010

An Interview with Gloria Feldt

Gloria Feldt

Gloria Feldt

Gloria Feldt, a former teen mother, was the president and CEO of Planned Parenthood. She is currently an activist, author and leading expert in women’s rights, leadership and politics and blogs about these topics. She has a special passion for encouraging young people, through the media, to participate in the political process on behalf of their own rights and health.

It’s hard to believe that Gloria Feldt, accomplished activist and fearless leader for women’s rights, wasn’t born a radical feminist, ready to slash the patriarchy. In fact, until she was a young adult, Ms. Feldt was set on a more traditional path. A teen mother and young wife living in Texas, it wasn’t until she experienced sexism in her own life that she began to think about …

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Feminism, Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 02/2/2010

The Super Bowl and Abortion

2010 Super Bowl

2010 Super Bowl

This year I, like nearly 100 million other Americans, will watch the super bowl. However, this fact has very little to do with the game of football. I have no idea what occurs in this game, and if you asked me to name more than 3 football games I’d probably just walk away. The few times I’ve gone to see my high school team play I’ve left even more confused than before. No, I watch the super bowl for the ads.

Let’s be honest, the ads are awesome. About 99% of the time I watch T.V. ads make me want to bang my  head against a cement block repeatedly (a lethal combination of sexist and stupid), Super Bowl ads are different. First of all, they’re well put …

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Feminism, Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 07/21/2009

MTSS goes CC

Remember when I posted that video from the fantabulous Midwest Teen Sex Show? Well, I just found out, thanks to WMC, that Comedy Central invited MTSS to make a full-length pilot episode this summer that could get picked up.

It’s true, I have a few issues with Comedy Central, including some messed up gender dynamics they have over there. At The Daily Show, there are no official female writers. Samantha Bee is a correspondent and occasional writer, as is Kristin Schall, but that’s it. And according to Courtney at feministing, a friend who auditioned for a stand-up series on Comedy Central was told that they will only sign five women maximum. Out of around 30 total. 

Because, as anybody knows, women aren’t funny. And to quote the …

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