Pop-Culture | Posted by Mareike S on 05/7/2012

Why Does Exceptionally Smart = Crazy On TV?

Now, before launching into this, let me make one thing clear: I love the TV show Bones and have for a long time. I also kind of like Rizzoli & Isles, but there’s one thing that’s been irking me about these two series, even though they feature women in the leading roles and (especially in the case of Bones) have diverse casts. My problem is the fact that while both Temperance Brennan of Bones and Maura Isles of Rizzoli & Isles are portrayed as unusually smart and gifted females, they are also portrayed as socially awkward to a point that borders on a psychological disorder.

As anyone who has read The Yellow Wallpaper might know, there’s been a long standing tradition of portraying women as crazy and in need …

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Feminism | Posted by Julia O on 04/9/2012

Nujood Ali: A Real Life Heroine

Nujood Ali and Shada Nasser

The quote I have taped to the lower right hand corner of my bathroom mirror is “I no longer think about marriage.” Nujood Ali spoke those words after successfully gaining her divorce at the age of 10. She became the youngest divorcee ever, and sparked a worldwide awakening about the horrors child brides face and the injustice they experience.

Nujood’s father arranged a marriage for her when she was ten years old. The man she married was over 20 years older than her. Her husband and mother-in-law physically and mentally abused her. In Yemen, it’s legal for girls to wed at any age, but they cannot have sexual relations until the court deems them old enough. Nujood’s husband raped her repeatedly even though the …

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Feminism, Pop-Culture | Posted by Emily T on 04/6/2012

Feminist Harry Potter

from: http://feministharrypotter.tumblr.com/

Since I’ve been a die-hard Harry Potter fan since I was ten, I immediately followed Feminist Harry Potter on Tumblr when I heard of it. Within the last year, I’ve become more interested in gender studies and feminism, so I’ve been finding the posts on Feminist Harry Potter more interesting and comedic than I would have before.

Feminist Harry Potter features movie stills with text to emphasize not only feminist messages, but also flaws in the Harry Potter series, such as a lack of ethnic diversity among the characters.

from: http://feministharrypotter.tumblr.com/

What I like about the tumblr is that it advertises all aspects of messages established in the series. Although I’ve read the Harry Potter series multiple times, and if you’ve read or seen any installment of the …

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Lauren M on 12/2/2011

My New Hermione: Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert: The New Hermione Granger?

Miranda Lambert: The New Ultimate Heroine?

Ever since the beginning, Hermione Granger has been praised as being the first female character who showed girls that it is ok to be the hero of the story, to be smart, to stick up for yourself and to not take a back seat to the boys. Now that the series is over, who will us girls look to for inspiration? I think I may have found our answer in the music world.

You may know her as an outlaw of country music. Or you may know her as Blake Shelton’s “honey bee.” Or you may have no idea who she is. Her name is Miranda Lambert and she is my heroine: she’s my new Hermione. Bet she’s never gotten that comparison before.

Miranda …

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Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 08/9/2011

An Ode To Sheryl Sandberg’s Awesomeness

I love Sheryl Sandberg

I love Sheryl Sandberg

I’m always bitching about how few really positive female role models are out there for young girls. Considering the celebrities we have worshiped / continue to worship – Snooki, Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton – it doesn’t exactly take a rocket scientist to wonder why so many girls are more concerned with partying than studying and why their number one life goal is to date a rock star rather than become the first female president.

But that is exactly why it’s so important to focus on the women who are positive role models – who are doing amazing things in the world and whom young girls everywhere should be looking up to. Enter Sheryl Sandberg.

Sheryl Sandberg has been on my radar for a little while. …

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 06/26/2011

Support Women Artists Sunday: Gossip

Beth Ditto and Gossip

Beth Ditto and Gossip

Danielle B’s post earlier this week reminded me how awesome Beth Ditto and Gossip are. Enjoy!

Gossip (formerly The Gossip) is a three-piece American indie rock band formed in 1999. The band consists of singer Beth Ditto, guitarist Brace Paine and drummer Hannah Blilie. After releasing several recordings, the band broke through with their 2006 studio album, Standing in the Way of Control (2006). A follow-up, Music for Men, was released in 2009. The band plays a mix of post punk indie rock and dance-punk.

Gossip was formed in 1999 in Olympia, Washington with vocalist Beth Ditto, guitarist Nathan “Brace Paine” Howdeshell and drummer Kathy Mendonca. All three were originally from Arkansas; Mendonca moved to Olympia to attend Evergreen State College and Howdeshell and Ditto followed.

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 01/14/2011

Snooki: An Emblem of Female Polarization

Snooki.

Snooki.

There is probably nothing that depresses me more than walking into a bookstore – to me, a sacred institution – and coming face to face with the most recent attempt of a starlet to write a book (because apparently literacy is now the only requirement for authorship). First there was Nicole Richie with The Truth About Diamonds, who, even though she wrote a “novel,” couldn’t help but put her own image on the cover. Then Lauren Conrad (who I still don’t get. Like…as a person) wrote L.A. Candy. After those two made their way to shelves across America, my eyes would always travel in bookstores from Twilight to these winners and a sob would inevitably rise in my chest. I considered wearing black and prostrating myself on …

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Feminism | Posted by Brian C on 12/8/2010

Just Because Berry Is In The Name…

stereotypes suck.

stereotypes suck.

Does anyone else enjoy partaking in the outlandish factoids of Snapple caps? I recently got a fact that stated that a banana is technically a berry and strawberries are not even berries. I will repeat this, because it bears reiteration. A banana (the yellow things you have to peel) is a berry whereas a strawberry (red fruit of deliciousness with BERRY in the name) is not a berry. So I had an initial shock and a moment of muddled thoughts. Society has played this trick a number of times on me throughout my life. Koala BEARS and panda BEARS are not even bears. Furthermore I concluded that this type of poor labeling by society is why I fight for gender equality.

To me, equality is a condition worth …

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