Pop-Culture | Posted by Zoe G on 04/6/2016
This is Why We Need To Stop Asking Celebrities If They’re Feminists
Enough is enough.
It seems that one of the most common questions journalists ask female celebrities these days is, “Are you a feminist?” Considering that feminism was essentially a dirty word in the mainstream media for years, the fact that major publications have been posing the question at all seems like progress. But this “progressive” question actually points to some pressing issues with contemporary feminist discourse — namely the way in which feminism seems to have shifted from being a collective political movement to an individual identity and media buzzword
Celebrities have two options when they’re asked “are you a feminist?”: They can say “yes,” and get a pat on the back for being politically learned, or they can say “no” and risk being branded ungrateful, ignorant, or just dumb. …
Pop-Culture | Posted by Roberta Nin Feliz on 11/9/2015
What Lena Dunham’s ‘8 Thoughts On Feminism’ Reveal About The Movement
In late October, Vanity Fair published a quirky short video featuring eight of Lena Dunham’s thoughts on feminism. These thoughts included points like why calling out a women for being “un-feminist” is itself a choice at odds with feminist principles and why she does not feel inclined to judge the Kardashian family. The video was clearly meant to be funny and playful, but many of Dunham’s thoughts point to broader truths and issues within the movement.
One of the most important points Dunham raised was the idea that allowing women to make choices you may not personally agree with is a feminist act. For example, some women are comfortable wearing clothing that reveals more of their body — like taped-over nipples or booty shorts — than others. It’s …
Feminism | Posted by Martine K on 01/21/2015
The Case Against ‘Fad’ Feminism
Although feminism was once ignorantly considered a radical subculture full of man-hating, bra-burning lesbians, the movement has now arguably been integrated into mainstream culture. Pop culture icons like Beyoncé, Emma Watson, and Taylor Swift are encouraged and even pressured to identify with the “f-word” and to furthermore serve as feminist role models for young girls everywhere. While it’s encouraging that immensely successful women are publicly identifying as feminist and, by doing so, inspiring their fans to embrace the term as well, it’s important to remember that feminism is so much more than a trend. We must not forget that feminism is a social movement and, as such, requires much more than just a willingness to identify with the label.
Feminism might be about believing that men and women …
Pop-Culture | Posted by Carolina G on 12/10/2014
Laci Green: The Feminist Best Friend You’ve Always Wanted
If you haven’t already heard of Laci Green, your life is about to change. The 25-year-old sex positivity educator and vlogger is the awesome, feminist big sister you’ve always wanted. And all of her content is just a click away.
Following the success of Laci’s personal Youtube channel, which recently reached 1.17 million subscribers, the self described “sexuality geek” has partnered with MTV to create a new Youtube series called “Braless.” This channel, much like Laci’s personal one, will discuss gender and sexuality issues, but through the lens of pop culture. So far, she has discussed twerking and sexism, censorship on television, and Ferguson. By using real-world examples that are familiar to the MTV audience to approach these topics, Laci is able to …
Feminism, Pop-Culture | Posted by Hannah F on 11/17/2014
TIME Magazine Suggests “Feminist” Should Be Banned In 2015
On November 12, 2014, TIME magazine published an article called Which Word Should Be Banned in 2015? Previously, they “banned” words like “twerk,” “YOLO,” and “OMG,” because they thought it would make the reader “seek out the nearest the pair of chopsticks and thrust them through [their] own eardrums like straws through plastic lids.” Now I have my own issues with the entire concept of banning words simply because they are a new fad or used by adolescents, but I won’t address that here. No, my main problem lies in TIME’s decision that “feminist” should be a contender this year.
That’s right, smack dab alongside “obvi,” “yassssss,” and “turnt,” “feminist” sits in the poll of words to be banned. Their justification? “You have nothing against feminism itself, but when …
Pop-Culture | Posted by Carolina G on 10/22/2014
Embracing Taylor Swift’s Feminist Awakening
It’s that time again. Every two years (like clockwork) we get a brand new Taylor Swift as the young starlet reinvents herself with each new album release, the fifth of which will be released in just a few days. Back in 2006, a doe-eyed, bouncy-curled country singer got us all crying on our guitars. In 2008, we got the relatable, romantic high-school years Taylor, followed by the more angsty, revenge-driven, and revealing Swift in 2010. Two years ago, the pop star, clad in short-shorts, rang in the fun, dubstep Taylor. However, the 2012 Taylor also came with a horrible, sad revelation that caused some of us to tear down our posters and feel betrayed by America’s best friend.
Let me refresh your memory. In 2012, Taylor Swift made some …
Pop-Culture | Posted by Alice W on 07/1/2013
To Gossip Mags, Regarding Kim Kardashian
We made it! Kim and Kanye just had their daughter, and I think its fair to say that this is pop culture history. Like all great journeys to historical moments, there were some bumps along the way–like the way you treated Kim and her pregnant body. Remember all those headlines about her weight gain? I was mad about them then, and I’m mad about them now. Like, are you kidding me?
She had a person growing inside of her! She is a millionaire with like 15 businesses and she was promoting them while pregnant but you were just like “man, look at this fatty! She must be up to something!” I mean, God forbid a woman have the audacity to be in public while pregnant, right?
The outrage about her …
Feminism | Posted by Sophie R on 12/3/2012
Feminist Stereotypes: Aren’t We Done With These Yet?
There’s been rather a hoo-ha in the press of late both loosely and tightly associated with persistent negative connotations, assumptions and stereotypes of feminism. First of all, the rather impressive speech/tirade by the Australian PM Julia Gillard about sexism in politics. Then, former First Lady of France Carla Bruni told Vogue she doesn’t think feminism is necessary anymore.
Women declaring themselves feminists tend to get a bit of a bad rap, and are usually pigeonholed faster than a sexist can say “dyke”. Some common feminist stereotypes include the image of a “mirthless, hirsute, sex-averse succubus” or as “single, lesbian, non-shaving, bra burning, angry.” In a famous 1992 fundraising letter, television evangelist Pat Robertson described feminism as a movement that “encourages women to leave their husbands, …