Feminism, Pop-Culture | Posted by Katie J on 02/11/2015

How Popular Music Perpetuates Rape Culture

Brooke Axtell, the domestic violence survivor who spoke at the Grammys

Many people have praised the effort made to raise awareness about domestic violence at the Grammys. Yet plenty have also noted the irony of the same organization that nominated Chris Brown acknowledging this issue. The issue of the intersection of popular music and violence against women is hardly one relegated to this event, though. Popular music has been perpetuating rape culture for years.

Think of the average teen girl. Everywhere she goes, she hears Robin Thicke sing “You know you want it”, and Rick Ross say “Put molly all in her champagne/She ain’t even know it/I took her home and I enjoyed that/She ain’t even know it.” Her body, the one thing she possesses in the most intimate form, …

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Feminism | Posted by Sabrina N on 07/21/2014

#JusticeForJada

A few weeks ago, Jada, a 16-year-old girl from Houston, Texas, went to a house party and was given a drink by the host. Little did she know that the drink was drugged, and that she would wake up later with no memories of what had just happened.

After Jada went unconscious, she was raped. The rape was recorded via pictures and videos, which were then put on social media. When Jada woke up later she had no idea what had just happened to her. That is, until she checked social media and found alarming tweets, pictures and videos. In a horrific turn of events, her assault was then turned into a meme, where people mimicked her pose– unconscious, sprawled out on the floor, partially unclothed– and then took a …

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Feminism | Posted by Celeste Y on 06/25/2014

Comedian Chris Gethard’s Feminist Internet Feud

Chris Gethard

Following the Isla Vista killing spree on May 23rd, 2014, thousands of women used the Twitter hashtag “#YesAllWomen” to share stories of experiences and incidents of sexual harassment, abuse and inequality of women. Many men contributed to the topic as well, demonstrating support for women and deploring episodes of inequality. Comedian Chris Gethard was among them, joining the conversation by taking to his Manhattan public access show’s blog to offer important pieces of advice to young males.

In the blog post entitled “Overcome Your Programming and Become a Better Man” Gethard recalled feeling angry, sad and lost as a teenager in the same way the perpetrators of mass killings seem to be on online message boards and blog posts. He remembered “thinking girls didn’t like [him]” …

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Creative, Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 01/25/2014

Saturday Vids: Ten Responses to the Phrase ‘Man Up’

Thanks so much to reader Monique for submitting this fantastic video of spoken-word poet Guante describing ten ways to respond to the phrase “Man Up.”

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 07/19/2013

Why Dustin Hoffman’s ‘Tootsie’ Confession Is More Than A Personal Epiphany

Dustin Hoffman as Tootsie

A clip of Dustin Huffman’s emotionally charged recounting of a decades-ago epiphany that cross-dressing for his role in ‘Tootsie’ forced him to recognize how men are brainwashed to value women based on their beauty above all else recently inspired rampant, viral support. Some intrepid voices, however, were thoroughly unimpressed. Mansi Kathuria of Feminspire.com wrote, “Yesterday, I was cat-called on the streets of Chicago three times within a couple of hours, and Hillary Clinton’s new haircut made several news articles. Meanwhile, millions of people continued to share and watch a video of Dustin Hoffman realizing that society has taught him to value women only for their physical appearance.” Tyler Coates of Flavorwire mused, “isn’t there something a little uncomfortable in the notion that it takes being transformed …

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Feminism | Posted by Hannah H on 06/14/2013

Tomboy Exceptionalism: “I’m Not Like The Other Girls”

I grew up a tomboy. That meant no dresses, no dolls, and even biting my kindergarten boyfriend who dared to give me a party favour bag at his birthday that was princess themed. It meant playing in the mud, wearing clothes from the boy’s section at Old Navy, and (most importantly) being tough, rough, and powerful. I wasn’t “like the other girls” — I wanted the boys to value and play with me, rather than try and look up my skirt when I jumped from the monkey bars as they did with my friend Lauren.

So I got to play in their reindeer games because, as a tomboy, I was free from gender expectations that devalued me as a women. I wasn’t a threat because I wasn’t “ like the …

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Feminism | Posted by Charles Clymer on 05/8/2013

A Letter To My Future Son

A friend of mine has a young son. She recently asked me, and other men, to write a letter to our sons who exist or have yet to be born that she could show to her own child, someday. This is my letter.

Dear Son,

If you’re reading this, you are now set to embark on a journey into that wonderful, stressful, often-sticky phase we call “young adulthood”.

I want you to know that my love for you, my personal stake in your existence, could never be adequately measured.

As you have grown over the last 18 years, all I have ever sought to do is give you the best possible start on happiness in life and to respect and love others as equals.

You are a man in our …

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Feminism | Posted by Brianna B on 03/29/2013

Pink Or Blue: It’s Up To You

Feminism and feminity - they don't have to be opposites!

“It’s a boy.” My soon-to-be father beamed.

“How do you know?” My young, twenty-two year old mother asked, rubbing her growing belly.

“I just know,” he stated so full of confidence in his twenty-three years of wisdom. My naïve mother nodded, and just like that began the preparation for her son, her soon to be born baby boy. The nursery was painted a pale shade of blue and every outfit perfectly complemented the decor. Brandon Joseph would have an abundance of teddy bears, plush footballs, and a wardrobe in green, yellow, and blue hues.

Needless to say, my parents were shocked upon my arrival into the world. The confusion over the reveal of my gender was only further complicated by …

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