Feminism | Posted by Chloe H on 09/24/2014
The Freedom of Topless Beaches
Why can't we go topless?
In popular culture, women’s breasts are often seen as the ultimate symbol of sex. Women are bombarded with a variety of consumeristic options to “improve” our breasts: we can buy numerous types of bras (gel, push up, “bomb shell”…the list goes on), which all seem designed to emphasize women’s breasts up to the point of actual exposure. It’s a thin line: women are encouraged to clearly demonstrate their cleavage, yet actually going topless is considered shameful and reserved for Playboy. In settings where men can acceptably go shirtless, like the beach, breasts “need” to be covered. But why do women “need” to constantly cover — yet simultaneously strategically expose — an ultimately benign aspect of our bodies?
This past August, I was fortunate enough to …
Pop-Culture | Posted by Bethany O. on 08/27/2014
Defrosting the Women: For All the Ladies Who Deserved Better
After having spent the summer watching a lot of TV, I want to talk about women in refrigerators.
First, a brief explanation for those who are unfamiliar with the term “women in refrigerators“: the phrase originates from an incident in Green Lantern #54 in which the titular protagonist, Green Lantern Kyle Rayner, comes home to discover that his girlfriend Alex has been killed by his enemy and then stuffed in a refrigerator. Gail Simone coined the term to describe the broader trend in fiction of women being killed off in order to further a man’s storyline.
But when I say, “I hate it when women are fridged,” it’s not because I’m angry about the slaughter of so many female characters. I’m certainly angry, but it goes a bit
Feminism | Posted by Annemarie McDaniel on 08/6/2014
Why The Sexism at Texas Boys State 2014 Is Not Okay
Texas Boys State
What do astronaut Neil Armstrong, President Bill Clinton, basketball star Michael Jordan, and singer Bon Jovi all have in common? When they were juniors in high school, they all attended a prestigious but little-known program called Boys State. That’s just the beginning of the incredibly long list of famous Boys State alumni, and alumnae from its sister program, Girls State, are just as impressive.
In just a few days at the summer Boys State and Girls State program, high school students run for office, write legislation, draft court opinions, publish newspapers, and more. Usually this is a very fulfilling experience, but this year, at Texas’ Boys State, one delegate’s entire campaign speech was just the words “Cold beer and titties.” Campaign photos featured swimsuit models with …
Pop-Culture | Posted by Jackson B on 07/11/2014
Why I Wish “How I Met Your Mother” Would Have Ended Differently
“The Big Bang Theory” is one of my all-time favorite television shows. The show’s protagonist, Sheldon Cooper, is basically my role model, and I’m obsessed with Raj, Howard, and Leonard as well. But I also have a big problem with the show. Penny, Bernadette, and Amy — the female characters — serve almost no purpose to the show outside of their relationships with the main male characters.
When I started watching “How I Met Your Mother“, I immediately recognized that this show was different. Sure…the main male characters — Ted, Marshall, and Barney — drove the show, but they couldn’t have done it without Robin and Lily. Robin and Lily were certainly love interests for the show’s male characters, but unlike many other television shows, these women …
Feminism | Posted by Ines R on 07/9/2014
Sexism and Soccer Balls
The other day my friend asked me if I thought a true feminist can support the World Cup. Until this year, I probably would have immediately answered yes: I just associated the World Cup with a somewhat rarefied joy and excitement. Over the years, I have loved witnessing the passion other countries have for their nation’s team and choosing a team to root for with my family (we usually just hop onto the bandwagon of the favored champions since our country, Peru, has not been in the World Cup since 1982). But this year — maybe because I’m older, maybe because it seems more obvious than ever before — I’ve noticed various sexist dynamics surrounding the World Cup.
The World Cup has had a significant impact on women’s lives all …
Feminism | Posted by Chloe H on 01/8/2014
Women’s Football: Feminist or Sexist?
Football seems to be the sport that excludes women the most. In this day in age we have women’s leagues for softball, baseball, and the WNBA, but football always had men in the spotlight being cheered on by cheerleaders on the sidelines. However, this is no longer the case. The Legends Football League, founded in 2009, is a women’s tackle American football league. These women are passionate about football, and they have a place to play: games are played in the spring and summer in professional men’s arenas and stadiums including those of the NFL.
In many ways the LFL seems like a feminist victory: giving women an opportunity to play football at a high level appears to be a step towards equality. Most teams are coached by former …
Feminism | Posted by Crystal on 04/25/2012
How Do I Deal With Sexual Harassment?
my fine place of work
I work as a bagger in a grocery store where the majority of my co-workers are male. Ever heard someone say something like, “To him, women are just a piece of meat?” Well, that’s the mentality of most guys at my work place.
The men at my workplace discuss women a lot. They have a phrase for them even: they call women “burgers.” Often when a few guys are on break or about to get off work, they talk with the other guys about how they are going to go get some “burgers.” Then they discuss what they want on their “burgers.” Lettuce for pubic hair. Bacon for under age of consent. Toasted bun if they want the girl to be intoxicated. And so on. …
Feminism, Pop-Culture | Posted by Emma E on 08/24/2011
Reversing Gender Roles With A Little Help From Ke$ha
Could Ke$ha possibly be helping feminism?
When most people think of Ke$ha, feminism is not the first word that comes to mind. But I think her music does have some vaguely feminist merits.
I remember some time before I even discovered the FBomb (my life must have been so meaningless…) I was thinking about sexism in music. I remember thinking, “I wonder why most music by women is all about how much they love their guys, and men’s music is all about hooking up with random, personality-less girls at parties? Women almost never treat men like meaningless objects in music, but men do all the time.”
I tried to think of a song where women treat men like men treat them. The only one I could come up with was …