Pop-Culture | Posted by Jenae S on 06/29/2011
Feminist Dilemma: An Addiction To It Girl
I’m a feminist and as such I try to make conscious decisions in my daily life that uphold feminist ideals. But then came It Girl. It Girl is a facebook game centered around fashion, partying, and dating. It is one of the few MMO-esque games marketed exclusively to women. The game is simple, create an avatar, buy clothes, go to parties, compete against other users. Yes, you compete against other users in “showdowns” where you can earn money and fame. You level up by shaming other girls with your fashion skills.
This game represents everything that I stand against. It Girl emphasizes style over substance. It Girl tells you that you can improve your reputation through the newest clothes or hottest boyfriends. Worst of all it pits you against other …
Feminism | Posted by Alexa S on 05/26/2011
The Girls At The Table
I am not easily affected by other people’s opinions. Maybe I was at some point, but I rarely value my worth by how others perceive me. So I don’t understand how I can still feel so awfully judged by someone else without her saying a word.
If asked if I were ever explicitly bullied I would probably say no. But when I recently sat at a table among eight of my peers, all girls within a year of my age, many of whom I’ve been acquainted with for years, I positively felt like crap. One of the other girls at this table, one of my close friends, visibly hunched over as we sat down.
My friend and I are intellectual. We have truckloads of aspirations and are not afraid to …
Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 03/29/2011
Feminist Click Moments
In honor of the Feminist Portrait Project’s Blog Carnival, (part of Feminist Coming Out Day) I’m re-posting an article I wrote this past summer about my feminist “click” moment, which I originally wrote in honor of the incomparable Courtney Martin’s book Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists. Below the article are links to some of my favorite other Click moments from FBomb readers/submitters. Feel free to add your own click moments in the comments!
I had always thought that feminism was a gradual progression for me. In eighth grade, my entire grade had to research a topic of our choice and then deliver a speech to the entire middle school about it. I chose to research female feticide after reading an article about the practice (ironically) …
Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 06/2/2010
My Click Moment
While I haven’t read the actual “Click” book yet, reading Nellie’s essay and the concept of the book as a whole really got me thinking about my own click moment – about when I knew I was a feminist.
I had always thought that feminism was a gradual progression for me. In eighth grade, my entire grade had to research a topic of our choice and then deliver a speech to the entire middle school about it. I chose to research female feticide after reading an article about the practice (ironically) in Glamour magazine.
Up until that point, I had basic knowledge of what feminism was. But I think I had looked around at my privileged world and thought, “Well…I don’t know…men and women basically appear equal. Feminism must be …
Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 07/11/2009
Life is NOT High School
New York Magazine is reporting about a new study. The study, sadly titled “Popularity,” reports that how popular you were in high school actually does affect your success in later life.
My ass it does.
Why would this study, which was probably done by nerds, crush all of my dreams about the socially conscious, academia-loving nerds taking over the world one by one in a collective rage against popular society for abandoning them in their formative years? WHY?
Good news is the way the study measures success is purely by economic standards. And in a way that makes sense — people who were popular in high school probably got a nice head start on the whole networking thing, which is probably useful in business. (No worries, FBombers, …