Pop-Culture | Posted by Katie E on 05/18/2011
Wanna Be A Victim? No Thanks.
I love music. From Tchaikovsky to T-Pain, my iPod has it all. I also love to sing. I’m not all that good at it, and my off-key crooning is usually confined to my shower or car, but nevertheless I enjoy it. It puts me in a good mood.
On my way home this afternoon, I was listening to my usual pre-set pop radio station when a relatively new song called Extraterrestrial by Katy Perry and Kanye West came on. I’d heard it before, but never paid much attention to anything other than the catchy beat. It wasn’t until today that I realized what the lyrics were actually saying. For those of you who aren’t fans of top-40 radio, here’s a partial transcript. You can also listen to the song here…
Pop-Culture | Posted by Maxine FG on 12/29/2010
Feminist Sci-Fi TV
Science fiction is not known for being entirely female-friendly. If you enter any video storeor search the genre on netflix, many movie covers show picture of skantly clad women clinging to brawny men for security. As a young woman, this has made calling myself a feminist and a sci-fi geek difficult. However, when I find myself disapointed by the lack of female representation in a Sci-Fi film or television series, there are two shows that I can revert back to in order to fufil my feminist and nerd void.
In the original series, Starbuck, the hooligan star piolt, was played by a male. The directors of the latest series decided that they wanted to change that. They indroduced us to a new Starbuck, Kara Thrace. …
Feminism, Pop-Culture | Posted by Asasia R on 10/25/2010
Too Sexual or Not Sexual Enough?
I recently saw a commercial for lingerie football. Basically, it’s a bunch of “hot”women running around playing tackle football in their underwear. At first I was appalled. Why is it that women don’t get to play football normally in the league and often at most high schools but they get the chance only when they’re doing it half naked? You don’t see men playing football in their underwear, so why do you see women? Isn’t that exploitation? Then, I realized that it’s their choice. If they feel confident in their sexuality and want to play football in their lingerie, that’s okay, they have the right. They are people, they are women, and they can do what they want with their bodies.
I saw something similar but had a …
Feminism | Posted by Reba R on 09/6/2010
Swiffer Brings “Sexist” a Whole New Meaning
I love television. I willingly gave 6 years of my life to Lost, watch the Daily Show for ALL of my news, and I can’t even do my homework on my laptop without first checking Hulu for updates on shows I’ve missed. But nothing compares to my love for commercials. As a journalism student, I find myself analyzing every advertisement for subliminal messages using lighting, colors, word choice, and imagery to figure out what message they are trying to get across. But a set of commercials that really grind my gears with their obvious sexism comes from that space-age mop known as Swiffer.
Yeah guys, I’m a little late on this one. And it’s been so long since I’ve written something for thefbomb. I have been wanting to write this …
Articles | Posted by Julie Z on 02/11/2010
An Interview With Marie C. Wilson
In 2008, the world watched as Hilary Clinton campaigned for the Democratic Presidential nomination. Although she didn’t receive the nomination, the fact that she was able to even enter the race and was taken seriously, considering an attempt to do so even 50 years ago would have been dismissed and ridiculed by the nation, proves how far we’ve come. So often we take for granted the significant presence women have in politics today, and the people who made this happen. Marie C. Wilson is definitely one of these people, and one who won’t settle until women are not only present, but equally represented in politics.
Marie C. Wilson is former president of the Ms. Foundation for Women, where during her 20-year tenure she raised millions of dollars for programs promoting …
Awareness, Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 07/10/2009
Media Justice for Sotomayor
This is so ridiculous. The statement they’re referring to? Sotomayor said in a speech, “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experience would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.”
Okay, to me it’s pretty clear that she’s talking about how life experiences shape who you are in your career, and how her background as a Latina woman is an important addition to white men who historically have had the most power in her field. No, it did not come out nicely. But Sonia Sotomayor is very clearly not a racist. I’m pretty sure most people, who are not simply looking for things to pick on her for, can see she was not …