Feminism | Posted by Carina on 07/16/2012
How the Media Sells Pimp Culture
"Girls Like Us" by GEMS founder, Rachel Lloyd
Every morning when I take the train, I put my iPod on shuffle and let various thoughts run through my head. But as I think about how tired I am or about the math test I have during first period, I don’t pay attention to the lyrics that are being whispered into my ear by various artists. As the E train pulls up to Roosevelt Avenue, I hear Kanye West talking about a girl who “got an a** that can swallow up a g-string/and up top, uh, two bee stings.” And as I step off the train on Spring Street, I listen to Fergie telling me about how guys love her “lady lumps…spending all your money on me and spending time on …
Pop-Culture | Posted by Maxine FG on 12/29/2010
Feminist Sci-Fi TV
women in sci-fi: not always feminist friendly
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 …
Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 11/11/2010
Not So Gleeful: What’s Wrong With GQ’s Latest Shoot
So, I know this is kind of dated, but please make fun of me, consider my humble excuse of being a senior coming up on college application deadlines, and then attempt to enjoy!
The reaction from feminists to the “Glee” themed photo shoot in the newest issue of GQ – a popular men’s magazine – wasn’t exactly surprising. The shot, which was done by infamous photographer Terry Richardson (no stranger to overtly sexual photo shoots and even sexual harassment claims) features three of the main stars of the Fox TV show in almost pornographic poses. Of course, there has been plenty of uproar concerning the fact that these overtly sexual images are borderline pedophilic – due to the fact that these actors portray teenaged characters and cater to a …
Feminism | Posted by Lexi St. John on 10/14/2010
SPARK and Teenage Activism
My name is Lexi St. John and I am currently a senior in high school. I have been an environmental activist throughout my high school career. I am the co-founder and president (with my twin sister Liza) of S.O.S. Go Green Club Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit that raises both money and awareness of the growing problems of drastic climate change, to educate schools and the community about practical everyday solutions that can solve these problems, and to help students assemble to aid the environment.
It was not easy starting an environmental club as a freshman girl in high school. It was difficult to get people to sign up let alone come to the meetings. But since then, our club has developed into an international non-profit, with three …
Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 03/9/2010
A Generation of Prosti-tots
the good old days
Last year, I worked at an after-school day care center for kids in preschool-6th grade. Basically, after a long day at school, I hauled my ass to work where for 3 hours I was surrounded by a bunch of kids who were primarily in their single digits and not only acted as though they hadn’t just been at school for 8 hours but had also shot up some 5 hour energy. Seriously, these kids were nuts.
A family friend recently sent me this article about “prosti-tots,” a catchy yet disturbing phrase, that got me thinking about my experience at work. Basically, if you think our generation is messed up, the next one has it coming.
For some reason the little tykes at work seemed to trust …