Feminism, Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 07/8/2010

Circle Contact Lenses: The Terrifying Future of Beauty as We Know It

behold: circle lenses

behold: circle lenses

As Joan Jacobs, in her great book The Body Project illuminated, the idea of teen girls working to improve their bodies in a detached way – as if it were a project with perfection as its goal, rather than relating those alterations to ourselves – is not a new one. Girls have been focused on the pursuit of changing our appearances for at least a century, probably longer. At first it was “slimming,” or reducing what we ate, and wearing specific clothes (thank god the girdle is gone; I take pride in my food babies). And now we’ll do just about anything; whether it’s a diet of dexatrim max and laxatives or a $500 facial, all so that our waistlines, our skin, our [insert body part here] …

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Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 04/15/2010

Male Studies (As Opposed to Women’s Studies)

INFERIOR AND INSUFFICIENT

INFERIOR AND INSUFFICIENT

On Monday, the New York Times reported about the creation of a “Male Studies” program at Wagner College in Staten Island.

Christina Hoff Sommers, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and author of The War Against Boys: How Misguided Feminism Is Harming Our Young Mendecided to throw in her two cents (and really, that’s what it’s worth) saying, “I am concerned that it’s widespread in the United States that masculinity is politically incorrect.”

Dr. Lionel Tiger, a professor of anthropology at Rutgers, and supporter of Male Studies, identifies feminism as the root of all evil, calling it, “a well-meaning, highly successful, very colorful denigration of maleness as a force, as a phenomenon.”

Wow. Where to start? Well, first of all, the last …

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