Feminism | Posted by Tessa M on 07/4/2012
I recently came across the concept of “Straw Feminism.” Anita Sarkeesian of Feminist Frequency defines the Straw feminist as “a trope that is a deliberately created, exaggerated caricature of a feminist that is used to undermine and ridicule feminist movements.” Straw feminism is probably the main factor behind why many people associate feminism with crazy, radical, militant women, fighting against sexism and inequality that really doesn’t exist.
I know Straw Feminism works because it worked on me. For a long time this was my exact opinion of Feminism. But the thing is, I grew up idolizing a lot of really awesome female characters from some really awesome shows. I mean, my friends and I were constantly playing some variation of Xena: Warrior –Moon-Princess-who-also-slays-vampires-while-wearing-a-yellow-Ball-gown-because-Bell-is-the-best-Disney-princess (I was not immune to …
Pop-Culture | Posted by Becka W on 09/21/2011
Hold On. Are The Kardashians Feminists?
I’m the first to admit it: I’ve got a soft spot for Keeping up with the Kardashians and all their spinoffs. Who can resist them? That’s right, you can’t. They’re irresistible. I was chatting on the phone earlier today with one of my best friends about who our favorite sister was (hint: Khloé), and as we were discussing recent nuptials it hit me: I think these ladies might be an interesting example of modern-day feminism.
Stick with me for a second. I know what you all are going to say: they’ve made all their money off of showing off their bodies and being sex symbols, they’re famous just for being famous and it often feels as though they feed completely into the shallow world of appearance as being the most …
Feminism | Posted by Regina on 02/23/2011
The Link Between Beauty, Privilege and the Media
We don’t live in a vacuum. Our ideas, our lexicon, and our beliefs are shaped by outside forces like society, culture, environment, and religion. Fields like sociology and anthropology prove that.
Words matter. You said something heterosexist because your parents / the media / your religion told you; you weren’t born a bigot. Forces like that reflect and shape your ideas. When people, especially celebrities, say transphobic things they fuel transphobia and other people think it is ok because their ideas aren’t challenged. Their bigotry is reinforced every day by outside forces like that. We are conditioned to say things that hurt other people, but we don’t change it because it seems like it doesn’t affect your reality.
That’s where privilege comes from. If the dominant culture constantly puts out …