Feminism, Pop-Culture | Posted by Katy M on 08/28/2013

Makeup “Like a Feminist”: An Interview with Taylor Adele Smith

If you’re in the feminist blogger community, chances are you’ve seen Taylor Adele Smith’s “Feminist Makeup Tutorial” video. And even if you’re not, with over half a million views (so far), you may have seen it floating around on different social networks. In this parody video, she uses satire to highlight common misconceptions and stereotypes about feminists. My two favorite lines were “Next we’re going to use a light foundation. Make sure you give every part of your face a fair equal representation, unlike the government and primetime network television.” and “Now set your foundation with the powdered ashes of Susan B. Anthony:

After watching the video, curious, I checked out Taylor’s channel and discovered that she has been on Youtube for over a year and has made many other …

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Feminism, Pop-Culture | Posted by Claire C on 05/25/2012

The Problem With Fairy Tales

Something has never felt right for me with fairy tales. Even before I knew what feminism was, I knew there were aspects of fairy tales that made me uncomfortable. By fairy tales, I mean stories that originated in oral tradition and were written down by folk collectors such as Charles Perrault. As I have grown older, I have realised what was making me uncomfortable; I felt that fairy tales were sexist. Or as Marina Warner put it in her Daily Telegraph article, fairy tales “aren’t… always on the side of women.” So what are the issues with fairy tales and feminism?

Let’s examine the way fairy tales emphasize feminine physical beauty. Notice how many times the heroine is described as being beautiful, whilst the (usually female) villain’s lack …

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