Feminism, Pop-Culture | Posted by Hannah F on 11/17/2014

TIME Magazine Suggests “Feminist” Should Be Banned In 2015

On November 12, 2014, TIME magazine published an article called Which Word Should Be Banned in 2015? Previously, they “banned” words like “twerk,” “YOLO,” and “OMG,” because they thought it would make the reader “seek out the nearest the pair of chopsticks and thrust them through [their] own eardrums like straws through plastic lids.” Now I have my own issues with the entire concept of banning words simply because they are a new fad or used by adolescents, but I won’t address that here. No, my main problem lies in TIME’s decision that “feminist” should be a contender this year.

That’s right, smack dab alongside “obvi,” “yassssss,” and “turnt,” “feminist” sits in the poll of words to be banned. Their justification? “You have nothing against feminism itself, but when …

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Carolina G on 10/31/2014

Subway: Please Don’t Use Halloween To Make Women Feel Fat

Whether it’s the annoyingly catchy five-dollar footlong jingle or Jared Fogle’s promise that you will lose weight by eating sandwiches, Subway commercials are abundantly recognizable in our culture. These advertisements have ranged from harmless, to annoying, to misleading (sorry, the Subway diet doesn’t seem plausible to me) but the latest addition to the repertoire has been attracting a lot of negative press for being sexist and sizeist.

In order to capitalize on Halloween, Subway recently released a commercial in which a woman calls out two of her coworkers for eating burgers. She advises them that in order to be thin for Halloween costume season, they should eat Subway. She then explores her costume options, which include an “Attractive Nurse, Spicy Red Riding Hood, Viking Princess Warrior, Hot Devil, Sassy …

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Antonia Bentel on 10/27/2014

Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” Is No Feminist Anthem

Listening to (and belting out) Top 40 songs in the car is non-negotiable if you’re riding along with me. I love the bubble-gum-for-your-brain songs and gush over new pop tunes. However, I also identify as a feminist and am inclined to listen to these songs with critical ears, ready to pick up on any all-too-common sexist remarks. So, when the radio host proclaimed, “I’ll be playing a song from Meghan Trainor, called ‘All About That Bass’ – some call this catchy song the new pro-women song of the decade,” you could safely assume that I was beyond excited to hear it.

As the first few beats bubbled up from the speakers, I was instantly captivated. The repetition of the phrase “Because you know I’m all about that bass, no treble” …

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Carolina G on 10/22/2014

Embracing Taylor Swift’s Feminist Awakening

It’s that time again. Every two years (like clockwork) we get a brand new Taylor Swift as the young starlet reinvents herself with each new album release, the fifth of which will be released in just a few days. Back in 2006, a doe-eyed, bouncy-curled country singer got us all crying on our guitars. In 2008, we got the relatable, romantic high-school years Taylor, followed by the more angsty, revenge-driven, and revealing Swift in 2010. Two years ago, the pop star, clad in short-shorts, rang in the fun, dubstep Taylor. However, the 2012 Taylor also came with a horrible, sad revelation that caused some of us to tear down our posters and feel betrayed by America’s best friend.

Let me refresh your memory. In 2012, Taylor Swift made some …

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Atiya I-M on 10/15/2014

My Problem With The “Powerful Bitch” Trope

Blair Waldorf from "Gossip Girl"

Lately I’ve noticed a trend in some of my favorite shows that makes me uncomfortable on a number of levels. From Blair Waldorf on “Gossip Girl” to Sadie on “Awkward” it appears that if you are a female protagonist on TV, mean is the new black and being good gets you nowhere. These protagonists are catty and manipulative. They’ll stab you in the back, make fun of your clothes, and do it all with a smile on their face in a fierce outfit. I’m talking about the powerful bitch.

Disclaimer: I know that historically and currently “bitch” is a sexist term that is often applied to women who have the audacity to speak their minds and have ambition. I’m not speaking in that context. The …

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Eliza V on 10/6/2014

The Naked Celebrity Photos Aren’t A “Scandal” — They’re A Crime

Jennifer Lawrence: one of the hacked celebrities

When I first read that 100 celebrity women were hacked and their private photos stolen then distributed online, the incident was framed as a scandal. The first article I read ridiculed the women whose privacy was violated for being so stupid as to have nude photo of themselves on their personal devices and blamed them for the incident. It questioned how they would show their faces in public and, of course, the word “slut” was thrown around quite a bit. It wasn’t until I read an article written by Scott Mendelson on Forbes that regarded what had happened as a sex crime that I fully appreciated the magnitude of this event.

Many people seem to argue that this crime would have been prevented …

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Feminism | Posted by Chloe P on 08/22/2014

The Dangers of Internalized Misogyny

We need feminism now more than ever for many reasons, but rampant internalized misogyny — which often goes unnoticed and, in some situations, is even understood as social norms – is as good a reason as any.

Culturally, we seem to have just accepted that “sex sells.” But the media, advertising and other cultural institutions “sell sex” largely by demeaning women and causing them to feel ashamed about their bodies. For example, American Apparel is known for its sexually exploitive advertising and marketing. Take the sock and stocking section of their website. The female stocking model is portrayed doing an uncomfortable-looking acrobatic move with her thigh highs, while the male model merely wears socks on his feet. Images like these allow viewers to internalize ideas about women as passive …

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Paulina P on 07/18/2014

The Problem With Bethenny Frankel Wearing Her Four-Year-Old’s Pajamas

Bethenny Frankel

I did not get rid of my seventh grade wardrobe until my sophomore year of college because I told myself that I would fit back into those tiny excuses one day. Just to clarify, that is a solid seven years of lying to myself.

When I would come back to my childhood home during school breaks, I would get together with my friends and I would attempt to dress myself in my pre-pubescent wardrobe. We would laugh and laugh as I tried to fit both butt cheeks into a pair of tiny short-shorts. And then they would leave. And then I was stuck there, alone with my reality: I was “Fat.”

I did this because I was (and probably still am) slightly sadomasochistic, but also because at the …

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