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

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 time I …

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Carolina G on 07/16/2014

Orphan Black: The Feminist Show You Need To Watch

While we are arguably currently experiencing the golden age of TV, thanks to shows like Orange is the New Black, Mad Men, The Game of Thrones, and House of Cards, we are also inundated by shameful, “reality” crap. With so many options, either for exciting, interesting television or mind-numbing selections best used as background noise (for me, it’s “Say Yes to the Dress”. Not even a little bit guilty), it’s hard to know what’s worth spending time on. I’m here to break it down for you.

Orphan Black is the show everyone should be watching. Not only does this show blow the Bechdel test out of the water, but it’s thought-provoking, darkly funny, science-fiction-y in a way that non-geeks can enjoy, and it handles topics that our society cannot …

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Jackson B on 07/11/2014

Why I Wish “How I Met Your Mother” Would Have Ended Differently

The Big Bang Theory” is one of my all-time favorite television shows. The show’s protagonist, Sheldon Cooper, is basically my role model, and I’m obsessed with Raj, Howard, and Leonard as well. But I also have a big problem with the show. Penny, Bernadette, and Amy — the female characters — serve almost no purpose to the show outside of their relationships with the main male characters.

When I started watching “How I Met Your Mother“, I immediately recognized that this show was different. Sure…the main male characters — Ted, Marshall, and Barney — drove the show, but they couldn’t have done it without Robin and Lily. Robin and Lily were certainly love interests for the show’s male characters, but unlike many other television shows, these women …

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Feminism | Posted by Ines R on 07/9/2014

Sexism and Soccer Balls

The other day my friend asked me if I thought a true feminist can support the World Cup. Until this year, I probably would have immediately answered yes: I just associated the World Cup with a somewhat rarefied joy and excitement. Over the years, I have loved witnessing the passion other countries have for their nation’s team and choosing a team to root for with my family (we usually just hop onto the bandwagon of the favored champions since our country, Peru, has not been in the World Cup since 1982). But this year — maybe because I’m older, maybe because it seems more obvious than ever before — I’ve noticed various sexist dynamics surrounding the World Cup.

The World Cup has had a significant impact on women’s lives all …

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Feminism | Posted by Alice W on 06/30/2014

Why Colleges Need To Fund Sexual Health Counseling

Like many (if not most) teens across the country, my high school health textbook had almost no practical sex ed information. It had a abstinence contract, pages and pages on why we should wait and one little box on the failure rates of birth control. At the end of my senior year I realized few of my friends knew the correct way to put on a condom and had to hold a covert workshop during school.

The health education policies in North Carolina, where I’m from, make it impossible for us to learn about sex in an honest, healthy way in high school. For many, college is the first time they get real sex education. And yet, come next year, the University of North Carolina’s sexual health counseling may no …

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Caitlin L. on 06/23/2014

Why the Entertainment Industry Defining Beautiful Women as Young and White Has to Stop

Does the entertainment industry actually have that much power to teach girls what is beautiful? Certainly, words are impactful but how much do simple images really matter? Are girls really absorbing and comparing themselves to images of women in the media or are we selling girls’ intelligence short by assuming that they don’t understand that these images are not representative of reality?

Thinking about these questions led me to search for an as-yet unexplored historic root of the entertainment industry in actively defining beauty — one that especially validates the outcry against the lack of diversity of representation of women in the media. Examining the history of the display of women to ease social anxiety against whiteness in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries is useful for understanding the necessity of …

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Colleen Giles on 06/11/2014

Obvious Child Was Obviously Awesome

Last week, I was able to score some passes to a screening of Obvious Child from Feministing.com. Just the idea of a romantic comedy about abortion made my feminist mind little-kid-giddy. Obvious Child was everything that society needs it to be: funny and important. This film changes the narrative about abortion so often portrayed in television and films, including plots in which abortions are depressing, dark and complicated. Obvious Child instead portrays a very relatable array of characters who navigate the circumstances around a pending abortion.

The main character, Donna Stern, is a comedian and bookstore saleswoman who is in the midst of dealing with a heart breaking betrayal involving her friend and now ex-boyfriend. In an effort to foster her emotional resiliency and enjoy herself, Stern has sex with …

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