After her total fail of a response at the Miss USA pageant when asked about the gender wage gap, Miss Utah Marissa Powell tried to redeem herself with a more streamlined answer on “The Today Show.” Check out her interview with Miss America Erin Brady and see what you think!
It all began with Amelia’s future husband, the sizzling Ryan Gosling, after he expressed his disappointment with the NC-17 rating his movie, “Blue Valentine,” received because it featured him giving oral sex to costar Michelle Williams. The strict rating discouraged Gosling because, if the genders were reversed, and a scene where a woman performs oral on a man was shown, the film would get a less strict, R-rating. Gosling’s feminist stance inspired the beloved and well-known Tumblr blog, Feminist Ryan Gosling.
Recently, more feminist parodies have been exploding across the web, specifically on Twitter. Beginning on June 12, Feminist Taylor Swift (@feministtswift) tweeted, “She wears short skirts/ I wear T-shirts/Neither of us is asking for it,” and has since gained more than 76,000 followers in just six days. Since its beginning, Feminist Taylor Swift has tweeted 72 times, including my personal favorite, “You were Romeo/ I was a scarlet letter/ Because I’ve had like, 6 boyfriends/ Which isn’t even that many/ Slut shaming is a real problem.” Keep reading »
And you thought your period was rough: in the district of Achham, Nepal, women are ostracized each month while they are menstruating. During what is called “chaupadi,” a menstruating woman must stay in a small hut called a “goth” away from the village and her family. She’s also not allowed to use the same water as others or prepare food in the kitchen because she is seen as impure. All alone or with a few other women in the goth, women are extremely vulnerable to rape. Others have suffered jackal attacks, snakebites, or fire while trying to protect themselves from the elements of the Himalayas.
Because of these dangers, Nepal outlawed chaupadi in 2005. But according to The New York Times, because it’s a two-day drive outside of the capital of Kathmandu, Achham has yet to feel the effects of this change. Keep reading »
Are you a slut?
It’s a loaded question. What makes a woman a slut? Is the word simply defined as a woman who has casual sex? Does a woman have to have sex with a certain number of partners to be a slut? Does a slut have to be a woman at all?
Controversies about ‘sluttiness’ have been raging for years, and there’s no sign they’re slowing down anytime soon. A recent study found that women tend to reject the friendship of other women who are perceived as promiscuous. On the television show “Nashville,” Connie Britton’s character, Rayna James, recently worried that she was a slut just for “going to second base” with a guy. Amanda Knox, the American accused of a bizarre murder in Italy, was presumed guilty largely on the premise that she’s a slut, so of course she did it. Read more on Your Tango…
“From the other side of the aisle I hear the conversation being about ‘free this is free, we need to take it and it’s free and we need to do it now’ and that’s sort of the fundamental message that my brain receives. Now, my brain being a man’s brain sort of thinks differently, because I say, well, it’s not if it’s free is it really free because I say in my brain there’s a cost to this.”
Maine’s Republican Party, aka the manly party of manly men, has a star amongst them: State Representative Ken Fredette, who thinks the Democratic party is comprised of girly-men and actual girls (EW!) who just don’t understand how health care costs work. We can’t just give things away for free, you dumb broads! How about don’t worry your pretty little heads about finances and leave that to the menfolk? [Talking Points Memo]
Even the prime minister of Australia is not immune of objectification and body-snarking: at a political fundraising dinner Julia Gillard was reduced to the significance of the quail served up for dinner with an absurdly offensive menu item listed “Julia Gillard Quail – small breasts, huge thighs, and a big red box” as the main entrée. Keep reading »