American Apparel’s latest lingerie model is gorgeous, standing at six-feet tall with long hair and beautiful full lips.
She is also 62.
Jacky O’Shaughnessey is modeling once again for American Apparel, only this time she stripped down for their lingerie line. The tagline on Jacky’s beautiful image reads, “Sexy has no expiration date.”
Damn you, American Apparel, for all the conflicting feelings you inspire in us! Keep reading »
Just in case you were under the assumption “we don’t need feminism anymore”: today brings us an analysis study by Media Matters For America about the demographics of the Sunday morning talk shows during 2013.
You’ll be shocked, shocked to know that white men are still the most common guests for seven of the shows studied. Keep reading »
“Maybe we have to say ‘enough’s enough, you shouldn’t be having kids after a certain amount … I don’t know how you do all that because then it’s tough to tell a woman with four kids that she’s got a fifth kid we’re not going to give her any more money. But we have to figure out how to get that message through because that is part of the answer.”
Republican Senator Rand Paul from Kentucky is making it his personal mission to shame moms on welfare for continuing to get pregnant. Sen. Paul, who has a decent shot at the 2016 Republican nomination, wants to put a cap on the government benefits for which low-income mothers are eligible. His aim is to dis-incentivize mothers by economically punishing them for having a number of children that is over his ambiguous personal threshold of what he considers to be “too many.” Basically, he’s fairly certain that the way to save the United States’ future is for women to keep their legs closed. (Oh, you didn’t think he supported reproductive rights, did you? HAHAHAHA. Rand opposes abortion unilaterally, even in the cases of incest or rape.) Keep reading »
Of course I’d rather look like Kate Moss than look like myself. I wish I didn’t feel like that, and I think the reason we feel like that is because of the imagery we’re fed all the time. Women are still expected, in some weird way, to kind of … sit there and look pretty. And not talk.
Lily Allen delivers another dose of realness in Elle UK, expounding on the same themes in her song “Hard Out Here.” She’s had an at-times problematic history with her depiction of women of color, particularly in the music video for that song. However, she’s also been one of the most vocal female pop stars to speak out about all the pressure on women’s looks and how body policing contributed to her own eating disorder. Plus, she is delightfully sex positive! Thank you, Lily, from the bottom of my heart for not just sitting there and looking pretty. [Elle UK]
For those who read and write about feminism and do much of that work online, the past year or so has had a particular tone to it. The word that some would use is “toxic.” That is the word that journalist Michelle Goldberg uses in her piece in The Nation, ”Feminism’s Toxic Twitter Wars.”
In the piece, Goldberg writes about racial tensions within current feminism, particularly as topics related to women and race are written about on Twitter, Facebook and through blogging. She explains how white women are increasingly called out online for not checking their privilege, both by women of color (WOC) and other white women who purport to be allies of WOC. The tone of these call-outs sometimes involves biting sarcasm, dismissiveness and accusations. For example, the hashtag #whitetears or the phrase “white tears” is often used when a white person disagrees with a person of color. The implication is that because you are white and have a disagreeing opinion, you must be crying over your racial privilege being challenged. Sometimes this is true; sometimes it’s not.
An additional issue cited by Goldberg is how, over social media, information that is dispersed in good faith is sometimes completely incorrect. For example, Goldberg wrote about how the Barnard report “#Femfuture: Online Revolution” assessing the future of online feminism was roundly criticized for being too white — despite the fact that nine women of color out of 21 total participated in a conference that led to the paper. Jamia Wilson, who is on the leadership team for #FemFuture and is Black, laughingly recalled a white feminist “whitesplaining” to her over Twitter how no women of color had been involved.
The Nation piece is, not surprisingly, already hugely divisive on Twitter (amongst the very people it is written about). Feminists have been tweeting their support or criticism all day. It will spawn many a reaction thinkpiece. My own thoughts boil down to this: damn, this really needed to be said. Keep reading »
Many Frisky readers are too young to remember the 1991 Supreme Court confirmation hearing of Clarence Thomas, then a federal circuit judge. One name you might recall is Anita Hill. She was the Black woman who came forward to publicly testify that Thomas, her boss at the Department of Education and the EEOC, had sexually harassed her in a gross, relentless manner. The accusations against Thomas were a powderkeg, taking on a life of its own and igniting racial, sexual and political tensions. Anita Hill herself became the one put on trial in the court of public opinion. For a lot of women, how her behavior was picked apart and the violent threats she endured were a chilling reminder of what could happen to any woman who speaks out against sexual harassment at the hands of powerful men. (Thomas was confirmed and remains on the Supreme Court to this day.) “ANITA” looks like an absolutely gripping documentary and a must-see for all working women. It will be released across America in March 2014. [YouTube]
Any “Girls” fan worth her battery-operated boyfriend knows that Jemima Kirke, who plays Jessa, is first-and-foremost an artist. In this new short film presented by the Tate galleries and Le Méridien hotels, Jemima takes us back through Western civilization’s long history of ignoring female artists. (Obviously such a conversation could not exist without the feminist activist group The Guerrilla Girls, who are front and center in the short film!) “There were always women who were artists, but men who wrote the history books,” says Jemima. “And somehow, they forgot to mention them.” I do recommend you watch — it’s a must see for any feminist or art history buff. [Unlock Art]