Big hint on this video: Don’t look at the comments.
Buzzfeed Yellow interviewed nine women writers, podcasters, bloggers, comedians, journalists, and artists to talk about their experience with online commenters. I mean, I think we all know where this is going, because if you’re here, you’ve probably read about this in the past. It’s just nice that Buzzfeed put some faces and voices to the experiences of rape threats, body-shaming, mansplaining, and sexual harassment. Keep reading »
On Saturday, Emma Watson delivered a stirring speech to the United Nations about gender inequality, addressing the stereotypes that impact and limit the rights of both men and women (while wearing a totally on point dress, I must mention). She is the UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador, and a special event was held this weekend to celebrate the launch of HeForShe, a gender equality movement. Emma has such a delicate, soft voice, and I think that’s what makes her so commanding in her own way. She compels people to lean forward in their seats and listen hard — and what she had to say was so very worth it. [The Gloss; Mashable]
The most telling part of this “Teens React to Nicki Minaj — Anaconda” video is at 9:27: “Please, Nicki, change!”
I’m not even sure how I feel about the fact that Teens React put a bunch of high schoolers in a position where they’d have to choose to engage or not engage with a hypersexual video, and therefore their own sexuality, in front of a camera. I’m probably as uncomfortable with it as they are. And I’m not sure that the conversation that resulted was worth it: Remember, these are teenaged girls who have to protect their own bodies and sexual reputations, because that’s what we tell high school-age kids to do — that it’s normal to be reckoning with your sexuality, but don’t have sex! Be attractive, but don’t flaunt anything, or else if you get hurt it’s your fault. Could any of these girls really say “Yeah, I’m OK with this video” in such a public forum with any honesty? Keep reading »
This is Leyla Josephine, a spoken word and performance artist based in Glasgow, Scotland, and the video above is her incredible spoken word poem about her abortion. Or rather, the guilt she does not feel for having an abortion when she was too young to be the kind of mother she wants to be. When the narrative is dominated by conservative Christians who claim all women regret their abortions, we need more women like Leyla (and Amanda, and Julia) speaking up to say that terminating an unwanted pregnancy was the best choice for everyone.
You can check out more videos about a woman’s right to choose at Upworthy’s new section, Feminent Domain. [Upworthy]