Etsy is the go-to place to find homemade soaps and Christmas ornaments, so why not feminist T-shirts? But maybe a simple “This Is What A Feminist Looks Like” tee won’t get the point across. Maybe only a vagina dentata T-shirt will cut it. Don’t worry, Etsy sellers have got you covered! [Image of a confused woman via Shutterstock]
A conference for “men’s rights activists” will no longer be held at the Hilton Doubletree hotel in Detroit, Michigan, June 26 – 28 due to a sudden and unexplained change of venues.
The manager of the DoubleTree confirmed to the blog Motor City Muckraker that the MRA conference would no longer be held there. As of right now, it’s unclear whether it was a Change.org petition not to support a hate group that persuaded the Doubletree, or the widespread information about MRA misogynists following Elliot Rodger’s murder spree in Isla Vista, California. Keep reading »
A standalone Wonder Woman movie is coming from Warner Bros in July 2017, according to gossip blogger/Hollywood insider Nikki Finke. In a post yesterday, Finke claimed that Warner Bros will be announcing a Wonder Woman movie along with several other movies at San Diego Comic Con in July. Israeli actress/former Miss Israel Gal Gadot (not pictured above — that’s Lynda Carter, the iconic Wonder Woman from the ’70s!) is already set to play Wonder Woman in “Man Of Steel 2.” A movie about the world’s most famous female superhero is wonderful (sorry) news. I am neither a DC Comics or a Marvel fan, but I would absolutely go out and see a Wonder Woman movie. But let’s be honest, I’d mostly buy Wonder Woman swag. That costume is cute! [Nikki Finke via The Daily Dot]
In January, an actress from “Orange Is The New Black” appeared on Katie Couric’s daytime talk show and it made headlines for all the wrong reasons. Laverne Cox, who is transgender, appeared with trans model Carmen Carrera. Throughout the interview, Couric kept asking the two women questions about their transition, specifically their genitalia. Cox politely corrected Couric that focusing only on body parts detracts attention away from the issues that trans folks face, like lack of legal protection and violence. Couric was roundly criticized by LGBTQ advocates afterwards for her failed interview.
Recently, Laverne Cox appeared again on “Katie” and the two women addressed the previous interview. Keep reading »
Could it be that plain old mental habit is the reason for gender inequality at work? According to consultant and former businesswoman Caroline Turner, that’s pretty much what it comes down to. In a blog post for the Huffington Post, Turner said that the biggest reason women aren’t proportionately represented in business leadership positions is a set of “mind-sets,” or unconscious ways of viewing the world. The most powerful and deep-rooted of these mind-sets, it seems, is the “double bind,” or the idea that if a woman channels her more feminine energies, she’ll be liked by her coworkers but not seen as a leader. On the other hand, if she allows her masculine energies to lead the way, she’s likely to be judged and disliked. What I take this to mean is that the biggest obstacle we’re up against in the workplace is essentially subconscious stereotyping. Keep reading »
“Everyone is a complicated human being, and everyone is strong and weak and funny and scared, and we get to have the full range of emotion experienced with these women. I don’t want to make a centralizing comment about womanhood, because I think that’s problematic from a feminist perspective, but we just see these amazingly complicated women, who are strong, and vulnerable, and scared, and want to support each other at the end of the day.
I think about #YesAllWomen and the culture of misogyny that I believe we exist in that a lot of people don’t want to acknowledge. I’ve said loving transgender people is revolutionary, but I think loving women — really loving women, is revolutionary too, in a social context that is deeply misogynistic, deeply does not celebrate women. And we have pockets of that, we do have places where we celebrate women a lot, but I think the way the culture is aligned and structured is misogynistic. It just is. So it’s really great to have a show that creates spaces that really do celebrate women and our diversity, and not just one kind of woman. That’s revolutionary.”
Transgender actress Laverne Cox spoke to ELLE about the complexity of the characters on “Orange Is The New Black” and what an impact that can have on viewers by portraying women as complicated people. I love Cox’s willingness to talk about subjects like misogyny and feminism in interviews. It’s really refreshing to have an actress on a hot show in the public eye right now who talks about those topics with candor. [ELLE]
“Deadliest Catch” is one of my favorite reality shows. I love watching marathons of it when I’m sad or depressed, because nothing makes me feel better about my current life situation than being reminded that it could be worse, and specifically, that I could be in the middle of a 24-hour shift on a tiny crab boat in the middle of a hurricane on the Bering Sea, with snot and fish guts frozen to my face. That being said, the show is a total sausage fest — crab fishing is an industry dominated by men, and the show’s cast reflects that. Besides one husband and wife captain team, you rarely, if ever, see a woman on the show.
But 18-year-old Mandy Hansen is about to change that. Keep reading »