Posts tagged "feminist"

We See Chick Flicks: “Gloria: In Her Own Words”

Gloria Steinem became famous in 1963 when she published an article called "A Bunny's Tale" in which she went undercover at a Playboy Club to expose the treatment of its waitresses. In the decade-plus to follow, Gloria became one of the most public faces of the burgeoning "second wave" feminist movement. She fought for the…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 15, 2011

Gloria Steinem Remembers Going Undercover At Playboy Bunny Club

"At first, it was such a gigantic mistake from a career point of view that I really regretted it. I'd just begun to be taken seriously as a freelance writer, but after the Playboy article, I mostly got requests to go underground in some other semi-sexual way. It was so bad that I returned a…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 29, 2011

5 Things To Know About Betty Ford, “Stealth Feminist” And First Lady

Betty Ford is not a First Lady most of us think about regularly (unless, I suppose, one is an addict). She lacked the glitz and glamour of Michelle Obama or Jackie O and was not necessarily a powerhouse in the White House like Eleanor Roosevelt. But when Betty Ford died on Friday at age 93,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 11, 2011

That’s Not Feminist!

It may be awhile before the Internet graces us with new webisodes "Vag Magazine," about a cabal of feminist hipsters who buy fashion magazine Gemma with proceeds from their Etsy shop and replace it with uber-P.C. mag Vag. The girls — I mean, women — I mean, womyn — are currently filming season two. But…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 9, 2011

Investigators Find Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s Accuser Has Lied About Some Stuff

The hotel maid who accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former chief of the International Monetary Fund, of sexual assault has lied to investigators numerous times about her past and has some dodgy connections to a drug dealer, according to a bombshell New York Times story published last night. The woman's inconsistencies about her personal life — like…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 1, 2011

Michele Bachmann Doesn’t Call Herself A Feminist

I could not have been more annoyed when Sarah Palin called herself a "feminist." It wasn't because I think a hairy-legged, Diva Cup-loving separatist in Berkeley should get to decide what a feminist is. (I am quite sure she would take one look at my mani/pedi and send me back to the gallows for more…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 30, 2011

Michele Bachmann: What Sexist BS Can She Expect While Running For President?

Rep. Michele Bachmann formally announced on Monday she is seeking the Republican nomination for President. The feminist within me says, "Yay, someone with a vagina running for president!" Followed by a vehement, "OH HELL NO." Just because a woman is running for president does not mean all women should support her. Just like Sarah Palin

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 29, 2011

Girl Talk: How My Parents Made Me A Feminist

A few weeks ago, on a first date, a guy told me about how watching his mother — a strong, intelligent woman who held the family together — made him into a feminist. Then he asked me what it was that made me start caring about women's equality. I'm sure he expected that I wa…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 17, 2011

Kathleen Hanna On Being A Feminist Ambassador

"I feel like there's this weird thing that as a feminist band you get put in this role as ambassadors. Certain people are like 'Oh, here come the Feminazis!' You end up acting 10 times nicer than you even need to be, to be the opposite of the stereotype like 'You're the man haters!' We're…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 9, 2011

Texas Chick-Fil-A Hosting Daddy-Daughter “Date Night”

Saturday June 18 will be a creepy evening in the Dallas/Fort Worth area: it's Daddy-Daughter Date Night at Chick-Fil-A. Dads and daughters can RSVP for tables at participating restaurants on DaddyDaughterDate.com, a site so festooned with red hearts, filigree and curlicue script that it wouldn't look out of place on Valentine's Day. Even though June…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 9, 2011

Playboy Club Opens In London And Feminists Say “Eff Off Hef”

Perhaps is not such exciting news now that we live in an era when 8th graders go to Hooters on a field trip, but a new Playboy Club opened this weekend in Mayfair, London. Hugh Hefner first brought a Playboy Club to London in 1966, but it closed after 15 years. The new Playboy Clu…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 6, 2011

Nigella Lawson Says Baking Is A Feminist Act

"Baking is the less applauded of the cooking arts, whereas restaurants are a male province to be celebrated. There's something intrinsically misogynistic about decrying a tradition because it has always been female. I'm not being entirely facetious when I say [her book How To Be A Domestic Goddess] is a feminist tract." Nigella Lawson make…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 2, 2011

Rihanna Kills Her Rapist In “Man Down” Video

Rihanna kills her rapist in her new music video, "Man Down," a reggae-influenced song about a woman who gets revenge on "somebody's son" "in front of a crowd." It's a head-scratching song and music video from a woman who is perhaps most famous for getting the crap beaten out of her. Is this supposed to…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 1, 2011

Why I Don’t Feel Too Bad For Maria Shriver

Like many women before her, Maria Shriver is doing the rounds as the disgraced political spouse. She's on the cover of People magazine — "Maria's Broken Heart!" trills the cover line — and she's a guest on one of Oprah's very last shows. (In fact, on Tuesday night when the identity of Arnold Schwarzenegger's mistre…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 19, 2011

17-Year-Old Zooey Deschanel Wrote An Angry Letter To Vogue

There are feminists in Hollywood after all: the Tumblr blog WellsBones unearthed a letter Vogue published written by a 17-year-old Zooey Deschanel, long before she was famous. Without context, I don't know what Zooey wrote to Vogue in response to. But to be honest, the question she posed to Vogue — "Why would you want…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 13, 2011

What Is “The Smurfette Principle”?

Who do "Inception," "Transformers" and "The Muppets" all have in common? I was scratching my head on that one. All three movies are examples of "the Smurfette principle," explains Anita Sarkeesian of the blog Feminist Frequency. "The Smurfette principle" is a common trope in movies and TV shows that try to be palatable to male…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 5, 2011

Raquel Welch On Pole Dancers, Brazilian Waxes & Feminism

"I guess you could call [my views on sex and relationships] conservative. I think there is a lost art to being a woman. ... I have this romantic part to my nature and maybe that's why I find it difficult when I see this kind of vulgar approach to women today. I think there's too…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 28, 2011

Men, You Might Be A Feminist If …

The other day, I read a post on the liberal politics blog, The Daily Kos, called "What Does A Feminist Man Look Like?" and unfortunately I found it a little thin. But I've been lucky enough to know a fair number of feminist-minded, progressive men and I could spot one from a mile away. Or…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 15, 2011

The “Dear Woman” Video: These Guys Are So Creepy (Even Though I Agree With Them)

I love the feminist sentiment espoused in this "Dear Woman" video by what seems to be a spirituality-based group called Conscious Men ... but can we talk about how creepy these guys are? What's with the music? The vacant intonation of voice? The cold stares? It's just bizarre. But hey, thanks, men: I accept your…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 7, 2011

Guy Talk: How Men’s Rights Activists Get Feminism Wrong

When I was getting clean and sober in a Twelve Step program many years ago, there was one phrase from the literature that always resonated with me. We addicts have been, the book said, the “architects of our own adversity.” Yes, I thought the first time I read that. It’s time to stop blaming other…

By: Hugo Schwyzer / March 10, 2011
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