“As I was watching [Beyoncé's visual album] I felt very conflicted, I felt her message felt very conflicted in the sense that on the one hand she is putting herself in a category of a feminist, but then the camera, it felt very male, such a male voyeuristic experience of her.”
Emma Watson and Rookie Mag editor Tavi Gevinson had a chat for Wonderland magazine and naturally the subject turned to Beyoncé (because every subject eventually turns to Beyoncé) and feminism. Tavi gave a much longer, well-thought-out response with her opinions about Beyoncé, sexuality and agency, but I tend to agree with how Emma Watson feels here. That is, I generally enjoy Bey’s music but I’m conflicted about her lyrics and some imagery in her videos. It seems to me that Bey sings and presents some problematic stuff in her videos, but everyone just fawns all over her anyway, for being a mega-super-famous superstar who identifies as feminist. (I am also fairly certain this viewpoint might get me fired from The Frisky, as Amelia is Beyonce’s number one fan, as in she wants to wear Bey like a skin suit. If I’m not here Monday, you know what happened.) [NYMag.com via Wonderland]
How awesome would it be if we could hand a kid a doll that didn’t have absurdly unrealistic proportions like Barbie does?
You may remember last year’s 3D print of a Barbie created using the average measurements of a 19-year-old girl. It made waves on the internet because, spoiler alert, the original Barbie’s shape was nothing like the average-sized doll. Artist and researcher Nickolay Lamm, the genius behind that project, got bombarded with questions about where parents could buy a doll like his creation. Lamm couldn’t point to any doll on the market with a realistic look, so he took things into his own hands. Keep reading »
Like many daydreamers, I often think about time periods other than the one I’m currently living in that I would most likely enjoy. I usually settle on the roaring ’20s (it’s easy to get caught up in how cute everyone would look with flapper dresses and bobbed hair). Then I remember, of course, what the ’20s were actually like. Women had only recently secured the right to vote, abortion was illegal, penicillin and birth control were very new, and employment opportunities were still divided into men- and women-only. (Guess who had the less attractive options?)
This little game is just a daydream. Yet it ends up always serving as a reminder that I’m fortunate to be a woman the 21st century. And that’s a reminder I’m ashamed to admit, as a feminist, that I need somewhat often. There are times when being a woman even in 2014 feels disappointing — things should be better, things should have changed more. I’m privileged as an educated white, middle-class woman that these things are as few as they are. But one of the very biggest areas that needs changing is women writing about sex. Keep reading »
If you’re like me or Emma Thompson, you’ve likely called yourself a “card-carrying feminist” since you were in diapers. But now you can call yourself an actual card-carrying feminist with this wallet-sized card that says, well, “FEMINIST.” The other side reads “This card does not entitle the holder to any special rights, privileges or benefits,” with a choice of the message “Sisterhood is powerful” or “Feminism is for everybody.” (The former phrase is the title of a book by Robin Morgan, while the latter is the title of a book by bell hooks.) The $8 card made by Jennifer Armburst for BuyOlympia is a handy talisman for bra burnings or explaining to your grandmother why you’ll be keeping your “maiden name” — and of course serves as your ticket for our man-bashing, baby-eating lesbian ceremonies. [BuyOlympia]
Who is your role model and why?
The American writer Betty Friedan — she fought for gender equality and wrote the great book “The Feminine Mystique” which sparked the beginning of a second-wave feminism.
So do you consider yourself a feminist?
Sure. I believe in equal rights for men and women.
Color me just a little surprised at this one: Leighton Meester is a feminist and actually cites second-wave feminist activist Betty Friedan as her role model. Friedan was the author of The Feminine Mystique, a 1963 book that that captured the unhappy, stilted lives that middle-class, mostly white women felt after marriage and children, feeling as if there weren’t other opportunities open to them. Friedan was initially prompted to write after interviewing her former Smith College classmates, when she learned how unhappy these well-educated women were as suburban housewives. The book catalyzed many women to join the feminist movement and led to an increased awareness to the restriction of expected gender roles in American society. Keep reading »
It costs approximately $360,000 and one gold doubloon to attend NYU and we never got any sort of concert. Anyway, Boston University students are petitioning to have a Robin Thicke concert cancelled because he is a tool. 1,400 students have signed the petition by the Humanist Society at BU which states, “It is a dishonor to our feminist history to symbolically idolize Robin Thicke by allowing him to perform his misogynist music at our university,” and that Thicke’s hit song, “Blurred Lines,” “celebrates having sex with women against their will.” Read more on College Candy…
“Of course I’m a feminist … if you’re not for the equal treatment of men and women, then you’re a fascist.”
Yup, what Jessica Paré said. See, I knew there was a reason I loved Canadians. (Also, those earrings are insane.) [Fashion Magazine]
Why does the mainstream media have to ask if politicians who are also mothers can “have it all”? We never ask if dads can “have it all”; instead, we presume someone back at home (wife, nanny, second wife) is taking care of the kids and the kids are fine and we do not need to worry about them. But when a mom runs for office — or is up for any other kind of huge role, like CEO — there’s the implication that she’s going to fail in one area of her life because she has too many competing responsibilities. By asking whether she can have it all, we suggest she can’t have “it all.” There are literally hundreds of other headlines The New York Times Magazine could have used for this article and cover story about Wendy Davis, who is running for governor of Texas as a Democrat. I don’t doubt the Times Magazine article about Davis will be really interesting. I simply wish the mainstream media reported on male and female politicians more equally. [New York Times Magazine]
Maybe you saw this 1981 gender-neutral LEGO ad (left) the first time around. Or maybe you saw it more recently, going viral on the Internet to underscore how advertising for kids could be: the little girl in the picture isn’t wearing any pink, and the ad copy is about the pride a child takes in building something on their own.
The ad’s young model, Rachel Giordano, recently posed for an updated version of the ad that shows just how much toys have changed in the past few decades. Rachel, who is now a 37-year-old naturopathic doctor, posed holding a toy from the LEGO “Friends” line, which is marketed to girls. The “Heartlake City News Van” in her hands is advertised like this:
“Break the big story of the world’s best cake with the Heartlake News Van! Find the cake and film it with the camera and then climb into the editing suite and get it ready for broadcast. Get Emma ready at the makeup table so she looks her best for the camera. Sit her at the news desk as Andrew films her talking about the cake story and then present the weather to the viewers.” Keep reading »