Of all the spooky beings spotlighted on Halloween, none is more truly badass than the witch.
Sure, they may seem a little square in the age of sexy zombies and shimmering vampires — the black pointed hat and broomstick have a musty, traditional air — but let’s not turn our back on the supernatural beings that made fantasy exciting to the mainstream again. From “Bewitched” to “Charmed,” witches have always maintained a cozy spot in the popular imagination, but with the arrival of Harry Potter, witchcraft exploded into a genuine craze. Though the changing tides of cultural fashion have elevated other fantastical beings, leaving witches in the dust, it’s worth asking whether we’d even be enjoying this bonanza of “The Walking Dead” and “The Vampire Diaries” were it not for J.K. Rowling’s internationally beloved witches and wizards. Read more on Huffington Post Women…
Let it be clear: I have no desire to go back to school, UNLESS it is to take Rutgers University’s “Politicizing Beyoncé” class.
The course, which takes a look at Beyoncé’s songs, music videos and feminist advocacy, usually begins with a viewing of one of her music videos, and is followed by a discussion of readings and songs, and how they may tie into each other. Kevin Allred, the course’s lecturer, says he teaches the class because Beyoncé “provides a really good entry point to a lot of black feminist texts, so it’s a class about Beyoncé, but it’s also not a class about Beyoncé. It’s a class about black feminist history and black feminist theory, in the United States, especially.” Keep reading »
While some actors might take the compliment of being called a “sex symbol” and move on, Daniel Radcliffe had some articulate feminist commentary to add to the label during a recent interview.
In an interview with the Associated Press published on Oct. 24, the 25-year-old actor discussed his upcoming movie “Horns” and how he feels about being labeled an “unconventional romantic lead” after starring as a young wizard in the “Harry Potter” movie series for so long. Read more on Huffington Post Women…
Another name can be added to the growing list of celebrity feminists– and this one comes with some great commentary about gender equality on the big screen. In an Oct. 11 interview with The Daily Beast‘s Marlow Stern, Kristen Stewart talked about the rarity of strong and complex female protagonists in film and the double standards experienced by many women in Hollywood.
While she admitted she doesn’t see herself as the type of person to “stand up and affect change” when it comes to talking about issues in the news, Stewart did make some great points about why many women are rejecting the feminist label, telling Stern, “It’s a really ridiculous thing to say you’re not a feminist.” Read more on Huffington Post Women…
Ladies, I’m exhausted.
I know, I know — things are better in 2014 then they have historically been for women and gender minorities for generations. Our foremothers’ victories are nothing to sneeze at. They’ve paved the way for us to do incredible things, and in doing so they’ve raised the bar. We now know that we don’t have to accept “realities” like, oh I don’t know, that women aren’t cut out to be CEOS because PERIODS. Or gender minorities have to fit into a narrow, arbitrarily-created boxes. Or that getting drunk and dancing like a hilarious maniac means you’re responsible for putting yourself in danger if you’re raped. Keep reading »
“If you look up feminism in the dictionary, it just means that men and women have equal rights. And I feel like everyone here believes men and women have equal rights. But I think the reason people don’t clap is that word is so weirdly used in our culture. … People think feminist means like, ‘some woman is gonna start yelling at them. … If you believe that men and women have equal rights, if someone asks if you’re feminist, you have to say yes because that is how words work. You can’t be like, ‘Oh yeah, I’m a doctor that primarily does diseases of the skin.’ Oh, so you’re a dermatologist? ‘Oh no, that’s way too aggressive of a word! No no not at all not at all.’”
While I don’t think feminism needs to be centered around men, I’m certainly happy to see anyone who understands its basic definition embrace the label, including funny dudes like Aziz Ansari. There are definitely more complex aspects to feminism beyond just “men and women should have equal rights,” and feminists disagree with each other plenty, but Ansari’s analogy (shared on last night’s “Late Show with David Letterman”) for why we shouldn’t be scared to use the word or identify as such is spot on. Welcome to the club, Aziz! [Policy Mic]