Dropping your kid off at college can’t be easy for any parent. And it’s worse when you pull up to the front gates of the college and a pack of bros are standing there holding a sign reading “HONK IF YOU’RE DROPPIN’ OFF YOUR DAUGHTER.” Let’s all say it together now: Ewwww. No one at Brock University in Ontario, Canada, for move-in day was amused, so these chuckleheads were reported to campus security and removed. No word yet on whether any daughters were deflowered later that evening.[Cnews.canoe.ca] [Image via Canoe.ca]
“As a teenager, I didn’t understand that saying you’re a feminist is just saying that you hope women and men will have equal rights and equal opportunities. What it seemed to me, the way it was phrased in culture, society, was that you hate men. And, now, I think a lot of girls have had a feminist awakening because they understand what the word means. For so long it’s been made to seem like something where you’d picket against the opposite sex, whereas it’s not about that at all. … Becoming friends with Lena — without her preaching to me, but just seeing why she believes what she believes, why she says what she says, why she stands for what she stands for — has made me realize that I’ve been taking a feminist stance without actually saying so.”
Hell yeah, Taylor Swift! It’s so lovely to see a young, female celeb, initially confused about what it means to be a feminist thanks to bullshit stereotypes, realize she’s been one all along. We always knew it, but we’re glad to see Taylor finally embrace the label. Welcome to the club, Tay! [The Guardian]
“[People are coming out against the label ["feminist"]? Wow. I guess I’m not aware of that. What that means to me is that you don’t let your gender define who you are — you can be who you want to be, whether you’re a man, a woman, a boy, a girl, whatever. However you want to define yourself, you can do that and should be able to do that, and no category ever really describes a person because every person is unique. That, to me, is what “feminism” means. So yes, I’d absolutely call myself a feminist. And if you look at history, women are an oppressed category of people. There’s a long, long history of women suffering abuse, injustice, and not having the same opportunities as men, and I think that’s been very detrimental to the human race as a whole. I’m a believer that if everyone has a fair chance to be what they want to be and do what they want to do, it’s better for everyone. It benefits society as a whole.”
Joseph Gordon-Levitt gets it. It’s refreshing — so refreshing — when men acknowledge that feminism is vital, instead of focusing on the progressive advances women have made and assuming we can all go home ‘cuz sexism is fixed now. Pay attention, men’s rights activists: this is just one of the many reasons ladies love JGL! [The Daily Beast]
I once had a boyfriend who woke me up nearly every morning with his boner.
He poked it into my back, then at my butt, again and again, again and again. At first, he did it half-jokingly, with a troublemaking grin and absurd thrusting motions. I swatted at him, told him to stop, squirmed away. He kept at it. The next day, when he didn’t get the hint, I rolled my eyes and let out several long Ughs. “Nice try, not happening,” I said.
He only got more frustrated. “Gawd, why do you have to be so boring!” He told me. “What’s wrong with you?” Keep reading »
“I don’t think of myself as being a feminist. So I don’t really think about feminism a whole lot, to be honest. I wouldn’t label myself anything, certainly not something with an ‘ism’ or an ‘ist’ at the end of it. I’m not interested in anything that is in any way excluding of men. … [E]qually, I’m not interested in anything anyone else might like me to be.”
Color me surprised. Sinead O’Connor, the woman behind badass feminist anthems like “No Man’s Woman” and “Daddy I’m Fine,” is not so interested in being labeled a feminist. Sure, she seems more against aligning herself with any set of beliefs out of a distaste for labels, which I suppose is to be expected from such an iconoclastic figure. But I was surprised Sinead would characterize feminism as possibly “excluding of men” at all. For a singer who has SO MUCH girl power spirit imbued in her songs, has spoken out about rampant sexualization within the music industry, and named her new album after Sheryl Sandberg’s “Ban Bossy” campaign, well, it’s disappointing that she has the impression that equal rights for all only benefits women. [Guardian UK] [Image via Fame/Flynet]
“My niece was given a date rape drug that weekend. She’s 20-years-old – thank God nothing happened because she was with some responsible guys that took care of her. She was safe because she was with a group of friends that realized – she said, ‘Oh, my god, I can’t feel my … ” and she started losing consciousness. Thank god the people she was with put her in a room, closed the door, and she didn’t come to for three and a half hours. … There is an epidemic going on out here in regards to the treatment of women. We have to figure out how we can empower people in different ways. … I’m not a conventional parent, which I take a lot of pride in. The first thing I had my niece do was sit down with my daughter and a couple of her friends and tell her about that experience. I don’t just sit with Willow and go, ‘hey, this is what Mommy thinks.’ Let me just bring in a little reality to validate what Mommy’s been talking to you about.”
This is Jada Pinkett Smith discussing about #JusticeForJada, the hashtag in support of a 16-year-old girl named Jada, whose sexual assault went viral on the Internet. While speaking at an event on Sunday night and then following up with US Weekly, Pinkett Smith revealed that her niece was roofied the same weekend as Jada’s assault. So the actress asked her niece to sit down with her 13-year-old daughter Willow and talk about the experience — not to scare her, I think, but to open her eyes to rape culture in a very concrete way.
After the jump, Pinkett Smith explained more how she is raising Willow to be confident and assertive: Keep reading »