Posts tagged "feminist"

13 Selfies I’ve Taken (And How Feminist They Are)

Over the last few days, a bunch of ink has been spilled discussing the topic of selfies -- officially the word of the year! -- and whether or not they're good or bad for women. First, at Slate, Rachel Simmons suggested that selfies are a powerful self-esteem builder for girls. Erin Gloria…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 22, 2013

Frisky Q&A: Ani DiFranco On Patriarchy, Motherhood & “Having It All”

When I arrived at the basement of the Calvin Theater in Northampton, Massachusetts, I found folk musician Ani DiFranco in the midst of trying to get her six-month-old son Dante down for a nap. Minutes later I spotted the young baby — still very much awake — strapped into a carrier about to head out…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / November 20, 2013

Courtney Stodden Says She Is A “True Feminist,” Also Doesn’t Read Or Write

"I think that whether a woman or anybody quite frankly wants to wear combat boots or eight inch heels, I think that’s their prerogative. I think if somebody feels comfortable a certain way with their life choices, how they look, regardless of what it is, if they are not hurting themselves or other people I think it’…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 15, 2013

Miley Cyrus: “I’m One Of The Biggest Feminists In The World”

"I feel like I'm one of the biggest feminists in the world because I tell women to not be scared of anything. For me, it's not even that I'm a feminist. I'm for anybody. I'm for everybody, for everything. I don't care what you wanna do in your life, or who you wanna be with, who you…
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 14, 2013

Bloggers Take Joss Whedon & Equality Now To Task

Blogger Melissa Gira Grant critiques Equality Now, which recently had a speech by Joss Whedon in which he discussed feminism, for its anti-prostitution stance ... [Talking Points Memo] ... and blogger Flavia Dzodan critiques the contents of Whedon's speech itself. [Red Light Politics] Here's Dream Hampton's response…
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 8, 2013

Dude We Love: Joss Whedon Hates The Word “Feminist,” But Loves Feminists

I wouldn't blame anyone for being sick of the discussion around the word "feminist." The conversation is extremely fucking overwrought, when it shouldn't be.  I agree with Joss Whedon, who says in the video above, that you either believe that women are human beings equal to and deserving of the same opportunities and respect a…
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 8, 2013

Debate This: Is “Don’t Giggle” Really Terrible Advice For A Law Firm To Give Women?

Global law firm Clifford Chance is under fire for distributing a five-page memo to female employees with specific dress code critiques and advice for how to conduct themselves professionally.  Not surprisingly, the firm is now being criticized for a "sexist" focus on only their female employees. I don't disagree that a focus soley on the…
By: Jessica Wakeman / October 31, 2013

Kelly Clarkson: I’m Not A Feminist

"No, I wouldn’t say [I'm a] feminist — that’s too strong. I think when people hear feminist, it’s like, 'Get out of my way, I don’t need anyone.' I love that I’m being taken care of, and I have a man that’s a leader. I’m not a feminist in that sense … but I’ve worked really…
By: Jessica Wakeman / October 31, 2013

Let’s Talk About “Feminist Weddings”

Getting married is a series of capitulations. I got married three weeks ago (and I swear to God I will write about other topics soon, really), so I know this for a fact. Thinking that you can have wedding that is 100 percent a reflection of all of your values all of the time —…
By: Jessica Wakeman / October 29, 2013

Frisky Q&A: Anna Holmes, Editor Of The Book Of Jezebel

If you are a lady of a certain age with an Internet connection, chances are you read Jezebel.com. In fact, you might be on it right now.  The blog launched in 2007 and truly proved — to the mainstream media, to our feminist foremothers who complain that women today are apathetic, to…
By: Jessica Wakeman / October 24, 2013

Maryville Rape Victim Daisy Coleman: “I Refuse To Be A Victim Of Cruelty Any Longer”

Since this happened, I've been in hospitals too many times to count. I've found it impossible to love at times. I've gained and lost friends. I no longer dance or compete in pageants. I'm different now, and I can't ever go back to the person I once was. That one night took it all away…
By: Jessica Wakeman / October 18, 2013

Sexist French Politician Fined For Making Chicken Noises While His Female Colleague Was Speaking

What a load of chickenshit. Conservative French politician Philippe Le Ray has been fined $1,700 for making chicken noises at a female colleague while she spoke before the National Assembly on Tuesday. Oh, yes, he did this in front of everyone. Green Party MP Veronique Massonneau, an ecologist deputy, was speaking before the government about…
By: Jessica Wakeman / October 10, 2013

Feminist Nicole Kidman “Believes In The Sisterhood”

"I was raised by a feminist mother. And yes, she said never be frightened about using the 'F' word. So I'm not. She believes in the sisterhood, and so do I. And she planted the seed in me early to speak out against the fact that women are so often treated differently than men. ... No…
By: Jessica Wakeman / October 8, 2013

Natalie Portman: Feminism Shouldn’t Be “Macho”

"I want every version of a woman and a man to be possible. I want women and men to be able to be full-time parents or full-time working people or any combination of the two. I want both to be able to do whatever they want sexually without being called names. I want them to…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 30, 2013

Literature Bro David Gilmour Isn’t Sexist, He Was Just Busy Speaking French When He Said Women Writers Suck

"I was having a conversation, in French, with a colleague while this young woman was doing this interview. So these were very much tossed-off remarks. ... [T]his is a young woman who kind of wanted to make a little name for herself, or something, because when I said 'real heterosexual guys' I’m talking about Scott Fitzgerald…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 26, 2013

Farrah Abraham Says The Dumbest Thing A Celeb Has Ever Said About Feminism

Miami NewTimes: Do you consider yourself a feminist? Farrah Abraham: I'm pretty feminine. I think so. Not feminine — feminist. What does that mean, you're a lesbian or something? No, that's not what I'm asking at all. What context are you saying it in? It's a complicated concept, but I guess at it's most basic,…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 3, 2013

Iranian Woman Disqualified From Council Seat Because She Is “Too Attractive”

Nina Siahkali Moradi won an alternate seat in Qazvin, Iran city council elections fair and square. But male colleagues agree she’s “too attractive” to join them and have disqualified her from her clear winnings. Moradi placed 14th out of 163 candidates in the elections, with almost 10,000 people voting for her. But the 27-year-old has been disqualified because…
By: Daley Quinn / August 19, 2013

Incredulous Man Who Started Women’s Website Can’t Believe Ladies Who Like Yoga Don’t Always Care About Fashion

Women, you guys! It's pretty crazy how we all have vaginas and we don't all like the same things! Is your lady brain just continually blown away by that fact that just because both you and you friend are in possession of uteruses (uteri?) that you have different interests? Like, you like chocolate ice cream,…
By: Julie Gerstein / August 15, 2013

The Soapbox: On The Forgotten Women Of “Fruitvale Station”

Everything you've heard about "Fruitvale Station" is true. The biopic, which won the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film at Sundance, explores the final day in the life of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old Black man from Oakland who was shot and killed by a BART officer on New…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 8, 2013

The Soapbox: On Hugo Schwyzer, Personal Essay Writing & Redemption

Last week, the controversial professor, feminist blogger and personal essayist Hugo Schwyzer announced on his blog, in an interview with NYmag.com and again in LA Weekly that he was retiring his notorious public persona and quitting the internet for good (or—…
By: Melissa Petro / August 5, 2013
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