Listen, I love Pinterest, and it gives me a ton of ideas and inspiration, but it also gives me plenty of moments where I’m like, “Really, Pinterest? Really?” From stomach-turning recipes to questionable workout advice to completely unnecessary DIY projects, click on the gallery to check out 20 of the worst Pinterest pins of 2012…
The scene: 8:30 p.m pretty much every Tuesday, my living room.
Alright, I’ve got my glass of wine poured, yoga pants on, “Parks & Rec” cued up on Netflix, and a brand new bottle of oxblood nail polish. Oxblood is so in right now. Obviously. I’m pampering myself and saving money in the process! My life is awesome. Maybe when I’m done I’ll take a picture of my perfectly manicured hand holding the bottle of oxblood nail polish and post it on Pinterest. Yes, I will definitely do that. Keep reading »
My name is Amelia. I am a feminist. I also have a Pinterest account. If a recent lengthy piece on Buzzfeed (wait, Buzzfeed does “lengthy”?) is to be believed, these two things are antithetical. According to Amy Odell, the editor over at Buzzfeed’s lifestyle vertical, Shift, Pinterest is “killing feminism.” So, as a feminist who uses Pinterest, I’m, like, killing some part of myself, I guess?
Odell’s thesis is based on the fact that Pinterest’s 23 million users are overwhelmingly female (60 percent) and that they use it to curate “retrograde, materialistic content,” like “recipes, home decor, and fitness and fashion tips,” which Odell claims are staples of women’s magazines that the Internet was “supposed to help overcome.” Odell also derides the fact that Pinterest users don’t go there to read articles, which I find kind of hilarious coming from someone employed by a website that is dominated by photos and funny captions, her lengthy screed notwithstanding. Odell says websites like Jezebel, Feministing, and The Hairpin are examples of places on the internet where women “can find smarter, meatier reads just for them,” but is clearly disappointed (and even surprised) that their existence hasn’t done away with the female desire to “scrapbook every imaginable physical aspect of their dream lives.”
Call me crazy, but I don’t see what the fucking problem is. Keep reading »
Did you know that Pinterest is killing feminism? Yup, that website that you were really batshit crazy about back in May but haven’t really touched since is the reason why feminism lies in a crumpled heap at your feet. At least according to Buzzfeed, anyway. But! Not so fast! It’s not just a website where people post pictures of impossibly difficult to make DIY home projects, expensive shoes, and sinful chocolate desserts that’s responsible for feminism’s impending demise. There’s a whole list of offending things that are shoving the knife deeper in feminism’s weak, arthritic back. Shall we go to the Googles? Keep reading »
Hey, are you following The Frisky on Pinterest yet? You should be! Especially now that we’ve added a new Pinterest board, inspiring by the movie “Sparkle.” The movie, which opens August 17, stars Jordin Sparks and the late Whitney Houston, and is about three teenage sisters from Harlem who start a girl group in the 1960s. Our “Celebrate Your Inner Sparkle” board is where we’ll be pinning everything sparkly, retro, ’60s diva-inspired, and glamorous — so get thee to Pinterest and start following! [Pinterest: Celebrate Your Inner Sparkle”] Keep reading »