Posts tagged "stereotypes"

Girl On Girl: Lesbian Characters In Hollywood Blow

This weekend, $69.2 million worth of people (including me) saw “Pitch Perfect 2.” I love the franchise and I feel obligated to support my sort of doppelganger, Anna Kendrick, even though every scene where she kisses that dude makes me feel weirdly uncomfortable. As one friend puts it, “Every time Anna Kendrick kisses a man,…

By: Morgan Cohn / May 19, 2015

More Thoughts On Jean-Paul Goude, The Black Jezebel Stereotype & That Racist Kim Kardashian Photoshoot

Yesterday, I did a brief post on the racism displayed in Kim Kardashian’s much talked about Paper magazine cover and photoshoot. I focused on Kardashian’s demotion from “Whiteness” in society because of her relationships with Black men; relationships that have essentially cast her into the realm of “Blackness” where her body is readily exploited and…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / November 13, 2014

Black Actress Octavia Spencer Is “Red Band Society”‘s Resident “Scary Bitch”

Having already seen “The Fault In Our Stars” and “Glee,” I don’t think I’ll be tuning in for Fox’s “Red Band Society,” a new dramedy produced by Steven Spielberg about teenagers living in a hospital. But it’s come to my attention that on a promotional ad for the show, which debuts September 17th,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 22, 2014

Real Talk: On Debra Harrell’s Arrest, Motherhood & Race

In last week’s Mommie Dearest column, I wrote about Debra Harrell, a South Carolina mother who was arrested for “abandoning” her nine-year-old daughter at a park while she worked at a nearby McDonald’s. (Just yesterday we learned that Harrell has been let go from her job.) I had mentioned in my post that Harrell i…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / July 23, 2014

Nope, We Still Can’t Prove Women Talk More Than Men

Contrary to oh-so-popular beliefs, there is still no conclusive evidence that women actually talk more than men. Different studies have found varying results on the issue over the years — some have even found that men talk more! A recent scientific foray into the subject has found that men and women actually talk about the…

By: Claire Hannum / July 20, 2014

Topshop’s Yellowface Necklaces Are Racist Whether They’re “Vintage-Style” Or Not

When a Topshop customer in the UK came across this necklace while shopping at the chain store, she complained to a customer sales representative and was told that the necklace was “acceptable, because it was vintage style” and therefore “not racist.” The necklace depicts an early 19th century stereotype of East Asians — as Refinery

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 13, 2014

YouTube Star Laci Green Tackles The Three Myths Of Feminism

Who is Laci Green and where has she been all my life? Like a sex-positive Disney star on speed, Laci hosts a YouTube channel called Sex+ where she covers everything from hymens and consent to buttplay and sex with disabilities. Laci is also a loud and proud feminist and yesterday she posted a video addressing…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 9, 2014

On Femininity Vs. Masculinity In The Workplace

Could it be that plain old mental habit is the reason for gender inequality at work? According to consultant and former businesswoman Caroline Turner, that’s pretty much what it comes down to. In a blog post for the Huffington Post, Turner said that the biggest reason women aren’t proportionately represented in business leadership positions is a set…

By: Claire Hannum / June 11, 2014

The Soapbox: Why Macklemore’s Costume Matters

Last Friday, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis performed a surprise music concert at the Experience Music Project Museum in Seattle. Awesome, right? Only, because it was a surprise, Macklemore wanted to go a bit incognito and donned a costume. But the costume was anything but awesome. To me, and many others, the costume looked like a negative

By: Avital Norman Nathman / May 20, 2014

Macklemore Performs In Seattle In Costume Some Characterized As A Jewish Stereotype

A surprise performance by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis would get me excited, sure. And that’s probably what a lot of audience members were feeling at the Experience Music Project Museum in Seattle (where Macklemore’s coat from the “Thrift Shop” video hangs in the collection).

But folks all over — including Seth

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 19, 2014

Rob Lowe Talks Pretty People Problems

“There’s this unbelievable bias and prejudice against quote-unquote good-looking people, that they can’t be in pain or they can’t have rough lives or be deep or interesting. They can’t be any of the things that you long to play as an actor. I’m getting to play those parts now and loving it. When I wa…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 5, 2014

Laverne Cox Refused To Play Reality TV’s “Angry Black Woman” Stereotype

“I remember being really conscious of not wanting to fight with another black woman on camera. I did an interview and the producers were like, “Well, this [other black woman on the show] said this about you. What do you have to say about that?” And I said I’m not fighting with another black woma…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 19, 2014

What Do We Think Of TIME’s Hillary Cover?

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has not yet said one way or the other whether she intends to run again for president in 2016. But that hasn’t stopped the chattering classes from dissecting every single item related to a “Hillary ’16” run ad nauseum. The latest iteration is the TIME magazine cover this week: a…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 16, 2014

When It Comes To Gender Stereotyping, Pink Is Not The Problem

In his analysis of the problems (real and falsely perceived) with the “pink aisle,” MovieBob has some things to say about “The Hunger Games”—namely that it reinforces an outdated notion of male = good and female = bad by giving its heroine stereotypically masculine traits and the Capitol stereotypically feminine ones. Watch MovieBob explain why

By: The Mary Sue / December 9, 2013

The Soapbox: Mourning The Death Of Trayvon Martin & Reevaluating Racial Politics In America

As I sit in my living room, the familiar sound of rotating blades of a helicopter whoosh above me. I can hear them, hovering. They’re following the Oakland protestors who have taken to the streets outraged by the not guilty verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman. “No justice, no peace,” they shout as they…

By: Shanelle Matthews / July 16, 2013

Can You Really Reverse Gender Stereotypes In Media?

A women’s studies class at the University of Saskatchewan made this provocative video which questions commonly perpetuated stereotypes about gender in media. Pointing out that women are often in a subjugated position — turned into objects themselves, along with whatever object they’re supposedly selling, placed in prone, sexually provocative poses — the video connects violent…

By: Julie Gerstein / May 10, 2013

The Soapbox: I Don’t Want Your Yellow Fever

As a kid, I was used to standing out for lots of reasons, like my “Star Wars” obsession or the black eyeliner and vampire chic that made up my high school wardrobe.

I never expected my race to be one of those reasons.

I grew up as an Asian-American among Asian-Americans,…

By: Kelly Kanayama / May 10, 2013

WSJ’s “Office Mom” Piece Has Some Problems

The New York Times is getting a run for its money in the dubiously-credible lifestyle articles department. Today’s contender: the Wall Street Journal’s “Who’s Your Office Mom?” which continues on another page with the statement-making headline, “Every Office Needs A Mom.”

Really, WSJ, really?

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 27, 2013

Why Are People Shocked That A Pretty, Blonde, 16-Year-Old Girl Is A Genius?

There’s a plot for a romantic comedy in here somewhere: a 16-year-old British girl named Lauren Marbe has scored 161 on a MENSA test, ranking her intelligence higher than Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates and Albert Einstein. But people are shocked — shocked! — at Lauren Marbe’s genius intelligence because she’s a blonde girl from Essex (which i…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 15, 2013

Howard University Med Students Petition Bravo To Cancel “Married To Medicine”

Med students from Howard University College Of Medicine started a Change.org petition to urge Bravo to cancel a new reality show, “Married To Medicine.” The reality TV program set to debut on March 24 portrays the ups-and-downs for black women doctors and doctors’ wives/socialites in Atlanta.

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 14, 2013
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