Posts tagged "the soapbox"

The Soapbox: In Response To Vogue Editor’s Speech On Eating Disorders

Franca Sozzani excels at many things. She is the long-standing editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia and, in 1994, she was even made the editor-in-chief of Condé Nast Italia in its entirety. She is acknowledged as a contemporary and collaborator to, among others, Steven Meisel, Bruce Weber, Peter Lindbergh, and Paolo Roversi, unarguably the most influential fashio…
By: Rachel Krause / April 4, 2012

The Soapbox: A Former Fat Kid Responds To The “Vogue” Mother Who Put Her 7-Year-Old On A Diet

By now, many of you may have read Vogue's annual "Shape" issue and had some reaction to the story of Bea, a seven-year-old girl whose mother was intent on curing her "obesity," which was, in reality, 16 extra pounds of baby fat. "One day Bea came home from school in tears, confessing that a boy…
By: Anonymous / March 27, 2012

The Soapbox: On Consent Culture

Today I'm going to fulfill a promise I made quite a while ago, and talk about what a consent culture would look like. A consent culture is one in which the prevailing narrative of sex — in fact, of human interaction — is centered around mutual consent.  It is a culture with an abhorrence…
By: Holly Pervocracy / March 22, 2012

The Soapbox: I’ve Been A Single Mom And Rick Santorum Can Kiss My Ass

Senator Rick Santorum — long known for his insightful analyses of same-sex marriage (a mere gateway, as he alluded, to human-dog couples) and more recently for his repudiation of education — proclaimed in 1994 that before single mothers continued on their heedless quest to destroy the "fabric of the country," they needed a swift "kick…
By: Jennifer Baumgardner / March 14, 2012

The Soapbox: On SXSW’s “Homeless Hotspots” And Trolling For Charity

BBH, the same ad agency behind Axe body spray's noxiously viral campaigns, have hit the streets of massive internet partyapocalypse South by Southwest this week – well, actually, they haven't hit any such streets. But they have outfitted 10 homeless men with 4G wireless devices and T-shirts stating “I Am a Homele…
By: Melissa Gira Grant / March 13, 2012

The Soapbox: A Response To Julia Allison’s Op-Ed Addressed To Women Moving To NYC, From A Woman Who Once Moved To NYC

This weekend, The New York Post printed an op-ed titled “A warning to a new generation of women — don’t let ‘Sex and the City’ ruin your life,” written by "internet celebrity" Julia Allison and her friend Julia Price. At first I was like “huh,” and then I skimmed it and was like “UGH,” and…
By: Kate Spencer / March 12, 2012

The Soapbox: Why I (Sometimes) Don’t Wear Makeup

Ask a group of women to talk about how they feel about wearing makeup and you'll hear a million different stories. That's what I found out this morning when I, apparently, touched a nerve by asking my co-workers about it. One of us says she feels naked without makeup on and even wears it during…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 2, 2012

The Soapbox: Why We Should Stop Snarking On Angelina Jolie’s Thinness

Angelina Jolie, despite the fact that she was not a nominee, was the talk of the Academy Awards. There was the whole Leg Thrusting Debacle -- the actress was quite dramatic about using the high slit on her dress to display her right leg -- but the blogosphere was also exploding with comments and questio…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / February 28, 2012

The Soapbox: Why Can’t Levi’s Get A Clue With Their Advertising?

Two years ago, Levi's debuted their new Curve ID jeans by blasting our eyeballs with ads about their three different "slight curve," "demi curve," and "bold curve" shape versions. The sizes ranged from 2 to 14 and each size offered versions for different shaped curves. Some women were apoplectic about Levi's over these…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 23, 2012

The Soapbox: Rihanna Takes Her Forgiveness Of Chris Brown Too Far With Musical Collaboration

When the internet started to buzz with the rumor that Rihanna had invited Chris Brown to guest on the remix of her song "Birthday Cake," my instant reaction was disbelief. She wouldn't... I thought. Sure, there had been signs that Rihanna had rekindled a bit of a friendship with her ex, who famously beat her…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / February 20, 2012

The Soapbox: Why Jezebel Was Wrong To Post Images Of A Woman Being Raped

Earlier this week, Anna North, a writer at the women's blog Jezebel, posted an article about a video uploaded to YouTube which appeared to show, in graphic detail, a woman being gang raped. Just writing that sentence made me shudder, as the thought of someone brutally raping a woman, filming it, and then putting it…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / February 10, 2012

The Soapbox: Gizmodo’s “Pinterest Is Tumblr For Ladiez” Is Insulting To Everyone

I'm not a big fan of the tech blog Gizmodo. While I am a self-professed geek-girl who loves technology, I often find their tone to be a little too snarky, a little too condescending, and the comments to be some of the worst the troll world can offer. And after the nasty…
By: Rebecca Hui / January 25, 2012

The Soapbox: On The 39th Anniversary Of “Roe Vs. Wade”

Yesterday, on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, I stopped to be grateful. I am grateful that my 22-year-old daughter has the right to her reproductive freedom and access to abortion. I am grateful that I was able to get an abortion when I needed one when having a child was not an option —…
By: Andy Kopsa / January 23, 2012

The Soapbox: Let’s Really Talk About Sex

Enthusiastic Consent. I’m a fan. For any of you not in the know, Enthusiastic Consent is a way to make sure that yes really means yes and no means no, during sex. It’s an ongoing conversation during sex itself, where partners listen to all manner of cues to make sure that what’s happening is really…
By: Julie Gillis / January 9, 2012

The Soapbox: On Chris Brown & Why We Must Take Domestic Violence More Seriously

A recent segment on NPR about the rehabilitation of Chris Brown’s career is cause for alarm.  No, not because we should care about Chris Brown’s career as a pop singer — but because his young (mostly female) fans, as fervent as ever, continue to support him not only as an artist but a…
By: Zerlina Maxwell / January 4, 2012

The Soapbox: Let’s Take The “Man” Out Of Mani/Pedi

I boldly venture into sexist territory. I move we take the “man” out of mani/pedi. Why? Because sitting next to someone of the opposite sex in my nail salon is different than sitting side-by-side with another woman. It just is. I fully accept that some nice metrosexual may want his nails buffed or feet scrubbed…
By: Lorraine Duffy Merkl / December 29, 2011

The Soapbox: On Rape, Alcohol, Victim-Blaming & Feminist In-Fighting

If you write for a living — especially opinion writing, and especially as a feminist — you set yourself up for criticism. You really have no control over how others respond to your work, other than choosing not to write it. By attaching your name to your views, you put yourself in the position to…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 21, 2011

The Soapbox: Why I’m Keeping My Pubic Hair

When pubic hair first appeared on my adolescent body, I was mortified. I wanted it gone as quickly as it sprouted. It just felt, for lack of a better word, bizarre to have it there. But at the age of 11, waxing was not option. Well, maybe it is nowadays, but in the late '80s,…
By: Josephine Ledger / December 14, 2011

The Soapbox: Fashion Policing Can Be Brutal

A note about this piece: The Frisky obviously regularly features our own brand of celebrity fashion policing (The Good, The Bad & The WTF, generally). When Sally, who regularly writes for us, pitched me this topic, I thought she had a valid point, one that many share and that she would argue well. Having her…
By: Sally McGraw / November 22, 2011
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