Posts tagged "the soapbox"

The Soapbox: Powerlifting Is For Women, Too

The first time I put a barbell across my back, I was in love. It wasn't like I had never lifted weights before; I had, but never like this. Thanks to the myth that I needed to do high reps with light weights to get  “toned” arms and legs (because, of course, as a…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / May 13, 2014

The Soapbox: My American Dream — A Minimum Wage That Allows Everyone to Prosper

When I think of the American Dream, I don't just see images of white picket fences and fathers kissing their children before they leave for work. I see an African-American mother of two dropping her children off at school and driving to her place of employment with the confidence that she'll have enough gas to…
By: Carmen Berkley / May 11, 2014

The Soapbox: Hating On Social Media Is Trendy, But It’s Also Wrong

It seems like lots of people lately wax poetic about the good old days before we were all staring at computer screens. Take, for example, the popularity of the "Look Up" spoken word video. I hear these complaints from mostly people my age, maybe a bit older, so we’re not that far apart in our…
By: Kitty Stryker / May 9, 2014

The Soapbox: Why We Shouldn’t Assume Kristen Stewart Is A Lesbian

I first fell in love with Kristen Stewart 10 years ago. I was 12."Catch that Kid," a classic of our times, has a criminal 12 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Anyone who would review this film poorly is a joyless weirdo. Stewart played Maddy, an adventurous tomboy whose skillset included climbing very tall things and…
By: Shannon Keating / May 8, 2014

The Soapbox: On Donald Sterling, America’s Culture Of Racism & Coming Home

The media frenzy surrounding the racism of Los Angeles Clippers' team owner Donald Sterling reminded me why last year, at the age of 23, I decided to leave the country I had been calling "home" for nearly two decades. A…
By: Tiffanie Drayton / April 28, 2014

The Soapbox: You Can Buy A Prepackaged Wedding On Gilt Groupe Now — But Should You?

Gilt City Chicago is currently offering an entire wedding at the Renaissance Blackstone Hotel, for the low, low price of $31,000! All you have to do? Add it to your cart. The voucher gets you a wedding for up to 120 guests, and includes all of the standard wedding elements you could think…
By: Emma Sarran / April 28, 2014

The Soapbox: Porn Stars Learn They Can’t Bank On Chase

I've written before about issues around payment processors and the sex industry, how businesses like Paypal, WePay and Google Wallet were shutting anyone they suspected of sex work out of using their services. Well, turns out that a trickle down effect is happening within the banking world, as Chase recently sent letters out to…
By: Kitty Stryker / April 23, 2014

The Soapbox: “Game of Thrones,” Thanks for Employing Porn Stars

I’m just going to say it upfront: I’m a massive fan of "Game of Thrones." I know it’s problematic, controversial around its portrayals of women, and arguably more violent on screen than required (see last night's rape scene for…
By: Kitty Stryker / April 21, 2014

The Soapbox: The ’80s Called And They Want Their Sex Wars Back

I’m writing this on an airplane from Toronto, Ontario, to San Francisco, California. I’ve just spent six days among other women, other queers, other porn performers, and other feminists at the Feminist Porn Awards and the Feminist Porn Conference. In that time, I have witnessed moments that made my heart soar,…
By: Kitty Stryker / April 10, 2014

The Soapbox: What Online Prostitution Taught Me About Racism

Racism is a covert agent in our lives. Some claim that it is invisible to them; completely hidden. It is very infrequent that racism openly reveals itself for long enough to be identified, before disappearing, cloaked in discussions about "culture," "socio-economics," "sensitivity," or…
By: Tiffanie Drayton / April 4, 2014

The Soapbox: How PayPal & WePay Discriminate Against The Adult Industry

I was packing my bags, looking forward to a week trip to the Feminist Porn Awards and the Feminist Porn Conference, having finally earned enough through my Patreon patron-funded writing to travel and have a bit of a cushion when I got back. Payments would be processed at the beginning of the…
By: Kitty Stryker / April 2, 2014

The Soapbox: I Know How To Get More Girls Interested In STEM Fields

The race to find a silver bullet to solve the “Where are all the girls in science and engineering?” puzzle is fast and furious. And as someone who works to encourage and support women studying in science and engineering fields, I worry our efforts often end up pitting the "pink sparkly girls" against the…
By: Veronica Arreola / March 31, 2014

The Soapbox: Comedy Still Sees What Men Think Is Funny As The Default Human Experience

Recently, London comedian Jenny Collier tweeted a screen grab of an email she received from a booker informing her that she was kicked off a show because there were too many women already on the line-up. Yes. That’s right.
By: Katrin Higher / March 20, 2014

The Soapbox: Replacing Sexism With Racism Is Not a Proper Hollaback

This post is reprinted from The Huffington Post with the permission of its authors. What's the biggest myth about street harassment? That men of color comprise the majority of offenders. It's a myth as old as this nation: the idea that Black men are more likely to be sexual predators — especially…
By: Emily May and Courtney Young / March 9, 2014

The Soapbox: Why Will Ferrell’s New Female-Focused Production Department Isn’t Cause For Celebration

Yesterday, Will Ferrell’s company, Gary Sanchez Productions, announced that it is launching a female-focused film and television department called Gloria Sanchez Productions. The idea came from Jessica Elbaum, an exec at Gary Sanchez, who will head the division. This is exciting news, but I think they missed a major point. I believe people are…
By: Emily Winter / February 13, 2014

The Soapbox: Piers Morgan, It Shouldn’t Be So Hard For You To Interview Janet Mock

If there was one thing Piers Morgan got right in his interview with writer Janet Mock last night, it was when he called her, “brave, frank, and honest” about coming out as transgender. Sadly, the interview sort of falls apart after that. From almost the start of the interview, the header “Was a boy until…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / February 5, 2014

The Soapbox: The Real Problem With Skin Lightening Cosmetics

Whitenicious, a cosmetics line created by California-based, Nigerian-Cameroonian pop star Dencia touts its ability to help customers even out their skin and get rid of discoloration. The product is essentially a skin bleaching cream in a golden jar, sold for $150 a pop-- well, at least that is what…
By: Tiffanie Drayton / January 22, 2014

The Soapbox: On Blackface, White Privilege & Why Distancing Myself From White People Doesn’t Make Me Racist

I am a 23-year-old black woman who, for a long time, tried to have discussions with white people about racism in America. I went to a white, liberal college in New York City where I thought such exchanges were welcomed. I actually believed there could be such a thing as a productive conversation on the…
By: Tiffanie Drayton / January 16, 2014

The Soapbox: I Kept My “Maiden Name,” Deal With It

It started innocently enough at the mailbox. I reached in and pulled out the usual bills, Victoria's Secret catalogs, and fliers for the local pizza joint. Because it was the holiday season, there was also an envelope befitting a Christmas card. "Oh! [Redacted family member] sent us a card!" I said to my husband a…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 13, 2014

The Soapbox: On “Pretty Hurts” & Beyonce’s Critique Of Airbrushed Beauty Culture

Three or so days in, I've listened to Beyonce's new, self-titled record straight through at least a dozen times. I say with all seriousness that I believe it is her masterpiece, one of those increasingly rare albums in which every track is essential to…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 16, 2013
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