Posts tagged "the soapbox"

The Soapbox: Please, Can “Hipster Sexism” Not Be A Thing?

I have very mixed feelings about a piece on NYMag.com's blog about "hipster sexism." The authors Alissa Quart and Lauren Sandler author Alissa Quart described "hipster sexism" as: Hipster Sexism consists of the objectification of women but in a manner that uses mockery, quotation marks, and paradox ... ads, photographs, television shows, films, and T-shirts,…
By: Jessica Wakeman / October 31, 2012

The Soapbox: On Disney’s First Latina Princess

"Disney is releasing a Latina princess soon, mija," I declared to my daughter as we drove away from her school and on our way to pick up her dad. "Good!" she said firmly. But of course, I rarely let that be the end of any conversation. "Why good?" I probed. What followed was a discussio…
By: Veronica Arreola / October 29, 2012

The Soapbox: No, Nickelodeon, Mothers Do Not Need Our Own TV Channel

I’m a TV junkie. Once my kid finally falls asleep, you’ll find me splayed out on the couch, flipping through the over 800 channels we apparently subscribe to. And my tastes run rampant: I’m just as happy sitting through an hour of "Alphas" on the Syfy channel as I am watching Barry’s antics on "Storage…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / October 16, 2012

The Soapbox: It’s Kids’ Options For Halloween Costumes That Are Truly Scary

I’ve always loved Halloween. The candy, the Jack-O-Lanterns, the parties, and of course, the costumes. I’m no stranger to awesome Halloween costumes. I’ve been everything from a box of crayons (four-years-old) to a genie (10-years-old) to Britney Spears pre-public meltdown (27-years-old, while eight months pregnant — it was a truly brilliant costume if I say…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / October 15, 2012

The Soapbox: Does Street Harassment Keep You From Exercising?

When most people think about street harassment, they think about what women wear or about how women should respond to catcalls. But there are other, more subtle, effects of street harassment and how it affects women's existence in public space. Recently, The Wall Street Journal noted that only 11 percent of the participant…
By: Lilit Marcus / October 12, 2012

The Soapbox: About That Politician Who Said “Some Girls Rape Easy”…

A funny thing can happen in politics: You make a comment and it might come back to bite you weeks, months, or even years later. That’s what just happened to Representative Roger Rivard of the Wisconsin legislature, who’s found himself in a very tight race with a Democratic opponent, which means the gloves are off…
By: s.e. smith / October 11, 2012

The Soapbox: The Conversation I Wish We Were Having Instead About Lena Dunham’s $3.5 Million Book Deal

"Girls" star Lena Dunham evokes a passionate response from bloggers and journalists, especially in women's media. So I'm a bit nervous about admitting that my thoughts on Dunham's oeuvre is neutral, even dispassionate. She's overexposed for a small and fairly meh body of work:  "Tiny Furniture" wasn't that great and I got bored…
By: Jessica Wakeman / October 10, 2012

The Soapbox: On “Helicopter Parents” And “Free Range Kids”

I grew up in the ‘80s on a tree-lined neighborhood that skirted the edge of New Haven, Connecticut. Nobody really traveled down my short street unless they lived there or were visiting, and my family was friendly with all of our neighbors. With a backyard that was mostly brambling bushes and trees, I spent the…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / October 4, 2012

The Soapbox: Butt Chugging Is Stupid, But It Doesn’t Make You Gay

Last week, we told about about that alleged near-death-by-butt-chugging incident of a Pi Kappa Alpha brother at the University of Tennessee. Yesterday, Alexander P. Buttchugger, I mean Broughton, came forward to deny all charges that he took Franzia (or anything) up his ass and that the details of his story were fabricated. In a…
By: Ami Angelowicz / October 3, 2012

The Soapbox: Oh Please, Pinterest Isn’t “Killing” Feminism

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…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / October 2, 2012

The Soapbox: In Defense Of Dr. Drew (Or Why Finding Fault Is Not The Answer)

I have something to say to my lady blogger friends who write about domestic violence. Please tread more carefully with your words, and please don’t be so sure you know what you’re talking about. Unless you a) have been in an abusive relationship or b) are a professional who is trained to treat people i…
By: Anne Carlson / October 1, 2012

The Soapbox: In Response To Lady Gaga And Her Proposed “Body Revolution”

I have vilified Lady Gaga in the past (to much condemnation, given her rabid fanbase): the contrived, weird-for-attention shtick really wears on me, particularly considering it comes hand-in-hand with what basically amounts to catchy, radio-friendly pop music with a pseudo-controversial religious message here and there. I can live with her message of peace, love,…
By: Rachel Krause / September 26, 2012

Girl Talk: Why I’m An Out And Proud Bisexual

Let me tell you a story about "bi invisibility." A few years ago, at my first full-time job – which, I should clarify, was at an LGBT nonprofit organization – I was chatting with a gay male co-worker about a conversation he had with an acquaintance of ours. Apparently I had come up in their…
By: Carrie Nelson / September 21, 2012

The Soapbox: Why Choosing Your Baby’s Sex Is Gambling On Gender Stereotypes

There are many in Western society that seem to band together anytime the subject of sex-selective abortion in foreign countries comes up. It’s a tricky topic, especially for those of us who favor unfettered abortion access. Outrage and incomprehension over aborting female fetuses in favor of males is usually the default response, with many claiming…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / September 21, 2012

The Soapbox: Why You Shouldn’t Intern At Anthropologie

My relationship with Anthropologie is love-hate. I love the company’s handpicked, one-of-a-kind eclectic look. I hate the fact that my loving this stuff only underscores the fact that I am in no way unique and that I have been corporate-brainwashed just like the rest of you ladies who just can’t get enough pencil skirts, ruffled…
By: Melissa Petro / September 20, 2012

The Soapbox: On Rupert Everett & Having Gay Parents

The actor Rupert Everett, who is gay, believes children should have a "mother and a father." My father, who is also gay, shared the same beliefs. So did my gay mother. So did my gay father-in-law. So, in fact, did the Christopher Plummer character in "Beginners." But can it be true that…
By: Suzanne Turner / September 18, 2012

The Soapbox: Why I Don’t Have Pubic Hair

When my life overwhelms me – which, as an introverted entrepreneur and mother, is often – I try to escape to the one place that I know no one will speak to me, The Korean Day Spa. I spend the entire day there, soaking, steaming, sweating, and watching the glorious variety of women move through…
By: Alyssa Royse / September 17, 2012

The Soapbox: On Wishing Rape Upon Rapists

I was horrified to read this week that a 73-year-old woman was raped in broad daylight in Central Park. Read that again, let it sink in: a 73-year-old woman was raped in broad daylight in Central Park. According to news reports, the woman goes to Central Park every day and sits on a bench, birdwatching. Last…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 14, 2012

The Soapbox: A Black Mom-in-Chief Is Revolutionary — What White Feminists Get Wrong About Michelle Obama

It does my heart good to see women of all races embrace Michelle Obama. It is too rare indeed for a brown-skinned woman, a descendant of slaves, a product of Chicago’s South Side to be lauded on an international stage. Considering the heavy burden of stereotype still faced by black women, I cheer a little…
By: Tami Winfrey-Harris / September 12, 2012

The Soapbox: Breastfeeding Professor Brings Sick Baby To Class, Heads Explode

At this point, I'm absolutely over the phrase "having it all." It's been beaten to death, taken out of context, used as link bait, etc... And I'm over it. I'm mostly over it because it's a convoluted concept. "Having it all" doesn't have one universal definition and it is something we only lord over the…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / September 10, 2012
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