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2014: The Year In Jenna Marbles Being Weird

Jenna Marbles is one of my greatest pleasures. My thoughts on Jenna Marbles are almost unequivocally positive. I started watching her channel when she posted “Some Idiot/How Sports Bras Work” about Yuksul Aytug’s truly idiotic comments about female Olympians and have watched every single main-channel video since then. Jenna Marbles is basically the highlight of my mid-week.

And I get that she says stuff that doesn’t seem particularly enlightened to leftists and feminists and people who are invested in social justice. She got reamed after making a video called “Things I Don’t Understand About Sluts,” and I totally agree with the objections to that video, but I don’t know. At the same time, I find it tremendously condescending when the feminist movement (as much as that’s a thing) singles out a woman for “internalized misogyny” and decides to tell her what she should be thinking, if she would just enlighten herself and get on their level. The same thing happened this week with Beyoncé’s 2014 retrospective video “Yours and Mine,” because she said that men and women balance each other out, and defined herself as a feminist and humanist in a way that many feminists and humanists believe is naïve (at best, and ignorant at worst). It’s a demand for female public figures to be perfect feminists — as majority feminism would have them be — straight out of the gate, and it gives no slack, leaves no room for growth, and turns women who are powerful, outspoken, self-possessed, and confident away from feminism. Just look at Amanda Palmer, who just last month decried a “radical, violent brand of feminism” that, let’s be honest, a lot of feminists who consider themselves (OK, ourselves) “moderate” have engaged in, in some capacity. Keep reading »

Enter The Wonderful Lady-Vlogger World Of Wonderly

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"Life is a team sport."

I get about three hundred press releases a day from publicists trying to sell any manner of lingerie, odor protector and feminine itch project (you’re jealz, aren’t you?). Most of the time, I read the subject line and hit delete, but something made me want to click when I got a message about Wonderly. In their words, Wonderly is “a place for innovative, female creators and audiences to meet, collaborate, and celebrate each other’s creations.” Acting as a sort of curation and development center for female video talent, Wonderly aims to offer the best of the best in new voices and series. And here’s why I’m impressed: this culled group of lady vloggers seems way more interested in dissecting the issues and sharing their book hauls than with tearing down one another. Plus, they’re now partnered up with the online series Squaresville, which is a deeply funny (and slightly Canadian-seeming) web series about two hilarious off-beat BFFs. One caveat — it would be really great to see more women of color represented on their roster (it’s rather whit), and hopefully as the site grows we’ll begin to see a greater variety of voices. But since it’s their first day, I’ll cut them a bit of slack  [Wonderly]

If Peggy Olson Vlogged


In lieu of a “Mad Men” recap — Don Draper you are making me so mad f**king that stupid teacher while Betty wallows at home! — I offer you this hilarious video from Frisky friend, Sara Benincasa. The stand-up comic, “Gossip Girl” expert, recovering agoraphobic, and all-around awesome chick has imagined what it would be like if Peggy Olson had her own vlog (i.e., video blog). This is the first of hopefully MANY more installments. [YouTube: Sara Benincasa] Keep reading »

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