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Spike Lee’s List Of Essential Films Contains Exactly Zero Women

Jodie On Female Directors
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  • Spike Lee published the list of “Essential Films For Filmmakers” which he hands out on the first day every year in his NYU graduate film class. It’s a good list (Coppola! Fellini!) … but it’s got ZERO women on it. Seriously, Spike? There’s not a single film ever made by a woman which you think is essential for young filmmakers to see?  No Mira Nair? No Phyllida Lloyd? No Kathryn Bigelow? [Kickstarter via Racialicious]
  • The PBS news program “Newshour” will soon be anchored by two women: Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff. [New York Times]
  • The majority of women feel relief after terminating an unwanted pregnancy, according to a study of 800 women by the University of California San Francisco. While women also reported experiencing more negative emotions, relief was the most common one. [Think Progress]
  • Here’s a profile on Jill Abramson, the first-ever female executive editor of The New York Times. [The Daily Beast] Keep reading »

13 Signs You Attend A Women’s College (In GIFs!)

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signs you went to a women's college

I attended a coed college and logged a lot of time in the Gender & Sexuality Studies Department, which is what a lot of other universities call Women’s Studies. We were predominantly women with a smattering of gay men and I assume some trans folks, although I personally didn’t know any. I remember the people there as passionate, supportive and dedicated, but also very opinionated.  Many a time I have wished that I instead applied to a women’s college — Barnard College, which is part of Columbia University, is the one I had my eye on — because every time all my girl friends who went to women’s colleges tell me about it, it sounds Like 17-year-old Jessica would have fit right in. Oh well, there is always grad school right. (If I win the lottery or a rich relative dies.)

After the jump here are 13 signs* you know you went to a women’s college — illustrated in GIFs! Keep reading »

11-Year-Old Indian Girl Set On Fire, Dies Resisting Rape

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India's Rape Culture
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Too many women and girls are dying. Read More »
  • An 11-year-old girl in India died after she was set on fire for resisting a sexual assault. The youngster was hassled by kids while she was trying to go to the bathroom; when she tried to get away from them, two men reportedly doused her in kerosene and set her on fire. She eventually succumbed to burns on over 70 percent of her body. So far, only one 18-year-old suspect has been arrested. [Huffington Post]
  • The Pentagon plans to debut a new series of sexual assault policies soon, but they will also be forced to follow new procedures in this year’s defense bill. [Politico]
  • A 10th woman has come forward accusing San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of sexual harassment. Filner, who has publicly admitted to having a problem mistreating women but denied that it’s sexual harassment, recently announced he would undergo therapy. [Salon]
  • On why it’s not easy for black female celebrities like Raven-Symone to come out of the closet. [The Daily Beast] Keep reading »

Study: Women With Higher IQs Are Less Likely To Have Children

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Plenty of women decide early on that having children is not for them, while others realize later on that their lifestyle will not allow for the time, money, and commitment that raising a child demands. A new study, however, shows that the decision to not have children may have a lot to do with something else — a woman’s IQ. Keep reading »

Controversial Elle MacPherson Intimates Ad Resurfaces Online

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This weekend, I found myself engaged in an impassioned conversation over Twitter with several women, among them Australia’s “Bra Queen” Renee Mayne, about a 2004 Elle MacPherson Intimates ad which resurfaced online. The image, which was reportedly made for print, magazine and newspaper ads in Australia, depicts a woman in lingerie, thigh-high stockings and high heels lying on a shag rug on the floor. The photo is snapped either through a mirror or a door, only showing the woman from her shoulders down as she lays on the ground. Her head, which is hung down or bent over, is hidden from view. Given her headless-ness, it’s fairly objectifying as far as lingerie images go —compared with, say, Victoria’s Secret ads which depict smiling women looking directly into the camera.

My main complaint about the ad was that it’s voyeuristic. As a viewer, you’re not entirely sure the subject is aware she’s being photographed while sexily dressed because the image was taken either through a door or a mirror. That’s too creepy for my liking. But a lot of women saw this ad and thought it implied a victim of rape or domestic abuse. Keep reading »

Kickass Woman Of The Day: President Of The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences, Cheryl Boone Isaacs

Jodie On Female Directors
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My picks for who should be in the movie. I was ignored. Read More »

The film industry is one that desperately lacks female influence, so Cheryl Boone Isaacs’ election as President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a particularly cool victory. In its 86-year history, the Academy has only had two other female presidents — the most recent being almost 30 years ago. Cheryl Boone Isaacs is also the first ever African-American president for the Academy. Keep reading »

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