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Warning: This post may not be safe for work. The photographer Elinor Carucci’s recent series Mother reads like a visual diary of the pains and pleasures of motherhood, a raw and uncensored confessional of love and a complex relationship to the female body. Within the aesthetic framework of more traditional portrayals of the mother, she highlights the visceral and bodily with romantic reverence. Read More
"Your body is not a problem to be solved."  As women we're under unending pressure to look a certain way. We know this can be totally exhausting, so here is a lovely selection of some kick-ass body positive illustrations from all over the internets to help you remember that those beauty standards just don't matter.  "Sassy Pug" by Elliot Parker Body positivity is all encompassing. Read More
Phyllis Gould, 91, is one seriously awesome lady. As one of the original members of the “Rosie the Riveters”, she has been working since the Clinton Administration to receive White House recognition for the original “Rosies” and their indispensable contributions during WWII. And, luckily for us, Vice President Joe Biden is the first politician to ever respond and invite a group of six women (including Gould) to the White House for a “long overdue honor. Read More
We are so proud of these awesome women from the Rutgers University Slam Team and their powerful group poem: “Rape Poem to End All Rape Poems.”  In case you needed further proof that rape culture really does suck. “Rape Poem to End All Rape Poems” has received over 95,000 views on Facebook, after gaining considerable popularity from being reblogged on Tumblr. The poem was performed at the 14th annual College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational  (CUPSI) at the University of Colorado-Boulder on March 12-15. Read More
Katy Perry just changed her mind about feminism. Or maybe she’s been inspired by her UK counterpart Lily Allen, who also has something to say about the word. Or, did Hollywood finally make a Feminist Theory class a requirement? Doubtful, considering Perry’s track record with cultural appropriation, sexual objectification and reinforcement of fetishes. I’m starting to think that feminism is just good for publicity or something... Read More
Add this to your WTF files for today: Media Watchdog group Feminists United for Gender Equity in the Media (FUGEM) is demanding that HBO and Lena Dunham change the name of their popular show about 20-something females from GIRLS to WOMEN. "I think it's shameful," group co-chair Amy Wassernam states in a recent press release concerning the action. "Our generation fought long and hard to convince society to stop calling full-grown women 'girls,' but this younger generation is taking the movement a giant step backward. Read More
  For the artist Annette Thas, Barbie is a disturbingly bittersweet symbol of childhood nostalgia and longing; for installation piece “Wave I,” she uses between 3,000 and 5,000 barbie dolls to build a sculptural wave, re-appropriating the doll as a means of translating her earliest memories, scenes which now flood her after returning to Belgium to care for her ill sister. Read More
  Trigger warning: mildly graphic imagery In a startling critique of the ways in which images of women’s bodies are consumed, the artist Jessica Ledwich presents “The Fanciful, Monstrous Feminine,” a collection of surreal photographs documenting the psychological consequences of contemporary beauty standards and practices. For Ledwich, female sexuality is viewed as “threatening” and is therefore oppressed; here, she exaggerates the femme fatale image, showing her red-lipped, square-nailed protagonist engaging in violence with her own body. Read More
When I saw Holly Wilsons ‘Bring Your Dick To The Table’ Kickstarter I was really weirded out. Wilson is a sculpture artist who believes in "storytelling." After experiencing discrimination while negotiating contracts with a male gallery owner, she decided to suck it up and "act like a man" to achieve what she wanted. In her Kickstarter, she hopes to distribute penis shaped pocket-sized sculptures for women to carry around in hopes that when they feel the tiny trooper in their pocket, they can feel empowered enough to achieve greatness.Hahahahaha!Oh, wait. She's serious. Read More
We already had to stand up and support that rape culture is a real thing and not a product of "female hysteria" this week. Now, thanks to Zerlina Maxwell's #rapecultureiswhen, we've discovered there might be a few people that agree with us. "Rape culture" identifies the overwhelming normalization of sexual violence against women as a part of the cultural psyche, extending the cause of rape as an epidemic beyond individuals, to a culture that supports the mentalities that lead to rape. Read More