In an admirable attempt to protest the ways in which vaginas are overly sexualized in porn and totally censored in mainstream media, The University of Sydney’s student paper Honi Soit recently published an issue with a brave and totally rad cover featuring the naked vulvae of eighteen students. Okay, they weren’t totally naked. The school’s Students Representative Council and their lawyers instructed the paper to obscure the images with ... Read More
While some Chinese women like property tycoon, Zhang Xin, are huge financial successes, many Chinese women are still undervalued and under threat, as CNN reports.
According to Tsinghua University scholar Leta Hong Fincher, there has been a sudden emergence of the phrase, “leftover women.” The derogatory phrase normally refers to spoiled food, but in this case, it’s used for educated women who are still single over the age of 27.
It’s repulsive and ... Read More
These days, I’m so benumbed to articles about what’s “wrong” with feminism that I don’t even bother to skim the headlines as they appear like fruit flies out of the ether of my Twitter feed. But this article (Blogpost? Feelpinion? Vague stab at polemic?) from IndyStar perked my ears up. Its subject? Why conservative feminists are the only real feminists – because “they don’t look for a handout.”
The essay ... Read More
Last week, writer Stefanie Williams wrote a piece for the Huffington Post where she talks openly about sex, and gets copious amounts of hate mail for it. Recently, strangers have been writing her calling her a “slut,” and Williams addresses these comments in the article. She notes the double standard between the sexes, claiming that men who enjoy sex are not often humiliated and berated as women in similar situations are.
Williams was ... Read More
Ferrett Steinmetz and Daughter
At a recent panel following a screening of the new Amanda Seyfried film Lovelace, Gloria Steinem spoke out against excessive parental control over young women’s intimate lives: “I have always, always said that children must be allowed to disobey.” For weeks, I turned this comment over in my head. How does what we learn from our parents during our young adult years effect our ideas on gender and sexuality? Our ... Read More
As peace talks between Israel and Palestine prepare to resume this week, the tensions between Jews and Muslims, Reform and Orthodox, and men and women have never been so strict. Feminism doesn’t exactly come to mind when you think about Israeli politics – other issues, like the settlement of lands in the West Bank and displacement of Palestinians, seem more pressing, both abroad and to the Knesset (Israel’s legislative branch).
But within ... Read More
BY Katharine Ernst
on Aug 14, 2013
There comes a time in moments of crisis when we need to just sit back and listen. Sometimes this request comes from a partner, a mother or a sister, but right now it’s coming from women worldwide. Al Jazeera reported recently that women from South Africa to Japan and the United States are demanding a diverse approach to feminism, or a fight for feminism that represents women of all cultural backgrounds.
The hashtag #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen was developed by ... Read More
BY Katharine Ernst
on Aug 09, 2013
Some people really have a problem with referring to him- or herself as a feminist. Generally, even if someone still believes in gender equality, they still tend to get defensive when someone calls them a feminist. This is clear in first segment of an article published in the Guardian written by a man who, when asked by a fellow journalist to answer some questions about male feminism, agreed to speak, but was adamant about not being labeled a “feminist." He ... Read More
BY Melanie Mignucci
on Aug 07, 2013
You might be familiar with the colorful lucha libre masks and the fighters that wear them. Luchadores, professional Mexican wrestlers, are real-life superheroes, even if in costume only. But not so many of us know about the babes in the ring who mirror them - las luchadoras.
A documentary by journalist Marta Franco called "Las Luchadoras" exposes the flip side of Mexican wrestling and its powerful female fighters competing for space in a very traditional ... Read More
Dame Helen Mirren knows sexism.
The 67-year-old, Oscar-Winning actress got her start in film adaptations of Shakespeare plays, but says that gender relations back then were no better than in the time of the Bard.
“The ‘60s and ‘70s were pretty ghastly, I think,” said Mirren in an interview with the Daily Mail. “And into the ‘80s, as an actress, you would be the only female on set, apart from the continuity person, who was ... Read More