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(Of all time!) When the web gives us wonders like Feminist Ryan Gosling, Feminist Harry Potter, and now the ultra-viral Feminist Taylor Swift account, it seems like the whole cyberverse explodes—and for good reason. Feminist Taylor Swift is probably my favorite parody to come out this year, and it’s all thanks to Brown University student Clara Beyer, whose quest for lyrical justice began like most movements: out of frustration. As both a fan and ... Read More
Check out this exquisite equation: craft + activism = craftivism.  Craftivism was born in the first few years of the 21st century, surfacing on the Internet in 2003, when the term was coined by Betsy Greer. It involves engaging creativity, especially regarding political or social causes, to help bring about positive change through personalized activism. Projects that are defined as “craftivism” include things like teaching knitting lessons and ... Read More
German feminist group Femen strikes again with a boob-attack on Heidi Klum. During the season finale of Germany’s Next Top Model, two topless protesters jumped on the stage with statements scribbled on their breasts. One message read, “Heidi Horror Picture Show.”  Klum’s reaction? “I’ve just seen boobies in front of me.” Gold. This is hardly Femen’s first attack on conventional beauty standards and expectations. ... Read More
This week in stupidity, a completely male-dominated Fox newspanel discussed how it’s deeply problematic that four out of 10 (so less than half) households have a female primary breadwinner. Apparently this set-up is “hurting our family.” It’s resulting in abortions and high school drop outs. And, my favorite quote courtesy of Erick Erickson, supporting female bread-winners is “anti-science” because of biology. Really? Maybe they ... Read More
Barbie’s iconic pink mansion unfolded in Berlin yesterday, and a local feminist group took a stand against it's arrival. With a rally cry of “Pink Stinks," protesters marched to the dream house– functioning as a half museum, half endless "walk-in closet" - in numbers far exceeding that of regular attendees. Barbie herself was seen pinned to crucifix, and set on fire, burning her into a melting mess. Security guards promptly escorted protesters out of ... Read More
Oh Beyonce, you can do no wrong! But are you a fierce feminist? That's been hotly debated for a while now, and Ms. Magazine's new cover is adding fuel to the fire. Ms. has made Queen Bey covergirl for their upcoming Spring 2013 issue, with the headline “Beyonce’s Fierce Feminism.” Disappointingly, it looks like they used a (relatively demure) stock photo, and Ms. has not interviewed the Queen herself.  But the mere fact she is on ... Read More
Authors Jennifer Keishin Armstrong and Heather Wood Rudúlph wanted to “dispel negative ideas about feminism” and give ladies “the tools to bring feminist ideals into their daily lives.” The result, part feminist primer and part self-help book, is certainly accessible: the chapters are loosely-organized riffs from a friendly and well-read perspective. The first half gets into ethical aspects of typical women’s magazine ... Read More
When you think of Disney princesses, feminism isn’t the first thing to come to mind.   Disney princesses are not strong representations of feminism – most have to be rescued by their male love interest, and the films generally end with marriages or engagements of the female character. However, Nerve.com decided to take a second look at Disney’s princesses, but this time through a feminist lens and ranked the princesses from least to ... Read More
In a recent interview with HollywoodLife.com, Gloria Steinem said she approves of Lena Dunham. The interview took place at the DVF Awards, a ceremony that honors women who have "leadership, strength, and courage in their respective fields." Steinem said she believes the world is very different from when she first started fighting for women’s rights. She also said she is pleased the younger generation is “stepping up like never ... Read More
“Feminist amnesia.”  This is the term Kamala Lopez uses to describe society’s current state of mind concerning women’s issues.  After watching Jennifer Lee’s documentary film, Feminist: Stories from Women’s Liberation, which chronicles the women’s rights movement from 1963 to 1970, Lopez was struck with the question: “What good is history when nobody knows it?  When it’s generally forgotten ... Read More
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