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    When my mother got engaged in 1979, she and my father decided against a traditional proposal. There was no expensive dinner, no bended knee and no ring. In the wake of second-wave feminism, my mother felt that a ring served as an unfair indicator that she belonged to my father; she would not wear a symbol to ward off other men if my father did not bear a similar marker.  Has culture surrounding engagement rings changed today? In some ways, it ... Read More
Trigger Warning: This post mentions sexual violence, reactions to sexual violence, and victim blaming. Speaking of sexism and comics, this simple 3 panel webcomic tweeted today by @GirlhoodStudies is alllll kinds of genius. It juxtaposes the kinds of reactions people have to hearing about sexual harrassment and, in doing so, shows the viewer how friggin’ hard to is to talk about sexual violence in a meaningful way – as if we didn’t know that ... Read More
  One of the biggest controversies recently surrounding the Tour de France has to do with Lance Armstrong and drug abuse by participants. But one major controversy surrounding the race is barely talked about: the lack of female participants. Actually, women aren’t even allowed to race in the Tour de France, so it’s less of an issue of participation and more of an issue of straight-up discrimination. Some women, such as Kathryn Bertine, SKN National ... 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
The classic '80s comedy Tootsie is a riot and if you haven't already seen it, you kind of need to, like yesterday. (If you never saw it, I'll break it down for you: Dustin Hoffman is a really great New York actor, but he can't get hired because he's difficult to work with, so he cross-dresses and adopts a new, sassy persona so he can get hired again. Tah-dah, a woman saves the day once again!) In this interview from the American Film Institute's archives, Hoffman ... Read More
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