Category » Feminism
No woman wants someone telling her what her vagina should look. That’s why the activist group UK Feminista and performance art group the Muffia—known for wearing nude bodysuits decorated with tufts of pubic hair—are taking to the London Streets tomorrow morning. These women are tired of the porn industry promoting the removal of pubic hair. Let’s just say, bald isn’t always beautiful. These ladies are also railing against the rise in women looking for designer vaginas. Read More
Control Tonight, the new ad campaign from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, recently released an ad intended to curb binge drinking, using rape as the dire consequence of partying. However, rather than saying that alcohol impairs the judgment of both parties, (including the rapist) the ad instead uses the age-old framework that implies that rape is the woman's (and her friends') fault. The ad features an image of a woman's nude legs on a bathroom floor with her panties pulled down to her ankles. The text reads, "She didn't want to do it, but couldn't say no. Read More
In the past few days, some iPhone users have been crying foul, claiming that Apple's making a pro-life stance via Siri, the iPhone 4S “personal assistant." Nancy Keenan, president of the pro-choice foundation NARAL, started to stir the pot with a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook. She explained, “Siri responded to a question concerning where to find abortion provider by directing an individual to anti-choice organization known as crisis pregnancy center.” Apple claimed that response was a glitch, but I wanted to take a closer look at Siri's "personal" beliefs. Read More
You wouldn't normally think of Forbes.com as a destination for lady-centric political articles, but blogger Hannah Woit brings up some interesting issues in her recent column for the site. She writes about her mental battle with the concepts of traditionally "feminine" behaviors, and how she reconciles them with her feminist views. Read More
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, was released last Friday, and had the 5th highest-grossing opening weekend ever. Girls, tweens, and full-grown ladies around the world are flocking to movie theaters to see the film, but what are they taking away from it? Mild spoiler, but in the movie, leading lady Bella opts to carry her demon baby to term, risking her life in the process. Melissa Rosenberg, screenwriter for the entirety of The Twilight Saga and self-proclaimed feminist, has described Breaking Dawn by saying, “we are fighting for choice and [Bella] makes choices. Read More
The holidays are nearly upon us, and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is in a week, kicking off the Christmas season. One of the season's most time-honored acts, the “Radio City Christmas Spectacular,” has received a makeover. Santa may gasp, but The Rockettes, who are known for their astonishing kick line, are breaking from tradition this year.   (Linda Haberman running Rockettes practice) Director and choreographer Linda Haberman wanted to take the legendary ladies out of the dancing dark ages, and turn them into humbug-fighting heroes. Read More
The 2012 Presidential election is just around the corner and Michelle wants all the ladies to get involved. She recently announced Women For Obama, a new fundraising group that looks to reengage the women who are still hoping a change is gonna come. In an email The First Lady sent to supporters, she says her husband understands women’s issues “because he lived them.” “Barack knows what it means when a family struggles,” she writes. “He knows what it means when someone doesn't have a chance to fulfill their potential. Read More
Joan Didion, author and journalist, grew up a military brat around the time of World War II. She went to college at Berkeley, and after graduation wrote a telling account of “flower children” in the book Slouching Towards Bethlehem. In the book, one of these hippies predicts that she'll be faced with “double death” in her life. At the time, no one could have imagined that this dark line would, in fact, prove true. Didion’s husband, John Dunne, died of a heart attack at the dinner table on December 30, 2003, at the time their daughter, Quintana Roo, was very ill. Read More
Last week, Entertainment Weekly released a comedy-centric issue, and used Melissa McCarthy as their cover girl with the headline "The New Queen of Comedy."McCarthy's coronation isn't all that surprising to her adoring fans, given the comedienne's Emmy-winning performance in Mike & Molly, as well as her part in Bridesmaids's box office success.  However, we can't deny the true and unexpected significance of McCarthy's new recognition, and what it all means in the grander scheme of things for women in comedy. Read More
Betty Friedan's 1963 book, "The Feminine Mystique," changed the face of feminism, but she's now getting a more tangible acknowledgment for her work. A monument is being unveiled today in Great View, NY, where Friedan lived while writing "The Feminine Mystique." While the author and activist received countless kudos during her life, this will be the first lasting tribute to her hard work. Friedan and Muriel Fox co founded NOW (The National Organization for Women) in 1966, and Fox has said Friedan "not only wrote the book, but then headed the organization that made it happen. Read More