Seriously Crushworthy: Jay Smooth

April 9, 2010 § 1 Comment

A lot of you are probably already familiar with Jay Smooth (Feministing links to him all the time), but in case you’re not, just let me say… He is incredibly, ridiculously, undeniably awesome and, as you can definitely tell from the title, I have a huge crush on him. He does web videos at Illdoctrine on topics such as pop culture, current events, and music. Anyway, his most recent video is one on Sarah Palin’s new show on Fox:

Interesting, no?

For more Jay Smooth, check out his youtube channel or his twitter.

The Top 10 Feminist-Friendly Children’s Movies

April 7, 2010 § 18 Comments

Oh no, wait. I could only think of 5 — and 2 of them are debatable. How depressing? I’m positive there are more out there and it’s quite likely I’m nowhere near as informed on the subject of children’s movies as I think I am or that more openly feminist-friendly children’s movies aren’t what we would exactly call mainstream. I could however think of a whole bunch of feminist un-friendly children’s movies (future list?). Sooo here goes. The top 10 top 5 feminist-friendly children’s movies:

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What the Fuck? History Class Edition

November 26, 2009 § 5 Comments

So, the history elective I’m taking this year is US History since 1945. It involves lots and lots of reading (yuck), but also lots and lots of interesting debates in class (yay). Already we’ve had intense thought-provoking discussions on the use of the atomic bomb, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and Vietnam. This new unit we’re covering is all about gender and the return to domesticity in the 1950s. As you can imagine, I’m really excited.

The assignment for Monday is to read an excerpt of Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique.

A page and a half actually of The Feminine Mystique… followed by fourteen pages of a man’s take on The Feminine Mystique. There will be no more Betty Friedan reading after that.

Seriously. What the fuck?

Read This: Rethinking Gender Bias in Theater

June 29, 2009 § 1 Comment

There’s a really interesting article in the New York Times on gender bias in theater. As somewhat of a theater geek myself, I was intrigued by the title: Theater Has a Gender Bias? Do Tell.

The article, written by Patricia Cohen, covers the reaserch done by economist Emily Glassberg Sands of Princeton.

The findings are sure to spur debates within the theater community. Representatives from about a dozen New York theater companies, including the Public Theater and Lincoln Center Theater, attended. Many women in the industry have argued that a rise in the number of female artistic directors would lead to more productions of works written by women, but the study calls that claim into question.

It was a really thought-provoking article, but also hard to swallow. I feel like I need to read it a couple more times before it fully sinks in. But it’s a good read — defnitely go read this.

To Brighten Your Day…

June 5, 2009 § Leave a comment

Sarah Haskins goodness! This time she takes on the “story telling” aspect of commercials geared towards women.

Happy Friday, everybody!

What do you think?

June 2, 2009 § 2 Comments

I recently got accepted into next year’s Gender Studies Round Table Leadership Program at my school. The group consists of 15 – 20 high school girls and five female teachers. It’s going to be an intensive three-day program focusing on leadership skills and gender issues relevant to us as a group. The three days aren’t strictly planned out, so today we had an hour-long meeting to discuss what issues were most important to to us.

Some of them were:

  • Women in positions of leadership
  • Sexuality (being a gay man vs. being a lesbian)
  • Sexual empowerment and how it’s definition changes for genders
  • The catty high school girl stereotype
  • Women in positions of leadership throughout history (specifically women of color)

I also would be really interested in discussing the “hook-up culture” that adults are so terrified of, domestic abuse, and how and why people are afraid of calling themselves feminists.

But what about you? Can you think of any more topics or issues that you feel would be beneficial for a group of high school girls to explore?

Oh, and one last thing: the last question our teachers posed to us at the end of the meeting was, “If this were a leadership program strictly for boys and not girls, what would be different about it?”

All together now: Rape jokes aren’t funny.

May 13, 2009 § 2 Comments

I just read this community post over on feministing that really struck a cord with me. The author touches on the fact that rape has become a synonym for something hard in your life (e.g. “That test totally raped me.”) She says:

A major problem with telling rape jokes is the same as telling any other offensive jokes, you don’t know your audience.  You can’t tell who has been raped just by looking. We don’t wear special signs or inform every acquaintance who crosses our path. Plus, there are plenty of allies who don’t find rape funny either. Rape is not a synonym for anything difficult in your life. I don’t feel the same when I fail a test or hit my funny bone, I don’t spend years recovering and healing from a tough exam. If you want to be hyperbolic about it, why not at least be original and find a way to express yourself that doesn’t bring down others?

I don’t know how often it has to be said before it finally sticks, but rape jokes are absolutely not funny.

Go read her full post!

Sarah Haskins does it again!

May 8, 2009 § 1 Comment

Sarah Haskins takes on the Obama arms “controversy” in her latest Taret Women segment.


The Stoning of Soraya M.

May 5, 2009 § 4 Comments

The description of the movie says:

The women, stripped of all rights and without recourse, nobly confront the overwhelming desires of corrupt men who use and abuse their authority to condemn Soraya, an innocent but inconvenient wife, to an unjust and torturous death. A shocking and true drama, it exposes the dark power of mob rule, uncivil law, and the utter lack of human rights for women.

My interest was piqued when I saw this trailer so I decided to look up the case of Soraya M. I didn’t find much, but it I did find that she was an Iranian woman in an arranged marriage with an abusive husband who no longer wanted to be married to her, so he accused her of adultery and because of this lie, she was eventually stoned by a group of men. (Please correct me if my facts are off.)

I want to see this so badly, yet have been unable to find the release date anywhere near me. I’ve read October 2008, February 2009, and July 2009 and yet, up until just now, I haven’t heard anything about it. I think this film is important and has the potential to be eye opening (especially since the civil rights of women are violated particularly in the Middle East very often, even currently), but the cynical part of me doubts that many people will see it — after all, where’s the appeal in a movie released this summer that’s not about robots?

Spread the word!

AOL lets you know which women to watch out for!

April 25, 2009 § 2 Comments

Oh, AOL. Your quasi-news articles never cease to amuse.

Here AOL has laid out a list just for you of all the “no-good women” around. The kicker here is that these were sent in by AOL users who left indignant comments on the previous 12 Bad Boy Types To Avoid article. Some of my favorite excerpts from the “Bad Girlfriends, Worse Wives” article:

Church Girls. They live in this twisted world where they think they can treat you poorly, cheat, b**** and complain, but as long as they go to church it’s OK for them to do this. It’s more like the Devil is in their souls instead of God.

Because all girls who go to church are exactly the same. And by the same, I of course mean devils.

[On "talkers"] When men want to be romantic, we don’t want [any talking] going on…whatsoever!  When we’re being romantic, there is absolutely NO ability for a man to think of more than that one thing…even if we wanted to.  We’re just not programmed that way. If a woman wants to talk, she needs to get that out of the way early in the evening.

Because, duh. That’s just the way men are. Shut up and deal with it.

Most city women are useless Barbies. Country or small town women are less likely to be pampered lazy idiots.

I’m honestly surprised this one made the list. Thanks for the stereotypes, AOL!

OK, so almost every guy is bad. But guys need to look out for the girls who can melt anyone with their smile. You have to prove your worth a million times over while the greaseball at the bar only has to buy her a few drinks and practice some “Pick-up Artist,” “Glamour,” “Desperate Housewives,” and “SATC” lines to guide them.

Okay… actually, this one just doesn’t make sense.

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