We all know the old-fashioned trope that tends to pervade romantic comedies about heterosexual couples- the guy is the pursuer and the woman is the pursued.  We also (hopefully) know that this is a taught discourse of society, and not hardwired.  Of course women should be pursuing whom and what they want as well.  But what is the real problem with this old-fashioned romance idea?  Why is it still so acceptable for women to go along with ... Read More
John Fiske writes in his book Television Culture, "A representation of a car chase only makes sense in relation to all the others we have seen." This very notion is what makes Nicolas Winding Refn's  Drive, bewildering, as the film doesn't ascribe to the formulas of the past. It's mobster, meets 80's action, meets film noir, and audiences just aren't used to that. Ryan Gosling plays Driver, a stuntman by day and chauffeur for big time robbery at night. What ... Read More
Most people who indulge in shows like The Bachelor and Jersey Shore don't take them seriously. In fact, most people I know who watch reality TV, watch it  almost sadistically, as they are enjoying the act of hating it. New Research from the Girl Scout Institute is proving that these popular TV shows may have more of an effect than we may think. The study took middle school and high school aged girls and asked reality tv viewers and non viewers questions ... Read More
It is rare to attend a concert that is truly life-changing. Last night I had the honor and privilege to attend "An Evening with Patti Smith," at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, and can honestly say that I left the show with the desire to become a better human being.  The show was being held in conjunction with her accompanying exhibition Patti Smith: 9.11 Babelogue at the Leubsdorf Art Gallery. Smith was joined on stage with 40-year accompanying ... Read More
                  The Nobel Committee announced that three female activists would share this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the President of Liberia, along with Liberian activist Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman, an activist from Yemen were all chosen “for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and women’s rights to full participation in peace-building ... Read More

Got Nips?

BY Olivia Saperstein in Feminizzle |

If anyone was watching the Emmys on Sunday, you may have noticed Glee star Heather Morris' nipple slip on the red carpet.  This is hardly shocking news, as these fashion faux-pas seem to happen constantly in Hollywood. If you search "nip slip" online you can find pictures of various celebrities accidentally flashing some boob.  What I don't understand is why human beings are shocked over a little nudity these days. Sure it's unexpected, sure it isn't ... Read More
In 1977, two young friends from art school, Ana da Silva (left) and Gina Birch (below), toyed with the idea of starting a band over pints in north London. After watching their friend Palmolive perform with the Slits, they were inspired to experiment as musicians themselves. Neither had much experience playing an instrument, but that was part of punk’s appeal: expression trumped expertise. A year later, they graced the stage at the International ... Read More

Puck Yeah!

BY Intern Courtnay in Feminizzle |

An upstate New York teen is getting her fifteen minutes of fame in a positive, woman- empowering way. Lexi Peters made  history when she became the first lady of video games in National Hockey League. Frustrated with the lack of female options when playing her video games, she decided to do something about it. Her father encouraged her to write a letter to the company to explain her conondrum. She proceeded to write to the CEO of EA Sports, the creators of the ... Read More
It doesn't take a tabloid hound to be in on the celebrity gossip these days. There has been a load of discourse in the recent weeks on the split between Jada Pinkett and Will Smith, on accounts of the former's "theft" of Marc Anthony, with headlines like "Jada steals J Lo's Man!"  Whether or not this information is factual is still under speculation, but regardless of the unbeknownst facts, must publications such as Life&Style, and UsWeekly, subvert ... Read More
                    To me, feminism is an all-encompassing word. It’s about inclusion. But it seems not everyone agrees. In a piece on The Christian Post’s website, Sarah Hamaker declares that there’s a new feminist out there. One who “embraces Christianity” and has “a calling in politics.” It’s no surprise that she references Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin as ... Read More
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