For many young feminists, the “selfie” has been claimed as a fulfilling expressive medium that lends itself to self-actualization and confidence. The artist Lindsay Bottos explains, “The act of women taking selfies is inherently feminist, especially in a society that tries so hard to tell women that our bodies are projects to be worked on […] Selfies are like a ‘fuck you’ to all of that.” And maybe she’s ... Read More
BY Erika W. Smith in General on Oct 22, 2012 |
Name-calling has always been unfortunately common in elementary, middle, and high schools, but in recent years, people have begun to realize that it’s not just part of growing up, but a serious problem. The Backbone Zone, an anti-bullying project that “helps students find theirs,” has released a poster campaign that gives students tools to confront sexist and homophobic language when they hear and see it.
The posters juxtapose literal ... Read More
BY Kaitlin Cole in Boob Tube on Oct 02, 2012 |
An awesome local news anchor from La Crosse, Wisconsin, Jennifer Livingston, fired back after receiving an email from a man criticizing her appearance. The author admitted to not even being an avid viewer of the news program, but for some reason felt compelled to send her an email bashing her body.
In his email, very unfortunately and idiotically titled ‘Community responsibility’, he called her obese and even went so far as to say, ... Read More
BY Intern Lilly in Boob Tube on Aug 30, 2012 |
Project Runway contestants are famously petulant – a montage of their eye rolls would probably be longer than a regular episode – but last week’s tantrum by contestant Ven Budhu sparked outrage when he brought his plus-size model to tears.
For the “L'Oreal Paris Makeover My Friend Challenge,” contestants had to dress non-models, a challenge that always provokes groans from the designers, who are more accustomed to standard model-size proportions. ... Read More
A few weeks back, pop culture critic Anita Sarkeesian launched a kickstarter campaign in an attempt to raise $6000 to fund a web-video series for her website Feminist Frequency. In the video series, Sarkeesian wanted to discuss the sexist and stereotypical representations of women in video games, to which I say, “well, duh,” as well as, “get it, girl!” Unfortunately, it would be an understatement to say that not everyone shared my same ... Read More
If you've ever been a kid, or still are, you know that those who have not come of age yet can be real assholes. I'm sure you can think of a time when you saw someone bullied, were bullied, or worse, were the bully when you were younger. But can you think of a time when you saw an adult bullied by a kid? If you watch the below video, you unfortunately will always remember such an instance.
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BY Olivia Saperstein in Movies on Mar 28, 2012 |
Seventh grade isn't a great time for anyone, but it was my worst year in school. Why? Because I was constantly bullied and sexually harassed by some boys in school. I never talked to anyone about it (because it seemed to be par for the course), but those experiences affected how I felt about myself for years to come.
I overcame these experiences over time, but not everyone does. That's clear if you take a look at how many kids have committed suicide ... Read More
BY Intern Sarah in General on Feb 06, 2012 |
I actually had to take a deep breath and compose myself before sitting down to write this blog post. That’s how angry I am about this (and I’m a pretty level-headed, non-emotional sort of gal). What am I so angry about, you ask?
I just read this article from Rolling Stone’s website. It’s an incredibly detailed history of certain recent events in former Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann’s home district in Minnesota. ... Read More
BY Intern Sarah in Music Stuff on Jan 19, 2012 |
Most of us have been teased or bullied at one point, especially at school. And even if we haven’t experienced it firsthand, chances are we’ve seen it happen to someone else. I know that when I worked in a high school, I saw that kind of negativity almost every day. It’s cruel, it’s dragging kids down, and Lady Gaga knows it. Lots of her songs preach acceptance and the importance of being one's weird and wonderful self—her hit ... Read More
BY debbie in Feminizzle on Nov 17, 2010 |
In the past few weeks, there's been alot of attention paid to the subject of bullying in high school, and, in particular, the bullying of homosexuals. The current round of media attention to his subject began with the tragic suicide of Tyler Clementi, who jumped off the George Washington Bridge, to his death, after having been secretly videotaped in his college dorm having sex with a man, and then having the video spread around campus. ... Read More