An 18-year old Egyptian contestant on Middle Eastern hit series “Arabs Got Talent” recently took the stage and began to rap: “My body is only mine.” This brave young woman is Myam Mahmoud, and she uses her art to spur discussions on women’s lives in the Middle East. Although she did not win the televised contest, Mahmoud hopes to inspire other women to speak out against violence and harassment.
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In the late 1880s, Kodak released the box camera, the first camera available to the masses. Prior to its release, cameras were typically popular amongst trained scientists and artists, but the box introduced the ease of the snapshot; its tagline read, “You Press The Button, We Do The Rest.” Families who might not have been able to afford painted portraits could capture memories in film; the Kodak moment was born.
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On December 26th, eight brave young women photographed themselves as they mailed letters of complaint against companies that discriminated against women in the hiring process to governmental human resources organizations. Targeting companies based in Henan and Yunnan Provinces and cities like Beijing, Guangzhou, and Nanjing, the female activists hope to change the work environment that awaits them after college. Since the 1970s, the wage gape between ... Read More
As I dug through the vintage photo archives of various families on Ebay and Pinterest circa the early to mid 20th century, I was increasingly confounded by the persistence of dolls. Almost every photograph of little girls on Christmas also features her most prized holiday gift: a doll. Of course one would hope that girls had a few more options; after all, boys are not offered toys that underscore the importance of physical beauty or childcare in the way ... Read More
BY Shannon Iggy in Feminizzle on Dec 19, 2013 |
Meghan Murphy of Feminist Current has declared that Twitter may be “a necessary evil”, but is “a horrible place for feminism.” Murphy explains that the platform encourages bullying and oversimplifies complex theories. She finds that Twitter is not representative of the entire spectrum of feminists (“The women who built this movement….are not on Twitter”). Murphy concludes that though “hashtag activism” can be ... Read More
Our favorite super-heroines are about inner strength, teaching us to do what’s right even when it’s hard. And that can get lost when we lose complex characters to women who are portrayed as hyper-sexualized objects, devoid of complex character development. Women have long been asking for more female superheroes with more dialogue and less unrealistically revealing outfits, but what do young girls think?
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A few short days ago, the writer Suey Park set Twitter ablaze with the hashtag #NotYourAsianSidekick, meant to open discussion on feminist and queer issues within the Asian American community. In conversation with Buzzfeed, Park expresses concern over patriarchal ideologies within the Asian American spaces, and she explains her desire to create a space for honest dialogue about stereotyping and prejudices that are often overlooked in ... Read More
The photographer Rhiannon Schneiderman captivates viewers with her beautifully intimate yet political images. From her personal snapshots of friends and partner, captured on disposable cameras, to vivid and advanced digital renditions of bloody tampons and downy vulvas, she has built a name for herself as an outspoken feminist artist who creates work that is both beautiful and courageous. Schneiderman’s work challenges the aesthetic expectations of ... Read More
BY Shannon Iggy in Music Stuff on Dec 13, 2013 |
Despite a year of lows for women in the media, there were several ladies smashing the patriarchy in the music business this year. Here are some of our favorites!
Batches and Cookies – Lizzo feat. Sophia ErisThis video has it all. Badass ladies riding motorcycles? Check. Queer pride? Check. Baked goods? Check. Check. Check. Lizzo and Sophia Eris are incredibly talented lyricists whose clever bars will have you hooked after one listen. The video ... Read More
BY Katie Fustich in Feminizzle on Dec 13, 2013 |
Right now, it feels like we're in some sort of post-apocalyptic wasteland: last night we were hit with a megaton of Beyoncé, and now we're all scrounging around in the rubble, trying to figure out where our lives could possibly go from here.
This morning, in the glorious, glorious wreckage, I unearthed one particularly dazzling gem: the spoken word verse on the track "***Flawless" comes from Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's TED Talk: "We ... Read More