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 Jennifer Simpkins of The Tab London has written a savvy, brave piece about the dark underbelly of fourth-wave feminism – or, really, any loud group of opinionated people with internet access. In her estimate, feminists can counterintuitively tend to victimize other women by being excessively quick to admonish or dismiss; take the author's description of the time she tentatively endorsed Robin Thicke's “Blurred Lines” on social media. Worth ... Read More
When performance artist Laurie Anderson's Empty Spaces first came to New York in 1989 (as part of the Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music), The New York Times hailed the artist's latest piece as “a work that, above all, evokes an American sense of loneliness, of cowboys calling through wide open spaces.” Ever shrewd, ever stylish, Anderson's collaged show contained anecdotes, lilting ballads, and cultural criticism. Dangerous Minds ... Read More
  “Beauty is only interesting when it is not perfect,” writes the painter Megan Van Groll in her artist’s statement. Gifted with tremendous drawing ability, Van Groll grew out of the expectation that she draw “pretty” pictures, especially of women. In her works, the artist explores the tensions between the performative aspects of gender construction and the complexities of our internal lives. Although she admits that her ... Read More
  Oh dear, seems like there are still people in positions of the highest power and authority who believe women need to follow a doctrine of “obedience.” In his new memoir, Rep. Steve Pearce, a Republican from New Mexico, explained that he firmly stands by the unpopular belief that womankind’s duty is to “voluntarily submit” to her husband, who in turn “is to lovingly lead and sacrifice.”     He ... Read More
  “Have you ever seen anything like it?” reads the copy for this 1981 LEGO advertisement. And no, we haven’t; unlike modern marketing campaigns wherein gender lines and norms are all but drawn in the sand, the ad features a young girl simply enjoying her toys.   The image betrays no sign of the contemporary assumption that girls need special products differentiated from boys’ toys through color, shape, or content. As The ... Read More
We’ve got news for you, BUSTies: Feminist Network Project, born from a group of international feminists who met at the World Social Forum in Tunis, has created THE internet location for feminists of the world to congregate, mobilize and talk tactics. There is even a register queuing up how many feminists there actually are in the world. Take a look at this map, and indulge in a feeling that is better than puppies: the feeling that you are not ... Read More
  When I babysat my neighbors' kids, I thought it was pretty weird that their youngest daughter spent most of her playtime with the family iPad. Even more disturbing were the games she chose to play, which usually consisted of cartoon girls getting ready for their princess weddings, going to the salon to get their hair and nails done, or to the spa to pop pimples (cue gag). As if these weren't bad enough, a new gang of games has cropped up that take the body ... Read More
Be still my beating heart. Beyonce has made it abundantly clear that she is, indeed, a feminist warrior in her commentary published by The Shriver Report, entitled – wait for it – "Gender Equality Is a Myth!" exclamation point and all! * swoon * Short and sweet, Beyonce tells it like it is: “Humanity requires both men and women, and we are equally important and need one another. So why are we viewed as less than equal?"Admittedly, the post ... Read More
  “When you publish content or information using the public setting, it means you are allowing everyone, including people off of Facebook, to access and use that information, and to associate it with you (i.e., your name and profile picture).” Those words, taken from Facebook’s Statement of Rights, serve as inspiration behind the photographer Jenna Garrett’s ongoing series The Public Profile of an American Girl. As part of a larger ... Read More
Unlike most news channels, we really dig CNN. Partly because of their claim on silver fox Anderson Cooper, but mostly because since 2007 every person not busy being Anderson has been tracking down do-gooders worldwide and recognizing their contributions to awesomely important issues. "CNN Heroes: Everyday People Changing the World" is an annual celebration of the power we all possess to cause true change. It also kind of makes you feel a tad selfish for ... Read More
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