Pink is for girls, and blue is for boys. Girls want to be pretty; boys want to be smart. We’ve heard this nonsense before, yes? Well, it seems like companies are finally catching on: 1950s gender norms and prejudicial limitations should stay in the past. The present is about empowering children to dream and play however they wish! That’s why Goldie Blox is basically the best ever. A biting response to all the toys that teach us that brushing our ... Read More
One’s name is meaningful, often because of its relation to gender identity. Sadly, having a name normally assigned to males on a professional resume often gets an individual more interviews. Many transgender individuals choose to legally change their legal names to reflect their identities. Names matter, and unisex names are on the rise.
Most of these names, like Hunter and Blake, are traditionally thought of as boy names, ... Read More
BY debbie in Feminizzle on Nov 07, 2013 |
Recently, NYC subway stops and bus shelters have been plastered with the faces of little girls in all their smiling glory. Printed over the image of each girl is the headline "I'm a Girl" and then, smaller, "I'm Beautiful the Way I am."
In between those lines are listed the various ways that the girl is "beautiful": "I'm a leader, adventurous, outgoing, sporty, unique, smart and strong," for instance.
Are you feeling the warm-fuzzies ... Read More
The Abercrombie brand has been suffering lately, big time. In addition to being what the analyst Richard Jafffe calls “a stale brand” that is incapable of competing with trendier companies, the company, led by CEO Mike Jeffies, has been pretty sexist in their marketing strategies. Girls are taking note; no one wants to buy clothes from a company that sexualizes young girls and “hates fat chicks.”
And we ladies are voting ... Read More
Happy Hallow's Eve's Eve, BUSTies! As another year comes to a close we don our carefully crafted outfits and munch on yummy candy, new controversies erupt over what costumes are socially acceptable or too revealing. And a lot of times, these conversations revolve around what women are entitled to wear. So before you head out tomorrow, take a listen to this awesome slam poetry from Washington D.C’s Brave New Voices Grand Slam Finals 2013. Because ... Read More
In 1865, Mark Twain wrote a picture book entitled “Advice To Little Girls.” The book is delightfully illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky, who whimsically juxtaposes doodles that you might expect in a child’s diary with rich watercolor-esque renderings of the human form. Infused with this sketchbook-inspired world, are powerful and progressive life lessons for girls.
Twain’s text suggests that although children ... Read More
BY Eloise Giegerich in Boob Tube on Oct 29, 2013 |
In a new essay for an upcoming issue of The New Yorker, funny lady Lena Dunham writes about her childhood fondness for ordering takeout, as well as the recent loss of a family friend. While the topics of death and delivery don’t explicitly overlap in the article, both provoke different feelings of nostalgia in Dunham, whose essay, though tinged with familiar humor, is generally quite sensitive.
Recounting the joy accompanied with the arrival of the takeout, ... Read More
BY Katie Fustich in Boob Tube on Oct 21, 2013 |
Lena Dunham's world domination continues! There is no escape! The notorious Anna Wintour is reportedly courting her for an upcoming Vogue cover. Now, Dunham is about to be peering down at you from every newsstand on the block.
Normally, this would be pretty exciting shtuff. Lena is great and Vogue is fun to read in the bathtub while you're pretending you have money--it's a win-win! But Wintour's 'tude is turning this whole thing into a ... Read More
BY Eloise Giegerich in Boob Tube on Oct 18, 2013 |
Girls creator, director, star, and all around fabulous lady Lena Dunham has been selected to give a keynote address at next year’s South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival (SXSW). Along with Dunham, film producer/horror expert Jason Blum and YouTube sensation Casey Neistat will also keynote.
This news is particularly exciting, as next year will be the first time SXSW has programmed keynote addresses. As festival topper Janet Pierson explains, ... Read More
It’s so awesome to see adolescents and teens openly jump on the feminist bandwagon, and this adorable, intelligent lady is here to help anyone curious about what being a “feminist” means. Witty and relatable, her advice to fellow teens (of all genders) spans from how to dress to what books to read to developing the perfect “‘this displeases me and is very problematic’ face.”
Above all, her video is ... Read More