Remember Phyllis Schlafly, the conservative activist who worked tirelessly to defeat (and succeeded in defeating) the Equal Rights Amendment back in the 1970s? Well, she’s baaaaack! And her sentiments, recently published in an op-ed for the Christian Post, are as troubling as ever. We “feminist friends [of President Barack Obama]” have really pissed her off this time.
In Schlafly’s view, the gender-based pay gap ... Read More
BY Maggie Carr in Boob Tube on Mar 03, 2014 |
Even with all of the almost-there-but-not-quite Ellen jokes and the most transcendent acceptance speech in the history of acceptance speeches, we still found time to sit down with the latest episode of Girls. Or least I did.
Hannah’s grandma is dying, so she eats a salad in the middle of the sidewalk. This confirms that she is the kind of pedestrian that deserves all of the pigeon shits.
At her mom’s urging, Hannah shows up at the ... Read More
BY Michelle Beiter in Artsy on Feb 12, 2014 |
In her memoir The Marriage Act: The Risk I Took To Keep My Best Friend In America And What It Taught Us About Love, Liza Monroy challenges the definition of marriage and true companionship. She chronicles the experiences she had during her first marriage, a green card union intended to save her gay best friend from deportation and a life of hiding his sexuality in his home country, exploring how those experiences shaped her interpretation of what it truly means ... Read More
There are some pretty wacky ideas and debates about sex these days, but looking back on Medieval religious and social doctrines makes our sexual culture seem a little bit less complicated. For one, even sexual pleasure within a marriage was considered sinful; it had to be scheduled based on the woman’s menstrual cycle and the church calendar to ensure that both parties experienced as little pleasure as possible.
Another inconceivably ... Read More
The photographer Suzanne Heintz is sick and tired of being told that she needs to marry and have kids. Although she acknowledges the strides made by women in the past decades in her interview with Feature Shoot, she feels now that a new sort of feminine mystique has emerged in the past years; rather than being expected to be perfect housewives, society now demands that women have the family, the career, and the flourishing social life. Amidst pressure to ... 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
BY Michelle Beiter in Feminizzle on Jan 15, 2014 |
WSJ contributor James Taranto has finally cracked the case of absentee fathers, much to the joy of single women and fatherless children everywhere. Just kidding. Fair warning: you might want to find yourself a helmet before you finish reading this post, because Taranto's conclusions will most likely have you beating your head against the nearest brick wall.
In a recent critique of fellow contributor Kay Hymowitz, Taranto claims that the reason so many kids ... Read More
Melissa Zexter’s photographs are unlike any you’ve ever seen. Marrying photography and embroidery, she hand-stitches illustrations over her intimate portraits of women and children. In each image, she heightens the drama of quiet moments of reflection with explosive patterns and bursts of color. With an interest in exploring representations of femininity, Zexter enters a beautiful and imaginative world all her own.
To this day, ... Read More
BY Emma Pacchiana in General on Dec 16, 2013 |
A new book by Italian housewife Costanza Miriano that offers advice to new wives has sparked controversy in Italy and Spain as it rises to the top of the bestseller lists. Cásate y sé sumisa, translated as Get Married and Be Submissive, is filled with the kind of guidance you would expect to find in the library of Betty Draper or one of the Stepford wives: "Women like humiliation because it's for a greater good," asserts one notorious passage. ... Read More
BY Alanna Vagianos in Feminizzle on Sep 18, 2013 |
I’ve never been an avid reader of the magazine Cosmopolitan (except that time I gained 15 pounds while I was abroad and the “Lose 10 lbs. in 10 Hours” headlines sucked me in – it doesn’t work by the way). My roommate however, happens to love Cosmo and reads it religiously. One day after work, while I was taking a short break from my very intense love affair with Netflix, I picked up a recent copy of Cosmo.
In ... Read More