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Women, pants, and power have been mixed up together since suffragist Amelia Bloomer paraded around in “Turkishtrousers” in the 1850s. Bloomer’s goal was to reform women’s clothing, with its restrictive corsets and heavy skirts, but her outfit brought mostly ridicule from a public that largely believed trousers, along with the vote, were men’s prerogatives. The bicycle craze of the 1890s helped open women’s minds to the idea of ... Read More
  The photographer Lijun Liao is dating a man five years her junior, creating a personal dynamic she once thought impossible. Speaking of her girlhood in China, the artist explains, “I used to think I could only love someone who is older and more mature than me, who can be my protector and mentor.” She still faces opposition for the age discrepancy, and her male friends often compare her role in the heterosexual relationship to that of a man. Fed ... Read More
  “Boys are Presidents. Girls are First Ladies,” explains I’m Glad I’m a Boy! I’m Glad I’m a Girl!, a children’s book published amidst the cultural revolution that was second wave feminism. The book, written and illustrated by Whitney Darrow, Jr., appears of course to preach archaic rules of male and female occupation and behavior: in the home, the man creates and the woman nurtures, and at work, the woman serves ... Read More
  From the prolific Carrie Mae Weems, an artist whose work continues to courageously touch on the oppression, objectification, and isolation of African American women, comes “The Museum Series,” a brilliant and confrontational collection of photographs representing art history and museum culture’s exclusion of minority female voices. Most textbooks and museums alike catalogue mainly the cultural and creative histories of white men, ... Read More
  In 1969, the artist Allen Jones presented the public with what he referred to as a “[representation of] the experience of woman:” a chair, composed of leather, glass, and resin meant to depict a prostrate woman bound to its seat. The sadomasochistic chair was for Jones a realization of a more inclusive art form, appealing to universal erotic urges over the class barriers imposed by the fine arts. The tragic thing is that the artist grossly fails ... Read More
Time Magazine recently released a cover story titled “Can Anyone Stop Hillary?” Its cover features the image of a female foot with a tiny man hanging from to the bottom of her shoe. Yes, you guessed it: the leg represents Hillary Clinton, and the dangling chewing gum-like figure is any male candidate who dares run against her in the upcoming presidential election.    The minimalist image has inspired mixed reviews from Slate’s Amanda ... Read More
  Ladies are central to the kid’s television series Adventure Time; I’d go so far as to assert that Marceline the Vampire Queen is one of the most elegantly drawn and complex female characters on TV today. Unfortunately for us girls, McDonald's has excluded all female characters from their new collection of Adventure Time happy meal toys. Yup, that’s right; there isn’t a bubblegum pink dress in sight!    Apparently, the toy ... Read More
  In a story that has been making headlines across Canada all week, ideas of gender equality and human rights are being confronted by York University, Canada’s 3rd largest university located in Toronto, Ontario.In September of last year it was requested of a sociology professor by a student registered in his online course to be exempt from participating in group work that would require the male student to interact with fellow female students. In ... Read More
  “Women do not do any of the creative work in connection with preparing the cartoons for the screen, as that task is performed entirely by young men,” wrote the Disney company in 1938 in response to a female animator. It’s hard today not to treat Walt Disney worshipfully, as the Disney film “Saving Mr. Banks” might have done, but remembering the Disney legacy must include honest reflection on his mistakes, mainly his sexism and ... Read More
There's been some debate over whether Disney's new film, "Saving Mr. Banks," is borderline sexist or fairly accurate, mostly in regards to the portrayal of P.L. Travers, the author of Mary Poppins (played by Emma Thompson). In a review of the film for LA Weekly, writer Amy Nicholson explains that Travers is portrayed as uptight and, well, bitchy, while Walt Disney, (Tom Hanks) comes off as a hero. Nicholson's reader's were pretty up in arms about these ... Read More
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