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.”
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“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
“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
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
Ah, pubic hair, how you never cease to amaze the masses. After last year’s release of controversial vulva graphic t-shirt by feminist artist Petra Collins, American Apparel has created some provocative mannequins whose sheer garments expose a large pubic bush and set of perky nipples.
Like Collins’s work, the company’s new window display on NYC’s East Houston Street has elicited feminist acclaim. Arguably, the mannequins ... Read More
House Republicans are continuing to press forward with HR 7, also known as the “No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act,” a legal step limiting abortion access, particularly to low-income women. One thing that has possibly helped the bill get so far is that it outlines an exception for rape and incest victims. This provision would in turn allow governments to decide who qualifies, putting women in the horrific position of having to prove the ... 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
BY Nina K. Guzman in Feminizzle on Jan 14, 2014 |
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