Category » Feminizzle
There’s a brand-new building going up in my neighborhood, about a block from my subway stop. I’m not even going to bother explaining what that means. If you're a woman, you know the deal. As I approach, I feel my shoulders rounding forward, my gait shortening and shuffling. My eyes are Super-Glued to the sidewalk. I want to hide, but I can’t get to the subway unless I go down this particular block, and here they are, and here comes the low whistle ... Read More
Rihanna is a sneaky little evil genius - assuming it’s still evil for a woman to expose her nipples on her own terms. Instagram certainly thinks so; the popular social media app has come under fire recently for disabling the accounts of people, namely women, that post pictures exposing the female nipple. These penalizations extend even to celebrity users like Rihanna, Scout Willis, and Grace Coddington who are not taking it quietly.Yet the CFDA’s ... Read More
Summer is the perfect time for movie theater refuge. When your air-conditioning cruelly breaks in the middle of a heat wave, there is nothing better than fleeing to the movies to watch March of the Penguins (or was that just me?) However, The Wrap has revealed that out of 39 movies being released this summer, only one, Jupiter Down, is directed by a woman. Excuse me, CO-DIRECTED by a woman, Lana Wachowski with her brother, Andy. In 2009, The New York ... Read More
Growing up, I knew what it felt like to be brown. I knew that going over to my friend's house for dinner meant that my mom would think I was malnourished when I came back. I knew that I dreaded being out in the sun for too long because that meant I got darker, and God forbid I get darker. I knew that I would feel ashamed when my mom talked too loudly in Spanish, or I had to translate for her. Being brown – for me – meant that as a kid, I constantly ... Read More
I have some choice words for Kevin D. Williamson, roving correspondent of the National Review. Kevin wrote an article for the online publication, which was reprinted in the Chicago Sun-Times, stating that actress and activist Laverne Cox is not a woman. Yeah, I know, let that sink in for a minute. This white male is trying to tell anyone who will listen that the revolutionary transgender activist is in fact not the gender she identifies with simply because she was ... Read More
You've heard of #YesAllWomen, but what about #AllMenCan?Elizabeth Plank dreamed up the heartening flip side to the #YesAllWomen coin. Searching through the #YesAllWomen tag, you'll find tweets detailing the hurtful minutiae of sexism which plague daily life as a female.   Since the #YesAllWomen posts have left me feeling like I've been dragged through the dirt, and the horrible related news stories piling up all over the web, I'm glad that ... Read More
It's easy to say that guys sometimes don't understand the struggle inherent in the female experience. They haven't had to endure the hardship, live in the carefully negotiated bodies we women occupy, or deal with the unfair boundaries society sets for us. And then I read something that suggests men might not be the only ones who are deluded. Mariel Loveland, a musician in the band Candy Hearts, recently wrote a piece for Noisey called "How to ... Read More
Kate Beaton is a Canadian comics artist and the creator of “Hark! A Vagrant,” a hilarious history inspired comic strip.  Some of her feminism-based comic strips include “Strong Female Characters 1 and 2,” which stars Georgia O’Queefe, Susan B. Assthony, and Queen Elizatits, 3 empowered superheroes who are “Fighter Pilots.  Feminists.  Friends.”  (As well as proud members of the Mile High Club!)  Together, the 3 battle ... Read More
Last summer some friends and I spent several weekends volunteering as escorts at an abortion clinic in the Bronx.  The experience was eye-opening in that it brought me face to face with a group of people who I would never have encountered.  Growing up in New York, I had come to think of the actively pro-life campaigner as some sort of rare mythical creature only to be encountered from a distance, perhaps on Fox News, at a family reunion, or in a Times ... Read More
For the girls of Wasatch High School, dress code shaming doesn’t end with complaints about “too tight” leggings and “distracting” short skirts. Their 2013-2014 yearbook will be a constant reminder that their personal choice of clothes that day were too revealing for their high school administration to handle. The girls’ yearbooks photos were edited to cover more skin, without warning or consent from any of the students. ... Read More
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