BY Emma Pacchiana in Feminizzle on Dec 18, 2013 |
Trigger warning: this post contains discussion of sexual assault and abuse.
What's behind the different ways we view celebrities' actions? What makes one person a monster and another a talented person who's done some awful things? This is the central question behind Brooklyn Magazine columnist Kristin Iversen's new piece on R. Kelly, Terry Richardson, and the ultimate impact of some widely-discussed recent information about people in the public eye. Iversen ... Read More
A few short days ago, the writer Suey Park set Twitter ablaze with the hashtag #NotYourAsianSidekick, meant to open discussion on feminist and queer issues within the Asian American community. In conversation with Buzzfeed, Park expresses concern over patriarchal ideologies within the Asian American spaces, and she explains her desire to create a space for honest dialogue about stereotyping and prejudices that are often overlooked in ... Read More
BY Nina K. Guzman in Feminizzle on Dec 17, 2013 |
Is it possible that Charles Dickens stole the idea for "A Christmas Carol" from Lowell's mill girls? That is what Natalie McKnight, professor of English and dean at Boston University, and Chelsea Bray, a Boston College graduate student, are researching for an upcoming book about Dickens in Massachusets.
It was 1842, a year before "A Christmas Carol" was published, when Charles Dickens visited the industrial town of Lowell during his American tour. ... Read More
BY Katie Fustich in Feminizzle on Dec 13, 2013 |
Right now, it feels like we're in some sort of post-apocalyptic wasteland: last night we were hit with a megaton of Beyoncé, and now we're all scrounging around in the rubble, trying to figure out where our lives could possibly go from here.
This morning, in the glorious, glorious wreckage, I unearthed one particularly dazzling gem: the spoken word verse on the track "***Flawless" comes from Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's TED Talk: "We ... Read More
BY Katie Fustich in Feminizzle on Dec 13, 2013 |
If you live in Michigan, I suppose you'll want to add "rape insurance" to your Christmas list. Because that's a thing now. Seriously. I can't even make this stuff up anymore.
On Wednesday, Michigan legislature passed a law that prevents insurance plans from covering abortion, unless the woman's life is in danger. The "Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act" was created to prevent the pro-life populous from "paying for something they disagree with. So...does this ... Read More
After being called out as grossly sexist, a children’s joke book in Spain has been pulled by its publisher. The book, "Pequechistes: Sobre chicas (sólo para chicos)" or "Little Jokes: About Girls (for Boys Only)," includes some deeply upsetting jokes about women and our relationships to men. Not only does it compare women to tiles by quipping “they’re both at [men’s] feet,” but it also glamorizes domestic violence: "What ... Read More
A recent Pantene ad titled “Labels Against Women” has sparked a feminist debate: is it okay for the company to use feminism to sell products? Some think that the use of feminism in advertising is a great way to appeal to the masses and to sneak difficult ideas on inequality and wage gaps into pop culture; the ad has been touted as a powerful beacon for women in the workplace. But others have been disturbed, claiming that what advertisers ... Read More
After a recent rape trial divided the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA, the English and psychology student Hannah Boes took action to combat the pervasive rape culture that often persists on college campuses. She founded William & Mary Stands With Survivors, an online catalog of photographs “dedicated to showcasing allies who support sexual assault survivors and refuse to perpetuate rape culture, or the attitudes that normalize ... Read More
BY Nina K. Guzman in Feminizzle on Dec 10, 2013 |
Could it actually be happening? After more than a year of protests, photo montages, a documentary and a huge cultural uproar, could the phrase "Free Pussy Riot!" actually come to fruition?
Pussy Riot, a Russian feminist performance art group easily identified by their rainbow-colored ski masks, was pushed to the forefront of an international feminist revolt after a peaceful performance in Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Savior to highlight the corrupt ... Read More
BY Emma Pacchiana in Feminizzle on Dec 09, 2013 |
The premise of the New York Times’s recent piece on the stay-at-home husbands of female Wall Street execs was a must-click the minute I heard about it: the so-called “house husband” is one of my favorite answers to the nebulous question of how to Have It All. The article focuses on a growing class of families in wealthy suburban areas that are putting aside the traditional nuclear family structure for a more progressive and profitable ... Read More