Lesbians are girls, too: Why no one’s immune to media
Date: January 14, 2015 | Posted By: Tara MI have a superpower. I am immune to the power of media. Yes, you heard me correctly. Bring on your Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows and Hardee’s ads and watch their influence fall harmlessly away from me. For as a lesbian, I “do not care about the standards of beauty created for me by society.” Wait…what? Continue reading
Bay Area: Catch ‘Alien She’ exhibit before it leaves town!
Date: January 10, 2015 | Posted By: StaceyIf you’re in the Bay Area, you won’t want to miss the Alien She exhibit at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (here until January 25, 2015). Curated by Astria Suparak and Ceci Moss, it is “the first exhibition to examine the lasting impact of Riot Grrrl on artists and cultural producers working today.” About-Facers sure Continue reading
Prince Charming or Princess Charming?
Date: January 9, 2015 | Posted By: Krista“Prince Charming” has been a universal idea throughout all our childhoods, and even adulthood. We may not call our significant others “Prince Charming,” but in many heterosexual relationships we see in media, the roles women play make it seem like we should. This kind of thinking crumples women’s minds, causing them to think they will be Continue reading
Show some anger, Emma Watson!
Date: November 21, 2014 | Posted By: SiriIs anyone else fed up with having to be nice and sweet to be accepted as a feminist? Anyone else tired of wrapping their feminist message in smiles and politeness? Well I am, and Emma Watson’s speech at the special event for the United Nation’s HeForShe campaign just confirmed my frustration. WHY OH WHY is it so Continue reading
You Gotta Fight for Your Right to Cosplay
Date: October 31, 2014 | Posted By: Kaity GeeThere are a million ways to be cruel and ignorant in geekdom, and Halloween is a riot for the exclusive boys’ club nerd culture has built. Cosplay, shorthand for “costume play,” is defined by Wikipedia as a “performance art in which cosplayers wear costume and fashion accessories to represent a specific character or idea that Continue reading
Give me Wonder Woman
Date: October 15, 2014 | Posted By: SashaI love superhero movies. I’ve eagerly awaited every new Batman movie, I’ve been following the Avengers franchise for years – and I was very excited, a few weeks ago, to go see Guardians of the Galaxy. I enjoyed it, but in one critical respect, I came away disappointed. Not in the story, or the acting. Continue reading
A day in the life of a swimsuit
Date: August 13, 2014 | Posted By: ElizabethCall me strange, but as I was moseying around the women’s swimwear section at JCPenney the other day, I found myself feeling pretty sorry for the swimsuits. They just looked so dejected and confused, like they didn’t know what their purpose was in life. I realized two things as I found myself empathizing with the Continue reading
Activists find novel ways to stamp out street harassment
Date: August 1, 2014 | Posted By: TessaIt’s an unfortunate fact of our lives that women are often subjected to street harassment. Any woman can tell you that it’s hard to walk down the street without our appearance being commented on by absolute strangers. These unsolicited comments are at best annoying, and at worst, terrifying. But lately, I’ve been starting to hear Continue reading
Bring it on, Madam President!
Date: July 2, 2014 | Posted By: SashaIs the United States ready for a female president? I don’t like that we’re asking that question — I don’t like that we think we need to wonder. Because when we ask, “Are we ready?” we know that the answer might be “No.” We remind ourselves that having a female president would be anomalous, and Continue reading
Tropes vs Women in Video Games examines women as background decoration
Date: June 23, 2014 | Posted By: Blog ManagerVideo games are a multibillion dollar industry and a form of media in their own right. Which is precisely why it’s so important for people like Anita Sarkeesian — a media critic and the creator of Feminist Frequency — to speak out against sexism and misogyny in games. Her web series, Tropes vs. Women in Continue reading