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
Free The Nipple does more for women’s bodies than any push-up ever could
Date: October 22, 2014 | Posted By: SiriA half-moon shaped incision was made and my nipple was flipped open. Then a slice of my breast was cut out, containing a tumor. It had to happen. The tumor was uncomfortable, at times painful, and without taking the whole thing out and analyzing it, cancer couldn’t completely be ruled out. I still think it’s Continue reading
Are breasts scandalous?
Date: August 8, 2014 | Posted By: SashaDid you know that bikinis used to be completely scandalous? When they debuted in 1946, their inventor Louis Réard couldn’t find models willing to wear them. Réard named them well — after an island atoll where the US had recently been testing atomic weapons, in the expectation that the tiny bathing suits to create a 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
A rock and a hard place
Date: June 5, 2014 | Posted By: SashaLet’s look at this picture for a moment, shall we? I’ve not seen a more powerful illustration of how there is no winning for girls and women – of how much both the media and other people judge a woman’s character based on what she wears. In the picture, a student has drawn 10 options Continue reading
If Lorde is the future of girl-power pop music, I’m excited.
Date: May 20, 2014 | Posted By: TessaSince I first heard her now-inescapable hit song “Royals,” I have been a fan of New Zealand-born musician Lorde. And now that I’ve seen her live and followed what she has to say, I’m even more impressed by how she’s shaping up as a young feminist role model. At a mere 17 years old, Lorde Continue reading
Pharrell vs. Beyoncé: Have feminists let men off the hook?
Date: May 16, 2014 | Posted By: Sara OAre feminists forcing women to achieve a higher standard than men? Pharrell Williams, wearer of Arby’s-shaped hats and the artist behind one of the biggest hits of the moment, Happy, has recently declared himself a feminist and received a fairly warm welcome compared to his fellow feminist, Beyoncé Knowles. Celebrity feminists like Williams and Knowles have Continue reading
Packed with sexist blunders, Snickers really objectifies
Date: April 10, 2014 | Posted By: AudreyDid you know that more than 80% of women worldwide will face gender-based street harassment at some point in their lives? They—or rather we—will be approached or accosted on the street, subjected to unwanted whistles, cat calls, sexual comments, and lewd gestures in which men “assert the right to intrude on women’s attention, defining her Continue reading
Objectifying an Object: Barbie and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue
Date: March 3, 2014 | Posted By: SarahThe Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue is a friendly annual reminder that the media’s obsession with sexualizing and objectifying women is still very much alive. Despite the magazine’s focus on sports and athleticism, the swimsuit issue focuses on the bodies of conventionally attractive women—almost none of whom are actually athletes. This year is a bit different, Continue reading
Just for laughs? The new meme of men and women switching roles
Date: February 16, 2014 | Posted By: AudreyRecently, my newsfeed has been flooded with various videos all based on the idea of men and women trading places in routine situations. Most of these videos try to use humor and comedy to shed light on the reality of women’s lives and everyday sexism. And while a majority of these videos were funny and Continue reading