Women of colour’s sexuality in Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” VS. J.Lo and Iggy Azalea’s “Booty”:
“I’m not saying that any time a woman displays her body it has to be subversive or a statement; rather, it all contributes to the way women’s bodies are seen in media, so we should be mindful of that.” [The Music]
I wrote about the women of Masters of Sex. [TheVine]
Household chores aren’t a woman thing: they’re a person thing. [Jezebel]
When celebrities become spokespeople for feminism. [The Guardian, Kill Your Darlings]
“There’s something suspicious about anyone eager to identify with the oppressed”: on male feminists. [The Cut]
Cosmopolitan US editor Joanna Coles talks about the magazine changing its politics. [NPR]
On the semiotics of the Basic Bitch. [The Cut]
And a “thot” is like the black version of a Basic Bitch: “both pinpoint a woman’s consumption habits in order to impugn her character”. [Slate]
Image via Hip Hip ‘n’ More.
My friend Laura Money—who’s written for this blog here—writes about friendship in the Olsen twins classic, It Takes Two. [Bitch Flicks]
What Grey’s Anatomy‘s Meredith Grey and Olivia Pope of Scandal can teach us about relationships and love. [Bitch Magazine]
To cut or not to cut: the circumcision debate. [Aeon]
“Are you a feminist?” has become the question du jour to ask female celebrities. [Daily Life]
We’ve heard this before, but the AFL has a woman problem. [Daily Life]
The NFL also has a woman problem, and ESPN is enabling them through their lucrative broadcasting deal. [Esquire]
Outlander, women, sex and TV. [HuffPo]
Pulling Rihanna’s song as Thursday Night Football’s song in the wake of the Ray Rice domestic violence controversy because she’s a survivor of domestic violence herself is idiotic and a form of victim-blaming:
“While the network may have been peeved at Rihanna’s reaction, this is a terrible decision. The Ray Rice controversy blew up not just because of the video, but also because the Baltimore Ravens and the NFL initially portrayed domestic violence as a couple’s mutual responsibility, instead of holding the abuser solely responsible. By cutting Rihanna’s song in part because she got beat up by her now-ex Chris Brown in 2009, CBS is treating yet another victim like she’s the problem here. The move is also troubling because it suggests that no matter how many records she sells or where she goes with her career, in many people’s eyes (such as those of CBS executives), Rihanna is defined by someone else’s choice to attack her.” [Slate]
Why comparing Ray Rice to Hope Solo is stupid. [Slate]
A video series on what it’s like to be Duke porn star Belle Knox. (NSFW) [The Scene]
Talking to Shonda Rhimes about Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder and that New York Times piece that called her and many of her characters “angry black women”. [NPR]
And Janet Mock expertly debunks the “angry black woman” stereotype. [Janet Mock]
An ode to Romy and Michele’s enduring friendship. [Bitch Flicks]
When being in a fraternity makes college-aged men 300% more likely to commit rape, should we ban frats? [The Guardian]
The problem with Emma Watson’s UN gender equality speech. [Black Girl Dangerous]
Roxane Gay writes in the feminist tome of 2014, Bad Feminist, about how her love for problematic music such as “Blurred Lines” makes her, well, a bad feminist:
“As much as it pains me to admit, I like these songs. They make me want to dance. I want to sing along. They are delightful pop confections. But. I enjoy the songs the way I have to enjoy most music—I have to forget I am a sentient being. I have to lighten up.”
Ahh, the catch cry of offensive joke tellers and sexist comment makers everywhere: lighten up.
I recently compiled a list of my favourite songs for personal purposes and while the list is only small it does consist solely of male artists, and not wholly unproblematic ones at that: INXS, Fine Young Cannibals, Justin Timberlake, Snoop Dogg, Pharrell Williams.
I’ve written here before about having to detach yourself from the more troublesome aspects of pop culture in order to consume it lest you become a hermit. Like Gay, this is the same attitude I have to take when it comes to music, especially the kind you want to get down to in the club (which I do when it comes to all of the above. To be more specific, they are “Need You Tonight”, “She Drives Me Crazy”, “Chop Me Up” and “Beautiful” respectively. The fact that they focus primarily on the sexual attraction of women or a particular woman is fodder for a whole ’nother blog post.). It’s unfortunate that the music that has the sickest beats also had the sickest attitude to women. And other minorities. And crime. And violence… The list goes on.
Related: Baby, It’s a Wild World: Navigating Pop Culture as a Feminist.