The red carpet allows women to take up space they wouldn’t normally. [Spook Magazine]
In defence of the Supergirl trailer:
“It’s Supergirl. It’s supposed to be aimed at teenage girls. If you’re not one, and it bothers you that it’s aimed at someone who isn’t you, just think: now you have some understanding of what it’s like to be a teenage girl (or indeed, grown woman) watching another TV show/movie/video game trailer and thinking ‘oh right, another TV show/movie/video game aimed at men.'” [Den of Geek]
A love letter to Betty Draper. [Buzzfeed]
Deconstructing the effort that goes into being Kim Kardashian. [The Atlantic]
Kardashian’s Selfish calls to mind “another struggle of a young girl inventing herself in and out of the spotlight amidst Southern California insanity, hedonism, and wealth, but at the epicenter of the most highly charged racial trial of an era; where the black man won at the same time as her body became deformed, shaped, changed.” [Vulture]
If Anna Kendrick’s not a Cool Girl then what is she? [Buzzfeed]
Since when did giving the least amount of fucks become cool? [HuffPo]
Joss Whedon’s reproductive coercion and forced motherhood. [Bitch Flicks]
Not wanting children doesn’t make you selfish: actually, having kids does. [Catherine Deveny]
ICYMI: My (just!) three problems with Married at First Sight.
Image via Mirror.
Analysing Kim Kardashian’s selfies. [Fusion]
Avengers: Age of Ultron is crap because:
“… Whedon can’t get more than five or ten minutes to establish or complicate their motivations, because Marvel is mandating that he not waste screen time on things like the characters’ motivations when he could be shooting ads for their other movies, because Marvel doesn’t care about men, women, or anything except getting you to show up in a few years for the next installment of Avengers.” [Medium]
Why did it handle Natasha Romanoff’s forced sterilisation backstory so insensitively? [Hello, Tailor]
Further to that, an interview with the Black Widow miniseries creator about the feminist implications of said backstory. [io9]
And if we’re calling heroic fictional characters sluts, Black Widow isn’t among them. (Though what even is a slut?) [Flavorwire]
Tavi Gevinson made a comic about the rise of calling celebrities mums/moms. [Rookie]
Post-menopausal women like Hillary Clinton make the best leaders, according to “science”. But what about pre-menopausal women? [Daily Life]
Ratchet reality TV in the age of Shondaland. [Cleo Journal]
Image via HuffPo.
Playboy has a surprisingly positive take on Laverne Cox’s nude photoshoot for Allure (SFW).
Meanwhile, a conservatively idiotic “feminist” lambasts the shoot because it promotes an unrealistic, sexualised and “fake” version of womanhood. (I’m not linking to the website because I don’t want to give them traffic.)
For a nuanced look at reconciling black and trans femininity from the woman herself, check out Laverne’s conversation with bell hooks, below.
Mel Campbell on Anzac Day hysteria and the fallout from Scott McIntyre’s tweets and subsequent firing from SBS. [Spook Magazine]
The rise of emotional male musicians. [Pitchfork]
The face of World Wrestling Entertainment, a company that participates in anti-bullying campaigns, John Cena, who is held up as a role model to children, implicated that a woman prostituted herself because her “pimp” physically abused her. And this is the “PG-era”. [Cageside Seats]
Australia’s outrage over Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran’s executions illustrates this country’s hypocrisy. [The Drum]
I recapped Outback Championship Wrestling’s Anzac Day show with Tyrus.
I’m also speaking to the OCW Heavyweight Champion, Drew Galloway, on the second edition of their podcast.
Image via Allure.
Following on from last season’s “lean in” motif, this season on Grey’s Anatomy it’s all about its women taking time for themselves, whether that’s personal or professional. [Bitch Flicks]
Personal space is a feminist issue. [Sociological Images]
Loving football (and, indeed, wrestling) doesn’t make you a bad feminist. [Kill Your Darlings]
How will you know when you’ve made it? For me I think it will be when I’ve been published a) on Daily Life and b) in the American market; headhunted for something; verified on Twitter; and when those I admire in the same industry see me as a peer. How will you know? [The Hairpin]
And Rachel Hills ponders what it means to have made it, and ways to pass the time while you’re waiting to. [Musings of an Inappropriate Woman]
Young, single and successful women are increasingly living alone in affluent cities. [Daily Life]
In defence of Amber Rose:
“Amber Rose is hot. Amber Rose is also a mom. Amber Rose was also a wife. And if T.I. can be a convicted felon who’s rapped about sex, guns, and drugs and still be ‘father knows best’ on The Family Hustle once a week, why is a sexy woman suddenly an unfit mother just because she posts photos in her lingerie? If you don’t like what you think she represents, make sure you’re just as vocal about these less-than-angelic men raising children while bragging about one-night stands and trappin’. If they’re just entertaining and expressing themselves, then so is she. If they’re just living up to an image and a brand, then so is she.” [The Daily Beast]
And while we’re at it, in defence of Rihanna. [Buzzfeed]
Can World Wrestling Entertainment #GiveDivasaChance to be in the main event of WrestleMania 32? [Between the Ropes]
It wasn’t Jackie’s responsibility to get the details of her rape correct; it was Rolling Stone‘s. [The Guardian]
Stop calling women crazy. [Birdee]
ICYMI: the ties that bind us in menstruation and do you ever feel like you’re trapped behind a screen?
If these links haven’t sated your appetite for feminist goodness, the 83rd Down Under Feminists Carnival has arrived featuring much more from Australia and New Zealand. [Opinions @ BlueBec]
Image via Tumblr.