Amber Rose’s feminism. [Feministing]
I raged against the dire state of Aussie TV, particularly in terms of storytelling and racial diversity. [Spook Magazine]
Miss Piggy, ourselves. [Fusion]
Rape jokes are not “just how the internet is”:
“… [T]he idea that the Internet is static and that everyone’s experience of it is the same, and nothing can ever be changed or fixed is an excuse to not fix a system that keeps certain people comfortable and other people uncomfortable.” [Cosmopolitan]
Orange is the New Black and How to Get Away with Murder‘s Matt McGorry is a feminist. [Jezebel]
Black teens using swimming pools need to be saints lest they get arrested. [Pandagon]
Looking at Hot Girls Wanted from an alternative perspective. [Medium]
More links are over at the 85th Down Under Feminists Carnival. [Ana Stevenson]
Image via Slumz.
Trans women like Caitlyn Jenner and Laverne Cox have the visibility, power and acceptance to “lift up” trans people who don’t have such privileges. [Laverne Cox]
Fixating on Caitlyn’s perceived “hotness” hurts the trans community:
“… Be conventionally attractive and feminine, and you get reduced to your appearance like any cis woman; don’t, and people won’t accept your identity as legitimate.” [Vocativ]
I asked if Kris Jenner is a bad mother. [Bitch Flicks]
The age gap between some of Hollywood’s most in demand young actresses—Scarlett Johansson, Emma Stone and Jennifer Lawrence—and their much older on-screen love interests. [Vulture]
How Mansplaining, the Statue went viral. [Weird Sister]
To ladyblog or not to ladyblog? [Slate]
The dawning of the age of a new (female) action hero. [Vulture]
The language we use to speak about rape may be part of the problem.
Sport is the “great equaliser”. Except when it comes to race:
“Indigenous players are ‘Australians when they’re winning and Aborigines at other times.'” [Overland]
Australia “reserve[s] a special disdain for ‘uppity blacks'” like Adam Goodes who don’t know their place. [New Matilda]
To all those busybodies who enquire when you’re going to have children: “I am writing my final no-thank-you note.” [Longreads]
ICYMI: “Writing About Taylor Swift Ruined My Friendship!”
In defence of the apparently unintelligent lyrics of pop and rap music.
I wrote about how writing about Taylor Swift ruined my friendship. [Writer’s Bloc]
I also recapped Outback Championship Wrestling’s latest show.
And I hosted their podcast, chatting to Ricardo Rodriguez.
While we’re shamelessly self-promoting, I’m also at Bitch Flicks writing about Shondaland’s bad mothers. More bad mother content to come in next week’s collection.
How to talk to random women on the street: don’t. [The Nib]
The history of masculinity in fraternities. [The New Criterion]
The problem with #StellasChallenge. [Daily Life]
The Good Wife‘s Alicia Florrick’s wardrobe changes as her character does. I’ve just started watching this series so it’s interesting to see the looks I’m familiar with and how Alicia changes over the subsequent four seasons I’m yet to watch. [The Hairpin]
These lyric intelligence ratings from pop songs from the past ten years made my blood boil. More to come next week. [Seat Smart]
“Follow that”: a #WomensWrestling roundtable. [World Wrestling Entertainment]
More HIV-positive characters on TV will lead to an increase in awareness about the disease. [HIV Plus Magazine]
ICYMI: The death of McDreamy will allow Grey’s Anatomy‘s other characters to grow and change.
Image via One Week One Band.
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.