Blake Lively, Gwyneth Paltrow and, yes, Beyoncé didn’t wake up like this. [The Cut]
Benjamin Law thinks all gay men should be feminists. Nay, all HUMANS should be feminists! [Daily Life]
When your mum has bad body image. This piece hits home because my mum is insecure about the way she looks and has transferred that onto my sister. [Daily Life]
Unfortunately, all my flights for my U.S. trip coming up at the end of the year are with Virgin, so hopefully their new “Get Lucky at 35,000 Feet” campaign doesn’t mean sexual harassment at 35,000 feet. [Make Me a Sammich]
“The worse the stories get, the stronger [Olivia Benson] becomes; it’s the show’s unspoken dialectic…
“For all SVU’s excesses, we expect it to keep one promise: no matter how bad things get, the story will end.” [The New Yorker]
“Is she at fault for the fact that all of her swooning suitors idealise and project upon her? Should we pity her, even a little, for not having had the courage or desire to break free of her social caste and love whomever she pleased?” [Women in the World]
Discussing street harassment. [Jezebel]
Why the most recent viral Dove ads are bull: lots of people envision themselves as attractive or more attractive than they are. [Jezebel]
Tyler the Creator’s misogyny and homophobia isn’t “just about the music”, and nor is it edgy. It’s disgusting. [Tiger Beatdown]
There’s been a lot of controversy surrounding this piece: it’s natural to lust after randoms passing you in the street, brewing your coffee, or hanging at the bar, but this guy wonders if his perving is more of a compulsion. [Slate]
What murdered teen Trayvon Martin and Justin Bieber have in common. [This Week in Blackness]
Fully-clothed superheroines. [BuzzFeed]
“The Ugly Side of Tanning”. In short, don’t do it! Embrace the pale. [Beauty Redefined]
In defence of Betty Draper. [Jezebel]
“Diary of a Q&A Appearance.” [MamaMia]
An app that filters OkCupid creeps for whom alarm bells wouldn’t necessarily initially sound. [Daily Life]
Image via BuzzFeed.
Are Princess Diana and Rihanna one in the same? Camille Paglia misguidedly seems to think so. [The Sunday Times]
The face of porn (SFW). [Jon Millward]
Speaking of porn, is James Deen harmful to his young female fans? [Daily Life]
Lena Dunham isn’t “brave”. [Vulture]
Downton Abbey VS. Girls. [Daily Beast]
Why do we flinch when a woman says she’s beautiful? [Daily Life]
“Is There Such a Thing as ‘Asian Privilege’?” [Daily Life]
Stop the presses: Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus debunked. [The Age]
“In Defence of Diablo Cody.” [Female Gaze Review]
Kurt Cobain: feminist? [Daily Life]
In the vein of Nice Guys of OKCupid comes the racist guys of OKCupid: Creepy White Guys.
Image via Jezebel.
Is Girls‘ Hannah Horvath physically worthy of the sexual interest of a successful, hot, rich doctor? While detractors thought this week’s episode was the worst in the series, presumably because Lena Dunham’s “refreshing, yet displeasing to the eye” (to borrow a line from Elizabeth Banks in Pitch Perfect) naked body was front and centre perhaps more than any other episode, I actually thought it was the best of this season’s bunch, and I had no qualms buying Patrick Wilson’s character being so sexually into Hannah that he begs her to stay in his apartment for a 48-hour fuck- and naked ping-pong-fest. I will say that the gratuitous nudity and the continuous lack of people of colour is really getting my goat, though. [Jezebel]
Also related, apparently the utter disbelief at the abovementioned May-December Girls romance completely goes against a middle-aged man’s biological inability to resist a younger woman. A bit closed minded, but still valid. [Jezebel]
That time someone made a blog about all those times Michelle Williams was ostracised from the Destiny’s Child fold. Funny but cruel but also kinda true? [Poor Michelle]
The beauty myth: are people we perceive as beautiful really just average? [TheVine]
Following on from last week’s links on whitewashing in Hollywood, check out the ten most racist portrayals of characters of colour by white actors. [TheVine]
Image via Rolling Stone.
Happy New Year, Early Birds! To kick off the new year here are some of the links I found interesting over the Christmas break.
The progression of The Addams Family films. [The Soapboxing Geek]
The similarities between My Little Pony and Plato. [Overthinking It]
2012, politics and feminism. [Women’s Agenda]
Another year in review piece: pop music in 2012. [Gawker]
On that note, what will 2013 (hopefully) bring in pop culture? [TheVine]
Sweden’s gender-neutral toy trend. [Deadspin]
Could you live on $35 a day? The government expects single parents to. [TheVine]
Is Wearing Makeup a Choice? [Jezebel]
Until I read this profile by a reporter who spent a day with the Here Comes Honey Boo Boo clan, I thought the show was exploiting a low-socioeconomic family who didn’t know any better. Turns out they’re not as dumb nor famehungry as they are portrayed. [Gawker]
Why we love Law & Order: SVU. [Jezebel]
In defence of being ugly. [MamaMia]
Society’s paranoia about male intimacy. [Daily Life]
He who so sanctimoniously surmised that abortion is bad, even in the case of rape, which is unfortunate but, still, “everything happens for a reason”—Justin Bieber—is the subject of an article about how his mother was a drug-addicted teen who found herself pregnant but decided to have the kid who would turn out to be him and therefore grant a whole generation of tweens such important musical feats as “Baby” and “Eenie Meenie” instead of abort him. [Jezebel]
Kate Middleton’s boobs as public property. [The Guardian]
Uh-oh. Only four months after Vogue debuted its “health initiative” pledge to not “knowingly hire models under the age of 16”, the Chinese and Japanese editions will publish spreads featuring two well-known underage models. [Jezebel]
The End of Men versus the success of Girls. [The Atlantic]
Image via Jaykhsar.
Feminist Barack Obama! [Nerve]
Despite Everybody Dance Now being axed and the dismal ratings of Being Lara Bingle, The Shire and the relaunched Can of Worms, at least Channel Ten’s taking risks. [MamaMia]
Conservative rape-talk fatigue. [Jezebel]
Rihanna spoke to Oprah about forgiving and still having feelings for Chris Brown, but we shouldn’t shame her for keeping her abuser in her life. [Jezebel]
“The Official Guide to Legitimate Rape.” [Jezebel]
Check out my second article for TheVine, about the male body objectification trend. More to come here next week.
Still with the sexualisation of male bodies, who knew there was so much to unpack when it comes to Magic Mike? Can I get a redo on the above article? [The Atlantic Wire]
And lastly, nudity in rom-coms. [Daily Life]
Why is a reality TV star worth a reported $3.5 million seeking funding on Indiegogo to put on a fashion show at New York Fashion Week? On the one hand, use your own fucking money. On the other, it is “the first-ever fan-supported fashion show”. Social experiment or effortless money-grab? [Jezebel]
Mitt Romney is a mansplainer! A Mittsplainer, if you will. [GQ]
Channel 9 aired an expose on girls dressing skimpily for nights out on the town. Ita Buttrose said dressing this way makes people assume you’re a “tart”, and men don’t take tarts home to mummy. Charlotte Dawson said girls need to be careful about “the consequences of dressing up like this could be”. Shitstorm ensues. [MamaMia]
Image via IMDb.
WTF?! James Holmes—aka the Batman killer—is hot?! [Jezebel]
How to avoid jail as a pregnant woman. Or really, a woman who could potentially be pregnant at some stage in the future. [HuffPo]
Paul Murray is glad Nick D’Arcy didn’t qualify for the Olympic finals, and I am too. After getting a slap on the wrist for those gun photos—not to mention the infamous assault—he shouldn’t have even been in London. [MamaMia]
Charlie Sheen’s corporate appeal. [Daily Beast]
Was Katie Holmes the innocent bystander in Tom Cruise’s Scientological quest for world domination, as the media makes her out to be, or is there more to her and the divorce?
“I’m convinced that she’s the most fame-hungry person the world has ever seen.” [Vulture]
The psychology of rapists. [Jezebel]
“Millennial expert” and “voice of a generation” Chelsea Krost isn’t a feminist because she “doesn’t think boys suck” but she can relate to the people whose “feet are in their own feces in Africa”. Nice. [NY Observer]
In the wake of the Herald Sun calling Leisel Jones fat, it seems as a female Olympian you also have to have perfect hair and not be too muscly so as you begin to resemble a man. [MamaMia, Jezebel, ThinkProgress]
Image via Jezebel.