After some technical difficulties that saw this here blog down for a few days while I made the switch from being an Early Bird to a new and improved Scarlett Woman, you’ll notice some changes around the place. Obviously to the layout and name, but there’ll be more to come, which I’ll be tweeting about.
Why do you hate porn stars? [The Stranger]
In defence of Kim Kardashian. [Batty Mamzelle]
Meet Terry Richardson’s right-hand-woman and partner in crime. [Vocativ]
At the intersection of being a fat, gay woman. [The King's Tribune]
Natalie Barr wants you to know she doesn’t hate men, okay? [Daily Telegraph]
I wrote about Gossip GIRLS: Hannah Horvath VS. Dan Humphrey. I also wrote about Dan Humphrey as GG a few weeks ago here. [Junkee]
Birdee published a named first-hand account of a medical abortion. We need more of this in our teen magazines.
How one Melbourne freelancer changed the course of hip hop history. [Junkee]
Women hiding away to heal from cosmetic surgery (NSFW). [Jezebel]
I’m writing about female friendship in For a Good Time, Call… [Bitch Flicks]
One of the things that struck me during my trip to New York was the abundance of women of colour caring for white children. The movies would have you believe that most nannies are white (The Nanny Diaries, Uptown Girls, Mary Poppins) but I don’t recall seeing any. Ellen Jacobs’ photo series documents these women and their charges. [Slate]
I Kissed a Girl: Rihanna and Shakira’s faux, male gazey lesbianism. [Jezebel]
Meanwhile, Russian lesbians shouldn’t be seen. [Feminist Times]
I’ve probably linked to this before, but in the week Beyonce secretly releases her musical (and video!) feminist manifesto, unpacking her views on women’s equality—and our views on her—seems particularly pertinent. [Bitch]
But can we really take advice about sticking it to beauty ideals from a woman who chucked a tanty over unflattering SuperBowl photos and curates her Instagram feed to within an inch of its life? [Double X]
In defence of the single girl. [Double X]
On being a “bad feminist”. [The Virginia Quarterly Review]
How can we expect abortion ban exemptions for rape when so many rapes are deemed deserved in the first place? [The Atlantic]
Yet more musings about American Horror Story: Coven and its uncomfortable attitudes about race: is it all about white guilt? [In These Times]
I wanted to cut and paste the whole paragraph on Rihanna’s “Pour It Up”, sexual and creative agency and slut-shaming, but since it’s a lengthy portion of the article, head on over and check the whole thing out for yourself: “‘Slut-Shaming’ Has Been Tossed Around So Much It’s Lost All Meaning”. [Jezebel]
Image via RnB Music Blog.
Lily Allen just released the feminist anthem of the year, with accompanying satirical video to boot! [Jezebel]
Though there are some important discussions that need to be had around the racism and objectification of the video. Is accessorising with scantily clad black women in the name of parody still using black culture as a commodity? [Birdee]
Most critiques of the song and video point to yes, just one reason being that it perpetuates the racism of white artists critiquing hip hop and rap music. I would’ve loved to see a black artist come out with this song and video, as it can be interpreted as Allen condemning black music culture without checking her privilege. I also think the themes of the video get a bit muddled: what genre is she trying to critique (“Blurred Lines”, Miley’s rachetism, the rap game…?) or is it the music industry in general? [The Trillest Villain]
Lily’s not the first female pop star to attempt to satirise the genre. [ThinkProgress]
Joss Whedon mansplains feminism. [Daily Life, Jezebel]
Let’s all move to Iceland! [Daily Life]
Intimate partner violence perpetrators in the National Hockey League. [Bitch Magazine]
Some of television’s most historically conservative channels are now the gayest. [Daily Beast]
Lip Mag‘s following in the footsteps of Rookie and Jezebel and releasing their own yearbook. Get 25% off when you preorder.
“The Problem with Sweden’s Feminist Film Rating.” [Daily Life]
You know you’re a feminist on the internet when… [Buzzfeed]
The misogyny of the left. [New Statesman]
ICYMI: I spent Halloween in New York City!
Image via Junkee.
The feminism of the Carrie remake. [Sociological Images]
Real-life feminist heroes as Disney princesses. [Jezebel]
Making amateur porn with James Deen. [Jezebel]
We need to talk about animal cruelty in horse racing. [MamaMia]
Brodie Lancaster is interviewed by Lip Mag as part of their Feminist of the Week series. For more Brodie, get the latest issue of Filmme Fatales, in which I have a piece about sex work in For a Good Time, Call…
Image via Geek Shizzle.
Why racial colour-blindness is a crock. [Daily Life]
Speaking of, Julianne Hough’s blackface Halloween costume totes wasn’t racist, says a white girl. [Thought Catalog]
Pregnancy: when your body is public property. [Daily Life]
Open dialogue about rape prevents rape, not tee totalling. [The Guardian]
48 hours in New York, in which I get a mention, you know, ’cause I’m there right now! [Musings of an Inappropriate Woman]
How does Working Girls’ feminism hold up 25 years later? [Jezebel]
Image via ABC News.
“If Men Could Menstruate” by Gloria Steinem. [Haverford]
Speaking of menses, if you like to wear your heart on your sleeve there’s now a t-shirt to celebrate getting your rocks off whilst on your period. Too bad it’s from the dubious American Apparel… [Birdee]
I’m going to Washington, D.C. in six weeks (New York in two and a bit!) and if the U.S. federal government shutdown is still in effect, Alyssa Rosenberg has compiled a list of non-governmental things to do in the city. [ThinkProgress]
Preorder your copy of Filmme Fatales issue three, in which I write about sex work in For a Good Time, Call…, along with many surely great pieces on feminism in film.
The season of the witch is upon us, what with The Witches of East End and American Horror Story: Coven premiering in the U.S. this week. The New Inquiry‘s latest issue is all about these supernatural ladies; subscribe for only $2 a month for all their witchy goodness. Some of the features are also available on their homepage.
Chris Brown was raped as a child; he was not “raring to go” and it was not “every boy’s fantasy”. [Feministing, Flavorwire]
Texas Governor Rick Perry claims his doddering wife “misspoke” and “put the wrong word in the wrong place” when she admitted that she thinks abortion should—or “could”—be the choice of a woman. It make me sick that Perry feels the need to infantilise and “correct” his wife for her apparent conversational faux pas because it doesn’t jive with his policies. Luckily there may be a new Governor on the rise for Texas, the unquestionably pro-choice filibustering Wendy Davis! [Feministing]
To rape-joke or not to rape-joke, that is the question. [Bitch Magazine]
Pop stars and “Naked Hot Body Fatigue”. [Jezebel]
Women in the World also discuss the feminism of Britney Spears’ “Work, Bitch”.
Image via Birdee.