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.
I interviewed From Parts Unknown: Fight Like a Girl‘s director/producer Daniel Armstrong ahead of the movie’s seven-years-in-the-making premiere last weekend. [Outback Championship Wrestling]
I also did a little write up on OCW’s newest tag team, the Loose Bastards!
And just to top off my week of wrestling writing, I’m talking about choice on Total Divas. [Bitch Flicks]
Do home invasion movies help women work through our fears of real-life in-home violence? [Bitch]
Further to that, what about Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and sexual assault survivors? [The Hairpin]
When is the right time to carry a pregnancy to term? And when is the right time to abort? [Talking Points Memo]
Bill Cosby’s infuriating arrogance allows him to get away with everything. [Role Reboot]
Is it time for Girls to separate Hannah Horvath from Lena Dunham? [Junkee]
Rappers rule Instagram (and they also post the most drug- and alcohol-related content). [Addiction-Treatment]
Feminism won the Golden Globes. [Cosmopolitan]
But diversity lost in the Oscars nominations. [Daily Life]
Further to that, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s Cosby–rape joke got it right because it skewered the (alleged) rapist and rape culture, not the victim. [Feministe]
The class politics of Gilmore Girls. [The Baffler]
Sex workers don’t need to be rescued. [Vice]
Taylor Swift’s Girlfriend Collection. [Buzzfeed]
An interview with Caitlin Stasey about her new body-positive website, Herself. com. [Daily Life]
Filmme Fatales interviewed Beyond Clueless director Charlie Lyne before they present the doco at the Rooftop Cinema on 27th January.
Janet Mock on self-care. [The Hairpin]
Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift and Sia’s latest chart-topping albums are trading in sadness. [The Village Voice]
The story of V: abbreviating “very”. [The Atlantic]
Image via Strongman Pictures.
The systemic secrecies of intimate partner violence. [Right Now]
A tale of two satires: “Literally I Can’t” VS. “Blank Space”. [The Guardian]
Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian and the politics of celebrity labour. [The Baffler]
Separating the man from the art: Bill Cosby edition. [The Toast]
Further to that, this is one of the most level headed takes on the Cosby rape allegations and wonders why people are so quick to believe 16 women have banded together to frame one man over the idea that one man could be guilty of serial rape. [The Atlantic]
New Girl and The Mindy Project’s second wind. [Grantland]
I wrote about sexualised possession on Charmed as part of Bitch Flicks‘ theme week on demon and spirit possession.
And a post from a few years ago on the hyper-sexualisation and -feminisation of Halloween costumes.
Um, can I just copy and paste this whole article by Amanda Marcotte on why Annie Lennox is wrong about Beyoncé and twerking not being feminist? A snippet:
“I reject outright this notion that “feminist” should be an elite category that is only earned through hard work. If we want it to be a successful movement that changes the world, ordinary people need to have a stake in it. You need to feel that just because you’re a nurse or an accountant or yes, a pop star, doesn’t mean that you don’t have a part to play, even if it’s just donating money or talking up feminism on Facebook or voting for feminist candidates. Movements live or die by whether or not they achieve mainstream success, and you can’t get that if you treat feminism like it’s too precious for the masses.” [Pandagon]
For teens, sexting is a way to be “sexual without being sexual”. [The Atlantic]
Image via Bitch Flicks.
What Orange is the New Black‘s Pennsatucky’s dental health says about class. [Bitch]
The history of the sex education film. [Alternet]
Most women have periods at some stage, so why are we so afraid to talk about them? [The Lifted Brow]
There should be a Bechdel test for mothers in kid’s movies: “Show me an animated kids’ movie that has a named mother in it who lives until the credits roll.” And when mothers are present, they act as a sort of Manic Pixie Dream Mum, paving the way for the main characters—and their fathers—to carry out the rest of the narrative. [The Atlantic]
Duke porn star Belle Knox writes about her experience being slut-shamed from within the industry she works. [Jezebel]
Image via Bitch.