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 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.
“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.
Saying “I’m not like other girls” just buys into the myth that all women have a defined set of attributes and that those who aren’t “feminine”, “girly”, “bitchy” and don’t have many female friends (just to list some of the tropes associated with “other girls”) are somehow better than other women. I’ve been guilty of uttering those words before, but that was before I came to the above understanding. I believe I’m different from other girls, just as I’m different from other humans. We all have different character traits, values and interests; it’s just that some we can relate to more and are closer to the surface than others. [RH Reality Check]
In defence of sex work. [Daily Life]
Further to that, Mia Freedman clarifies her position on sex workers voiced on Q&A last month. [MamaMia]
“Why Would Anyone Have a Late-Term Abortion?” [New Matilda]
Ahead of its publication in new (and, might I add, awesome!) zine, Filmme Fatales, editor Brodie Lancaster writes in opposition to the Gwyneth Paltrow haters. [TheVine]
More Gwyneth: she was my thinspo. Beauty and putting women on pedestals. [Mirror, Mirror OFF the Wall]
On the merits and drawbacks of “Hashtag Feminism”, “destroying the joint”, the news sources “to whom [we] choose to listen” and the “personalised newspaper” that is social media, through which we “see only views [we] agree with”. [The Monthly]
Jennifer Aniston, ourselves. [Thought Catalog]
Is Amanda Bynes that different from us? [Clam Bistro]
Are we too old to “get” Girls? [One Good Thing]
Why talking about sexism in pop culture is important. [The Age]
How can disabled women “Destroy the Joint” when they can’t even access it? Stella Young on feminism and disability. [ABC Ramp Up]
Image via RH Reality Check.