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.
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.
Measuring the success of podcasts. I’m actually the host of Outback Championship Wrestling’s first podcast, launching today, featuring interviews with former World Wrestling Entertainment Heavyweight Champion Alberto El Patron and former WWE Superstar and current TNA star Mr. Ken Anderson. I am under the impression that it’s the first woman-hosted wrestling podcast apart from Renee Young’s 30 Years of WrestleMania podcast last year. So even if you don’t like wrestling, head on over to support a sister. [Columbia Journalism Review, YouTube]
I also recapped last Friday’s show, featuring the abovementioned wrestlers as well as Drew Galloway, Ricardo Rodriguez, Scotty Too Hotty and Gangrel. [Outback Championship Wrestling]
A history of the Kardashians in magazine covers. [Jezebel]
#GiveDivasaChance in video games. [I Play Wrestling]
A partial list of the 22 women who have died at the hands of their partners in Australia this year. [The Guardian]
Shonda Rhimes on the importance of seeing your “tribe” “normalised” on TV. [Medium]
The cinematic history of Cinderella. [NPR Monkey See]
Next-generation feminist blogs you should be reading. [Musings of an Inappropriate Woman]
Gloria Steinem on Mary McCarthy’s The Group. [Reading Our Way to the Revolution]
Men don’t trust women because emotions. [Daily Life]
As The Hoopla folds and MamaMia‘s Debrief Daily and News Ltd’s RendezView launch, here are some headline ideas in case they run out. [Junkee]
“He Monica Lewinsky’d all on my gown”: the 128 rap songs her name has made a cameo in. [The Cut]
“Why Don’t Men Read Books By Women?” [Feministing]
Mansplaining is just the tip of the trolling iceberg. [Flavorwire]
Disability is a feminist issue that’s just not getting enough attention. [Disability & Representation]
ICYMI: Why do we have to celebrate the engagements, weddings and birth announcements on the road well-traveled?
Some thoughts shouldn’t be catalogued, or, “The Trouble with Thought Catalog”:
“The editors have decided that pageviews are more important than protecting the lives of the people endangered by these hateful screeds.” [The Daily Dot]
And now writers are petitioning to have their work removed from the site. [The Daily Dot]
The men who help their feminist partners through online trolling. [WaPo]
What it’s like to be a teenage pedophile. [Medium]
A piece I wrote a few years ago about feminism in the Scream franchise and Orange is the New Black‘s Morello’s distortion of romance and reality I wrote a few weeks ago have been cross–posted at Bitch Flicks.
Being poor on television. [NPR]
Rihanna is a feminist icon. [Birdee]
ICYMI: Physical and mental health in Orange is the New Black‘s prison industrial complex.
The damaging melodramatic tropes of the Nicholas Sparks movie:
“In sexual pornography, the intended result is orgasm—and a temporary quelling of desire for sex. In emotional pornography, the end result is tears and hope—and a temporary quelling of desire for love. One caters to the stereotypical feminine sexual desire to see the sex act narrativised—it’s all about the building-up-to, much less about the money shot—while the other switches the priorities, disposing of exposition in favour of one climax after another. Both, however, are but temporary substitutes, and ultimately end in the hunger for more sex, more emotional fulfilment, yet with distorted instructions on how to obtain them.
“It’s a version, however glowy, of the American dream. But it’s not the dream of the 1950s, with its yearning for the single, nuclear-family home, the freedom to consume, the white picket fence, the washing machine, the perfect mother. Rather, the Sparks American dream harkens back to the 19th-century iteration, with its visions of a bucolic rural space, rugged individualism, and the security of the sprawling extended family, where the men are men and the women are women.” [Buzzfeed]
Hook and the dadcentricity of the ’90s. [The Paris Review]
Feminists have daddy issues. [Medium]
When a person of colour says something is racist, you should probably listen to them. [Daily Life]
Image via Marie Claire.
ICYMI: Navigating popular culture as a feminist.
The freezing, hungry reality of NHL “ice girls”. [Mother Jones]
What it’s like to work at Playgirl. [Medium]
Orange is the New Black‘s second season dropped on Netflix last weekend, and Sady Doyle explains that it’s not just a “knitting circle” show for women:
“I mean, there is a knitting circle. But they have an alarming tendency to shiv people.” [In These Times]
What a difference 40 years makes: Seventeen magazine then and now. [Shameless Magazine]
Is Miley Cyrus proving that sex doesn’t sell anymore?
“The old adage that sex sells meant a lot when you literally had to buy into an artist or performer. You couldn’t read Madonna’s Sex book without purchasing it, or watch Deep Throat without going to the cinema. True, music videos have always been free at the point of access, but they once acted as adverts for a purchasable product; now people can watch ‘Wrecking Ball’ as many times as they want, with no interest in the Miley album itself. They can tweet about what she means for feminism till they’re blue in the face, but with no real interest in the end project, there’s no guarantee that all publicity is good publicity.”
I would argue that Miley’s selling a different kind of sex than your Britneys and even Madonnas once did; she’s portraying a crazier, more aggressive and perhaps more authentic sexuality than we’ve seen amongst female pop stars in quite awhile, barring Rihanna and her IDGAF attitude. [Vice]
Slenderman shows that “adolescent intensity, obsession, fantasy, derangement, illness and yes, sometimes violence, are not the exclusive domain of boys.” [The New Republic]