I wrote about World Wrestling Entertainment’s new Women’s Championship and the renaissance of women’s wrestling. [SBS Zela]
In praise of the “ugly cry”. [New Republic]
“She just wants attention”: the insult du jour. [Slate]
What we can learn about clapping-back from Beyonce. [Elle]
The toxic relationship between masculinity and meat hinges on the “factory farm industry that makes billions of dollars insisting that men are the strongest when they have the most muscle, the least amount of feelings, and ingest the most ‘manly’ protein, like bacon, steak, and sausage.” [The Establishment]
Why millennials love music about work (work, work, work, work, work). [The Vocal]
Amber Rose’s MuvaMoji is an alternative—not an answer—to Kim Kardashian’s Kimoji. [Good]
Hillary Clinton said feminism and being pro-life can co-exist. Here’s a reminder of what being pro-life actually means. [Daily Life]
And Jill Filipovic unpacks it in a practical, US-centric sense. [Cosmopolitan]
Melissa Harris-Perry interviews Anita Hill 25 years after testifying that Supreme Court Justice nominee Clarence Thomas sexually harassed her. [Essence]
More feminist goodness at the 95th Down Under Feminists Carnival. [Sacraparental]
Image via WWE.com.
Could there ever be a same-sex Disney couple? Beauty & the Beast’s Bell and The Hunchback of Notre Dame‘s Esmeralda would make the hottest lesbian power couple EVER. [Mic]
Can we stop talking about The Muppets having sex because, you know, they’re Muppets? [The Cut]
Netflix has changed its description of Disney’s Pocahontas from its originally sexist and racist write up. [THR, Native Appropriations]
In the wake of Chris Brown’s visa being denied for his Australian tour, it’s important to understand why black male artists are the only violent artists we decry for abusing women. [Noisey]
Planned Parenthood don’t “kill babies”, they save women’s lives. And their vaginas. [Al Jazeera]
The mansplanation of Taylor Swift’s 1989. [New Statesman]
The double edged sword that is Ryan Murphy: he creates roles for minorities in his myriad works but in turn reviles them. [HuffPo]
Do trans women only have value to the cisgender community (so, basically, culture at large) if they’re sufficiently hot? [This Ain’t Living]
ICYMI: How allegations of sexual assault against powerful men by the “wrong kinds of women” go unheard, in regards to Bill Cosby, Hugh Hefner and the publication of Hefner’s former partner and Girls Next Door star Holly Madison’s memoir, Down the Rabbit Hole.
Image via Dopey Beauty.
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.