“To be Rihanna… To be a black woman and genius, is to be perpetually owed.” [Pitchfork]
Why we find the sexualised violence of #BBHMM so disturbing. [HuffPo Women]
The Supreme Court of the United States’ landmark decision to legalise marriage equality nation wide is great, but the freedom to marry should also mean the freedom not to marry. [The Cut]
The Kim Kardashian sex tape flag at Kanye West’s Glastonbury set shows women’s sexualities aren’t their own. [The Guardian]
Has Kim changed… or just the way we think about her? [Daily Life]
Orange is the New Black and a defence of rape scenes:
“My hope is that going forward we can have a Pennsatucky Test for rape scenes much like the Bechdel Test. Is the victim’s point-of-view shown? Does the scene have a purpose for existing for character, rather than plot, advancement? Is the emotional aftermath explored? As long as sexual assault continues to be a scourge of our society, TV shows ought to mine the subject; it’s important we keep the conversation going. Just take care of your characters. Don’t rape ’em and leave ’em. They deserve to have their trauma acknowledged. They deserve to have their stories told.” [Vulture]
“The Personal Politics of Public Bathrooms.” [The Cut]
Grief in the time of social media. [Kill Your Darlings]
Why does TV suck at understanding the internet? [Junkee]
To celebrate U.S. series UnREAL‘s renewal and debut on Australian screens on Stan, read about how the show flips the reality TV script and how it’s pushing the boundaries of female masturbation. [Vulture, TV Tonight, The New Yorker, HuffPo Women]
Mums with guns. [Jezebel]
Magic Mike XXL was released this week and I wrote about the original here. [TheVine]
The latest Down Under Feminists Carnival has much more Aussie and Kiwi feminist goodness to keep you satisfied. [A Bee of a Certain Age]
Image via Pop Sugar.
Following on from last season’s “lean in” motif, this season on Grey’s Anatomy it’s all about its women taking time for themselves, whether that’s personal or professional. [Bitch Flicks]
Personal space is a feminist issue. [Sociological Images]
Loving football (and, indeed, wrestling) doesn’t make you a bad feminist. [Kill Your Darlings]
How will you know when you’ve made it? For me I think it will be when I’ve been published a) on Daily Life and b) in the American market; headhunted for something; verified on Twitter; and when those I admire in the same industry see me as a peer. How will you know? [The Hairpin]
And Rachel Hills ponders what it means to have made it, and ways to pass the time while you’re waiting to. [Musings of an Inappropriate Woman]
Young, single and successful women are increasingly living alone in affluent cities. [Daily Life]
In defence of Amber Rose:
“Amber Rose is hot. Amber Rose is also a mom. Amber Rose was also a wife. And if T.I. can be a convicted felon who’s rapped about sex, guns, and drugs and still be ‘father knows best’ on The Family Hustle once a week, why is a sexy woman suddenly an unfit mother just because she posts photos in her lingerie? If you don’t like what you think she represents, make sure you’re just as vocal about these less-than-angelic men raising children while bragging about one-night stands and trappin’. If they’re just entertaining and expressing themselves, then so is she. If they’re just living up to an image and a brand, then so is she.” [The Daily Beast]
And while we’re at it, in defence of Rihanna. [Buzzfeed]
Can World Wrestling Entertainment #GiveDivasaChance to be in the main event of WrestleMania 32? [Between the Ropes]
It wasn’t Jackie’s responsibility to get the details of her rape correct; it was Rolling Stone‘s. [The Guardian]
Stop calling women crazy. [Birdee]
ICYMI: the ties that bind us in menstruation and do you ever feel like you’re trapped behind a screen?
If these links haven’t sated your appetite for feminist goodness, the 83rd Down Under Feminists Carnival has arrived featuring much more from Australia and New Zealand. [Opinions @ BlueBec]
Image via Tumblr.
Pulling Rihanna’s song as Thursday Night Football’s song in the wake of the Ray Rice domestic violence controversy because she’s a survivor of domestic violence herself is idiotic and a form of victim-blaming:
“While the network may have been peeved at Rihanna’s reaction, this is a terrible decision. The Ray Rice controversy blew up not just because of the video, but also because the Baltimore Ravens and the NFL initially portrayed domestic violence as a couple’s mutual responsibility, instead of holding the abuser solely responsible. By cutting Rihanna’s song in part because she got beat up by her now-ex Chris Brown in 2009, CBS is treating yet another victim like she’s the problem here. The move is also troubling because it suggests that no matter how many records she sells or where she goes with her career, in many people’s eyes (such as those of CBS executives), Rihanna is defined by someone else’s choice to attack her.” [Slate]
Why comparing Ray Rice to Hope Solo is stupid. [Slate]
A video series on what it’s like to be Duke porn star Belle Knox. (NSFW) [The Scene]
Talking to Shonda Rhimes about Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder and that New York Times piece that called her and many of her characters “angry black women”. [NPR]
And Janet Mock expertly debunks the “angry black woman” stereotype. [Janet Mock]
An ode to Romy and Michele’s enduring friendship. [Bitch Flicks]
When being in a fraternity makes college-aged men 300% more likely to commit rape, should we ban frats? [The Guardian]
The problem with Emma Watson’s UN gender equality speech. [Black Girl Dangerous]
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.
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.
What do strippers think of Rihanna’s “Pour It Up”? [Daily Life]
I wrote about Gossip Girl and inadequacy. [Birdee Mag]
Unpacking the dual feminism and misogyny of American Horror Story: Coven. [LA Review of Books]
Authenticity and performance on social media. [Jezebel]
I’ve had it up to here with Mia Freedman. And that’s not something I write lightly, as I consider her my idol and I even named my dog after her. But she’s written some doozies this week. First she slut-shamed Kim Kardashian for Instagramming a post-baby body pic and how that impacted her suitability as a mother, and now she’s making sure she warns her daughter that when she is of drinking age, she’d better watch out not to get raped whilst intoxicated. Never mind – god forbid – if her daughter is sexually assaulted prior to this or whilst sober, which is just as likely. Oh, don’t worry, Mia also makes sure to write that she will warn her sons about drunk driving and “having sex” whilst inebriated; notice the absence of “not raping” in this sentence. Because we all know boys hear enough of this and women and girls are the ones who need to modify their behaviour lest they be accused of “asking for it”. [MamaMia]
Maryville rape victim Daisy Coleman writes about her attack. [xoJane]
ICYMI: Misogyny in Stephen King’s Under the Dome.
Image via Billboard.