Is there too much crying in women’s wrestling? The very fact of this question being asked about women’s wrestling (never mind the fact that Ric Flair, widely considered to be one of the best wrestlers ever, cries at the drop of a hat) is inherently sexist. If anything, crying further inures fans to the emotion of the match and the storyline, helping to solidify current women’s wrestling, particularly in NXT, WWE’s developmental brand, as some of the best ever. [Forbes]
I asked whether World Wrestling Entertainment can rise above pinkvertising in their effort to Rise Above Cancer. [Cageside Seats]
What to say when someone inevitably dresses in a racist costume this Halloween. A few years ago I dressed as Tiger Lily for a pirate-themed Christmas party (as part of a larger, Peter Pan group costume). At the time, I believed I was within my rights to dress up as a Native American as I have Native American heritage. Now, however, as someone who identifies primarily as and benefits from being white, I don’t think I’d appropriate that culture in the way I did. Sure, my Native heritage is an interesting part of my history, but I’m not part of that culture and haven’t taken the initiative to learn more about it so I shouldn’t benefit from it for the sake of a costume. [Native Appropriations]
Still on that topic, an interview with the CEO of silly, sexy Halloween costumes company, Yandy. [Maxim]
Two years ago, I had “A Very Manhattan Halloween”. I plan on doing the same next year.
“Halloween is the one night of the year when a girl can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it”: the hyper-sexualisation and -feminisation of Halloween costumes.
Scream Queens, American Horror Story: Hotel, American Crime Story: Ryan Murphy must be stopped! [Salon]
A year of Beyonce’s silence. [The Fader]
Zoo Weekly has published its final issue. [Mumbrella]
Adam Goodes spoke to Honi Soit in his first interview since retiring from AFL about racism, his future and Indigenous inclusion in the Australian constitution.
In praise of Cher’s Twitter account. [The Guardian]
Further to that, Sofia Vergara is well within her legal and moral rights to destroy the fertilised embryos she created with her ex. [Daily Life]
I also wrote at Junkee about the end of Glee and, with it, its atrocious treatment of minorities. And storytelling.
I wrote this a couple of Mother’s Days ago: the divide between second- and fourth-wave feminism.
My last “Welcome to Monday” for feminaust is jammed packed with goodness.
ICYMI: “Some Thoughts on Bruce Jenner”.
Women-hosted podcasts are the next big thing. Glad I’m on the bandwagon then, as I just hosted my first podcast for Outback Championship Wrestling, interviewing TNA star and Amazing Race contestant, Robbie E. I’ll post it here when it’s available. [Bitch Magazine]
And I also recapped last weekend’s Outback Championship Wrestling show featuring Robbie E.
I wrote about Cristina Yang’s radical unlikeability and feminism. [Bitch Flicks]
Also, the unlikeability of Hannah Horvath and Girls. [Kill Your Darlings]
An interview with Caitlin Stasey about her website, Herself. [Jezebel]
In defence of Blair Waldorf. [Bitch Flicks]
And Kim Kardashian. [The Hairpin]
Ross Gellar is a men’s rights activist. [The Frisky]
Katy Perry’s religiosity. [Buzzfeed]
What it means for men’s masculinity to not “hit below the belt”. [Sociological Images]
“She’s just so… Black!” The politics of Blackness. [Salon]
If these links weren’t enough weekend reading for you, check out the 82nd Down Under Feminists Carnival. [A Life Unexamined]
I wrote about your heroes letting you down. [TheVine]
I’m going to be contributing a link roundup for feminaust on the first Monday of every month and guess what? My first edition went live this week. Much of it is links I’ve already posted here over the past week, but head on over and check it—and feminaust—out anyway.
ICYMI: If these links didn’t sate you enough, I’ve posted the best of Aussie and Kiwi online feminism in December for the 80th Down Under Feminists Carnival.
“To be alone is to be eccentric. To be alone and a girl is to be nuts.” [Spook Magazine]
Elle magazine asked male celebs the questions women get asked on the red carpet: “It feels invasive.”
Make fun of The Nanny all you want, but it was actually pretty progressive television for its time. [TheVine]
The difference between flight attendants and stewardesses, or, why you shouldn’t call modern-day flight attendants stewardesses. [Flight Club]
Ed Sheeran is a NiceGuyTM. [Pitchfork]
Also, she may have solved its “branding” problem. [Bitch]
The New York Times called Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager who was shot to death by police in the town of Ferguson, Missouri, “no angel”; see how that compares to their descriptions of white serial killers and mass murderers. [Vox]
Roxane Gay on women who take nude photos of themselves (and the fact that the non-consensual leaking of them is a crime):
“The Great Celebrity Naked Photo Leak of 2014… is meant to remind women of their place. Don’t get too high and mighty, ladies. Don’t step out of line. Don’t do anything to upset or disappoint men who feel entitled to your time, bodies, affection or attention. Your bared body can always be used as a weapon against you. You bared body can always be used to shame and humiliate you. Your bared body is at once desired and loathed.” [The Guardian]
Raising our daughters to be single women. [Daily Life]
I recapped Outback Championship Wrestling’s recent show in Melbourne, featuring former WWE Superstars Carlito and Chris Masters. [Facebook]
You can also see me onscreen for the fledgling wrestling company with half-hour episodes showcasing local and international wrestling talent each Tuesday at 9:30pm on Channel 31 in metropolitan Melbourne and Geelong areas. For the rest of you, catch the show here. [Channel 31]
Yesterday I hosted the 76th Down Under Feminists Carnival, so if you’re looking for more (Aussie and NZ) feminist content, check it out.
Blake Lively, Gwyneth Paltrow and, yes, Beyoncé didn’t wake up like this. [The Cut]
Can men please stop singing songs about women who don’t find themselves beautiful? (I explored the same topic here.) [Buzzfeed]
“What remains the same is that sex is made out to be a game, one in which men are competitors and women are prizes. Men are tasked with pleading, urging and coercing women into sex, or sexual behavior…
“Young women’s sexuality is so policed and constrained that they are often looking for excuses to be sexual — sometimes it’s drinking too much, sometimes it’s a silly contest. Anything for plausible slut-deniability.” [Salon]
Like Anna Gunn before her, Leighton Meester takes issue with the misogyny hurled at her character on the latest Broadway iteration of Of Mice & Men:
“The insults are thrown at Curley’s wife: bitch, tramp, tart. The further along in the production we go, the more I realise that the audience agrees. In rooting for our heroes—the everyman protagonists who scorn and demean the only woman—the audience finds themselves unquestioningly hating her, too. But why? … [I]n dissecting this piece for five months now, I’ve found that within the writing, there is both a lack of reason to truly hate this woman, and the inevitable and undeniable urge to do so…
“If this woman is purely a victim, why is she so hated? And if she is truly harmless, why is she so threatening? Without question, it was a commentary on the social climate at the time, which still surprisingly applies today. But if sexism is one of the featured themes, why not say it?” [HuffPo]
Naked women as props (NSFW). [Sociological Images]
Playboy: thanks for the memories (SFW). [Daily Life]
Bleak, but inspiring: “Freelancing & the Mythical Work/Life Balance.” [This Ain’t Livin’]
Why do they hate us? Christos Tsiolkas on Australia’s asylum seeker problem. [The Monthly]
Femen from the perspective of its activists (NSWF). [Vice]
I reviewed Domestic Warfare at Gasworks Arts Park as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival for TheatrePress.
Image via I’m Charming You.
Is Cosmo feminist? [Bust]
Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” lyrics, as said by rapists. [Sociological Images]
The pleasure of reading print books. [Daily Life]