I was on my very first panel at the Digital Writers’ Festival, talking about what it means to be a writer online away from Australia.
I wrote about volunteering for Hillary Clinton. [Daily Life]
Supporting Hillary Clinton but keeping in mind Bill’s history of sexual assault accusations. [The Cut]
What if New York City was named for its women? [New Yorker]
The black history of the nameplate necklace. [Fusion]
Two women wrestled for the first time inside Hell in a Cell so sexism in wrestling is over now, right? [Fight Booth]
World Wrestling Entertainment has an ageism problem, but it only affects women, of course. [Wrestling Sexism]
Why WWE needs women’s tag team championships:
“In WWE, women don’t really have the option to be friends. There’s no benefit to a friendship because belts can only be held by an individual, and everyone is competing for the same titles. There’s quite a sad parallel here to the real world. Women often feel that they are in competition with other women for jobs, relationships and resources that seem scarce. Has a new woman starting at your work ever filled you with irrational jealousy, even if she seems perfectly nice? Ever wonder why?” [Intergender World Champs]
In defence of Melania Trump. And if Donald Trump is as dangerous as we believe him to be, then she certainly needs it. [Melville House]
This election has taught us that “expanding roles and opportunities for women cannot usher in full gender equality unless men change.” [NYTimes]
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]
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.
It’s WrestleMania season and Chyna’s been blackballed from being inducted into the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame yet again. I’m wrote about her audacity to have a sexuality separate from the one WWE deems acceptable.
My feminist connectivity piece from last week, originally published at The Vocal, is now over at Daily Life.
The Nina Simone biopic is a racist issue. [The Atlantic]
Donald Trump’s core philosophy is misogyny. [Slate]
A deep dive into Jennifer Garner’s status as celebrity mum du jour. [Buzzfeed]
Is Justin Bieber an introvert? [Mel Magazine]
Is the rise of “no kill” about the welfare of animals or our feelings? [Aeon]
The homoeroticism of Batman V. Superman: “The passion between men is expressed as violence.” Sounds a lot like wrestling. [The Establishment]
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I wrote about Twitter as a tool for feminist connectivity. [The Vocal]
The objectification of Canadian PM Justin Trudeau isn’t sexist:
“You may be disturbed or annoyed by the shirtless photos and swoony responses to our new PM, but that concern shouldn’t come from a sense of worry that Trudeau will be hurt—socially, politically or personally—by this so-called ‘sexist objectification.’ Because that is simply not what is happening. It’s not as though Canadians will now see him as a vapid, slutty, airhead with nothing to recommend him but his pecs or as someone who got ahead through either fuckability or literal fucking. The reality is that these sexy pics and the fact that so many find him physically attractive serves to enhance his power rather than diminish it. This is because he is not a woman. He is a man. And a powerful one at that.” [Feminist Current]
Meanwhile, in the U.S. Presidential race, toxic masculinity reigns supreme. [Elle]
“Why aren’t we seeing more images of Kim Kardashian in business meetings or changing her kid’s diaper?” [Time]
The inherent sexism of emojis. [NYTimes]
The sexual politics of the “brogressive” and the Manic Pixie Dream Feminist. [Daily Life]
Why are so many white people identifying as Native American?
“One of the biggest reasons it’s been acceptable for white people to posture as Native is due to a certain romanticism about Native culture and people. ‘If you go back to the journals of Christopher Columbus,’ [Taté Walker, editor of Native Peoples magazine] said, ‘it references [Natives as] these free-spirited nature sprites who dance naked in the moonlight and their kids are running wild, and it just sounds so savage, but savage was a term for free.’ As colonialism spread across the continent, so did that idea of freedom, and ‘the idea that ‘Natives have it great, so let’s take it’ has become “Natives have it great, so let’s take it as an identity,”‘ Walker said.” [Fusion]
In praise of Vin Diesel’s Facebook page. [NYTimes]