I wrote about sexualised possession on Charmed as part of Bitch Flicks‘ theme week on demon and spirit possession.
And a post from a few years ago on the hyper-sexualisation and -feminisation of Halloween costumes.
Um, can I just copy and paste this whole article by Amanda Marcotte on why Annie Lennox is wrong about Beyoncé and twerking not being feminist? A snippet:
“I reject outright this notion that “feminist” should be an elite category that is only earned through hard work. If we want it to be a successful movement that changes the world, ordinary people need to have a stake in it. You need to feel that just because you’re a nurse or an accountant or yes, a pop star, doesn’t mean that you don’t have a part to play, even if it’s just donating money or talking up feminism on Facebook or voting for feminist candidates. Movements live or die by whether or not they achieve mainstream success, and you can’t get that if you treat feminism like it’s too precious for the masses.” [Pandagon]
For teens, sexting is a way to be “sexual without being sexual”. [The Atlantic]
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Melissa Fabello makes some good points in her video about not wasting time on in-fighting about who’s a good feminist and who’s not, but you know me; I really think more people should proud to call themselves feminists and that not all supposedly feminist acts are created equal.
Speaking of, it’s no secret I’m Taylor Swift’s number one hater but over at One Week One Band the dissection of all things Swift is truly eye-opening if a bit fawning. I still think she’s a dolt with some seriously detrimental views about gender and sex, but it’s nice to look at her music from a different point of view for a change.
Anthony Weiner’s mistress, Sydney Leathers (what a name!) gives her top sexting advice. And it’s mind-numbingly mundane. [xoJane]
A call to arms for Twitter to do something about their complacency for rape threats and gender-based hatred from a woman who’s been there; the woman who was faced with a torrent of vitriolic abuse from Tyler, the Creator and his fans. [Daily Life]
Rachel Hills on Hugo Scwhyzer’s retirement from the online femisphere. [Musings of an Inappropriate Woman]
Bisexuality on The O.C. [Bitch]
Why are all TV serial killers’ victims women? [The Guardian]
Well, the 12th Doctor Who wasn’t a woman or a person of colour, as has recently been speculated, but is Peter Capaldi’s age progressive in itself? [TheVine]
Then again, maybe not. [Jezebel]
The sexual politics of Grindr. [The Guardian]
It’s a very MamaMia-and-Jezebel heavy edition of “On the (Rest of the) Net”, but variety is overrated.
The grey area of domestic violence: a wifebeater who left his partner blind in one eye and made her miscarry their child also saved an elderly woman from a fire in her home as a bravery award-receiving firefighter. [MamaMia]
Bob Katter is the scourge of our society. Just like Pauline Hanson! [MamaMia]
Forget sexting: it’s all about the webcam striptease now. [Jezebel]
MTV’s latest show, I Just Want My Pants Back, focuses on the lives of twenty-something hipsters in Brooklyn, where apparently abortion isn’t an option. [Jezebel]
To circumcise or not to circumcise, that is the question. [MamaMia]
Is porn star James Deen a feminist? [Jezebel]
I haven’t had a chance to pick up the new Vanity Fair yet, but after reading Scarlett Johansson’s comments on the nude photos of her that have surfaced in recent months, I can’t wait to see what else she’s got to say on sexting and slut-shaming (sext-shaming?):
“‘I know my best angles,’ she says with her trademark insouciance. ‘They were sent to my husband,’ now ex Ryan Reynolds. ‘There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s not like I was shooting a porno.’ She adds saucily, ‘Although there’s nothing wrong with that either.’”
Jezebel goes on to say:
“We appreciate Scarlett reminding the world that the only person who did something wrong in this situation is the guy who violated her privacy, not the adult woman who sent sexy photos to her partner.”
Amen to that!
Elsewhere: [Jezebel] Scarlett Johansson Would Like That Nude Pic Slut-Shaming to End.
Image via Daily Stab.