And the sexual politics of that kiss. [Role Reboot]
I wrote about the connection between Crossroads and Grey’s Anatomy. [Bitch Flicks]
Mad Men‘s best literary references. [Vulture]
Here are some practical ways to address the epidemic of violence against women in Australia instead of perpetuating the “monster myth”. [Birdee, White Ribbon]
Janelle Monae is not for male consumption. [Gradient Lair]
“Men, Stop Being Dicks About Condoms.” [Spook Magazine]
“In Defence of the Selfie.” [Spook Magazine]
Have you ever noticed that ubiquitous rom com scene in which the female protagonist wonders out loud whether she “had sex” with the male love interest while drunk? Honey, if you have to ask, it’s rape. [Shakesville]
50 Shades of Grey‘s tampon scene could have been an opportunity to demystify period sex but instead it was cut from the film. At least it’s not going to be an exact recreation of the book’s version, which has major boundary issues. That goes for the whole book, really. [Daily Dot]
Race in the political world of Scandal. [Bitch Flicks]
When gay men engage in sexism and misogyny. [The Advocate]
Lindy West confronts the troll who apologised to her for impersonating her dead dad. [This American Life]
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]
Further to that, what about Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and sexual assault survivors? [The Hairpin]
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]
Taylor Swift’s Girlfriend Collection. [Buzzfeed]
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]
The story of V: abbreviating “very”. [The Atlantic]
A women in refrigerators supercut.
What relevance should a sex workers’ occupation have to her sexual assault? Nothing, but unfortunately it’s everything. [Daily Life]
The second- VS. third-wave feminism of Marge and Lisa Simpson. [Bitch Magazine]
Janet Mock on Beyoncé and her feminist awakening. [Janet Mock]
In the wake of Ray Rice’s dumping from the NFL and the Baltimore Ravens for beating his then-fiance, a refresher course on all the famous men we’ve forgiven for their abuse because they do stuff we like. [Dame Magazine]
“You made me hit you in the face. Now everyone is going to know.” (*trigger warning*) [Guernica]
Kim Kardashian has figured out a way to make bank for doing “women’s work”. [Brooklyn Magazine]
The freezing, hungry reality of NHL “ice girls”. [Mother Jones]
What it’s like to work at Playgirl. [Medium]
Orange is the New Black‘s second season dropped on Netflix last weekend, and Sady Doyle explains that it’s not just a “knitting circle” show for women:
“I mean, there is a knitting circle. But they have an alarming tendency to shiv people.” [In These Times]
What a difference 40 years makes: Seventeen magazine then and now. [Shameless Magazine]
“The old adage that sex sells meant a lot when you literally had to buy into an artist or performer. You couldn’t read Madonna’s Sex book without purchasing it, or watch Deep Throat without going to the cinema. True, music videos have always been free at the point of access, but they once acted as adverts for a purchasable product; now people can watch ‘Wrecking Ball’ as many times as they want, with no interest in the Miley album itself. They can tweet about what she means for feminism till they’re blue in the face, but with no real interest in the end project, there’s no guarantee that all publicity is good publicity.”
I would argue that Miley’s selling a different kind of sex than your Britneys and even Madonnas once did; she’s portraying a crazier, more aggressive and perhaps more authentic sexuality than we’ve seen amongst female pop stars in quite awhile, barring Rihanna and her IDGAF attitude. [Vice]
And if you’re after even more linkage, check out The Conversationalist‘s hosting of the 73rd Down Under Feminist Carnival, featuring links from yours truly and many other feminist musings.
Santa Barbara gunman Elliot Rodger isn’t the only one who feels awkward about their lack of sexual experience. Women feel like this, too!
“The notion that all women can get effortlessly laid, if only they open their legs, reduces the reality of female experience, transforming women from complicated individuals to the vessels for male sexual desire…” [Nerve]
Still with Rodger, taking the pressure off sex might have made him realise that losing your virginity doesn’t change your life. [Vice]
Finally, he wasn’t a “virgin madman, he was an entitled madman with four guns… Misogyny actually kills people.”
ICYMI: Feminism in Elle magazine.
You’d better #pitchbitch: a new initiative to encourage women writers to get their stuff out there. [Kill Your Darlings]
Pregnancy on TV. [Los Angeles Magazine]
Finally: alcohol doesn’t cause rape, rape mentality causes rape. [Times Free Press]
ABC’s disability discussion website Ramp Up will cease publication at the end of this month, thanks to the new government’s budget.