Sorry about the lateness but I was unexpectedly without internet over the Christmas break (luckily I was connected to Twitter and Facebook via my phone, so I didn’t have to spend too much time socialising with the family. Phew!). I hope you had a lovely one xx
The mainstreaming of feminism. [Oregon Humanities]
Critiquing Nicki Minaj’s feminism. [Jezebel]
Feminism in Sons of Anarchy. [Bitch Flicks]
I was a Hooters girl: the similarities between waitressing and sex work. [XOJane]
“Kim Kardashian works full-time as a professional metaphor.” [Matter]
Black women are constantly surveilled but do we ever really see them? [Model View Culture]
I profiled OCW’s fastest rising star, Slade Mercer.
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.
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]
“What It’s Really Like to Wear a Hijab.” [Daily Life]
While the mainstream media is not always the most tasteful industry, its coverage of Jill Meagher’s disappearance was invaluable in helping catch her killer. [MamaMia]
And here’s an amusing take on the sexist comments thrown women’s way after the Jill Meagher tragedy. I’ve been experiencing some of these “restrictions” myself since then, preached to me by well-intentioned but misguided friends, which I’ll be writing more about next week. [Feminaust]
Why fur is back in fashion. [Jezebel]
Instead of petitioning the fashion magazines, should we be making love instead of porn? [TheVine]
The perils of getting a hair cut as a black woman. [Jezebel]
Two of my favourite writers and unofficial mentors, I guess you could say, are in the midst of writing books. Rachel Hills and Sarah Ayoub-Christie detail their struggles with the process. Keep ya heads up, girls! [Musings of an Inappropriate Woman, Chasing Aphrodite]
“Reverse Photoshopping” a “too thin” Karlie Kloss isn’t any better than Photoshopping away cellulite or blemishes. [Daily Life]
Famous writers throughout history reimagine Cosmo’s sex tips. [McSweeney’s]
Why are all the feminists these days funny? Um, because we wised up to the fact that our ideals are better digested by the mainstream through less-threatening humour than shoving it down unwilling throats. Though we still do a lot of that!
“[Sexism’s] existence at the moment requires a tougher, wilier, more knowing, and sophisticated stance.” [Slate]
Clementine Ford’s full Wheeler Centre Lunchbox/Soapbox address on the equality myth.
Incorporating part of her speech, Ford elaborates on Alan Jones’ misogynistic comments about the Prime Minister and women in general. [Daily Life]
On the male-male-female threesome. [XOJane]
Why isn’t Mitt Romney being questioned about the way Mormonism treats women? [Daily Beast]
Post of the week: Catherine Deveny on body love. [MamaMia]
On sexual harassment and “nightclub feminist success”. [Musings of an Inappropriate Woman]
Atheists are just as bad as rapists… and feminists. [Jezebel]
Lingerie football. What do you think? Personally, I’m not a huge fan of playing sports in underwear, but I don’t have much of a problem with it. [MamaMia]
“The Problem with My Week with Marilyn.” [Jezebel]
All long-term monogamous relationships are a transaction, says Ms. Elouise, so what’s the big problem with “paying your wife for sex”? [Feminaust]
Facebook, girl-hate and “I’m a better feminist than you” tête-à-têtes. [Howling Clementine]
XOJane on the message Breaking Dawn sends to virgins.
The Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope extends to indie films, too. [The Atlantic]
iPhone 4S’ Siri is pro-life, apparently. [Gizmodo]
When hemlines rise, so does bitchiness. [Jezebel]
Stella Young on the disability pension myth. [MamaMia]
Former Wordsmith Laner Sarah Ayoub-Christie tries to reconcile her modern marriage with her traditional Lebanese upbringing. [MamaMia]
“Teaching Good Sex” in school. What a novel idea! [New York Times]
Men in porn:
“The straight male performer must be attractive enough to serve as a prop, but not so attractive that he becomes the object of desire. As [porn publicist, Adella] Curry puts it, ‘No one wants to alienate the male audience’.” [Good]
Image via MamaMia.