Porn stars aren’t typically labeled as feminists or women’s studies majors, but Belle Knox, a Duke freshman who made headlines recently after she was outed by her classmate, is both. Whatever you make of Knox, her story offers a lot to think about.
The latest cover of Bloomberg Businessweek features a well-dressed white woman standing with her hand on her hip, underneath the words
“FREEZE YOUR EGGS, FREE YOUR CAREER.” But it’s plain fallacy to believe that an individual woman can outsmart a racist, sexist job market by freezing her eggs.
Fattitude is a feature-length documentary by Lindsey Averill and Viridiana Lieberman that exposes how popular culture fosters fat prejudice and then offers an alternative way of thinking.
Unlike other televised representations of abortion experiences, House of Cards pulls back the curtain on the complex internal processes and external actions taken by many who have had abortions.
The OpEd Project has released a dismaying report showing that female op-ed writers still mostly write about “pink” topics such as women-specific health care. But those stories are critically important, and if women “break out” and write about other things, who’s left to cover them?
Via Mashable.com: “Comedian Kate Hendricks teamed up with Mashable to ask men on the street to discuss their plans for celebrating women during the month of March. While some gave genuine, honest answers to Hendrick’s questions, others stooped to sarcasm to avoid the topic entirely.”
A writer at the Daily Caller is mad that women who can’t access abortion locally might get the “vacation” of sitting on a bus to get outpatient surgery. Bill O’Reilly is mad that Beyoncé enjoys married sex. It seems like anything you do these days is making the right mad, if you’re female.
How do the words we use to describe girls dictate their behavior and self-perceptions, as well as the perceptions others have of what their behavior means? These are important questions, because when our societal standards of behavior for girls doesn’t match what we expect from boys, we perpetuate the sexism that holds girls back from becoming leaders. This “Ban Bossy“ video by BBDO New York and LeanIn.org highlights the price we pay for discouraging girls from leading and calls on all of us to change the narrative. [via UpWorthy]
She hasn’t even announced if she’ll run for president in 2016, but critics and media analysts alike are already struggling to cover the former secretary of state without falling into sexist tropes.
On this episode of Reality Cast, I interview journalist Brian Beutler about the conservative waiver mania. In another segment, I discuss how things are getting really bad for women in the Rio Grande Valley, while the absurd and routine conservative attacks on women continue.