The Oscar-nominated film Philomena tells the tale of an Irish Catholic mother separated from her son by one of Ireland’s infamous 20th century Magdalene Laundries. But this adoption system wasn’t limited to mid-century Ireland; there are millions of Philomenas out there.
The makers of Miss Representation are back with another documentary. This time, they explore another hugely important facet of feminist research: masculinity in America, and the harmful effects it has on the little boys we raise to be men. [via Upworthy]
Democracy Now! interviews director Gillian Robespierre at Sundance about her new film Obvious Child. According to Robespierre, the filmmakers worked closely with Planned Parenthood to depict an abortion experience accurately and positively.
To The Contrary panelists, including RH Reality Check Editor at Large Erin Matson, discuss a recent Vatican sex abuse hearing at the UN, as well as the FDA’s rejection of what is called a “female Viagra.”
Last month’s CNN piece on sex trafficking in Cambodia was notable because it represented a common failure of the media to report effectively on issues like trafficking in ways that do not compound the harm to those most affected.
Philomena is another reminder of the vast inequalities between those who adopt children and birth mothers.
Researchers and the general public may be unable to agree on teen pregnancy shows’ contributions to society, but what we all can agree on is that these MTV shows present tired tropes about teen moms that are harmful for young girls.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, a self-proclaimed feminist, here describes his objection to female objectification and gender norms. ”It’s worth paying attention to the roles that are sort of dictated to us,” he said to Ellen DeGeneres, “and to realize that we don’t have to fit into those roles. We can be anybody we want to be.” [via UpWorthy]
When a person begins typing words into the Google search bar, the Google autofill feature automatically suggests the most popular searches beginning with those words. In this eye-opening video project put together by Brown University student Emma Hall, speakers announce the most popular worldwide Google searches for phrases beginning with words such as “women want,” “men want,” “women need,” and “feminists should.” The results unequivocally suggest what feminists already know: Sexism is alive and even dominant in today’s world. [via The Huffington Post]