Unlike previous Bachelorettes, Hannah was outspoken with her sex life. She had no shame in her sexuality, and instead was empowered by it.Read More
When the pattern of similarities among secrets emerged, I began to question why some of the most common life experiences were such private secrets. On some level, it is rather obvious: some of these secrets involve trauma and either way people are entitled to their privacy. But another common denominator is that these subjects are all taboo.Read More
There’s a specific era of girlhood, in my experience, in which one might halfheartedly do this kind of thing: gymnastics, figure skating, dance lessons. There’s a phase of life defined, in part, by being awakened to the idea that such traditionally feminine endeavors are romantic, not just because they look beautiful, but because they require so much of you, as a person and a body. Girls learn early on the romance of practicing severe self-discipline, of denying yourself things: free time, food, pleasure.
As the men, the writers at the newspaper we learn, belittle Nancy as Jonathon gets off free, it is concerning that we are less bothered by the blatant reality we see today on and off the tv screen. We even watch Jonathon witness his girlfriend sinking and with shallow affirmation, tells her to “buck up,” and “they’ll warm up to you.”Read More
There are mentions of things like privilege, gender expression, the spectrum of sexuality, but these are shown more than anything else. They don’t need to be mentioned as much because this is a show that truly centers those narratives and values, and that’s what I want to see.Read More
The story we’re used to hearing goes like this; women don’t have a sense of humor and therefore cannot “take a joke.” The story often now goes like this; feminists are humorless and cannot take a joke.Read More
What does it mean to be soft? Ultra-hot, vulnerable, melting in the mouth. Disappearing. I think of that girl, in that moment, and the weight follows me home: into the kitchen, into bed. Where else do women go?Read More
What I definitely know is that we don’t want to see diversity for the sake of checking an arbitrary box. We want it because it’s what exists in the real world, and we want to see that reflected, as opposed to ignored or erased.
I have had countless people who say they support the LGBTQ+ community tell me that bisexuality isn’t real. But then what does the ‘B’ in LGBTQ+ stand for?Read More
We need to create an open dialogue about the motives of the marketing executives and creative directors who are perpetually reinforcing an entirely outdated and incorrect notion that gender expression is a central part of one’s identity. Apart from determining which pronouns we prefer, gender expression is just as integral to one’s identity as age.Read More
As feminists, queer folk, and people of color alike continue to unify and seek their own spaces of self-exploration and healing, people are searching more and more for ways to build and grow their sense of inner-stability.Read More
Commercialism, capitalism- whatever you may call it- reinforces gendered stereotypes by telling us how to think, what to think, and why we need to think those things.Read More
A pioneer of Sex Positive Synth Pop, Von uses her own orgasm wave patterns in the production of her music. This week, she released her latest video, “Voulin Rouge”, which follows a female police officer on the hunt for Von and her friends.
Sex is everywhere. It’s in the music we listen to, the books we read, the shows we binge and the movies we watch. But when it comes to being accurately portrayed, understood and celebrated, sexuality in the media still has a long way to go.Read More
Kodak Black is a poster child (one of many) for male privilege. There, I said it.Read More
There must be changes made in the future to protect the voices of all writers and uplift the ones that are often overlooked and excuse the idea of that the white male voice is the only one of interest to the American public.Read More
Through memorable messages, such as this, advertisement teams can prescribe to young impressionable consumers that sarcasm, simpleness, coolness, and sexyness exist in seperate realms, when in reality you can be all of these things, and you should have the capability to do so and not feel like any lessRead More
This is not to say that we need to boycott all past visual media that’s not perfectly politically correct and as aware as many of us are these days, but it does mean we need to thoroughly appreciate the shows that are producing more responsible, well-crafted (and accurate) content. Moreover, we need to reconsider our roles as consumers in the larger marketplace that is Hollywood.Read More
What seems like a commonplace thing to say today would have been radical in the early 1990’s.Read More
I’ve always had doubts about whether I could really consider myself a feminist because of the shows I watched and the music I enjoyed listening to. After reading Bad Feminist, I realized that my lifestyle choices and tastes don’t determine my authenticity as a feminist.Read More