Category Archives: Feminism and Culture

Word Clouds: Gender and the Vocabulary of Advertisements for Toys

From here, where the author of the linked post did all the work, and explains the data!

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The New Wonder Woman?

There is a NBC pilot in the works for a new “Wonder Woman” television series.  Judging by the costume preview (here, at EW.com), I predict the show never gets picked up. Apparently, the costume designer did not use the lasso … Continue reading

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Catchy Tune, Disgusting Lyrics

See also this.

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Black on “Stalled: Gender Diversity on Corporate Boards”

Barbara Black, the Charles Hartsock Professor of Law and Director of the Corporate Law Center at the University of Cincinnati College of Law has posted to SSRN her essay, Stalled: Gender Diversity on Corporate Boards.  Here is the abstract: In … Continue reading

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When Will Equality Be “Sexy”?

Kanye West’s “Monster” video has been banned from MTV “for its violence and explicit content toward women,” according to Essence magazine (here).  That’s a rather glossy description of the video.  According to the petition signed by over 5,000 people: “The … Continue reading

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Fatal Charmers

Kevin Nance investigates the disappearance of the femme fatale from our screens. “For all her lying,” he says, “the femme fatale was a truth-teller, a bad woman whose real crime was to introduce a man to his own innate badness. … Continue reading

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Janell Hobson on Hip-Hop Feminism

Over at the Ms. Magazine blog, Janell Hobson (Women’s Studies, SUNY) writes Can’t Stop the Women of Hip-Hop: [N]ow that mainstream hip-hop has become corporate, such women have been mostly silenced (most infamously when Sarah Jones was fined in 2001 by the FCC … Continue reading

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Where are the Women? Not Too Often Among Magazine Authors, Either

VIDA: Women in Literary Arts has published The Count 2010, its annual tally of authors whose work appeared (or was reviewed) in magazines like the Atlantic, Granta, Harpers, London Review of Books, the New Yorker, the NY Times Book Review, the … Continue reading

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The Value of a Name

Names are important.  They reflect our identity, and so the ability to keep or change them implicates our autonomy.  A recent lawsuit in Japan brings this importance into sharp relief.  There, a group of women filed suit yesterday, challenging a … Continue reading

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Oedipus, Kay Jewelry Style

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWFhn-mq4K4[/youtube] Kay Jewelers is running a commercial showing a male uniformed soldier (presumably) overseas, speaking by video phone with his wife.  As the wife opens a jewelry box, the husband says proudly that he had help from his “wingman” — … Continue reading

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What’s in a name? For married women, a lifetime of effort.

A woman who decides to marry a man sets herself up for a lot of time spent thinking and talking about her name.  If she decides to change her name, she opts in to a lengthy bureaucratic name-changing process so … Continue reading

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Karlyn on “Unruly Girls, Unrepentant Mothers”

This new book announcement from the University of Texas Press caught my eye: Unruly Girls, Unrepentent Mothers, a companion to Kathleen Rowe Karlyn’s groundbreaking work, The Unruly Woman, studies the ways popular culture and current debates within and about feminism inform … Continue reading

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CFP: Women and New Media in the Mediterranean Region

From the FLP mailbox, this call for abstracts from the Isis Center for Women and Development: INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE WOMEN & NEW MEDIA IN THE MEDITERRANEAN REGION ISIS CENTER FOR WOMEN & DEVELOPMENT June 24, 25, 26, 2011 – Fez, Morocco … Continue reading

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Comic Journalism’s “Brenda Starr” Retires

Mary Schmich is retiring the comic strip “Brenda Starr” tomorrow after writing her adventures for twenty-five years. Ms. Schmich took over duties for “Brenda Starr” in 1985 after the originator, Dale Messick, retired. Brenda was a trailblazer, a woman who … Continue reading

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Isabelle Caro, Model, Anti-Anorexia Campaigner, Dies

Daniele Gouzard-Dubreuil Prevot, model Isabelle Caro’s acting teacher, announced that Ms. Caro died (Los Angeles Times obit) last month and was buried November 24. Ms. Caro, who suffered from anorexia, posed for the famous anti-anorexia ad labelled “No Anorexia” in … Continue reading

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Documentary on Black Masculinities in Comic Books, “From Shaft to Sidney Poitier”

Readers may be interested in the film Shaft or Sidney Poitier, “a documentary film examining the representation of Black masculinity in comic books” produced by Jonathan Gayles. Academics writing on comics, popular culture and gender include Mark Anthony Neal (Duke, … Continue reading

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Grabbing a Woman’s Backside: Does the Gender of the Grabber Matter?

Hypothetical:  Person A grabs/touches/pinches Person B’s backside without Person B’s consent. Does one’s assessment of the situation change based on the sex or gender identity of Person A and/or Person B? Does it matter if Person A and/or Person B … Continue reading

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Are the Media’s Representations of Supreme Court Nominees Gendered?

Renee Newman Knake and Hannah Brenner, both of Michigan State University College of Law, have published Rethinking Gender Equality in the Legal Profession: What the Media’s Depiction of Supreme Court Nominees Reveals About the Pipeline to Power as an MSU Legal … Continue reading

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Nothing Says ‘Thanksgiving’ Like ’99 männliche Luftballons’

Healthy Girls Healthy Women reports here on its on-line petition requesting that Macy’s add an equal number of female-character balloons to its annual Thanksgiving Day Parade. In the 84-year history of the parade, only 8% of all the balloons were of … Continue reading

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CFP: “Precarious Spaces: (Dis-) Locating Gender,” U Rochester March 24, 2011

From the FLP mailbox, this call for papers: Precarious Spaces:  (Dis-) Locating Gender The 18th Annual Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference at the University of Rochester March 24th & 25th, 2011 Keynote Speaker: *Laura … Continue reading

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Guest Blogger Amanda Gonzalez: Can Acting Like a Man Really Work Against Patriarchy?

I have a confession to make: I truly love trashy television and radio. I’m not above any of it. Not 16 and Pregnant, not Justin Bieber, not Real Housewives. I love it all. As I was singing along to the … Continue reading

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Can you picture an ad for prostate cancer featuring a delicate, manicured hand squishing a dude’s junk?

That is the question posed at IBTP in a post excerpted below: It’s breast cancer awareness month! Awesome! There is much patriarchy to blame when it comes to breast cancer awareness month. Such as Komen. Komen, as I have declaimed … Continue reading

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Manliness, Part III: Paradox

Thanks to Bridget for calling our attention to this curious story involving female political candidates challenging the manliness of their male adversaries; the story also includes male candidates ascribing feminine vices to their female candidates.  Both phenomena are interesting, but … Continue reading

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Calling All Bloggers

The blog Girl With Pen is seeking assistance. See the job posting below. It’s been a little quite round here this summer.  But we’re coming back in blazes come fall.  And speaking of: Author and Founding Partner of She Writes Deborah … Continue reading

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New Book Announcement: ‘Girls to the Front’ by Sara Marcus

Music and politics writer Sara Marcus has published Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution (Harper Perennial, Paperback, 2010).  Here’s the description from the book’s website: Riot Grrrl roared into the spotlight in 1991: an … Continue reading

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Festschrift 2.0: Ms. Magazine Blog Celebrates bell hooks

 The Ms. Magazine blog is in the middle of bell hooks week, “a series of essays celebrating the life and works of the extraordinary bell hooks. hooks has made a significant impact on feminism, race theory, education, class politics, the … Continue reading

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Sizzle and Steak

Lady Gaga is wearing a meat mini on the cover of Vogue Homme Japan: I have a feeling that this magazine cover will inspire “Is Lady Gaga a feminist icon?” debates in Women’s Studies classes all across the country (Madonna … Continue reading

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Vintage Clairol Ad

From 1952. I find it interesting that the “sleeping beauty” who is awakens is a redhead, not the blonde who went to sleep.  And those eyebrows would be no minor feat.  image source: Duke Library Digital Collections. -Bridget Crawford

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Is (Black) Beauty Still a Feminist Issue?

That’s the question that Feminist Law Prof Imani Perry (Princeton) asks in this piece over at HuffPo: Last night I read my friends’ tweets about the Miss Universe Pageant. But I didn’t watch it. I am an old fashioned feminist when … Continue reading

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Middle Men’s Tax Angle

This week, I saw the movie “Middle Men” starring Luke Wilson and Giovanni Ribisi.  I won’t spoil the ending, but income tax considerations — and a collective desire to outwit the “tax man” — play a huge role in the … Continue reading

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In the Library With the Man Your Grades Could Be

The video was produced by the library at Brigham Young University.  Hilarious! H/T Paul Caron (here). -Bridget Crawford

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Strawberry Shortcake Gets a Makeover at 30

It looks like Rainbow Brite is not the only toy getting a makeover.  Strawberry Shortcake has a new look, too. Today’s New York Times reports (here) that the new Strawberry Shortcake will be introduced by Hasbro at this year’s Comic-Con … Continue reading

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New Study Finds Women and Girls Underrepresented and Oversexualized in Media

The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media has recently issued a report of the results of studies conducted about gender in media. The results can be viewed here (PDF). Among them: Study 1: G-rated movies from 1990-Jan. 2005: Fewer … Continue reading

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Ambivalent About the Boobquake

You’ve probably seen it by now. First, a Neanderthal Iranian cleric scolded women for wearing “immodest” Western clothing which of course leads to adultery, which of course causes earthquakes. In response, blogger Jen McCreight announced: On Monday, April 26th, I … Continue reading

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Please Don’t Put a Wig on Your Baby

I know some people find “baby wigs” funny and harmless, but I find them utterly disturbing.  In my view, putting a wig on a baby either (a) sexualizes the child; or (b) functions as a type of minstrelsy (coincidence that … Continue reading

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The Regulation of Naming

Yofi Tirosh, Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University, has published A Name of One’s Own: Gender and Symbolic Legal Personhood in the European Court of Human Rights, in volume 33 of the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender (2010). Here … Continue reading

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Why did David Brooks feel the need to churn out another concern-trolling column urging women to choose marriage over career success?

Historiann contemplated that question here. –Ann Bartow

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Gender Construction Right Before Your Eyes

Startling and moving. I have to give the dad props for posting this to YouTube, given how things roll. –Ann Bartow ETA: Video has been made “private.” What it showed was three children, two girls and a boy, in the … Continue reading

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“Chess For Girls” from SNL around 1997 – Has anything changed?

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Georgia judge obstructs effort by Hustler to pornify photo of murdered hiker; Georgia law preventing distribution of certain crime scene photos has also been proposed.

From CNN: Photos of the nude and decapitated body of a murdered hiker, sought by a writer on assignment for Hustler magazine, will not be released, a judge in Georgia ordered Wednesday. The decision came as state lawmakers considered legislation … Continue reading

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“Pop culture’s suddenly full of tweeniuses – but why are they all boys?”

That is the question addressed by Bitch magazine in this article.

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In honor of “The Hurt Locker’s” Kathryn Bigelow, who became the first woman to win the Oscar for Best Director last night, and International Women’s Day, a list of pioneering women movie directors.

From “Movie Mom” Nell Minow: 1. Penny Marshall, who started as an actress (“Laverne and Shirley”), went on to direct films that included “Awakenings,” “Big,” and “A League of Their Own.” 2. Amy Heckerling is the director of “Clueless” and … Continue reading

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HuffPo post asserts Stephen Colbert treated Sean Hannity “like a prostitute.”

The post is here, along with a video clip. Below is the appalling text: Last night Stephen Colbert sat down with Sean Hannity, who “joined [him] live from stuff [he] could edit together,” and with some crafty splicing, proceeded to … Continue reading

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Women’s History Month at Sarah Lawrence: The Message is in the Music: “Hip Hop Feminism, Riot Grrrl, Latina Music, and More”

Women’s History Month Conference The Message is in the Music:  Hip Hop Feminism, Riot Grrrl, Latina Music, and More Twelfth Annual Women’s History Month Conference  at Sarah Lawrence College Bronxville, New York Friday & Saturday, March 5 & 6, 2010 … Continue reading

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Susan J. Douglas, “Enlightened Sexism: The Seductive Message that Feminism’s Work is Done”

Described here. An essay by Douglas entitled “Girls Gone Anti-Feminist” that touches on the book’s themes is available here. Below is an excerpt: … Enlightened sexism is a response, deliberate or not, to the perceived threat of a new gender … Continue reading

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Fighting Your Oppressor

versus: Via. –Ann Bartow

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Just in Time for February 14: “Hip Hop’s Languages of Love”

Women and Language.  There’s a whole journal with that name: WOMEN AND LANGUAGE, an international interdisciplinary research periodical, serves as a forum for innovative studies and critical conversations among feminist theorists and gender scholars. Women and Language accepts submissions of … Continue reading

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Wonder Woman: From Non-Killing Superhero to “Bullet Breasts”

Artist Linda Stein breaks it down in this video.  [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-xMFvGSPH4[/youtube] In an article for the most recent On the Issues Magazine (here),   Stein writes: Created by William Moulten Marston in 1941, Wonder Woman was the”invincible enemy of injustice.”She … Continue reading

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Mr. Deity and the Help-Meet, Or, Explaining the Politics of Housework In Three and a Half Minutes

I’ve discovered “Mr Deity and the Help Meet,”  in which Lucy (aka Lucifer) takes Mr. Deity to task 3 days before the Creation for changing male and female roles (and the balance of power).  Giving birth? Breast feeding? The women … Continue reading

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Great cartoon by Judy Horacek

Via her website.

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