This Week in Lady Reads

Lady Reads is a bit heavy on the pop culture this week, but that’s just because so much cool news came out! But don’t worry, we’ve got dick jokes and FEELS too! Read More This Week in Lady Reads

This Week in Misogyny is Doing the Stride of Pride

Because why are we still calling it a walk of shame anyway? Oh right, because people are terrible. Let’s see just how terrible people were this week! (As usual, trigger warnings for pretty much everything apply.) Read More This Week in Misogyny is Doing the Stride of Pride

Takedown: Interpreting women

Get ready for another two for one, because ridiculous crapdates keep sliding across my news feed in themes. This week’s theme: boys do boy things and girls do girl things, and oh yeah, the things that girls do are manipulative and frivolous. Hooray, gender-based stereotypes that reinforce the patriarchy! Read More Takedown: Interpreting women

Mother’s Day Marketing: The Good, the Bad, and the Cringeworthy

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, so we should all take it as an opportunity to show our moms how much we appreciate them… by buying them shit, right? If my inbox is to be believed, yes, that is the most important thing to keep in mind this weekend. But what to get her? Unsurprisingly, the suggestions from some retailers are, shall we say, less than enlightened, though I’ve also seen a few that were pretty heartwarming or just refreshingly blasé. Then there are the ads that are, well, a little disturbing. You’ll see! Read More Mother’s Day Marketing: The Good, the Bad, and the Cringeworthy

Lego Friends and the Problem of Gendered Toys

Lego has been making waves with its new “Friends” collection for girls. While some have praised the move for trying to encourage girls to play with building toys they might otherwise shun, others see it as unnecessary and pandering. The more I look at the issue, the more I realize I can see both sides of the argument. I have no problem with making more feminine toys available; a lot of girls, and a fair number of boys, like girly stuff and there’s nothing wrong with that. I’m absolutely in favor of toys that encourage kids to look outside the pursuits typically approved for their gender. However, Lego really dropped the ball on execution. Read More Lego Friends and the Problem of Gendered Toys

Vegan on Vacation: Seville, Spain Edition

Exporting ethics is tricky business. Whether you are the sole vegan at Thanksgiving dinner, or out with a bunch of new travel buddies while traveling abroad, handling ethical issues without seeming like an insensitive, self-involved jerk can be a conundrum. Read More Vegan on Vacation: Seville, Spain Edition

But Is The King’s Speech Good For Women?

To the surprise of no one except the upper-middle class white guys aged 25-35 who thought that The Social Network was speaking directly to them, The King’s Speech walked away with the Best Picture Oscar on Sunday night. This was clearly a win for England, a win for classic filmmaking and, of course, a win for the always dapper Colin Firth. But was it a win for women? Read More But Is The King’s Speech Good For Women?