Dispatches from Ladyblogland

Dispatches from Ladyblogland

Ladyblogland pointed me in the direction of some truly phenomenal writing.

Holy crap! The BBC has outright banned all-male panels on comedy shows. DailyMirror has teamed up with Getty Images to create stock photos that don’t reinforce bad stereotypes. But who will laugh alone with salad? New York Times

I linked last week to the story on “Feminism’s Toxic Twitter Wars.” This week, I discovered an article that unpacks the unpaid labor behind social media. Jacobin

Can feminism change how we approach things like parenting children with special needs? Everyday Feminism

As a political scientist, I found the open letter from Pussy Riot claiming that Nadia Tolokonnikova and Masha Alyokhina were no longer members due to their shift from a critique of capitalism to prison reform absolutely fascinating. What are the boundaries of identifying with a social movement? Pitchfork

Hey! Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty is ten! Did it change anything? Take Part

What did you read this week?

By [E] Sally Lawton

My food groups are cheese, bacon, and hot tea. I like studying cities and playing with my cat, Buffy.

3 replies on “Dispatches from Ladyblogland”

The Dove campaign is interesting, and I can’t speak of anything but my own experience, but I think it did have a positive effect. I don’t know. I can remember the earlier images (the posters/adverts of a group of women in their underwear) and how strange – but good-strange – it was to see these women and that they were different shapes and sizes, and that they looked happy.

I tend to have a very positive view of the whole thing. There is plenty to critique about it, for sure, but ultimately, it was a step in the right direction. I may be a little biased, though, since I worked in advertising for many years on some campaigns that I felt very strongly could do some good.

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