The first time I saw Madonna’s “Justify My Love” music video, I was only about 6 or 7 years old. It was playing on a late night music video show on MTV, and because I always had minimal supervision, I saw the whole music video without interruption, or fear of my parents finding out. I […]
I swear there’s a cat gif at the end of this.
Feminist Insecurities: Style Edition
I wish I could say that I was bold enough to be that feminist who doesn’t give a damn what people think. I wish I could be that proud woman who wears exactly what she wants, no matter how society says she looks, who ignores the stares or the raised eyebrows. I wish I could stop imagining […]
In recent celebrity feud news, Taylor Swift is out for the blood of feminist heroes Amy Poehler and Tina Fey and is invoking the tenets of feminism to do so. So who’s really in the wrong here?
Nothing quite raises my hackles like lazy journalism, and this week, I’m certainly not alone. Two different writers, Roxane Gay and Dustin Rowles, take on the body-shaming rampant in the media’s reaction to the film Identity Thief and the TV show Girls.
Last week, Disney announced the arrival of a new princess. A Latina princess. Sounds fantastic, right? Unfortunately, this has been just one more case of capitalist selfishness trying to edge into a vulnerable market, because Princess Sofia is everything I never wanted in my Latina princess.
Our world has come to this: I’ve actually started to judge, in part, the merit of a work on whether it includes a rape scene. What the hell, popular media? [TRIGGER WARNING for discussion of sexual violence.]
Screw Your Swimsuit Standards
I don’t know if anyone’s noticed, but summer is here! That blazing heat and shining sun can only mean that summer is in progress (unless you’re in Texas, where such whether can occur from March to December). And for the womenfolk, summer means a barrage of bikini sales advertisements and all their accompanying propaganda!
On Monday, n+1 contributor Molly Fischer wrote an article, “On Ladyblogs,” in which she tried to further articulate her feelings about sites like Jezebel and The Hairpin. In the process, she displays a remarkable aptitude for sweeping generalizations, half-assed research, and reneging on a commitment because the self-imposed assignment no longer felt “relevant.”
Well, well, well – the game we’ve all been waiting years to see finally has a release date. Meanwhile, rumors circulate about an MMO for one of the best-loved franchises of all time. Could the rumors be true?
One of the things that got me actively thinking about Positivity was noticing the effect that vitriolic media was having on me. Without making this political, one person that really chafed me (so to speak) was Sarah Palin. I could (almost) deal with her on the campaign trail. But when she didn”™t go away after her loss, I could feel my teeth clench every time I saw her on Today or saw another story on HuffPo about another stupid thing she said or did. My husband dreaded it, too, because I would go off on a rant about her, which isn”™t the nicest thing to wake up to.
What Advertising Can Teach Us
Bill Hicks once said, “If you are in advertising or marketing, kill yourself.” I disagree. Kind of.
Internet Irony: Yogurt Edition
Ladyblogs and blogs with sections for ladies are writing about Yoplait, after the company pulled an ad after receiving several complaints from individuals with disordered eating. The ad mirrors behavior those with disordered eating work hard to overcome and echos many old tropes linking morality and eating.
Much virtual ink has been spilled this week over Anthony Weiner’s Twitter indiscretions. Pretty much every “weiner” joke in existence has been published in the past few days during “Weinergate.” (Damn you, Richard Nixon, that every political scandal should have “-gate” appended to it.) And yet for all the words written about the whole mess, […]
Latoya Peterson is a certified media junkie and a hip-hop feminist, turning pop culture on its head with spot-on anti-racist and -sexist criticism. She’s an in-demand writer whose work has been featured in The Guardian, The Root, Bitch Magazine, and Slate’s Double X, and she has contributed to books like Feminism For Real: Deconstructing the Academic Industrial Complex […]