If you’ve ever been through the uncomfortable experience of street harassment, you’ll know that one of the most frustrating things you can hear is, “Take it as a compliment.” It’s just victim-blaming dressed up in nice clothes. Any type of women in any style of dress can be harassed on the street, so calling it… Continue Reading →
As a city girl and proud former Philadelphian, I was deeply disturbed to learn that the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation’s (GPTMC) latest campaign includes citywide billboards that outwardly encourage street harassment. Unsolicited commentary in public spaces has always sparked a special brand of rage in me. Long before I identified as a feminist, I… Continue Reading →
Right this minute, my head is spinning and my eyes are popping out of my head over two recent reports about how the insidious, disrespectful, anti-women messages of “Bro Culture” have completely infiltrated pop culture.
By now, you’ve probably heard that last January, a Toronto police officer told students that that they should avoid dressing like sluts in order to prevent being victimized. (Oh, yes he did.) Since then, “SlutWalks” have taken place in over 80 cities worldwide including New York, Boston, Dallas, Melbourne, and London to publicly protest the… Continue Reading →
[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/28066212[/vimeo]I have to be honest with you – I’m tired of seeing blog post after blog post depicting the fallacies of the media. I’m tired of reading about sexism, objectiﬁcation, and disrespect. I’m tired of feeling hopeless about the state of gender representation in the media. Luckily, Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s new, edgy documentary Miss Representation… Continue Reading →
For those of you gleefully following the downfall of Dov Charney, add another lawsuitto his troubles. Your stretch floral lace unitards can’t save you now, Charney (yes, these are actual items for sale on the American Apparel web site. Are you surprised?). Irene Morales, Alyssa Ferguson, and Tessa Lubans-Dehaven are suing the American Apparel CEO,… Continue Reading →
Warning: This post may be triggering for those sensitive to issues surrounding sexual assault. Why am I still writing about Dov Charney? In the past three weeks, five former employees have filed two sexual harassment lawsuits against Dov, the founder of American Apparel. The young women accuse him of engaging in a variety of inappropriate… Continue Reading →
So first of all, Kanye West, I want to tell you that I have spent so many hours defending your terrible behavior and your douchebag antics because your music is fantastic and creative and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy totally deserved the 10.0 it got from Pitchfork. But after seeing your video for Monster, I… Continue Reading →