If feminist thought were to screen feminist films, what would you be interested in seeing/discussing?

Daughters of the Dust? The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter? Kill Bill? Legally Blonde?

deerhunt:

Just because I’m feminine doesn’t mean I’m not a feminist

ravengeary:

Incoherent with rage.

JCPenney is in hot water today for marketing a t-shirt to little girls that promotes outrageously sexist messages. But while they’ve been busying yanking that shirt from their online availability, we find that this gem is still available.

The shirt says that a girl’s best subjects are boys, shopping, music, and, dancing — sentiments that don’t deviate too much from the other design encouraging little girls to think of themselves as too pretty to study mathematics.

Facepalm. So much for the aforementioned victory for net activism.

M.M.

Elmhurst College's Sexual Orientation Application Question First In The Nation

Elmhurst College, a private liberal arts school located in the western suburbs of Chicago, this week released a new undergraduate application [PDF] for its 2012-2013 academic year including a reportedly historic question: “Would you consider yourself to be a member of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered) community?”

The question is an optional one for prospective students to fill out on the newly designed application, and also offers a “prefer not to say” option. It appears in a series of questions asking applicants about their religious affiliation, languages other than English spoken in their home and other questions school administrators hope will help identify students’ needs and potential interest in campus programs and resources, according to Campus Pride. In this case, students could be put in touch with a student club called Straights and Gays for Equality (SAGE).

I don’t know how to feel about this. My knee-jerk reaction was “wtf?” but they’re apparently doing it for a good reason, rather than a discriminatory one? All the same, I think Common App’s objection: 

"any potential benefits to adding the question would be outweighed by the anxiety and uncertainty students may experience when deciding if and how they should answer it,"

Is a valid one. If they’re going to include such a question on an application, they should definitely explain upfront why it’s being asked. Otherwise I’m sure I wouldn’t be the only person with that first reaction. At any rate, it’s good to see a college publicly doing something for LGBTQ students.

M.M.

Btw—sorry for the dashboard flood, all. I just got internet at my house after a week of being without because we moved. 

On Tyler, the Creator

pubicbone:

feministthought:

You might be a genius, dood. You really might be. But ironically using words like faggot and bitch,and rapping about raping sluts has the same effect as just regularly saying them. Especially to your fans. Believe me, irony is something so easily lost in translation. Especially on teenagers. Don’t believe me? Try teaching them about the dramatic irony in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet when Romeo drinks the poison thinking that Juliet is dead, but like, we all know she’s not really dead. Whoosh. That’s the sound it’ll make.

Found this while looking for more info on Eric D. Angell (see previous post). Great breakdown of why “ironic misogyny” is usually not ironic and never really very clever.

M.M.

 I totally agree. But where it says  ’especially on teenagers’ and grouping teenagers by using the word ‘them’ and stuff isn’t my thing. But i do understand it means teenagers in a general sense.

Oh, definitely, pubicbone. I never considered dramatic irony very difficult to understand—we know what’s going on, the characters don’t. The end—so I wouldn’t say that’s the best example. Verbal irony, however, especially in an industry already saturated with misogyny, is hard to immediately identify even for those of us receiving a degree in English. That’s why this whole “ironic misogyny” thing bothers me—irony is so hard to define, it feels like sometimes the people who say they’re “being ironic” are in fact just looking for a way to act douche-y with impunity.

M.M.

On Tyler, the Creator [TW for Rape]

You might be a genius, dood. You really might be. But ironically using words like faggot and bitch,and rapping about raping sluts has the same effect as just regularly saying them. Especially to your fans. Believe me, irony is something so easily lost in translation. Especially on teenagers. Don’t believe me? Try teaching them about the dramatic irony in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet when Romeo drinks the poison thinking that Juliet is dead, but like, we all know she’s not really dead. Whoosh. That’s the sound it’ll make.

Found this while looking for more info on Eric D. Angell (see previous post). Great breakdown of why “ironic misogyny” is usually not ironic and never really very clever.

M.M.

[TW for Rape]: One Night at Asssscat, or What to Do With a Date Rape Monologue

Having raised his hand and been chosen by the performers on stage to tell a story, the audience member in question begins at about 38 minutes in. If you watch it or saw it in person, the most benign way to describe it is that it’s the story of the monologist coercing a drunk woman into have sex with him, despite her repeatedly telling him that she did not want to and to leave her hotel room. The more accurate way to describe it, in my opinion, is as the chilling account of pseudo-rape, told by the perpetrator as if it was a funny thing that he saw on the subway.

Note that this was a discussion of rape, not “pseudo-rape,” but otherwise the article is a great analysis of how to deal with incidents like this in the comedic community. I didn’t watch the video because I thought it would just be too upsetting, but the comments make you believe the entire internet may not actually be assholes, as previously believed. 

M.M.

J.C. Penney's 'Too Pretty To Do Homework' T-Shirt Is Too Stupid for Words

Seriously?

A victory for internet activism.

For Future Reference

Minister lashed over ‘slut’ tweet storm

The internet never stops having something to say about SlutWalk, apparently. 

Responding to fellow ANC national executive member and Science and Technology Deputy Minister Derek Hanekom’s suggestion that they could tweet about “rugby, Bells and slut walks”, Gigaba insisted they stick to the latter.

“@Derek_Hanekom No, let’s talk about the slut walk. Now, I wanna attend as an observer. Might get lucky,” Gigaba tweeted.

Found this article via Jezebel (via tumblr), but not being a much of a fan anymore, thought I’d just link the original article.

M.M.

P.S. [trigger warning]: the country this particular SlutWalk is held in has the highest rape rate in the world. A woman is raped there approximately every 19 seconds. In case you were wondering.