Like a feminist moth to a vapid, materialistic flame, I am drawn to Gossip Girl. I know it's kind of ridiculous, but sometimes I like that in a television show. Besides, I think they push the envelope in a positive way from time to time when it comes to sexuality and gender politics. (Right? RIGHT?!?) However, even the Gossip Girl fan in me did a double take when I saw this Rolling Stone cover:
Whoa! I know Gossip Girl has built an audience based on taboo sexiness, but this two-girls-one-cone shot (done in a decidedly Dov Charney porno style) is a bit much. Is it just me, or have Misses B and S (with the direction of Rolling Stone, of course) gone a bit far in the name of teen sex appeal? Is this a feminist display of women's sexuality, or young girls being exploited as objects of a creepy male gaze?
Read on for a discussion of this cover and subsequent photo shoot, and to add your thoughts!
So, I know that I talk about Bratmobile all the time (this is not my first time using the "bratmobile" tag), but I really can't emphasize enough how large of a role they played in my understanding of feminism and general personal development.
Read more of my gushing and watch some awesome videos after the jump!
Here are a few important items that were brought to our attention via the interwebs.com over the weekend. Read on and give us your thoughts!
- Save the Guelph Women's Studies department!
The University of Guelph in Canada is threatening to close the doors on its Women's Studies department. For shame! Click here to read the Feministing article on this topic, and here to join the facebook group.
- Bitch hearts My Damn Channel, and vice versa!
The hilarious folks at My Damn Channel have given Bitch a little shout out on their blog! Does this mean that they want to make an infomercial for our video contest? Let's hope so!
Read on for more blog-worthy happenings, and to add your own!
Portland is a mecca of greatness. The city claims the Bitch offices, more coffee shops than you can shake a stick at, bicyclists galore and tons of musicians. Some better-known Portland acts include M. Ward, The Shins, Spoon and The Decemberists. But woe unto you if you think the Portland music scene ends there. There's much more to be heard!
Artist Jessie Rose Vala,
based in Portland, Oregon, has a way of mixing utterly beautiful
graphite detail with dark, often mythological narratives. I first saw
her work at Motel Gallery for the exhibition: The Tortuous Veil.
In it, Vala explores the archetypes of the vampire, werewolf, zombie
and shape-shifter, using them as metaphors for our own over
consumption, complacency, mob mentality and environmental degradation.
Other works of Vala include explorations of inner struggle despite the
security and comfort we create for ourselves in something as mundane as
our living room (Future Remnants of Dreamvilles), as well as scenes that mix modern female figures with ancient myths and tropes. (more after the jump)
Friday nights are going to be odd without Battlestar Galactica. Yes. You read right. I'm a huge fan of the show (in case you couldn't tell by the first sentence of this post). One of the most consistently well-written and acted shows I've ever seen, Battlestar signed off last week in an epic two-hour finale. While I have mixed feelings about the finale itself, I nevertheless will always remember the show's bold tackling of important and current issues that most television shirks, as well as the obvious respect and reverence the writers and actors had for the characters.
Kowtowing to all those involved in Battlestar Galactica is definitely due in large part to the way the women of Battlestar Galactica were represented: as three-dimensional characters. As humans. What a wonderful, beautiful concept.
Larry Summers and I go way back. He first caught my attention back in 2005 while we were both living in Boston and he, while serving as the President of Harvard University (hold your applause), said in public that the reason why we don't see as many women as men in the fields of math and science is perhaps because they lack an innate talent in those fields. Oh boy. Now he's back! This time as an economic adviser to President Barack Obama (hold your applause), and don't worry, folks: his ideas are just as rotten.
Wednesdays can be rough. They're just a bit too far from the previous weekend to complain that you're bummed it's over and not quite close enough to the next weekend to revel in its proximity. In order to help you get through your Wednesday, I've thoughtfully selected a fantastic video by the amazing Athens Boys Choir. Check it out:
The National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) is a nonprofit that consists of over 900 book reviewers who are actively writing. Each year a 24-member Board grants an award to the best book in six categories—autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry—and honors two accomplished reviewers from within its membership.Announced on March 12, 2009 at a ceremony held at the New School in New York, and covering books published in 2008, this year none of the NBCC Awards Winners are women.