On Our Radar: Feminist News Roundup

Here's all the news we're reading today:

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• Marvel revealed that a brand new Thor comic book series coming out this October will cast a woman as the title hero. [IndieWire] 

• Online magazine The Feminist Times has, sadly, shut down due to lack of funding. [Huffington Post]

• Is anyone surprised that tech conferences are a breeding ground for racist misogyny? [Quartz]

• BREAKING NEWS: women can even be sexy at 42. [Daily News]

Nathan Rabin, creator of the phrase "manic pixie dream girl," apologizes to all the ukulele playing/glitter-tossing MPDGs out there. [Salon]

• In genital news, you can engrave “penis” into your iPad but not “vagina." [The Telegraph]

The Confessions of a Witch Bitch, which is self-described as "Bewitched meets Mean Girls,”  is a new satirical web series trying to bring more women of color into geekdom via a Kickstarter. [Kickstarter]

• Kristen Stewart, Anne Hathaway, and Brie Larson form the dream girl group in a new Jenny Lewis music video. [Youtube]

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A friend of mine described

A friend of mine described that Jenny Lewis video thusly:

Can someone please explain why this isn't the worst thing ever in the history of the world? Am I missing something? Is it a parody? TW for intersectional nightmare, Elliott Smith references, that thing where willowy white Hollywood actresses dress in drag that is also 80s Run DMC but then reaffirm that girls are essentially girls no matter what anyway and "being a girl" conflates gender identity and performance and fashion and sexist cultural mores and also that thing where there are actually women in rock and have been for a million years but somehow every six months a noob becomes the "it" woman in rock and declares that "Rilo Kiley" was the only time there were ever women in rock. And also that thing where some pop pundit says patronizingly that a bunch of women who are NOT A BAND are "ROCKING OUT" when really what's happening is that one of them is whisper-singing about how no matter what she will never threaten patriarchy and that's okay with her and the others are not playing their instruments. And probably more things.

It kinda put me off from watching it! I would love to hear your take on it.

If only...

True ... BUT

I think you're totally right to be annoyed by the video, it doesn't accomplish a lot. HOWEVER it accomplishes what I think Jenny Lewis is capable of doing with a pop hook and an easy joke. The video is intentionally farcical. I think what she's trying to do is sort of respond to the media's LOVE of the down-to-earth guy's girl -- The Jennifer Lawrence type -- by saying "Hey, I'm not a super easy-going, goofy, swearing, one-of-the-guys" and instead saying that supporting femininity in its many forms, including the take-yourself-too-seriously thing that Anne Hathaway is always accused of and the resting-bitch-face thing that Kristen Stewart always gets.
The video is limited. Very limited. It's from Jenny Lewis's point of view -- The privileged, famous, white person. But that doesn't make it worthless. A lot of Lewis's lyrics are pretty sarcastic so I wouldn't take most of what she says at face value alone.