Before Maryam Mirzakhani became the first woman to win the “Nobel Prize” of mathematics? Before the NBA had any female head coaches? Before Laverne Cox was on the cover of Time, or a girl had thrown the winning pitch of the Little League World Series? Oh yeah—and remember last year, before Cheryl Strayed’s decidedly feminist memoir, Wild, was made into a major motion picture by an industry that is content to ignore the Bechdel test?
This year, it’s impossible to deny the fact that feminism isn’t isolated to women’s studies classes and books on theory anymore.
How many times have I heard people describe a new new laptop computer or i-Whatever as sexy? So much so that apple has built a brand on technology that people want to touch, hold, explore. Sleek, clean, shiny. High-touch and high-tech. And yet, when I think of sex toys design, I often think garish, clunky, and tacky. Why would the ultimate in touchable tech not follow suit?
Even before I did my stint in a graduate film program, I was a pretty big fan of the Academy Awards. Though I've gotten increasingly less glamorous in my old age, I still enjoy the consistency of the red carpet style. But in terms of the environmental effects of the Academy Awards, I can only shake my head. The crazy electrical bills? The grotesque waste? The blood diamonds paraded around on loan from celebrity jewelers? All aspects I can do without. However, there were a few bright spots in terms of eco-powered celeb moments.