While there isn’t an exact definition, most people agree that Mary Sues are obscenely beautiful, talented, and intelligent female characters who are “not like other girls.”
News of Lily Allen’s return to music with the release of her new single has spread like wildfire. The title song of her new CD is called “Hard Out Here” and one look at the lyrics shows that it had the potential to be an amazing pop feminist anthem. One stanza reads: “You’re not a…
Midterms are over and finals are quickly approaching. I find myself overwhelmed with readings, essays, and studying galore. But in the midst of the chaos that is being a UCLA student, I always find time to blast my favorite anti-patriarchal and women empowering songs. I’m not the only one with that specific playlist, am I?…
Cultural appropriation can be defined as the people of a powerful society invading a less dominate society and taking only select aspects from the objectified culture to use as they please. As there is no desire to understand any of the cultural aspects which have been thoughtlessly borrowed, cultural appropriation can also extend to speech patterns, clothing, makeup, and jewelry.
The author of the article claims that while at a Dada Life event, a man she had never met read her shirt and “thought it said ‘touch these tits,’ or something equally childish, and proceeded to squeeze [her] breasts.” This man simply assumed that because a woman was dressed a certain way it would be acceptable to grab her breasts. That was a terrible assumption. The woman did not give the man permission in any way to touch her, but he assumed that just because she was dressed a certain way it would be acceptable.
Posts and blogs catering to pictures of extremely thin bodies, “self-encouragement”, and lofty weight loss goals have exploded over the internet via numerous websites similar to Pinterest such as Reddit, Tumblr, Facebook, and Instagram. Despite the seemingly good intentions of promoting healthy eating and exercise, thinspired posts have had adverse affects and created controversy for sparking a culture encouraging eating disorders.
Gloria Steinem recently defended Kim Kardashian, in stating that, “Our bodies are never public property under any circumstance. Our bodies belong to us.” Even after Kim has the baby, we are in no place to tell her to lose the baby weight. Although she is a person of the public, she does not and will never belong to us. We have no right to tell her how to use her body, pregnant or not.
Also, as much as I love you B, the sentiment was slightly flawed. Of course we need to change our perceptions of ourselves, but aren’t equal rights just as important? Realistically, we live in a society where the political is still very personal, and it is important to change ideas that socially and socioeconomically marginalize people on a scale much larger than the personal level.
A “too long” neck no longer shocks today’s society. What shock us are Duchess Kate’s wrinkles. While we dust off the Queen’s slightly embellished portrait, we hope that Duchess Kate’s is hidden for 60 years.
Before you can, I will be the first to say it — “Dear Abbey” probably isn’t where most feminists would go to find advice nowadays, but it was a place for women in general to find some resolution in their problems and, at the very least, to have the strength to see that other women have had similar conflicts.