Movies, Culture, and Women
Kelsey Dake Anything That Moves: Renegade Chefs, Fearless Eaters, and the Making of a New American Food Culture By Dana Goodyear Riverhead I had a terrible time trying to read Dana Goodyear’s new book. Page after page, I was fighting the urge to pull my eyes away, but I couldn’t figure out what was wrong. She’s a wonderfully engaging writer and a first-rate reporter. Eating Bugs and Testicles: A Woman's Journey Into Macho Food Culture - Laura Shapiro
Share AP Photo. Don’t feed the trolls: it’s probably the most common refrain in online discussions, especially when dealing with misogynists in feminists conversations. The idea is that the best way to deal with sexists is to starve of them of the attention they’re so clearly desperate for. Besides, we think, why sink to their level? Fuck the High Road: The Upside of Sinking to Their Level
Mr. Allen, do you truly believe that happiness in life is impossible? This is my perspective and has always been my perspective on life. I have a very grim, pessimistic view of it. I always have since I was a little boy; it hasn’t gotten worse with age or anything. Woody Allen
Why Gender Equality Stalled In 1963, most Americans did not yet believe that gender equality was possible or even desirable. Conventional wisdom held that a woman could not pursue a career and still be a fulfilled wife or successful mother. Normal women, psychiatrists proclaimed, renounced all aspirations outside the home to meet their feminine need for dependence. In 1962, more than two-thirds of the women surveyed by University of Michigan researchers agreed that most important family decisions “should be made by the man of the house.” It was in this context that Friedan set out to transform the attitudes of women. Arguing that “the personal is political,” feminists urged women to challenge the assumption, at work and at home, that women should always be the ones who make the coffee, watch over the children, pick up after men and serve the meals.
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The Loves of Lena Dunham by Elaine Blair Girls a television series on HBO created by Lena Dunham There are many reasons to love Lena Dunham’s HBO television show Girls, and some of them have nothing to do with sex, but I’m going to begin with the sex scene in the second episode that most critics have mentioned and described with some amount of repugnance or lament. It’s one of the most complicated and intelligent sex scenes I’ve seen.
Last week the Obama campaign released an ad by Lena Dunham. It was aimed at young female voters — in the clip, Dunham coquettishly compared voting for the first time to a woman losing her virginity. It was clever and winning. Conservatives immediately went on the attack, appropriating the language of liberals and slamming the Obama campaign for the ad’s purportedly “weirdly paternalistic” undertone. I loved the ad yet I had to recognize that the right’s attacks on it weren’t completely off-base. The Age of Hipster Sexism
From the John Springer Collection/Corbis. Be your gender what it may, you will certainly have heard the following from a female friend who is enumerating the charms of a new (male) squeeze: "He's really quite cute, and he's kind to my friends, and he knows all kinds of stuff, and he's so funny … " (If you yourself are a guy, and you know the man in question, you will often have said to yourself, "Funny? He wouldn't know a joke if it came served on a bed of lettuce with sauce béarnaise.") Why Women Aren't Funny
Who Says Women Aren't Funny? It has become a supply-and-demand issue: the supply of good-looking female comedians is growing, and the industry demands that they keep growing prettier. Chelsea Handler, the host of Chelsea Lately, a talk show on E!, has long legs, short skirts, low-cut shirts, and puffy blond hair—her look is Beverly Hills bimbo, with a Borscht Belt mouth. “With television, it’s just expected that every person be better-looking,” Fey explains. “In the 90s, it seemed like every person on a sitcom—think of the cast of Friends—was just really foxy. I know our show and The Office have normal people.
Mindy Kaling: “Flick Chicks” A few years ago, I sat down for a meeting with some executives at a movie studio that I will call Thinkscope Visioncloud. Thinkscope Visioncloud had put out several of my favorite movies, and they wanted to see if I had any feature ideas. I was very excited. I have a great job writing for “The Office,” but, really, all television writers do is dream of one day writing movies. I’ll put it this way: At the Oscars the most famous person in the room is, like, Angelina Jolie. At the Emmys the huge exciting celebrity is Bethenny Frankel.
Why "Choice Feminism" is an Illusion (With Bonus "Lost" Analogy) So I was looking at “Hot Chicks of Occupy Wall Street,” which is so blatantly sexist I got bored trying to write about it. The site’s slogan is “The Sexy Side of Protesting Corruption,” but it might as well be “Come On Down, Boys, Some Boobs Are Here!” If you were concerned that people at the Occupy Wall Street protests might accidentally focus more on economic inequality than on whether they’d like to bang you, well, apparently you did not have to worry about that. On the front page currently is a note from one of the Hot Chicks.
hide captionJennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson in Catching Fire. Lionsgate Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson in Catching Fire. [General Hunger Games/Catching Fire information below; no huge surprises revealed.] What Really Makes Katniss Stand Out? Peeta, Her Movie Girlfriend : Monkey See
Love hurts. Who's to blame? by bookslut editor Psyched OutLove hurts. Who's to blame? Margaret Fuller looked around her Cambridge social circle and found her suitors lacking. The gentlemen of Cambridge looked at Margaret Fuller and found her lacking as well. This was, of course, late in the 19th century. She was not what you would call traditional marriage material.
The second episode of The Newsroom opens with Will McAvoy (Dumb and Dumber‘s Jeff Daniels, according to Wikipedia) sitting in his home office studying the names, faces, and backgrounds of his new staff—a sign of a growing dedication to them despite his outward hostility. Good for him! That’s great! Nice guy! I, however, will continue referencing Wikipedia each time I want to know one of those morons’ names. Everything Every Female Character Did During Episode Two of 'The Newsroom'
Even as it hopes to clarify the difference between male and female athletes, a new rule from the International Olympic Committee inadvertently stirs the waters. A set of Olympic rings hangs from London's Tower Bridge. (viks2/Flickr) What is sport ultimately for? That fundamental philosophical question lies behind the debate over what to do with women athletes who were raised as girls but whose bodies seem to be unusually masculine. Health - Alice Dreger - The Olympic Struggle Over Sex
Laurie Penny | Contemporary Feminism - Feminism Is An Incomplete Revolution The European: Feminists sometimes get a bad reputation in the media. Why? Penny: I think there is always going to be a lot of anger when the members of any privileged group have the perception that they are threatened. Whenever I hear that feminism needs to re-brand itself I always wonder who we’re supposed to be doing that for – because the point of any equality movement isn’t to get all the people with more privilege and power than you to love and accept you.
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