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Sinead O’Connor is (mostly) right about Miley Cyrus. Now let the ageism and sexism begin!

I won’t deny that there were parts of Sinead O’Connor’s viral letter to Miley Cyrus that bothered me. To say that “your body is for you and your boyfriend” irked me a little for heteronormative reasons but also because it seems frame the female body as some kind of private gift only your boyfriend gets ...
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Just because you like it, doesn’t make it feminist: On Game of Thrones’ imagined feminism

Someone messaged me yesterday asking my perspective on Game of Thrones; wondering if I had any feministy links or insights to share with him. I stopped watching GoT early in the second season, after Joffrey forces one prostitute to beat another unconscious in a horrifically sadistic and gruesome way. I’d already been having a hard ...
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Miss Representation: A critical review

Amidst a sea of accolades and five-star reviews (examples: here, here and here), Natalie Hill offers a dissenting opinion on Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s new film on the representation of women in the media.     You might say the representation of women in the media is somewhat of an obsession of mine.  Whether at journalism ...
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Erotic capital: new language for old-school sexist views of women, work and success

Natalie Hill is an MA student in the Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies. She graduated from the School of Journalism at Carleton University, is a core organizing member of WAM! Vancouver (Women, Action and the Media).  When it comes to advancing in the work place, one might argue that never before have (some) women ...
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What do women have to do with Soccer? Nothing, unless they're naked.

A recent marketing campaign for the Vancouver Whitecaps has gone viral, garnering a lot of attention which, I suppose, was their intent. And what better way to promote anything than to use women’s naked bodies! Works every time. First, it was announced that there would be a ‘find-the-billboard’ contest; the billboard, which went up last ...
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Burlesque: They tell me it’s just for fun…Except I’m not having any.

Two weeks ago we ran our 2-part series on burlesque. Considering the many varied perspectives among women and feminists, we felt it wouldn’t be quite sufficient nor would it present an entirely accurate representation of those varied views if we explored only one side of the argument. The first show featured local burlesque superstar, Crystal ...
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Hey guess what! Not all rap is misogynist – so stop using it as a scapegoat for the mass sexism and misogyny that exists in ALL music genres as well as in society at large!

Man, I am so sick of people who hate rap music talking about how they justcantstand how sexist it is and ohmygodtheswears! You know why you hate hip hop? It’s because you don’t actually listen to it. And when you do it just happens to be the most mainstream of all hip hop and, unfortunately, ...
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Leaving gender out: the media's refusal to acknowledge that women actually matter.

Salon.com published a great article on Friday, about the way in which domestic violence is still considered a private matter; pointing to the recent events around psycho misogynist Mel Gibson, as well as to the abuse perpetrated by Chris Brown on girlfriend, Rihanna: “Another domestic violence incident that was in the news recently was Chris ...
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"Protecting Jon Stewart from the Feminists" or "Feminists are all Jealous of your Boobs."

Behind the times as usual, I’d like to bring attention to the Jon Stewart wars and how they have led, inevitably, to ye old ‘Feminists are no-fun bitches who are jealous because they’re ugly and boys like us.‘ as well as the always pertinent: ‘Why pick on poor Jon Stewart? Patriarchy isn’t HIS fault.’ In ...
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Freedom = bad knees and push up bras

I am so freakin sick of white, Western women going on and on about how sad and oppressed brown women in the East are. Are you that self-absorbed and brainless that you actually believe that the ‘freedom’ to wear stilettos and get giant, cartoonish breast implants is actually emancipation? I could not have said it ...
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In which I criticize most things.

Amanda Hess quoted an interview with Dita Von Teese in which she is asked whether or not she is a feminist. Her answer was far from surprising, and yet, as always, I am disappointed. Are all celebrities total idiots? Like, is there any particular reason why 99% (p.s. that stat is total science) of female ...
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