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September 18th, 2011

Mulberry goes with the vertical smile this year.



Mulberry goes with the vertical smile this year.

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September 18th, 2011

"I want to live in a world where little girls are not pinkified, but where little girls who like pink…"

“I want to live in a world where little girls are not pinkified, but where little girls who like pink are not punished for it, either. We can certainly talk about the social pressures surrounding gender roles, and the concerns that people have when they see girls and young women who appear to be forced into performances of femininity by the society around them—but let’s stop acting like they have no agency and free will. Let’s stop acting like women who choose to be feminine are somehow colluders, betraying the movement, bamboozled into thinking that they want to be feminine.”

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“get your antifemininity out of my feminism,” s.e. smith (x)

TESTIFY

Just noting one other important thing before I’m done with this sideshow and go back to menstruation, the arrival of pants in 19th century literature, the 60s, and cats: Wanting to be valorized for supposedly opting out of some feminine archetypes sure ignores the fact that people of color are barred from opting in (assuming any of them want to).

September 18th, 2011

deepdarksouth: Tyra Banks interviewing Shirley Phelps-Roper…



deepdarksouth:

Tyra Banks interviewing Shirley Phelps-Roper from the Westboro Baptist Chruch.

Feminist Truth Squad

September 18th, 2011

"Nancy O’Dell’s ponytail is too literal."

“Nancy O’Dell’s ponytail is too literal.”

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Michelle Dean

 
September 18th, 2011

Excerpt from “Let’s Get Real About Feminism: The Backlash, the Myths, the Movement.” 1993. Ms. September/October, 34-43….

Excerpt from “Let’s Get Real About Feminism: The Backlash, the Myths, the Movement.” 1993. Ms. September/October, 34-43....:


Bell Hooks: The real question is one of literacy. As long as we have a feminist movement in which the bulk of our ideas is shared only through books, we will never have a mass-based movement. We have got to have other kinds of strategies. I would like us to name what some of those strategies might be, because it’s not enough just to make a critique.


For example, I know that a disproportionate number of black people in the U.S. are not in colleges. If I go somewhere to talk, I will call a restaurant or club where black people hang out and say to them: “This is who I am and this is what I do. I’d like to come and sit in your restaurant for a couple of hours, and anybody who wants to, can come and talk with me about what feminism is.”


They don’t have to pay anything. They don’t have to be in a large hall of people using words they don’t understand. They can argue, because, let’s face it, it takes more than just hearing a lecture and asking your one question. I’m for a door-to-door movement to educate people about feminism.

(leonineantiheroine’s orig post has a much longer excerpt, but you all know my solid feelings about work on the ground vs work in the ether. And my feelings about the 92nd Street Y)

September 18th, 2011

The Indie Police

In the latest roundup of “Women Who Are Doing Lady Business Wrong” (see also: Taylor Swift, Katy Perry) it seems that Ms. Zooey Deschanel is the new Big Bad. She’s not indie enough! She likes cupcakes and boys like her, ZOMG.

Can we get a little Feminism 101 in here? This is kind of missing the forest for the Zooeys, people. Meangirl hating on another woman because her style happens to be lighthearted is fucking gross and misguided, and a direct result of buying into the patriarchal notion that there is only so much success to go around. It reminds me a lot of  “She wears high heels, I wear sneakers,” frankly. There’s nothing the Man enjoys more than seeing women blame each other for the faults of the system and calling that movement work. 

The great philosopher Tavi addressed this issue recently on her magazine for women who want to be teens, rookiemag. While I think her use of the term “jealousy” is a bit compromising, I suggest reading it. While we’re at it, let’s think about how things would have played out if Tavi weighed 200 lbs. Would we even know her name? She wouldn’t be sitting in the front row at fashion shows, getting thousands of dollars worth of free clothes, and palling around with Ira Glass, that’s for sure. So if pointing out who is getting pretty privilege is the new feminism, there’s plenty of that to go around.

*Disclosure: My goddaughter, Ruby, and her friend Mikaela, actual tweens, both blog on Hello Giggles.

September 18th, 2011

Prince Charming recipe: http://t.co/rsVAzLnW

Prince Charming recipe: http://t.co/rsVAzLnW

September 18th, 2011

theswingingsixties: A record party for one, 1960s. A teddy…



theswingingsixties:

A record party for one, 1960s.

A teddy would make all the difference, I realize that now.

September 18th, 2011

theswingingsixties: Francoise Hardy, 1962 I want to put on…



theswingingsixties:

Francoise Hardy, 1962

I want to put on flats and a turtleneck, then go smoke with her.

September 18th, 2011

superseventies: KISS THEY BRING IT



superseventies:

KISS

THEY BRING IT