With Valentine’s Day approaching I was thinking if celebrating Valentine’s Day with my honey was kind of going against my feminist belief’s? I mean I love Valentine’s Day, its a day to express your love for people (whether that be a romantic relationship or not). But I do feel that this “holiday” is portrayed very wrong: that a man is supposed to pamper his significant other by showering her with chocolates and flowers.. Ehh not so much?
So what is a feminist to do about Valentine’s Day??
Genre-bending. Revolutionary. Provocative. Fearless. Mustaches.
These words are the first of many that pop into my head when I hear the name “CocoRosie.” CocoRosie, music duo formed by sisters Sierra and Bianca Casady, is known for its boundary-pushing and groundbreaking music. The Casady sisters have broken every rule in the book since they hit the scene in 2007. It is almost impossible to put CocoRosie into a genre because they have essentially created their own genre. They definitely do not adhere to any standards of popular music being put out today. Their lyrics are revolutionary, as are the controversial subjects they write about: Sex, religion, gender-roles, politics. These sisters aren’t just revolutionizing the world of music, however. They have taken the world of radical feminism by storm, and are slowing down for no man. Continue reading
Not only did Beyoncé Knowles-Carter create a media frenzy when she “out of the blue” dropped her latest album with no PR, advertisement or prior announcements (which no other artist had done before), but also through the specific feminist thoughts her lyrics spoke and continue to speak.
Although there has been much controversy over some of Beyoncé’s lyrics saying derogatory terms such as “bitches” in her song “***Flawless”, or her husband even including lyrics that reference domestic violence between the late Tina Turner and Ike Turner in her song “Drunk In Love”—which I undeniably agree is a HUGE mistake—I have come to the conclusion through analysis of her songs and videos, Beyoncé and her latest album ooze the ideals and profound opinions of feminism.
As I wrap up another semester with ShoutOut!, I can’t help but reflect on how the past few months have continued to shape my journey with developing my feminism. I began this semester with a piece called “Feminist Girl Meets (Real) World”, where I discussed my first encounters with challenges to my feminism in the real world. I was so afraid that after I graduated, I would have to compromise my feminism in order to “fit-in” in the workplace. I wanted to explore ways in which I could learn to adapt the ways I live my feminism, rather than sacrifice my personal politics altogether. That has been my focal point this semester, as I maintained the roles of both student and employee (I’ve been working remote for a company focused on corporate sustainability while going to school). Continue reading
Welcome back from break, everyone!
I thought that it would be a good day to talk about body image, considering the fact that I ate about 70,456 tons of food over Thanksgiving Break and, frankly, still feel straight up FAT. I have always struggled with my body image – just as many others have. On that lovely and amazing three-year-puberty-trip through middle school, I gained about 40 pounds and two or three (or five or six) pants sizes. Basically, after a certain point in my young adult life, I was no longer a size four and my body NEVER graced that “small” size again. Continue reading
I know I have told you lovely readers this before…but I am a writing major. Did you know, though, that I started off in Biology? HAHAHAHA – ahem, excuse me. Really though, I did. It was incredibly difficult, not only because we had to memorize what the inside of a cell looks like, as well as all of the processes that go on inside a cell, and the way that the cell has evolved over thousands of years (you get the picture). Biology, as a major, was incredibly difficult because of chemistry. I cried and pulled my hair out over that stupid class sooooo many nights during the very first semester of my freshman year. The math almost literally made my brain melt. It was so stressful that I simply ran in the opposite direction, to writing, never looking back – until this semester.
I recently got the chance to finish up reading Manifesta by Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards. If you haven’t heard of it before the book is more than just another introduction to feminist rhetoric, it goes in depth with the feminist movement, and makes the information relevant for current feminists to carry forth into the future.
Opening with a look at what a day without feminism would look like, the reader is immediately immersed in a parallel culture that drastically differentiates from the world we live in today. This develops into an ongoing discussion of the impact and importance of the movement. Continue reading
Shockingly, when I was growing up I was a huge Disney princess lover. Just as thehouseofadoll described in New Perspectives on Disney a couple of weeks ago, Disney is and always will be a huge fan favorite. Belle, Cinderella, Ariel, Pocahontas, Jasmine, Snow White, Mulan…these were all pretty common household names when I was growing up. In fact, Disney’s princess movies were my main go to for a pick me up – even as I got older. There was something soothing about the formula of pretty female, swept off of her feet and living happily ever after with the man that solves all of her problems.
Then I grew up, woke up, and realized how ridiculous that formula truly was. No woman needs a man who sweeps her off of her feet and whisks her away, as I now know.
In a recent interview via Cosmopolitan magazine, I learned a thing or two about what is considered “feminist porn” and where to find it. I was just as surprised as I came across the Cosmo spoof, as the magazine has never been one to flashbulb in my mind as inherently “feminist” whatsoever. Granted, it is mostly anti-feminist, but this interview gave me a new look on what individuals should be looking for in the porn industry.