“As long as there’s systematic discrimination based on gender, we need feminism."– Actress and filmmaker Rashida Jones
Newscaster Told to "Cover Up" On Air
In an incident reminiscent of middle school, meteorologist Liberte Chan received a dress code violation during her live segment on KTLA. Wearing a a beaded black dress (her second outfit of the day due to technical issues with the green screen), she was handed a sweater while on camera by an arm and voice that belonged to Chris Burrous, who cited viewer complaints that her dress was inappropriate. Taken aback and a bit bummed, she mused that she looked like a librarian and joked that her colleague's pants should also be changed. Chan and Burrous (the colleague responsible for the incident) have both publicly stated that it was all a "joke" with no harm done.
Thankfully, most Angelinos have no need to watch the weather report and were not subjected to this terrible joke.
100 Women Will Pose Nude at the RNC
New York based artist Spencer Tunick has just revealed plans to inject some girl power into the Republican National Convention: a photo shoot featuring 100 nude women holding mirrors pointed towards the Quicken Loans Arena. The shoot may be out of sight in a private location, but it will be hard to keep 100 naked women out of mind. Tunick insists the installation is not an act of protest but meant instead to set a tone of female empowerment, juxtaposed with the “oppressive rhetoric that’s happening today towards women.” He says it is for his daughters and all women – to show that “the woman becomes the future and the future becomes the woman.” Tunick has began open casting for a diverse group of models. Since that means it won’t be all Miss Universe contestants, we can assume the Donald will keep his distance.
But if he does come near, at least he’ll have to look in the mirror.
Feministas, meet our patron saint of radical self-discovery: Lin van Roe, former Art Director ofCosmopolitan and current boss lady of a feminist thrift shop in Copenhagen. Van Roe came to the US from her native Denmark in the mid 1960’s and landed her job at the then-new Cosmopolitanat age 22. Working for a magazine that often hurt the very women they marketed to (head honcho Helen Gurley Brown has said “if you’re not a sex object, you’re in trouble.”) took its toll on van Roe. She ditched Cosmo and went home to Denmark where she took over the basement thrift shop at Kvindehuset, a feminist cultural center. Van Roe started printing feminist t-shirts and teaching girls from underprivileged backgrounds about fashion design. She is now married to a woman and lives happily in Copenhagen.
Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman
In her new book, Lindy West – known for her cheeky feminist articles on Jezebel and theGuardian – discusses body image, abortion and online harassment in a series of humorously charming essays. West, who struggled with her own weight-related shame through her 20s and is accustomed with internet trolls calling her a "fat bitch" 20 times a day, writes about a need for a shift in our media and our culture. In her own words: "Media teach[es] other people how to treat you. There were occasional fat characters on TV shows when I was growing up, but their function was always to be fat. It would have meant a lot to me to see a fat person presented as a person." With regards to abortion, West feels it's important to get the rhetoric out of the hands of anti-choice fanatics and into the hands of real people who've received abortions. She says, "My abortion was relatively painless. It was not a difficult decision. I didn't regret it. I didn't feel guilt or shame. I felt only relief and gratitude."WHAT WE'RE WATCHING
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
This bro-y feminist movie is proof that – yes, feminism can be funny. And yes, funny things can be feminist. In a sequel to Neighbors, Mac and Kelly Radnor (Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne) are planning to sell their house when a sorority, Kappa Nu, moves in next door. Kappa Nu was created in response to an actual, "real-life" rule that sororities can’t have alcohol in their house or host parties – so drinking, smoking and downright dirty pranks could finally ensue (ie. throwing used tampons at neighbors). Although the movie was written by all white men, it nicely calls out sexism in Greek life and celebrates sisterhood and feminism. Best of all, the female characters are just as hilarious, as flawed and (sometimes) as idiotic as their male equivalents.