Furthermore, Monteith as Finn Hudson embodied the fear of failure and being stuck in a small town with little to no prospects. Drawing on his real-life experiences, perhaps? [The Atlantic]
Got daddy issues? The ultimate TV father/lovers. [Daily Life]
I went to a Lady Gaga variety fundraising night and wrote about it for TheatrePress.
Homosexuality in hip hop. [The Guardian]
The Pixar Theory: why Brave, Toy Story, Monsters Inc. et al are all linked together as part of the same story as opposed to different ones. The mind boggles. [Jon Negroni]
The underlying religious messages in Man of Steel. [EW Pop Watch]
Image via Mirror.
Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”: “ironic objectification” or just plain degradation? Apparently, because Thicke and collaborator Pharrell Williams are “happily married”, it makes it okay for them to derive pleasure from degrading women (Thicke’s words). While there are certainly much worse images and acts of misogyny out there, “Blurred Lines” is lyrically and visually blatantly upholding rape culture: “I know you want it, but you’re a good girl…” Does the fact that it was directed by a woman who instructed the basically—and uncomfortably—naked models and the fully clothed male artists in the clip supposedly love women make it a tongue in cheek exercise in pushing boundaries or raise some more problematic issues considering it’s this country’s number one song? What’s the point in even making such a NSFW video if it can’t even be shown on MTV and YouTube (semi-SFW video above)? [Jezebel]
Dear Julia Gillard,
Thank you for being the first female Prime Minister,
Mia Freedman. [MamaMia]
The rise and rise of feminist parodies. [Daily Life]
Julia Gillard urges us to vote for Julia Gillard in spite of the sexist attacks against her (obviously written prior to Wednesday’s ousting). Kind of like that comment about her jackets, Germaine…? [The Hoopla]
Ranking Stephen King’s 62 books. [Vulture]
I’m on Twitter! Follow me @ScarlettEHarris.
Nice Guys of OKCupid has paved the way for homosexual creeps with Douchebags of Grindr.
Why was Boston “terrorism” but not Sandy Hook, Aurora or Columbine, for example? [The Guardian]
Feminist awakenings. [Daily Life]
Sexism on MasterChef. [Daily Life]
A collection of essays on Spring Breakers. [The New Enquiry]
Shooting victim Gabrielle Giffords on the recent vetoing of background checks for gun buyers by the U.S. Congress. [NYTimes]
If we needed a reminder of the patriarchal corners of the world women have yet to be granted entry into, there’s now a Tumblr dedicated to just that! [Boys Clubs]
The symptoms of and treatment for feminist burnout. [Bitch Flicks]
James Deen on gender equality and slut-shaming (NSFW). [James Deen Blog]
Gun control does not mean penis control: guns and masculinity. [Women’s Media Centre]
How much murder and rape is there on TV? [Vulture]
Image via Vulture.
From Katharine Hepburn to Katherine Heigl: the decline of the rom-com. [The Atlantic]
In defence of “cunt”. [Jezebel]
Monica Lewinsky gets a shot at redeeming herself (in physicality only) by becoming a (rumoured) contestant on cosmetic surgery-makeover show, Celebrity Swan. [Daily Life]
Hilary Mantel’s “Kate Middleton’s-a-machine-made-baby-making-mannequin” speech published on the London Review of Books’ website is so much more, in which Mantel uses famous royal women such as Anne Boleyn, Marie Antoinette and Princess Diana to illustrate a larger public obsession with royal women and their bodies:
“… [A] royal lady is a royal vagina. Along with the reverence and awe accorded to royal persons goes the conviction that the body of the monarch is public property. We are ready at any moment to rip away the veil of respect, and treat royal persons in an inhuman way, making them not more than us but less than us, not really human at all.”
Actresses, weight and the Oscars. [The Cut]
Making feminist porn. [Jezebel]
How to get dating results. This sounds like a really good idea. I think I’m going to adopt it myself and I encourage all other singletons to, too. I know from experience, the confidence boost you get from interacting with one potential suitor pays dividends when it comes to dipping your toes in the rest of the dating pool after a long, dry spell… [Jezebel]
Food as luxury. [Jezebel]
It’s hard out there for a lady journo. [Said to Lady Journos]
Image via Brookfield Film Society.
Are Princess Diana and Rihanna one in the same? Camille Paglia misguidedly seems to think so. [The Sunday Times]
The face of porn (SFW). [Jon Millward]
Speaking of porn, is James Deen harmful to his young female fans? [Daily Life]
Lena Dunham isn’t “brave”. [Vulture]
Downton Abbey VS. Girls. [Daily Beast]
Why do we flinch when a woman says she’s beautiful? [Daily Life]
“Is There Such a Thing as ‘Asian Privilege’?” [Daily Life]
Stop the presses: Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus debunked. [The Age]
“In Defence of Diablo Cody.” [Female Gaze Review]
Kurt Cobain: feminist? [Daily Life]
In the vein of Nice Guys of OKCupid comes the racist guys of OKCupid: Creepy White Guys.
Image via Jezebel.
WTF?! James Holmes—aka the Batman killer—is hot?! [Jezebel]
How to avoid jail as a pregnant woman. Or really, a woman who could potentially be pregnant at some stage in the future. [HuffPo]
Paul Murray is glad Nick D’Arcy didn’t qualify for the Olympic finals, and I am too. After getting a slap on the wrist for those gun photos—not to mention the infamous assault—he shouldn’t have even been in London. [MamaMia]
Charlie Sheen’s corporate appeal. [Daily Beast]
Was Katie Holmes the innocent bystander in Tom Cruise’s Scientological quest for world domination, as the media makes her out to be, or is there more to her and the divorce?
“I’m convinced that she’s the most fame-hungry person the world has ever seen.” [Vulture]
The psychology of rapists. [Jezebel]
“Millennial expert” and “voice of a generation” Chelsea Krost isn’t a feminist because she “doesn’t think boys suck” but she can relate to the people whose “feet are in their own feces in Africa”. Nice. [NY Observer]
In the wake of the Herald Sun calling Leisel Jones fat, it seems as a female Olympian you also have to have perfect hair and not be too muscly so as you begin to resemble a man. [MamaMia, Jezebel, ThinkProgress]
Image via Jezebel.