50ft Feminist

Pop-feminism with a side of politics

Category: Pop Culture

Web TV

I’ve added links for some great Web TV shows to the webcomics resource page which has been renamed Fun Web Stuff.

Here are the links as well as the first episodes of each series.

Vag Magazine

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If you like Vag Magazine, you can watch weekly episodes of Fennel’s That’s Not Feminist show where she answers questions like “Which is more feminist, orange juice with or without pulp?”

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The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

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Why I’ll probably never get to be Young and Fun

In the movies you often see Young, Fun People going to a nice bar after work. They Chat and they Laugh and it looks so fun. Sometimes I want my life to be like a movie. I want to sit in a bar after work and Laugh.

In my city, though, the only bars are either Sports bars (which is not where Young, Fun Women go in movies unless they’re trying to show that they’re One Of The Guys), or bars with live bands playing Classic Rock (actually, I’m convinced it’s just one band that has figured out how to be in 5 places at once; also, not where Young, Fun People in movies go). In other words, there is nowhere to go to be a Young and Fun Woman. So I was excited when I heard there was a new bar opening up in town because maybe this would be the bar that would fulfill my movie dreams. A bar that I would be able to go to with friends where I could Chat and Laugh and Have Fun. Read the rest of this entry »

Webcomics

I have been a busy bee trying to compile a list of webcomics for/by/about ladies. The emphasis is on comics written by women with decent characterizations of women, lesbians, gays, bisexuals and/or transgendered men and women. You can get to it here or by clicking on the link in the menu bar at the top of the home page.

The list is currently a bit lean so if anyone has any suggestions please leave a link to the first page of the comic in the comments section and, if you have time, give us some idea of why you like it. Feel free to promote your own webcomics here too.

I look forward to seeing your suggestions.

Links

You’re Welcome addresses some problematic analogies which compare various forms of oppression here. This is a mistake I make so thanks and I’ll stop now!

Oh look! Only 82.4% of the models in this year’s New York Fashion Week are white.

Newsarama asks professionals in the comic book industry whether American comics are sexist. Sadly, some of them answer No!

An interesting comment on Bare Escentuals’ new beauty campaign which says that “Pretty is what you are. Beauty is what you do with it.”

An amazing project (which will probably also make you laugh) by Yolanda Dominguez which shows regular people posing the way models pose in magazines and illustrates just how bizarre those poses are. Covered here by Sociological Images.

A yummy looking vegan carrot pecan cornbread recipe which I haven’t tried yet but plan to as soon as I get this chapter of my dissertation finished. Also, see her article here on The New York Times recent horrendous, sexy-dead-chicken pictures.

Boring!…Boring!

Usually I look forward to September because it’s the time of all things new. Yet over the past few years my enthusiasm for this time of year has waned. At first I put it down to not having finished my dissertation. There’s no small amount of anxiety that comes with realizing that it’s the start of a new school year and I still don’t have my PhD in hand. But this year I realized it’s not just because I’m still a grad student, a significant part of my dwindling excitement has to do with a lack of decent entertainment. September’s the time of year when new shows start, new games come out, and the fashion industry offers us fresh, exciting ways to express ourselves. It’s almost like Christmas with all the anticipation and excitement. Yet lately, everywhere I look it’s the same old narrow vision of what is supposed to be interesting, appealing, edgy, beautiful, engaging, etc. This year I can’t help noticing that it is all…so…boring! It’s so tiresomely boring that this song by The Pierces seems to be playing on repeat in my head. I think we should officially make it the theme song for September 2011.

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Big Objectification

If you’ve been around the feminist blogosphere in the last two weeks you’ll probably have heard that American Apparel ran a contest to search for an XL model.  This raises a question which I’m never sure how to answer, namely, is it a good or bad thing to include larger women in an industry which objectifies women?

On the one hand, American Apparel is noted for (among other things) ignoring anyone bigger than a toothpick, so their XL model search may be a good thing. On the other hand, American Apparel has been widely criticized for their nearly pornographic ads which objectify women and, in some cases, have bordered on being child pornography.  So what are the issues? (*Some NSFW images to follow*) Read the rest of this entry »

And the winner is . . . Edmonton!

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Edmonton takes the prize for the least charming place to live in Canada right now. Why? Because besides glamourizing domestic violence in order to sell a hair cut, an inglorious Edmonton radio station has decided to run a Win-A-Wife contest. Yes, you can win your very own mail-order Russian bride. A similar contest was run in New Zealand some time ago and was thoroughly criticized so some top-notch misogynists in Edmonton decided that they’d like to import that contest to Canada.

Now let’s be clear about this, you don’t actually win a wife. What you win is the chance to pick a few potential wives from a catalogue and then hope the person you pick really likes you. So, potential Russian wives, let’s see who’s in the running for your, um…, affection: Read the rest of this entry »

Male Objectification In Comics?

The comic industry has frequently been criticized for objectifying women but, according to Sonia Harris in her recent article for CBR (“Committed: Regarding Male Superheroes as Sex Objects”), we’ve overlooked the fact that men are sexually objectified too. Sonia points out that men are being depicted as “nearly naked and entirely perfect as well.” And while she (maybe?) thinks it’s unfortunate that men and women are being depicted in this way she doesn’t think it’s sexist.

There are a number of problems with her argument not least of which is confusing idealized body standards with objectification. Read the rest of this entry »