FeminismPop Culture

The “sexy baby” phenomenon

I noticed a few months ago while watching my favorite television shows (generally, comedy shows) that there has been a bit of a theme: women acting like helpless babies, and being sexualized for it. These shows have distilled a cultural phenomenon which has fascinated me ever since I learned the …

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Confronting Rape Culture

I’ve recently had a spate of upsetting experiences at my college campus that demonstrated to me how alive and well both sexism and rape culture are, as well as the attitude of victim blaming. One of my professors outright dismissed any feminist criticisms of the fact that the Bible appears …

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Iran to Bart: “No! You eat OUR shorts!”

Iran has recently decided to ban the sale of the Simpsons dolls but will continue to welcome Spiderman and other superheros because they “battle for the oppressed.” Is there something strange about Iran supporting characters that battle the oppressed, or is it just me?

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Vampires & Suicide

In the interests of full disclosure, before I write this post I will front up and say that I have never seen nor read any installment of the Twilight Saga. My entire knowledge of the plot is garnered vicariously. My main source of knowledge is the ever-wonderful, ever-hilarious Reasoning with …

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Speaking for Ourselves

There’s been a kerfluffle lately over the TLC show All-American Muslim. A number of retailers have decided to pull their advertisements from the show. The main reason given is that they don’t think the show portrays Muslims in an accurate light. The condescending, racist nature of this excuse seems painfully …

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Feminists overreacting?

I’ve been seeing news about Siri’s inability to help a lady with a need for birth control pop up all over the place. I’ve also been seeing criticisms of the concern over this pop up all over the place. To break it down, the AI in the new iPhone will …

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It’s TARDIS Day, People!

Hey nerds! On this day 48 years ago, BBC time travel show Doctor Who premiered. The first episode was titled, “An Unearthly Child” and, as The Los Angeles Times points out, that episode has been reworked by Whovians and posted to YouTube. Sometimes I love the Internet. You can watch …

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