How To Respond to Sexists

Recently the Every Day Sexism project asked its participants to chronicle their favorite put-downs against pickup artists, cat callers, harasses, and just flat-out sexists in general. If you’d like a laugh, some of them are pretty excellent. A few favorites: “A woman’s place is in the kitchen” you know what you’re right. Lemme grab a…

“Lily Allen’s Anti-Black Feminism”

I’m posting this in conversation with an earlier post, not because I necessarily find fault with it, but because I think the author here has a very interesting point to make about the potential limitations about Lily Allen’s expression. The end of Allen’s four-year hiatus is marked by a new single and matching video that meditates…

Lily Allen’s “Hard Out Here”

At the end of the day, the music video is a medium for entertainment and “Hard Out Here” is not exempt. Lily Allen reproduces sexist tropes in an effort to maybe educate, but more so, to entertain. With all of the video’s hype, Allen reinforces, rather than subverts, the value of female bodies in popular culture, especially in the music industry.

Unlearning the Truths

After Diana starts a fight to defend her brother in Girlfight,  she’s told, “guess you never learned how to be a lady”. This line resonated in my mind, and not just because comments like these are instrumental in reinforcing gender roles. The comment struck me because it sounded so much like the “be a lady” comments…

Sexism in Comics

“Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow was the only superhero whose assets were displayed as perhaps they would be on the poster for a porno parody version of the movie. Everyone else got to look like ass-kicking saviors ready for battle”

“Women Shouldn’t Have Rights”

UN Women recently launched their new ad series which uses genuine Google searches to reveal widespread sexism at the global level. For example, in the ad above, Google’s autocomplete shows that the most prominent searches starting with “women shouldn’t” are “women shouldn’t have rights’, “women shouldn’t vote”, “women shouldn’t work”, and “women shouldn’t box”. I…