In American television, we have begun to see an increase in the representation of the LGBT community. However, bisexuals are still very rarely included in this representation.Bi-erasure, which is “a pervasive problem in which the existence or legitimacy of bisexuality (either in general or in regards to an individual) is questioned or denied outright”, runs rampant in our […]Read More The B-Word
Photo courtesy of Flickr.com CC Students are required to only date approved young men, they must be on campus by 11:30 each night, and jeans are not permitted outside of residence halls. If these rules sound crazy, we may have feminism to thank for that.Read More 50 Years Ago: How Feminism Has Impacted JMU
Last night, I had the pleasure of listening to the amazing Brian Sims speak. Brian Sims was the first and only openly gay football team captain in NCAA history as well as the first openly gay representative of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. He currently represents Pennsylvania’s 182nd district, located in central Philadelphia. He was elected to […]Read More Madison Equality Presents: Brian Sims
As many of you may have heard, one of the most popular gay hookup/chatting apps is called grindr. On grindr, you see all sorts of interesting people, many who are super ignorant. A lot of times, reading a blank profile, I’ll see it saying “Masc for masc only” or “No Fats, no Fems”, and in […]Read More Masc 4 Masc ONLY.
In California, “No Means No” doesn’t cut it anymore. If you want to have sex with someone, both parties must give a clear and (hopefully) enthusiastic yes. If you’re not sure what I’m referring to, California’s Governor Jerry Brown recently signed Senate Bill 967 into law, also known as the “yes means yes” law. This law […]Read More Will Affirmative Consent Change Hookup Culture in a Positive Way? Or… Not?
In a recent interview via Cosmopolitan magazine, I learned a thing or two about what is considered “feminist porn” and where to find it. I was just as surprised as I came across the Cosmo spoof, as the magazine has never been one to flashbulb in my mind as inherently “feminist” whatsoever. Granted, it is […]Read More Feminist Porn
When doing any kind of research into sexism and advertising, this is likely to be one of the first advertisements you come across: It’s practically the staple when it comes to sexist and offensive ads. It’s been widely labeled as “gang rape” and when my roommate looked over my shoulder at my computer screen, she […]Read More You Don’t Need to Take Sex Out of Advertising
In my humble opinion, nothing brings folks with seemingly varying backgrounds all together quite like the topic of sex. Aside from breathing and eating, and setting aside any wise crack on potty humor, what’s more universal than human sexuality? The feminist view on sex adds another interesting element to the already juicy conversation. So when […]Read More Feminism and Porn: Mutually Exclusive?
Please note that this post contains profanity and strong sexual content. In light of the recent outrage regarding the meaning behind Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” single, I’ve decided to weigh in on the hoopla. I’ll be upfront in saying that I’m challenging what I consider to be a strong instance of group-think that has gotten […]Read More Blurred Lines of Interpretation, Part 1
Great Oden’s Raven! This week, I’ve decided to write my Feminist Lens Movie Review about the 2004 comedy, Anchorman. But why Anchorman, you might ask? The answer is two-fold. First, I have a bunch of choices, many of which fall under the horror/action/thriller genres. Anchorman is very different in that regard. Second, despite presenting a […]Read More The Feminist Lens: Movie Reviews