Welcome to the world, Caitlyn Jenner!

“For all intents and purposes, I’m a woman.”

It was just two months ago when Jenner sat across from Diane Sawyer and identified as a trans woman.

And now, Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce, has introduced herself to the world triumphantly and with class.

What an entrance!

What an entrance!

Her cover was met with an explosion of support from family, other celebs, and fans alike.

Of course not everyone was so supportive.

Ignorant.

Transphobic jerk.

But hey, Caitlyn Jenner is not only a gold-winning Olympic athlete, but now an inspiration to people worldwide. And Drake Bell is well… a yesterday’s news Nickelodeon has-been with a penchant for rude comments on twitter.

Don’t let the haters get you down, Caitlyn! And again, welcome.

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Mad Max: Fury Road- Buzzed About For a Reason

Okay, so I just saw Mad Max: Fury Road and I highly recommend you do too. Preferably while it’s still in theaters, because those explosions look fucking awesome on the big screen.

Here’s just a couple things I liked about the movie:

The MRA (Men’s  Right Activists) are boycotting it. They’re pissed that it shatters their idea of women’s roles in apocalypse movies. Pissed that entranced by the crazy fight scenes and adrenaline rushes they might, just for a moment, forget to hate feminism.

Furiosa has no time for fragile MRA egos.

Furiosa has no time for fragile MRA egos.

“…Men in America and around the world are going to be duped by explosions, fire tornadoes, and desert raiders into seeing what is guaranteed to be nothing more than feminist propaganda, while at the same time being insulted AND tricked into viewing a piece of American culture ruined and rewritten right in front of their very eyes,” says Aaron Clarey, who in my mind looks like a large man in a diaper and bonnet.

There’s the wives, chosen for their beauty (though in all probability they wouldn’t be shaped like runway models, but who said this film was gunning for realism?) fighting alongside a clan of older (kick ass) women, lead by the forces of the Furiosa, arguably the real protagonist of the movie, who can kick ass without (gasp) being clad only in tight leather.

Awesome Fury Road fan art.

Awesome Fury Road fan art.

The consequences of a patriarchal society that men experience too are shown. Look at the War Boys, cogs in a violent machine expected to behave in a certain way in order to have glory.

Furiosa is what moves the plot and not because she’s a romantic interest for Mad Max or anything like that, it’s because she’s a bad ass woman on a mission and Mad Max ends up coming along for the ride. It’s Furiosa running the show, and Max isn’t in the least bit threatened by that.

So is it a feminist masterpiece?

Well, maybe not entirely. Even with Eve Ensler on set, it was still written by three men and directed by a man. And there is, as it seems with every post-apocalyptic movie, a mostly white-washed cast (criticism regarding race issues? Not Ensler’s first rodeo).

But it’s a big step in the right direction.

In Hollywood, 37 is Too Old to Be a 55 Year Old’s Love Interest

37 year old  actress Maggie Gyllenhaal revealed in an interview a producer claimed she was too old for a role. What role, you may ask?

The lover of a 55 year old man.

This is what qualifies as "over the hill" in Hollywood.

This is what qualifies as “over the hill” in Hollywood.

A 37 year old woman is too old to play the love interest of a 55 year old man?! “It made me feel bad, and then it made me feel angry, and then it made me laugh,” she said.

Classic, ageist hollywood.

So to be an "older" love interest you just need to win an Oscar!

So to be an “older” love interest you just need to win an Oscar!

Can’t anyone see that having all of these older men (silver foxes is what they get called) being paired up with 20-somethings is just a little…creepy? Do they really believe age distinguishes a man and ruins a woman? Bullshit. They age but remain in similar roles, while their female costars keep getting replaced younger and younger.

This happens alllll the time. That’s why I’m looking forward to seeing Spectre, the new James Bond movie. Daniel Craig, our Bond, is 46. Our new “Bond Girl?” Monica Bellucci, she’s 50. James Bond being interested in a woman his own age? That’s a big change to the average 14 year difference between Bond and “Bond Girl.”

It’s crazy that a film franchise known for being all about guns and womanizing is the one choosing to close this Hollywood age gap.

 

Charged With a “Woman’s Crime”, Jailed With Men?!

Here’s a daily dose of bullshit.

Ashley Del Valle, a transgendered woman from New York, was arrested in Savannah, Georgia, for allegedly exposing her breasts. When a nurse examined her and found she had a penis, she was classified as “technically” a male and thrown into the holding ward of a men’s prison.

So. Charged with a crime only women can be convicted of, exposing our nipples, but thrown in jail with men. What?!

“First off, Ashley is still a man,” said chief deputy Roy Harris to the ld GA Voice. “I think he’s had some surgery, breast implants. But technically he is still a male which poses a problem. We do have a policy in place. Typically we put them in isolation.”

Isolation is usual protocol when it comes to putting a transgendered individual behind bars, which has it’s own issues. Isolation is a common punishment.

Del Valle has been living her life happily as a woman for over 20 years. She was accused of a crime she said she did not commit (she says she was just wearing a sheer top), was misgendered, and thrown in jail where she felt very safe and not treated “as a human being.”

It seems to me the police had two options: If Ashley is a man to them, she could not be jailed for exposing her nipples, because it wouldn’t be considered “indecent exposure”. If she is a woman to them, she would be brought to a woman’s jail. They fucked up big time.

I’m happy Del Valle is pursuing legal action.

Future of Feminist Opinion Blogging

I’ve been presented with a question that is not an easy one to answer. What is the future of feminist opinion blogging?

Feminism is definitely becoming less of a “dirty word” thanks to the help of celebrities like Beyonce and Amy Poehler, and websites like HelloGiggles and Refinery29 that post feminist content in addition to everything else they talk about. When popular culture websites regularly reference feminism, it means that feminism is part of the everyday thinking. How awesome is that?

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I think we can definitely expect to see more feminist writers, starting at younger and younger ages. When women start to realize the issues in our world when it comes to gender earlier, they will grow up pushing against it. This will also be aided by the fact that there is more movement towards feminist parenting and raising children to be conscious of these issues and to not be quiet about them. I can see more organizations hiring on a feminist consultant, which would be an awesome way to make money (Bud Light could have used one, amiright?)

I think in the near future we will see more of a crack-down when it comes to online threats and harassment, something feminist writers see a whole lot of. These online attacks aren’t ever about a writers content or opinion, it’s about her body, her sexuality, her intelligence, or threatening her safety. When the law really catches up with online harassment, everyone, including feminist writers, will feel much more comfortable with laying their opinions and stories out.

That internet hate is real. “‘In 2006, researchers from the University of Maryland set up a bunch of fake online accounts and then dispatched them into chat rooms. Accounts with feminine usernames incurred an average of 100 sexually explicit or threatening messages a day. Masculine names received 3.7′” says Amanda Hess in her eye-opening piece, “Why Women Aren’t Welcome on the Internet.” Imagine what those numbers are now, with how much the internet has expanded?

Speaking of the internet changing, that’s another big factor that will impact feminist opinion blogging. With net neutrality a hot topic that is up in the air, it’s hard to say where the internet will be in five, ten years. Without net neutrality, it’s possible that feminist opinion writing won’t be a thing anymore. Other online communities would be at risk, too (Minorities, LGBT groups, etc).Without net neutrality, those calling the shots can do away with what they consider unfavorable speech. Open internet means that people have the opportunity to forge these online communities and can get their voice out there, when it might not be heard on mainstream media.

If the open internet really does go to hell in a hand-basket, I can see a bigger revival of zines, which would be pretty awesome. I think feminists would also be subscribing more to things like Ms, Bitch, Off Our Backs, and  Make/Shift. The hard part about that though is the number of people who wouldn’t have the money or resources to access a subscription to these publications. An amazing part about the internet is how easy it is for someone to access information from wherever they are.

We should all read 'zines anyways, they're badass.

We should all read ‘zines anyways, they’re badass.

So I guess when it comes down to it, I don’t know where feminist opinion blogging is going. There are so many factors, most due to the fact that the internet is at the same time a newborn invention and the wild, wild west. All I can do is hop on and come along for the ride.

Stuff About Vaginas.

Not a lot of words hold power like “vagina.” People think it’s obscene, gross, uncomfortable. But people sure like to talk about them. With things like labiaplasty, vagazzling, and vaginal steaming, it seems society thinks they need to look a certain way. With the rules and regulations we put on them society also wants to tell vaginas what to do.

Here’s a couple of interesting, vagina-related things I’ve found among my internet travels for your enjoyment.

1. Check out this video where gals from Buzzfeed are taught by sex and life coach Kim Anami about vaginal weightlifting. They learn how to insert a yoni egg into their vagina and lift stuff with it! Do I know all the science behind it? No. Would I try this? Definitely. I think you would too after seeing how much fun they have. Gabbi has a good point when she says, “Dudes are always like ‘oh my dick’s so big blah blah blah’ why aren’t we like, ‘my vagina is so strong!’

2. Here’s an interesting narrative about a woman who is a GTA. That stands for gynecological teaching assistant, not grand theft auto. She is essentially a live demonstration model for learning gynecologists. How cool is that? Personally, I once had a gyno put a speculum in me without any warning and it was a very dehumanizing, upsetting experience. It’s great this woman is part of teaching these future docs not only the basic anatomy, but sensitivity.

"The dreaded speculum."

“The dreaded speculum.”

3. Speaking of different ways to use your vagina- Melbourne’s Casey Jenkins, artist and self pronounced “craftivist,” is hoping to normalize vaginas in her performance art called “Casting Off My Womb.” She is sitting in a studio space, knitting with wool coming out of her vagina. This is an interesting, unique, and surprisingly adorable video.

4. Did you know it’s possible to have two vaginas? Neither did I.  YouTube personality Cassandra Bankson found out she had two vaginas after going to the doctor for kidney pain. Despite the fact that she was bleeding around 28 days per cycle (rather than the usual 3-5), Bankson is endlessly positive and an awesome role model.

 

P.S Don’t forget- your vagina is perfect just the way it is.