This clip is a TEDx talk by Lyn Mikel Brown, a Professor of Education at Colby College and founder of the non-profit groups Hardy Girls, Healthy Women and the SPARK movement. Mikel Brown argues that the concept of girl power – which originated in the Riot Grrrl feminist punk rock movement of the early 90s – has been co-opted by corporate media. She argues that media has appropriated feminism with politically weak versions of female empowerment, such as the Spice Girls, Sex and the City, and Bratz. Mikel Brown asks the question: “How do we empower girls when empowerment has been so co-opted by the media?” She goes onto discuss the work of Hardy Girls Healthy Women in their effort to inspire girl-led feminist media activism.
This video shows scenes from a public social experiment conducted by blogger Joey Salads that shows how women are shamed for breastfeeding in public, yet are accepted if they are revealing just as much of their breasts when dressed “sexy” and wearing tops that show cleavage. In the video, Salads shows passersby’s reactions to a woman discretely breastfeeding her baby, and compares them with reactions to a woman dressed in sexually revealing clothing. The video shows no one approaching the sexily dressed model sitting on a mall bench for an hour, except for one man who hits on her. When the breastfeeding mother sat on the same bench by herself, men and women walking by chastised her directly, saying things like, “that’s disgusting” or “you shouldn’t do that in public.” When the two women sat side-by-side outside on another bench, a man approached saying he didn’t appreciate how “gross” it was that “her tits are out.” When asked about the woman next to her who is actually showing more of her breasts, he said, “that’s different…that’s just how her shirt is.” Another man comes up and says that the breastfeeding mother is disgusting, whereas the sexily dressed woman is “hot.”
This public service announcement was commissioned by the UK-based charity Tender, and aired in Britain during the 2014 World Cup. This 40-second spot depicts a young woman intently watching a soccer match on television. Shot from the point of view of the television, the camera focuses closely on the woman’s facial expressions and only the sound of the TV is heard. The woman appears to become increasingly frightened as it becomes clear that the team playing on the television is losing (we hear the crowd booing). Her expressions turn from anxiety to sheer terror. The woman proceeds to switch off the television and the screen goes black for a few moments. The viewer is then presented with plain text against the black background; “No one wanted England to win more than women… Domestic violence rises 38% when England get knocked out of the World Cup.” The final image utilizes the hashtag #StandupWorldCup. The ad was released just days after England was knocked out of the tournament by Italy and Uruguay.
This video was produced by an organization called the Feminist Majority Foundation. It features several celebrities all describing their own definitions of what it means to be a feminist. Motioning toward themselves and their friends, each of the men and women featured in the video is happy to declare that, "This is what a feminist looks like." The aim of the video is to show the great diversity -- in terms of age, ethnicity and gender -- among those who all consider themselves to be feminists.
The image above shows two different options for boy and girl toddler police officer costumes sold by Party City, a Halloween costume and party supply store. In September 2015, Lin Kramer was frustrated while shopping for a costume for her 3-year-old and posted an open letter on Party City’s Facebook page asking the company to change their gender-segregated costume options in limited and stereotypical gender roles. The letter was picked up and spread online and in the news, and has sparked debates about gender, age, representation, and costumes.