Media tagged Feminism

“Wait, is Makeup Sexist?” by Laci Green

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This video features American YouTube video-blogger, sex educator, and feminist activist Laci Green exploring wearing makeup as a feminist issue. She addresses common debates, such as whether wearing makeup is feminist, empowering, or sexist, and ultimately dismisses all of these limiting frames. The video begins with Laci talking about how people interacting with her on social media will sometimes ask her why she does not shave but does wear makeup. She talks about the lucrative makeup industry, the many YouTube makeup tutorial videos and communities, and briefly traces a few historical examples of how makeup was used in different contexts, such as by ancient Egyptians, male theater performers, and companies selling Hollywood looks, and how these norms and conventions change with social and historical context. She then highlights five common issues that people have around makeup: 1) “professional obligation,” 2) social pressure, 3) unnecessary gendering, 4) judgment and unsolicited opinions, and arguing that 5) femininity is not inferior, relating different kinds of comments and social situations to systemic sexism and discrimination. Laci Green also explores the topic of whether wearing makeup can be feminist, ending with the sentiment that women should be free to do what they want with their bodies because one way of continuing to repress and discriminate against women is by critiquing and policing their appearance as they try to navigate their relationship to changing social norms.

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"Woman Up" T-shirt

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Taken from the company website in 2015, the image above shows a model wearing a fitted black t-shirt with the words “Woman UP” printed across the front in bold, black lettering. The tee is sold by U.S. based woman’s athletic and active wear clothing company, Lucy.

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Women in Election Coverage

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This infographic was produced by an organization called The 4th Estate, whose mission is to create visualizations that detail who has a voice in newsmedia. As they describe on their website: "The 4th Estate collects data from a sampling of news stories from US national print outlets, TV broadcast and radio transcripts covering the 2012 election. These stories are contextually analyzed and broken down by topic, sentiment and newsmaker. The data for this graphic includes quotes and statements from newsmakers who provide subjective insight. Statements from candidates are not counted."  This work specifically looks at the gender breakdown of those who were quoted in major news outlets during the 2012 election on topics related to "Women's Issues" during the campaign, including abortion, birth control, the Planned Parenthood organization and women's rights in general.

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You Look Disgusting

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"You Look Disgusting” is a short video made by a beauty blogger (My Pale Skin's Em Ford) illustrating reactions she received when she posted images of herself with and without make-up on social media. Ford received comments from over 100,000 viewers, and the video has been viewed over 7 million times within its first few days online. Without make-up, she was inundated with comments calling her disgusting and hideous. She proceeded to cover her acne, contour her face, glue-on false eyelashes and plump her lips with gloss. This version garnered comments applauding her glamor, exalting her perfection and asking her beauty secrets. At the same time, she was also criticized for false advertising, applying too much make-up, and presenting a misleading front.  

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