Media tagged Feminism

Key & Peele - Pirate Chantey

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            In this 2015 sketch by comedy duo Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele, a group of pirates sing about how they have interacted with women over the years. However, unlike most depictions of pirate chants, the lyrics to their song demonstrate feminist values and are respectful to women. The pirates sing about not taking advantage of women when they are intoxicated, about a women’s right to choose, and about not sexually objectifying women’s bodies. The main chorus of the song highlights the message of respecting women by saying, “we say ‘yo ho’ but we don't say ‘hoe,’ ‘cause ‘hoe’ is disrespectful yo.”

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Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg’s Awkward interview on Funny or Die

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In this video created by Funny or Die, actors Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network, Zombieland) and Kristen Stewart (The Twilight Saga) interview one another as a promotion for their 2015 film American Ultra. Quickly, it becomes apparent that the questions posed to Jesse reflect what is commonly asked to actresses—such as personal and probing questions about the body, romantic and sexual relationships, and clothing --while those asked of Kristen are more commonly asked to actors-- personal interest questions such as favorite sports teams or what the actor was like in high school. This piece takes a comedic and uncomfortable look at the inequitable way men and women are interviewed and reported on by celebrity news through its use of contrasting questions such as “Who is your favorite sports team?” vs. “Are you pregnant?” with the intention of drawing public attention to the disparities. 

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Madonna - At 34, Defends Her Future Self

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This interview clip with Madonna comes from the mid-1990s. At 34, the pop star spoke about the problem of “ageism”, the constraints on women's sexuality as they age, and the tendency of society to put women “out to pasture” once they hit 40 years of age.

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Maxim-Cure a Feminist

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In November 2003, Maxim Magazine, an international male-centric entertainment publication, put out an article in their "How To" section entitled "Cure a Feminist." It came complete with a 4-step process on how to turn an "unshaven, militant, protesting vegan into an actual girl!" It also contained a pictorial progression of girls going from clothed ("feminist") to half-naked ("actual girl"). The text gives advice to men about how to date or bed a "feminist," giving tips on how to ask interesting questions that would interest feminists. It also tells men how to "teach" the girl they are dating to be more "moderate than the combat-boot variety" of feminists by giving her some options to "think differently."

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Merriam Webster Online-"Femininity"

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In its definition of “femininity,” Merriam-Webster's online dictionary previously used the word in the following sentence: “She managed to become a CEO without sacrificing herfemininity.” A follower of writer Ali Segel sent her the screenshot of this definition. Segal then tweeted her objection to the definition to her network. From there, the tweet was shared broadly, and reached the attention of Merriam-Webster staff. The staff replied to Segal’s tweet saying “We’re working to remove it now.” Within hours, the example had been removed from the online dictionary.

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