March 27, 2012

Do The Hunger Games Critics Hate Women?

Okay, so maybe saying they hate women is a strong statement, but the reactions made public by critics and fans seems to hate on the women in the film. Yesterday, I shared the backlash that came from fans as they shared their disappointment that Rue was played by Amandla Stenberg due to the fact that she was black. The feedback shared on Twitter revealed very hostile comments about Rue, even mentioning that her death wasn’t as sad because she is black.

Well, critics seem to have it out for the leading lady too, claiming that she was not skinny enough to play the emaciated 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen in the film. The New York Mag article,quotes reviews pointing out Jennifer Lawrence’s “lingering baby fat.” What? Of course the physiques of the men in the film don’t happen to be pointed out.

With such an anticipated film, it seems almost unbelievable to me that these are the critiques that viewers have to offer. I personally have not seen the film or read the books, but I definitely think the experience will now be a bit tainted.  It seems that whenever a strong woman is present, Lawrence does kick-ass in the film, there are always others trying to bring her down.

March 27, 2012

16 and Pregnant.. Again?

Tonight MTV will premiere the first episode of the fourth season of  16 and Pregnant. The reality show which first aired in 2009, follows 16 -year-old high schools girls who face the difficulties of teenage pregnancy. I must admit that I love reality television as much as the next person, but when does exposure turn into exploitation? The first season did provide a surprisingly honest look into what teenage pregnancy can be like– and it wasn’t pretty, but how did this documentary based series turn into an enterprise?

Since the first season, the network has developed the spin-off series Teen Mom, which attracted 2.1 million viewers the night of its premiere in 2009, and follows four of the original girls. Each episode provided a deeper peek into the train-wreck that had become their lives. From domestic abuse to divorce, the series has attracted a following that can’t help themselves, but tune in to these somewhat depressing situations that come off more like a soap opera than a reality show. According to a report by Amber Portwood, arguably the most drama-filled mama, makes $280,000 a year from the network.

The drama hasn’t stopped after the seasons either. Tabloids have loved featuring the Mom’s on their covers, wallowing in their twisted and complicated lives. Jenelle Evans, has landed herself in jail for drug use, Amber Portwood has been caught sending nudie pics and Farrah Abraham had a boob job, just to name a few.

I am definitely not here to judge these women, but as MTV prepares to delve into the lives of a new set of teenage mothers, it really makes me question what their motive is. Yeah, they feature a little clip of the website at the end of the episodes, but are they really helping raise awareness about the issues of teen pregnancy? I cannot tell you how many times the issue of teen pregnancy was raised in one of my college classes and a girl would raise her hand and claim that 16 and pregnant was helping bring light to the problem, but I really can’t agree. MTV has been progressive in addressing issues that other networks haven’t, which can be seen in their recent special “It Gets Better,” that was created in order to lend support to gay and transgender teens. But, after the first season of 16 and Pregnant was it really necessary to keep the bandwagon going on this one or are we just preparing to exploit another set of young mothers?

March 26, 2012

Breastfeeding Riot!

Breastfeeding in public has always been a controversial topic. Although this a natural process, that has many benefits for the nursing child, many people seem to look down upon public breastfeeding. But as we all know you cannot tell a child when or where not to be hungry. Private areas for breastfeeding are not always provided to mothers, so they are expected to cover-up while tending to their child’s needs.

Well, in Sweden last week, Natashja Blomberg took to Twitter in order to start a Breastfeeding Riot. Tweeting that she refuses to be shamed by others that are disgusted by her public breastfeeding. Other women have also joined the riot, tweeting and posting pictures of them feeding their children. The Huffington Post covers more on the story here.

March 26, 2012

Hunger Games Disappoints Racists?


The Hunger Games was one of the most anticipated films of 2012 and raked in $155 million during this past weekends opening. Considering the film was based on the novel written by Suzanne Collins and features a strong female lead, Katniss Everdeen played by Jennifer Lawrence, this seems like a big accomplishment for females in film.

Unfortunately, the release has also created a backlash from fans who were shocked and disappointed by the casting of the character Rue, who is played by actress Amandla Stenberg. The very vocal disapproval of Rue was not due to her acting, but the fact that she is black. Yeah, the book mentions she is dark-skinned, but fans cannot believe she is black?

This article on Jezebel breaks down some more specific reactions on Twitter. Unbelievable.

March 17, 2012

St.Patty’s Green

So, I probably only wear green on one day out of the year and that day is always St.Patrick’s Day.  This holiday was created to honor the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, but for me it’s a celebration of all things fabulously green. If you are going out to celebrate, check out some of these ways to sport pieces without looking like a leprechaun.

February 22, 2012

Asymmetrical Maxi Must-Have

So, as I have mentioned in previous posts, I love anything asymmetrical. I think having a difference in lengths really spices up the silhouette of an outfit. When I saw asymmetrical maxi skirts and dresses trending for spring, I was so excited. I absolutely love the look! It shows a little bit of leg, but still gives the comfort of a long maxi skirt. Gotta have it.

This Funktional Doppler Skirt is so cute with a floral print . $145 at Revolve Clothing

I actually own this one, it looks best rocked with a striped tank. $19.80 at Forever 21

February 21, 2012

Jane Fonda: Well-Dressed Feminist

To be a revolutionary you have to be a human being. You have to care about people who have no power.

Most people who think about Jane Fonda, probably recall the 1980s image of the fitness video guru in a unitard that left little to the imagination.  But, before becoming a workout icon, her early acting career was launched by movies like Barberella, which worked to, in a very interesting way, change the way women were viewed. Forty years later, Fonda co-founded the Women’s Media Center and has spoke out against female genital mutilation. In 2001, she even established her own organization called the Jane Fonda Center for Adolescent Reproductive Health.

During her many efforts to fight against patriarchy and improve the plight of women all over the world, it is no secret that Jane Fonda has also continued to have a great personal style. Making her obviously, a well-dressed feminist. Check out this interview with Fonda on and this timeline of her iconic looks.

February 21, 2012

Flashing for Beads?

Today is Fat Tuesday the start of Mardi Gras in the good ol’ New Orleans. This occasion is significant in many ways, it marks the day before the start of Lent and is filled with feasting, parades and well, boobies. As I thought back to my childhood, Mardi Gras meant that my grandparents would send me an envelope full of colorful beads that they had collected during their time in Louisiana, how exactly they got them.. well I do not know. Anyway, the point is, Mardi Gras is an excuse for men to nag women, “show me your tits” to give them a five second show, 7th grade style, on Bourbon Street. So of course I wanted to find out, how did this become a tradition at Mardi Gras?

Here is an explanation from the Mardi Gras website:

Answer: As a fifth-generation New Orleanian, let me say this was never and is still not a tradition.  Saying it is “tradition” is like saying that people who get drunk and pass out on Bourbon Street are following tradition as well.

Thankfully, this does not occur everywhere in New Orleans during Mardi Gras — but just on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter area. An area known for its strip joints (where those interested in this sort of thing can see it year round). Let me explain why you may have heard this rumor. Within the last 10 or so years, a few spring-break age tourists visiting our city get drunk after the parades, go to Bourbon Street in the French Quarter, and lose their inhibitions. The others are onlookers. The end result is that certain types of individuals are now attracted to the French Quarter in the evenings after the parades.

That was about the best explanation I could get. Unfortunately, this ten-year-old “tradition” can lead to exploiting women all in the name of 10 cent beads, which I must say are extremely tacky.

During my searching, I also stumbled upon a website that explained flashing as empowering to women? Oh yes, how empowering to show your boobs on command. It’s not women throwing beads to women, I am pretty sure this just another situation where patriarchy is in full-force.

To be sure, as Wilkie points out, Carnival has long provided a forum for women to express and celebrate their sexuality, thereby contesting society’s gender ideologies and hypocritical views of femininity. And, indeed, many flashers do seem to find the ritual empowering, even addictive. “Enticing the men to solicit them becomes a form of sexual control for the women…,” writes Wilkie. “While some women perceive the display of breasts to be merely a transaction to earn beads coveted within the Carnival atmosphere, men may perceive this willingness to mean that the women are symbolically for sale, that their bodies can be purchased. Likewise, women are just as likely to perceive men as easily manipulated into providing bead wealth. Through the control of her body, a woman can exercise sexual control over men.”

I think I could probably write a book on why this quote is so utterly disturbing, but I will forgo that for now. I would really like to know how do women feel about this..?

February 19, 2012

Long & Short: Blouses

As I gear up for the warmer weather, I am absolutely stocking up on the short front, long back blouses. I am a total fan of a crop top, but having a longer back just takes it to the next level.  If I had it my way, everything I owned would be asymmetrical. I am really  digging the look of a solid color asymmetrical blouse paired with a patterned short and wedge for summer.

Crochet Back Shirt- Forever 21 $15.80

Painted Desert Short- Need Supply $58.00

Dolce Vita Wedge- Piperlime $189.00

February 18, 2012

Zelda Kaplan: Well-Dressed Feminist

“I hope to let every girl know that she is somebody”

Zelda Kaplan, New York City fashionista and socialite, was sadly pronounced dead shortly after collapsing in the front row of a runway show during New York City Fashion week. At 95, Ms. Kaplan was known for her young spirit and endless partying. But, as we mourn the loss of an NYC fashion icon, it is also important to remember the other accomplishments of Kaplan’s life, including her work towards women’s rights.

According to a New York Time’s article, “Ms. Kaplan expressed a less-frivolous side during frequent trips to remote villages in Africa, speaking to tribes about the perils of female genital cutting and lobbying for a woman’s right of inheritance.”

This passion for women’s rights was inspired after hearing anthropologist Margret Mead speak, ultimately influencing her several trips to Africa to educate women.

Ms. Kaplan was definitely the embodiment of a well-dressed feminist, a powerful woman who knew how to dress and how to make a difference. She will be missed.