Recently, I was on the local Philadelphia news, talking about beauty pageants. Check out this clip where, about three minutes in, I talk about socialization’s role in the “choice” that women make to aspire to beauty pageantry.
Although it’s not necessarily my favorite, I’m not offended by the phrase “skinny bitches.” And I want to talk about three reasons why you probably shouldn’t be either. Because the use of it isn’t attacking anyone as individuals; it’s highlighting a serious social issue. And it’s probably time you sit down and listen.
I had the opportunity to be a Frontline Voice with the Stop the Beauty Madness Campaign, and my podcast in the audio series is now available for sharing and downloading. Listen to me talk a lot about the relationship between body image and psychosexuality here.
I spent some time over the airwaves with the ladies at Finding Our Hunger to talk about such important topics as how language adds a layer of confusing, subjective connotation to objective words like “health” and “fat”; how Western Medicine as a structure is oppressive; aaaand Josie and the Pussycats. Check it out.
When we favor covering the sensational work that feminist men are doing out there, I think we’re accidentally skipping over the “every man” and the simple, seemingly mundane ways that sexism creeps into our everyday lives. So here’s a short introduction, guys — a few small things you can do to show more respect. Because, hey, we all have to start somewhere.
If you do social justice work, you’ve undoubtedly suffered your fair share of abuse. And if you’ve been vocal about it, people have likely told you that “you must be doing something right” if people are angry. And I get their point. But sometimes, it doesn’t feel comforting. Here are some reasons why you might want to drop “You must be doing something right!”