I wasn't planning on doing a Link Love post this week, simply because I had too many other things that I wanted to blog about, but I read so many interesting things, so I just had to share!
- "Phyllis Schafly to Citadel Students: 'Don't Date Feminists!'": Yes, this WOMAN, Phyllis Schafly, really did tell a group of male students not to date feminists. No, this wasn't some sarcastic, ironic statement, or a joke of any kind. Are you disgusted yet? Yeah, me too. That comment is what sparked the author's article, which went on to list a few other types of women men should avoid dating, since feminists aren't always that easy to spot (yes, this woman is being sarcastic). The following is my favorite line from the article: "I’ve decided to help out by making a handy list of other women that men at the Citadel should not date, either because they are likely to be stealth feminists, or at least to have benefited from feminism, which is basically the same thing."
- "TED x Teen: Tavi Gevinson: Still Figuring it Out": Let's go ahead and skip over all of the "Tavi is the most awesome 16 (15?) year old ever" stuff, because I think we all know that, right? Okay, good. Tavi spoke about feminism, female characters and role models, being a teen, etc. Who better to talk about these things than her; a girl who is in the midst of figuring out teen-dom, and, therefore, life? Everything she said is quotable, but this might be my favorite: "I was trying to reconcile all of these differences that you're told you can't be when you're growing up as a girl. 'You can't be smart and pretty. You can't be a feminist who's also interested in fashion. You can't care about clothes if it's not for the sake of what other people--usually men--will think of you.'" What girl hasn't been told these things, however indirectly? The video is only 7 1/2 minutes, and well worth the watch.
- "Ashley Judd Slaps Media in the Face for Speculation Over Her 'Puffy' Appearance": If you have access to the internet, you probably read, or at least heard about, Ashley Judd's response to gossip-y "journalism" concerning her appearance. If you haven't read it, you should. Everything she said about our society and our media, everything she said about the patriarchy and misogyny that runs rampant around us everyday, is absolutely true. And sad. There are so many actions and thought processes we engage in that are misogynistic, and we don't even realize it. That's how ingrained it is in us to value men over women. In the article, Judd writes that she hopes to spark a conversation about feminism, and I hope that conversation continues even after people start to forget about the article.
When I started this post, I really didn't mean to have any "theme" to the links, but I think the unintended theme is glaringly obvious. I guess I was just subconsciously attracted to articles surrounding feminism and feminist issues this week. I could (and will) write so much on this topic--this one topic that is a GIGANTIC umbrella for so many subtopics--in the near future. It's interesting what you start to notice when certain topics and ideas are on your mind, and I'm disgusted by what I've noticed. So this week's Link Love post is over, but this isn't the last you'll hear about my thoughts on feminism and patriarchy. After all, the subtitle to my blog is "A Chronic Day Dreamer's View on LIFE and Fashion."
P.S. I don't think it comes across very strongly on this blog, but I am a very opinionated person, and I care a great deal about social and political issues. While I don't want that to take over this blog completely, I do hope you all can see more of that side as this blog evolves. HAPPY FRIDAY THE 13TH!