This Week in Women: Body Shaming, Baby Feminism, And Kesha
It’s hard out there for a girl. One second you’re having a great day, the next second—BAM—someone goes ahead and creates even more unrealistic expectations for women. And just when you think that’s over—POW—some asshat of a governor passes a crappy law against women’s rights. And just when you think you’re safe at home, you remember that Kesha‘s case is still in trouble–the ground beneath you begins to rumble, the floor boards crack right between your legs, and you fall into the eternal fiery abyss that is hell. It’s been a rough week. But read on for a few bright spots!
TFW You Wake Up and Are Suddenly Being Body Shamed
To celebrate Glamour magazine’s partnership with plus-size retailer Lane Bryant, the fashion magazine is releasing two special editions that will focus on plus-size women and fashion. But when the first edition hit newsstands this past Wednesday, Amy Schumer had a slight bone to pick with the mag—and with good reason. Schumer, who is in actuality a size six to eight, was included in the plus-size issue without her consent. And let it be known: plus-size in America is considered to be a size 16.
I think there's nothing wrong with being plus size. Beautiful healthy women. Plus size is considered size 16 in America. I go between a size 6 and an 8. @glamourmag put me in their plus size only issue without asking or letting me know and it doesn't feel right to me. Young girls seeing my body type thinking that is plus size? What are your thoughts? Mine are not cool glamour not glamourous
Even if Schumer was a size 16, Glamour‘s plus-size issue is still cause for concern. The entire idea behind the issue—that is, categorizing women according to the size of their bodies—gratuitously pits women against each other. It’s essentially forcing women into a box. Plus size models—or however you choose to label them—shouldn’t be cordoned off to one month of a magazine. They should be embraced in all issues. Glamour‘s decision to include Schumer was indicative of the fat-shaming culture that we live in today, and seemed to say: if you’re not super skinny, then you must be fat.
Thankfully Schumer bowed out of this debate with one last smoldering Instagram.
Surprise: Abortion is Still Up for Debate
A woman’s right to her own body is obviously one of the talking points circling about this week—because why wouldn’t it be? We don’t call it “her” body for a reason or anything…
Indiana’s new abortion law, signed by Governor Mike Pence, prohibits abortions based on genetic abnormalities and requires any aborted fetus to be buried or cremated. The bill passed in early March and now Planned Parenthood, our beloved modern-day hero, is suing the state for these outlandish requirements. “We make sure women receive high-quality health care in a safe, nonjudgmental and unbiased environment,” said Betty Cockrum, President and CEO of the Indiana and Kentucky branches of Planned Parenthood. “That includes abortion. Gov. Mike Pence isn’t a woman and he isn’t a doctor. He needs to get out and stay out of our doctors’ offices.” Preee-eeeaaach.
My Brain Hurts
Yesterday, Jennifer Lopez came out with a female empowerment song called “Ain’t Your Mama.” To the tune of a generic club beat, Jenny from the Block urges straight women to not cater to their men. Because, like the song says, “she ain’t your mama.” The problem here is that Dr. Luke produced Jennifer Lopez’s female-focused song—and yes, that’s the same Dr. Luke who allegedly raped and abused Kesha. We’re going to have a hard time bopping along to Lopez’s new song—especially after Kesha’s case against Sony Music was thrown out this week.
Feigning concern, Sony had offered Kesha freedom from her contract with Dr. Luke, but only if she agreed to formally revoke the allegations against him. Giving a final and rather merciless verdict on Kesha’s case, the judge allegedly said, “Although [Luke’s] alleged actions were directed to Kesha, who is female, [her claims] do no allege that [Luke] harbored animus toward women or was motivated by gender animus when he allegedly behaved violently toward Kesha. Every rape is not a gender-motivated hate crime.”
Ceilidh Joy Puts a Lyft Driver in his Place
Three days ago, Ceilidh Joy, a model who serves as a face of Milk Makeup—she’s better known as @LilMixedHunny—experienced an unpleasant car ride from the app Lyft, and recorded it for all of her followers to see. She posted two videos to her Instagram; in the first, which she stamped with “harassment,” the driver admits to asking Joy about the elasticity of her vagina and the size of her boyfriend’s thingamajig. The second video shows the driver making some more comments about her most private of areas. It’s all pretty sickening, and unfortunately representative of a lot of women’s experiences on ride sharing services.
Something Nice: Maisie Williams Proves You Can Never be too Young to be a Feminist
Game of Thrones‘ Maisie Williams has a brilliant theory on feminism, our favorite F word. The first time the actress was asked whether or not Arya, her GoT character, is a feminist, she was too young to even know what that word meant. And yet despite that, her takeaway at the time was still as brilliant as ever. “And I remember thinking, ‘Isn’t that just like everyone?’” Williams told Entertainment Weekly. “And then I realized everyone is not a feminist, unfortunately. But I also feel like we should stop calling feminists ‘feminists’ and just start calling people who aren’t feminist ‘sexist’ — and then everyone else is just a human.” Feminism as the new norm? We’re into it.
Images via The Atlantic, Sony, The Daily Beast
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