Hollaback! and ModCloth take on street harrassment

(Image Credit: ModCloth)

(Image Credit: ModCloth)

As you may or may not know, I run my own YouTube channel and I feature one specific thing on Fridays: fashion. So, when I was approached with this opportunity to write about this topic regarding street harassment and “dressing for yourself,” I was all for it. Continue reading

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Unruly Women in Media: Katniss Everdeen of ‘The Hunger Games’

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in THE HUNGER GAMES (Image Credit: Lionsgate)

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in THE HUNGER GAMES (Image Credit: Lionsgate)

Welcome to the final installment of the Unruly Women series! Thus far, we’ve looked at women from the ‘60s, ‘90s and present day. This week, we’re jumping way ahead and analyzing everyone’s favorite futuristic heroine, Katniss Everdeen. Continue reading

Unruly Women in Media: The Ladies of ‘Broad City’

Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer in BROAD CITY (Image Credit: Comedy Central)

Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer in BROAD CITY (Image Credit: Comedy Central)

Hello, and welcome back to the Unruly Women series! Last week, we looked at Samantha Jones, the overtly sexual, successful, Manhattan woman from Sex and the City. This week, we’ll be talking about two Manhattan girls who have the blatant sexuality of Samantha, but are nowhere near as well off, and have about a 20-year age gap with the notorious socialite. I’m talking about the one and only power duo, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer from Broad City. Continue reading

Unruly Women in Media: Samantha Jones from ‘Sex and the City’

Kim Cattrall as Samantha Jones in SEX IN THE CITY (Image Credit: HBO)

Kim Cattrall as Samantha Jones in SEX IN THE CITY (Image Credit: HBO)

Welcome to the third installment of our Unruly Women series! This week, we’re jumping back to the late ‘90s with Sex and the City’s own Samantha Jones. Last week, Sophia from Orange is the New Black showed us one trans woman’s struggles with gender and sexuality. As many of you probably know, these are not problem areas for Samantha. In fact, this is where she thrives. Continue reading

Entertainment’s Unruly Women: Sophia Burset of ‘Orange is the New Black’

Laverne Cox as Sophia Burset in ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Image Credit: Netflix

Laverne Cox as Sophia Burset in ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Image Credit: Netflix

Welcome back to the Unruly Women series! Recently, we took a look at Joan Holloway from Mad Men, an ultra sassy, forward-thinking businesswoman of the 1960s. Today, we’re jumping forward to the 21st century to another groundbreaking female character: Sophia Burset (Laverne Cox) from Orange is the New Black. Continue reading

Entertainment’s Unruly Women: Joan Holloway of ‘Mad Men’

Christina Hendricks as Joan Holloway in MAD MEN (Image Credit: AMC)

Christina Hendricks as Joan Holloway in MAD MEN (Image Credit: AMC)

With the second half of the final season of Mad Men already in full swing, it’s about time we reflect back on our most-loved and most-hated characters of the show. There’s no doubt that much has changed since Season 1. Our beloved Bert Cooper has tragically passed away, along with partner Lane Price who offed himself in his Sterling Cooper & Partners office of all places. Roger and Don, our two remaining partners, have replaced the other half of the SC&P partnership with Pete and (more importantly) Joan! Continue reading

Actors declare themselves feminists, we declare that they rock!

Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Image Credit: Gage Skidmore)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Image Credit: Gage Skidmore)

Feminism is on the rise in Hollywood. Between Patricia Arquette’s rousing Oscars acceptance speech (which earned a cheer from Meryl Streep!) and Emma Watson’s HeforShe campaign, the time has come for Hollywood’s actors to stand up in solidarity for gender equality. Here are some who are joining the likes of Tina Fey, Shailene Woodley, Amy Poehler, Viola Davis and others. Continue reading

Everything I ever needed to know, I learned from…Amy Poehler’s ‘Yes Please’!

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When I picture my ideal future, I imagine it with a career something like Amy Poehler’s; comedy sketch artist, three-time Golden Globes host and writer and lead actress for my favorite TV show, Parks and Recreation. I basically envision myself as a non-blonde Amy Poehler (of course, you can argue that that’s Tina Fey, so I’ll totally settle for being their adopted child/heir to their throne). With that said, I was eager to crack open a copy of her book, Yes Please and soak in all the wisdom she has to offer on becoming a kick-ass, hard-working woman in Hollywood. Unsurprisingly, there are a lot of tips to note – with gems such as “short people do not like to be picked up!” and “Time travel is real!” – but here are the lessons I’ve found to be a bit more applicable in day-to-day life for aspiring Amys and others.

1. Tell your brain to shut up every once in a while.
Poehler is an adamant believer that sometimes your brain is the worst thing to have around when figuring things out – especially when writing a book. Your brain makes you second-guess your decisions, hold on to your ego and make up some pretty lame, excuse-laden apologies (but more on those, later). Poehler figured out that the best way to get any writing done was to stick your brain in a drawer and put your hand on your heart, letting it decide if “what you wrote feels true.” Sometimes, you think more clearly when you turn your brain off.

2. Know how and when to say sorry.

Poehler knows that it’s a lot harder than it looks, especially as a woman navigating a professional environment. She hits the nail on the head in saying that “it takes years as a woman to unlearn what you have been taught to be sorry for.” Running late? Say sorry. Sharing your idea? Don’t say sorry. Uncomfortable with something? Don’t say sorry. And when the time does come to say sorry, Poehler says that a good apology is one that’s clear, honest and without excuses.

3. Know what you don’t want to do.
In Poehler’s college years, she didn’t know what kind of actor she wanted to be or where she wanted her career to go. What she did know was that she did not want to get stuck in one place, or get married and have children within the next 10 years. It’s a lot less daunting to answer the question “what do you not want to do with your life?” and figure things out from there.

4. Get by with a little help from your friends.
Between writing and filming the final season of Parks and Rec, prepping for the Golden Globes and taking care of her two sons, Amy Poehler is a busy lady. Writing a book is hard – but Yes Please shows you that friends will help you reach your page count (Saturday Night Live buddy Seth Meyers lends a hand for a couple of pages) and return your manuscript to you when you lose it at the airport (Thanks to Sharita of LAX!) Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it, and good friends will come through for you.

5. Find what you’re good at, accept what you’re not.
Poehler knew from early on that her ticket to Hollywood was not going to be her looks, and resolved that her currency lay in being “a plain girl with tons of personality.” It turns out, her plain face ended up being a perfect canvas with which to play other people. What is considered your weakness can become your strength.

There you have it! Pick up a copy of Yes Please to get all the other tidbits that didn’t make the list (including advice from Poehler’s more scandalous sections, including “world famous sex advice” and “lessons I learned on mushrooms”)!

 

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The More Explicit, The Better? Eroticism and Women in Young Adult Fiction

The more explicit, the better. At least, that’s what seems to be the widely accepted rule when it comes to fiction today. Television shows are getting less censored, movies are pushing their ratings to R and, my favorite of the trifecta, novels, are going more and more in depth in describing life’s most intimate moments. Continue reading

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The Power of a Tall Woman: Eliminate the ‘Tall Woman Stigma’ and Own up to Being Your Sexy Self

Gwendoline Christie (Image Credit: Venturelli/Getty Images for Johnnie Walker Gold Label)

Gwendoline Christie (Image Credit: Venturelli/Getty Images for Johnnie Walker Gold Label)

For some women, being tall can have a negative impact on your self-esteem. In the female universe, there seems to be a stigma about tall women or actually being a tall woman and how unsettling it sometimes can be. Some of the many rumors that inflate the stigma include:  men are intimidated by taller women, being a tall woman is a sign of brawniness or overbearingness, and the classic “I can’t wear heels. I’m too tall!” Continue reading

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VIDEO: An Exclusive Interview with Filmmaker Jessica Yu of ‘Misconception’ at Tribeca Film Festival

Jessica Yu (Image Credit: Sean Torenli / The Daily Quirk)

Jessica Yu (Image Credit: Sean Torenli / The Daily Quirk)

In the documentary Misconception, filmmaker Jesssica Yu sheds light on the highly charged issue of population growth and how governments around the world choose to deal with the perceived issue by following three subjects whose lives have been affected by population control policies. The Daily Quirk sat down with Academy Award winner Jessica Yu at the Tribeca Film Festival to find out more about the film and the issues it explores. Watch the exclusive interview feature below!
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A Petition for Plus-Sized Disney Princesses Calls for Change

Pressure (Image Credit: Kevin Dooley)

Pressure (Image Credit: Kevin Dooley)

Mirror, mirror on the wall? Who is the fairest of them all?

Disney has long been criticized on modeling its princesses after an all too idealistic “perfect princess” archetype with big eyes, a ridiculous waist-hip ratio and hair that obviously has never seen split ends. Is it time for a makeover? What about a plus-size princess? High school junior, Jewel Moore, is calling Disney out for a change. Continue reading

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One Big Step Back for Feminism? Celebrity stances on the ‘F-Word’…

Lady Gaga (Image Credit: Peter Cruise)

Lady Gaga (Image Credit: Peter Cruise)

Why is society so scared of feminism? Female celebrities have been reluctant to identify as such, largely because of misconceptions of what feminism is, which contribute vastly to the negativity surrounding it. This aversion to the word has been undoing many dedicated efforts of feminists before us. Rosie the Riveter would hang her head in shame. However, I believe society would celebrate and relish feminism, if we just knew what it meant. Continue reading

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American Apparel’s Pushing the Envelope with the Period Tee

Censored Image of the "Period Power Tee" (Image Credit: American Apparel)

Censored Image of the “Period Power Tee” (Image Credit: American Apparel)

Looking for period power? American Apparel gives it to you in a tee. 100% cotton, 100% controversy (Check out the uncensored shirt image here).

The argument is that the portrayal of menstruation is a call for people to respect and redefine a “perfect” female body. I’ll cut to the chase and say that I think Petra Collins’ own drawing is great- but the medium she chose to deliver it through? Not so much. Continue reading