• Roxanne – I agree with you in that I don’t remember (ehm, I should admit my limited interactions with music videos post middle school right now) many (any) music videos with naked women before “Blurred Lines” and “Wrecking Ball.” It does seem like women’s disrobed bodies are being used to increase views (“what, omg, you [...]

  • Mainly because the speaker is “Hangin’ round downtown / By myself And I had so much time / To sit and think / About myself” and then this person is lounging in his chair (??). The repeated verse of the speaker thinking about himself is, for me, what drives home the creepy factor — coupled [...]

  • After Miley Cyrus’ VMA performance, people were all about slut-shaming her (not much was said about Robin Thicke’s participation). The mainstream media appeared scandalized by her performance – a young woman exhibiting sexuality? *Gasp!* Richard Cohen, of the Washington Post , seemed particularly appalled – at least once he looked up the word twerk. He thought Cyrus should probably [...]

  • When you start a discussion about a rape case that ended in conviction, with “so-called rape” and then specify that “it was not a rape involving intercourse,” you set yourself up as someone who doesn’t understand, in the least, the concept of rape or the right a person has to the sanctity of their bodies. [...]

  • Liz N. Clift commented on the blog post The Lie of Women   1 year ago · View

    Love this post, Michelle. It’s a great reminder that physical beauty as caught on film (in art) and/or as transformed by graphic artists is just what you described — a sliver of someone’s life. The expectation that we should all be beautiful and made-up all of the time is a lie far too many of [...]

  • Liz N. Clift commented on the blog post Suggestions for teen feminist books?   1 year, 5 months ago · View

    Full Frontal Feminism (also Valenti), or a subscription to Bitch? Feminist zines might also be interesting, since you could pick up a variety for very little money. You could even start with a few free ones downloaded/printed from Philly’s Pissed (mostly talking about consent and the like) to see if your sister is interested in [...]

  • Great piece. I’m glad the information made it to the local news, because I feel like this is a common occurrence (the silencing of sexual assault and rape cases on university campuses, that is), and the more push back universities watch other universities get, hopefully the more cases like these will be taken seriously initially. [...]

  • Liz N. Clift wrote a new blog post: The Friend Zone (or, why I’m more than a piece of ass)   1 year, 5 months ago · View

    Carlo Alcos, of Confronting Love, wrote an article in 2011 titled The Friend Zone (or, How “Jerks” are Made), ” which was recently republished by The Good Men Project. I’ll save you the trouble of reading it, in case you’ve missed it or if you just don’t want to read yet another faux-feminist essay articulating why it’s [...]

  • On February 21, 2013 the New York Times published an article about how American children are eating fewer calories than a decade ago. America has an obesity epidemic, so this is a good thing, right? Sure, maybe. First, though, before we get into any discussion, I’d like to point out that the New York Times failed to list their source – [...]

  • Liz N. Clift commented on the blog post My rapist offered to buy me dinner   1 year, 8 months ago · View

    Fair point. The RAINN site says “has been.” I’m using “will” because perhaps a particular group of women — say everyone at a dinner table that happens to include at least 6 women — has been fortunate enough to not have that as part of their experience up to that moment. My larger point is [...]

  • Liz N. Clift wrote a new blog post: Hey Girl: Against Ryan Gosling memes   1 year, 8 months ago · View

    Let’s talk about Ryan Gosling. Or, rather, let’s talk about the people who create “Hey Girl” Ryan Gosling memes that seem to appear all over Facebook, Twitter, and other corners of the internet. The first of these, Fuck Yeah! Ryan Gosling was started in December 2008 by writer Douglas Reinhardt, as a “ joke with friends. ” It [...]

  • Liz N. Clift wrote a new blog post: My rapist offered to buy me dinner   1 year, 8 months ago · View

    *Trigger warning* On April 8, 2012, I was raped by a man I didn’t know well, but had invited into my home–for the second time. He held a job that caused him to travel a lot. I’d met him in October 2011. We talked for a while. We made out. Because it was a chilly [...]

  • Liz N. Clift became a registered member   1 year, 9 months ago · View

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