Posts Tagged Rihanna

Let them live: Josephine Baker, Maya Angelou, and Rihanna as erotic and holistic

Last week when I wrote about women telling their boyfriends to “check their bitches” my ending bio included an exasperated “Maya Angelou didn’t die for this shit.” And I meant it. When it comes to black women, the “shit” I’m referring to  goes beyond the defense mechanisms of scorned lovers on Love & Hip Hop. The “shit” is the continually devaluing of black women and the rejection of their sexuality and bodily autonomy. She didn’t die for us to uphold false dichotomies about the character and worth of black women.

When Rihanna shut the CFDA Awards down in her dazzling sheer gown by designer Adam Shelman, I was expecting some thot shaming. We all know how everyone ...

Last week when I wrote about women telling their boyfriends to “check their bitches” my ending bio included an exasperated “Maya Angelou didn’t die for this shit.” And I meant it. When it comes to ...

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Where to get baby food and formula during the shutdown.

How to check your gender bias.

Frozen embryos: do you know where your children are?

“Being a musician/rockstar/whatever is pretty fucking impossible.”

Fighting the wrong mommy wars.

“I’m a Girl.”

On the uphill battle for women and girls in STEM.

“Imagine a woman actively in labor. Now imagine her handcuffed.”

Wendy Davis is in the building, y’all.

The limits of the “female-fronted” band.

Presumed incompetent.

The grossest advertising strategy of all time.

“I was a domestic violence counselor and still ended up in an abusive relationship.”

The cost of Gandhi’s “experiments.”

Was the

Where to get baby food and formula during the shutdown.

How to check your gender bias.

Frozen embryos: do you know where your children are?

“Being a musician/rockstar/whatever is pretty fucking ...

Rihanna in a DIY masturbation t-shirt

Friday Feminist Fuck Yeah: It’s National Masturbation Month

…and it looks like Rihanna is celebrating too! (Because she’s just the greatest.)

I’ve previously shared my thoughts about the importance of masturbation–or, as I like call it, “the longest, most consistently satisfying sexual relationship of my life.” So I won’t bore you again with TMI details. Instead, I’ll just direct you to the awesome folks at the M Blog, who are masturbating every day this month and writing about it. Check out it!

…and it looks like Rihanna is celebrating too! (Because she’s just the greatest.)

I’ve previously shared my thoughts about the importance of masturbation–or, as I like call ...

This is what piling on Rihanna looks like

When Ann Friedman recently wrote a great piece about the risk in piling on Rihanna for reconciling with Chris Brown, I nodded along, despite my own personal feelings about the case.  It’s really hard to simultaneously advocate for survivors of violence and encourage women to leave, when Rihanna and Chris Brown’s reconciliation is so high profile and honestly sends a very complicated message to a public wildly misinformed about gender based violence.

An op-ed in The New York Daily News, “Violence against women is tough to fight when stars like Rihanna get back with their abusers,” is the perfect example of good intentions and bad delivery.  It’s the perfect example of what piling on Rihanna looks like:

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When Ann Friedman recently wrote a great piece about the risk in piling on Rihanna for reconciling with Chris Brown, I nodded along, despite my own personal feelings about the case.  It’s really hard to ...

5 Reasons the Chris Brown and Rihanna SVU episode was both awesome and bad

Warning: Spoilers!

Last night, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit premiered a new episode “ripped from the headlines,” with a story line that was obviously supposed to be a take off of Chris Brown and Rihanna.  A singer named Micha Charles and her boyfriend, hip hop star Caleb Bryant get into an argument when Bryant is caught talking to another woman and Bryant beats and chokes Charles until she’s nearly dead.

Sound familiar?

The episode was heavy handed and a litte – no a lot – cheesy but there are 5 reasons why it was both awesome and bad (mixed with sincerity and snark): 

Warning: Spoilers!

Last night, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit premiered a new episode “ripped from the headlines,” with a story line that was obviously supposed to be a take off of Chris Brown and Rihanna.  A ...

Rihanna going back to Chris Brown doesn’t make her a “bad girl”

I’ve noticed a theme emerging in the mainstream media of late.  Namely, the idea that singer Rihanna is a “bad girl.”  Yes, she has an album called, “A Good Girl Gone Bad,” and certainly is living the “rock star” lifestyle of late night partying  and traveling all over the world, but all too often these are not the types of things that are being discussed in the context of her “bad girl” behavior.  Instead, she is being labeled “bad” for returning to the man who abused her.

The most recent example of this trend, is a piece in BuzzFeed titled, “What Chris Brown Will Cost Rihanna.”  The piece details the myriad reasons why Rihanna risks losing lucrative endorsement deals ...

I’ve noticed a theme emerging in the mainstream media of late.  Namely, the idea that singer Rihanna is a “bad girl.”  Yes, she has an album called, “A Good Girl Gone Bad,” and certainly is living the ...

Youth dating violence impacting even younger teens

Over a decade ago we learned it was young people (age 16-24) that endured the highest rates of dating violence which catapulted a variety of programs in an effort to decrease the disastrous rates with which young people were experiencing intimate partner violence. Ten years later it appears little has changed. The Center for Disease Control found that today 1 in 10 teenagers still experience dating violence. And some research suggests that teens as young as 11 and 12 have experienced dating violence.

According to the New York Times, this new data has caused many intervention programs to target even younger youth–educating those as young as 11 about the impacts of teen dating violence.

Esta Soler, president of Futures Without Violence, a ...

Over a decade ago we learned it was young people (age 16-24) that endured the highest rates of dating violence which catapulted a variety of programs in an effort to decrease the disastrous rates with which young people were ...

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Women pop music stars need to change the subject.

Lately, I have been in a musical rut. It seems like a lot of singles released by women these days is chiefly concerned with one subject, and one subject alone: relationships with men. One indicator of this is the content of the top 20 songs sung or rapped by women on the Billboard.com. With titles such as “Love the Way You Lie,” or  “Your Love” it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see what follows.

Though Rihanna is only featured on the song “Love the Way You Lie,” she delivers a chorus that paints the portrait of a woman in a violent relationship. While Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” is a song that hails one’s home state, it does so by ...

Lately, I have been in a musical rut. It seems like a lot of singles released by women these days is chiefly concerned with one subject, and one subject alone: relationships with men. One indicator of this ...