News for Sexy Feminists: Saudi Sexism, Sleep Issues, TV’s Feminism for Men

Women in Saudi Arabia are once again being forced to hide the fact that they are, in fact, women. The state already requires women to cover their heads–and often faces–whenever they are in public. Now, Saudi Arabia’s Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (founded in 1940 to enforce Islamic law, which essentially means brutalizing women with sticks for infractions such as an exposed ankle or eye contact with a man) is requiring women with “tempting eyes” to cover them in public. First of all, what the hell does that mean? Doesn’t everyone have tempting eyes? Second, are you serious? Dear UN Human Rights Council: Ahem!

The Samuel L. Jackson narrated “Go the Fuck to Sleep” became a viral hit with frazzled, frustrated parents. But perhaps they should be reading it to themselves. A new Norwegian study reveals that poor sleep among women is a top contributor to chronic illness and pain, namely, fibromyalgia. Among study participants, even those with occasional trouble getting to sleep had double the risk of developing the musculoskelatal condition that affects the joints, muscles, tendons and other soft tissues–so you’re basically miserable all the time.

TIME’s James Poniewozik writes about the best new feminist characters on TV–and they’re dudes, citing Will Arnett’s character in “Up All Night,” one of our faves as well. But more importantly, Poniewozik writes, “Having more new sitcoms created by women is the best way to get more interesting and varied male characters on TV.” Fascinating point and we couldn’t agree more. If you look at the most dynamic casts on TV today — “Nurse Jackie,” “30 Rock,” “New Girl,” “The Office,” “The Good Wife” and (yes, still) “Grey’s Anatomy,” you’ll se one thing in common: Women are running these shows, or at least writing a heck of a lot of the episodes, in the case of “The Office.” Now that’s must-see TV.

Speaking about “The Office,” executive producer Mindy Kaling does a pretty awesome job of describing what it’s like to be a Sexy Feminist in this new interview with A.V. Club.┬áIs there any wonder we’ve named her one of the leading ladies we’d love to see as the next Julia Roberts?



  1. Safiyyah says:

    I’ve just come across your site, and I think it’s sick. A “no-guilt guide?” I’m pretty sure I wasn’t feeling guilty about being a feminist in the first place, and I’m not so sure if I want women who would feel guilty about being too feminist to call themselves feminists. I guess you’re trying to counteract the stereotype that feminists are unattractive, but I think adding “sexy” to your title is just a way to dumb it down and make it more acceptable for neanderthals. Oh, they’re hot? Well let those bitches talk about equality then!

    • Jennifer Armstrong says:

      Hi, Safiyyah, thanks for visiting the site, despite your objections to the name. We aren’t so concerned about people who feel guilty about being feminist — we’re not even sure how that would work — but about people who get so worried about what’s feminist and what isn’t (can I dye my hair if I want? is having and wanting great sex feminist or not? does dieting make me a bad feminist?) that they end up not embracing the larger tenets of the movement (you know, equality). The point is that feminism is complicated business these days and gets a bad rap it doesn’t deserve; the “sexy” is in reference to all feminism, not to some select group of attractive feminists who are acceptable to men. You are right, we’re trying to counteract the stereotype of feminists as unattractive, but we think all feminists are sexy. (P.S. We did know our name was a little provocative, but part of the intention was to spark healthy debates just like this one.) In any case, we’re glad you’re a proud feminist.

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