Links for Sexy Feminists: Fashionable violence against women, ’50 Shades’ in libraries, and more …

Being Single Can Be Awesome, Your Tango says: Agreed.

Jezebel Analyzes Violence Against Women Disguised as ‘Fashion’: A serious discussion of the history of violent fashion imagery.

Today in Lady Sports News: Venus Williams has achieved the ranking she needs to become a four-time Olympian.

50 Shades of Debate: Should libraries stock the wildly popular, sort-pornographic 50 Shades of Grey? The Washington Post says yes.

Slut-Shaming Dress Codes: High school students stand up for their rights with “Slutty Wednesday.” Jessica Valenti reports for The Nation.

Feminist or Not?: ‘The Hunger Games’

There’s no doubt that The Hunger Games is helping prove to the world the power of women. This film, based on a book by a female author, and revered with cultlike obsession by millions of women around the world, just set box office records previously reserved for boy wizards and a sinking cruise ship. But is The Hunger Games, and its bow-and-arrow-wielding heroine, Katniss Everdeen, a pro-woman feminist powerhouse or another example of oversexualized, uberviolent excess? We have mixed emotions about the whole thing, so here are the two sides. What do you think?


Katniss Everdeen is a badass. The Hunger Games is often compared to Twilight because both are female-targeted fantasy fiction, written by a woman with a female lead character. But Katniss is no Bella Swan. Rather than moping and brooding after an aloof, abusive guy, er, vampire, Katniss is a little more focused on saving the world. She’s the hero of the story not because she’s a woman but because she’s brave, loyal, determined and human. She fights for good, stands up to evil and the focus of her character is that she’s a warrior, rather than a sex object (we say a big thank-you that Jennifer Lawrence’s breasts weren’t forced to be a supporting character like so many other action ladies’ have been—yeah, like, all of them.) One feminist blogger even noted that the gender of this character could be exchanged without changing the story at all. That’s pretty revolutionary. [Read more...]

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