Lily Allen’s Controversial New Music Video


This week, British pop sensation Lily Allen came out with a new single called “Hard Out Here.” The song’s music video, which is intended to be a satire of Robin Thicke’s infamous “Blurred Lines” (check out 3:07 in Allen’s video), has received a lot of backlash for what some people perceive to be an objectification of black women through the movements of its scantily clad black dancers.

What some people see as racism, I see as Allen poking fun at Miley Cyrus’ controversial VMA performance in which she used black women as props. But looking beyond the images in the video, I personally think that the lyrics provide a great critique of the pressures that women feel to be thin (“You should probably lose some weight / Because we can’t see your bones”) and of the double-standard that exists in society’s view of sexuality (“If I told you about my sex life you’d call me a slut / When boys be talking about their bitches, no one’s making a fuss”).

People are entitled to their own opinions, but I think that you need to trust the artist on this one. … Read more

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” from a Feminist Perspective

As I said in my “RENT” post two weeks ago, I am very involved in theatre at GW, serving as Executive Producer of Forbidden Planet Productions. This weekend we produced our annual production of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Rocky Horror is an important tradition for FPP, as it is where we get our name. The year marked the 19th year of FPP and of FPP’s Rocky Horror.

FPP’s Rocky Horror is especially meaningful for me because it has been a huge part of my college experience. I have been involved in the production since my freshman year, first playing the role of Columbia (the eyebrow-less groupie) and then directing the show last year.

Rocky Horror means a lot of things to a lot of different people. 2013 marks the 38th year since the movie first premiered, and it is the epitome of a cult classic. Rocky Horror teaches people to be comfortable in their own skin. It’s a safe place to cross-dress, wear fishnets and heels, and scream profanities in front of complete strangers. And most importantly, it’s A BLAST!!

The following quote from Richard O’Brien (the creator of Rocky Horror who plays Riff Raff in the movie) … Read more

On “Sexy” Halloween Costumes

“Halloween is the one night a year when a girl can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it.”

Cady Heron knows what’s up. Girls love to dress “slutty” on Halloween. Walk into a costume store and you are bombarded with a wall full of “sexy” costumes for women. From “Sexy Corn on the Cob” to “Sexy Fox” and “Sexy Pizza,” you can pretty much take anything and turn it into a skimpy costume for Halloween.

Now I don’t care if a girl wants to show a little skin. Women have the right to wear whatever they want and they shouldn’t be slut-shamed whenever they choose to wear a short skirt. What I have a problem with is that an entire wing of the costume industry is marketed to be “sexy,” when true sexiness comes from within, not from the (lack of) clothes on your body.

In an interview with Bitch magazine, independent fashion designer Adam Arnold and Portland fashion designer-manufacturer Cassie Ridgway discuss the obsession with sexy Halloween costumes.

Arnold discusses why many women feel that Halloween is the one day a year that they are … Read more