What the Media Did Well for Women in 2013

If you haven’t already seen it, you need to check out The Representation Project‘s video, “How the Media Failed Women in 2013.” It’s an excellent video that showcases some of the media’s biggest failures in its representations of women this year.

The beginning of the video acknowledges some of the wins for women in the media this year. Among others, they mentioned how GoDaddy finally promised to get rid of its sexist ads, Sweden decided to use the Bechdel test in movie ratings, Kerry Washington became the first African American woman since 1995 to be nominated for a best lead actress Emmy, and how the female-driven movies Catching Fire and Gravity soared at box offices.

Although the fails that the video focuses on are important to think about, I have decided to end 2013 in a positive note and highlight some more wins for women in the media this year. We must be hopeful for a better future, and the only way to do that is to focus on what the media is already doing well.

Here are some of my personal favorite moments of 2013 in which women won in the media:

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Who run the world? Beyoncé.

So Beyoncé has ruined Christmas for me.

Why? Because I can’t listen to Christmas music since I only want to listen to her new album.

Queen Bey’s surprise album is, well – to say the least – flawless. Not only is it filled with some great party jams, but it’s also deeply thought-provoking. It’s Beyoncé’s most intimate album yet. From describing in detail what her and Jay Z like to do in the back of cabs to admitting that even divas feel jealous sometimes, Beyoncé shows us that she is much more than what she appears to be on the surface.

The album is sex-positive, promotes self-love, and is – above all – feminist.

As Queen Bey says, “My message behind this album was finding the beauty in imperfection.” She sure got that message across.

In her post “That Time Beyonce’s Album Invalidated Every Criticism of Feminism EVER,” blogger Christina Coleman provides many examples of how the album smashes all the stereotypes that people often associate with feminism and shows how important it is for women of all ages to identify as feminist. Coleman writes:

It [is] Beyonce’s emancipation from social chains, from criticism, from

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Hating on Carrie isn’t doing anything good for feminism

Now I know that I am over a week behind on this, but now that I am done with finals, I FINALLY got down to watching “The Sound of Music Live!” tonight. Being a week behind meant that I got to see what my friends, critics, and the Twitterverse got to say about it before actually watching it. Unfortunately, the only posts that I saw were negative ones about the program’s star, Carrie Underwood.

Yes, Carrie is not a trained actress and there are plenty of professional actresses who could have done the role better, but it’s not fair for us to be so critical of Carrie. The worst part is that many of these negative reviews came from women. As a woman and feminist, I personally do not think that it is right to hate on other women. We should look at Carrie’s performance from a positive lens because it is her presence – not any of the male performers’ – that brought in many of the 21.3 million viewers.

I’ll admit that there were some parts where I was yelling at the TV screen, “Come on, Carrie! Stop being so monotone, pleae!” But thankfully most of … Read more

Finals are hard

Hey Feminist Felines!

I wanted to apologize for not posting recently. I’ve been crazy busy with final projects, exams, and I worked all of Black Friday weekend (#slayme).

So instead of writing a whole post this week, I’m going to suggest that you all check out this preview for “The Mask You Live In,” the newest documentary by Jennifer Siebel Newsom and The Representation Project. The Representation Project (formally called MissRepresentation.org) is an organization that works towards ending unfair representations of men and women in the media. Two summers ago, I participated in their “#KeepItReal Challenge,” asking women’s magazines to stop using Photoshop to unrealistically alter the bodies of their models.

Newsom’s first documentary, “Miss Representation” received critical acclaim for its examination of the media and how it represents women. “The Mask You Live In” analyzes how the media represents men and how societal pressures to be masculine can negatively affect young men and boys.

Here’s a preview:

I’m really excited for the documentary to come out and will be sure to notify you all on its release date!

Talk to you all soon!