Saturday, September 28, 2013

Why Barilla Doesn't Appreciate Its Spaghetti After It Cooks

Really, Barilla pasta?

It's 2013 and CEOs still have the audacity to say that they are anti-gay. Guido Barilla, CEO of the popular pasta company of the same name, made a comment on La Zanzara, an Italian radio program, that caused much controversy.

I would never make a spot with a homosexual family. Not out of a lack of respect but because I do not see it like they do. (My idea of) family is a classic family where the woman has a fundamental role…If [gays] don’t like it, they can go eat another brand.

All right Guido, way to alienate a huge chunk of your customers. According to a poll conducted by ABC/The Washington Post, 57% of Americans approve gay marriage. That's a lot of people. And according to a poll conducted by Italy Eurispes, 59.8% of Italians support legal recognition of same-sex couples and that number is still growing.

Barilla's comment has caused many people to boycott the brand. Petitions have also been made to stop grocery stores from carry the brand. As ridiculous as the comment seems to us, the comment isn't unusual for people in Italy. Anti-gay comments are spewed daily from government officials, actors, athletes, and now CEOs.

When is the world going to move into the twenty-first century? Some people are gay. Get over it. Plus, spaghetti never stays straight after you cook it.

These cats love eating spaghetti, but they will never eat Barilla ever again!

~ Corinne

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

GoDaddy Finally Gets Rid Of Its Sexist Ads

GoDaddy, the web hosting company known for its offensive and sexist advertisements, recently made a promise to make all future advertisements more friendly to one of its main consumers, women.

In an interview with the New York Times, GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving admitted that the company's past ads were "on the edge of inappropriate." Their newest ad features the action movie star Jean-Claude Van Damme doing his famous splits and exclaiming, "it's go time." Regardless of what you think about this new ad, I think we can all admit that it's a step up from the infamous "BodyPaint" ad from the 2012 Superbowl, in which fitness guru Jillian Michaels exclaims, "Who won't notice a hot model in body paint?" while painting GoDaddy logos on a model's legs.

I really hope that GoDaddy keeps its promise and actually strays away from sexist ads. If it doesn't, it risks losing a lot of potential customers, because more than 10 million businesses are owned by women.

In other advertisement news, Grumpy Cat has been signed as a spokescat for Friskie's cat chow!

~ Corinne

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Why Women's Magazines Never Appeal To Me

Drop two sizes!

Resize your thighs

Perfect skin secrets!

Fabulous fall fashion

The hunger fix that sheds pounds fast!

Love your closet!

Flat abs, great butt

These are just a few cover stories in the September and October 2013 issues of some of the most popular women's magazines.

What do these headlines tell me? They tell me that I'm fat, I eat too much, and that my skin sucks.

Typical women's interest magazines have never appealed to me. They are 95% advertisements (the first story in the 902 page September Vogue issue isn't until halfway through the magazine), they're filled with clothes I can't afford, and they're always telling me that I need to lose weight. After reading one of these magazines, all I want to do is take a nap.

It bothers me that in stores, intelligent magazines like The Economist, Fast Company, Forbes, and National Geographic are always in the same section as the men's magazines.

I'd prefer that Rolling Stone were not right next to Maxim, thank you very much. Just because I like music does not mean that I also like "badass blondes!" (one of the cover stories in the September 2013 issue of Maxim).

Gender stereotypes are spelled out in magazines. Just read the covers. Women are supposed to be thin, have perfect skin, eat well, and be interested in fashion and beauty. Men, on the other hand, are supposed to be muscular and lean, attracted to big-boobed, blonde women, and obsessed with the NFL. But what if I don't want to read a story about herbal face masks? Am I not a real women?

Not all women's magazines are horrendously stereotypical though. A couple of years ago I discovered Bust magazine buried behind Cosmopolitan and Seventeen at my local Barnes & Noble. Bust gives a feminist spin to your traditional women's magazine. There still are fashion spreads and beauty tricks, but there are also stories on current events, body-positive articles, and DIY crafts. In fact, the August/September 2013 issue had a story about plus-sized fashion and why it is always cast aside. The online blog is also great too.

Bust is not feminist magazine out there. There's also Bitch, off our backs, and Ms. - the feminist magazine that started it all. Without these magazines, I'm not sure what I'd do on planes because God forbid if I have to read another article on how to get a sexy butt. I like my butt the way it is!

Cat Fancy is another one of my favorite magazines.


Saturday, September 7, 2013

Every Bigot Shut Up

Those are the first lines of the hilarious feminist parody video to Robin Thicke's summer jam, Blurred Lines. The parody is called Defined Lines and is performed by Auckland Law students in New Zealand.

Thicke's song received a lot of backlash this summer for celebrating the blurred lines between rape and consensual sex that are often present with alcohol. The video is what received the most backlash, for the unrated version contains naked women that are prancing around the screen while being ignored by Thicke, Pharrell, and T.I. The lyrics are also pretty sexist, for the most repeated line is "I know you want it."

But what if she doesn't.

The ladies at Auckland Law School decided to take their own spin at the song and switch gender roles. The video's creators, Olivia Lubbock, Zoe Ellwood and Adelaide Dunn, who call themselves the Law Revue girls, are all fully dressed while accompanied by three men in their underwear wearing dog leashes around their necks. In the video, the men get whipped cream squirted in their faces and dollar bills stuffed into their underwear. Despite this equally explicit video, the lyrics fight the misogyny.

The three ladies sing:

"So we can fuck this man's world
With all its bullshit. 
Girls don't deserve it
And that's why we quit. 
We ain't good girls.
We are scholastic,
Smart and sarcastic, 
Not fucking plastic."

These lyrics criticize the "man's world" that is the media as well as commend women who are smart and scholastic.

The video is hilarious and has received a lot of praise from feminist sites as well as news sites, despite the fact that the video was removed from YouTube for being deemed inappropriate  However, the "clean" version of Blurred Lines (in which the women are scantily clad instead of topless) still graces the pages of YouTube. This fact presents a clear double standard that is all too common in our society.

I hope that R&B artists learn something from this parody because us women are sick and tired of misogynistic lyrics and music videos. As the last lyrics of the parody read, "Yeah we don't want it. It's chauvinistic. You're such a bigot!"

Check out the video here:

Another great parody of "Blurred Lines," called "Blurred Lines and Naughty Cats and Dogs."

~ Corinne

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Miley's Twerking Wasn't The Problem

I'm sure that we've all seen - as well as thoroughly deconstructed  - Miley's performance at the VMAs last week. Many blogs and other social media sites have discussed Miley's lack of taste in her performance as well as her hyper-sexualized dance moves.

I agree that her dancing was a little distasteful, but that was not what made me angry with her performance. Though we might not all like the way she presents her sexuality, Miley does have the right to do what she wants with her body. "Third wave" feminism focuses a lot on sexual freedom and the freedom to choose what one does with her body.

So going along with this logic, if Miley wants to twerk, let her twerk. Her dance moves were not the biggest problem with her performance. The real problem was the way that she used African American women as props. All of her dancers were black, which presents a somewhat racist picture when Miley - the only white girl on stage - is at the forefront.

Not only did these dancers essentially act as backdrops, but Miley also played with them as if they were objects. The dancers were dressed as teddy bears that Miley could play with, and she made it clear that they were nothing more than her playthings when she motorboated one of the dancer's butts.

Why were all the dancers black? Is it because African American women tend to have larger butts? That's what we call a stereotype, Miley. Throughout history African American women have been hyper-sexualized and treated like objects. As far as we think we have gotten in terms of civil rights, Miley took us another step backwards with her performance. She showed us that African American women are just her teddy bears and nothing more.

~ Corinne

Cats can twerk too!