Monday, January 31, 2011

Balls of Pride

Balls of Pride from Jacob Sempler on Vimeo.

I think this is a really interesting idea. One of the things I have noticed, in taking many a women's studies course, is that straight men (and men in general) are often... absent. This semester, interestingly, I am taking 4 women's studies courses that actually do have male students in them. And male students that I think (and hope) will not drop the course after a couple weeks (which I have seen happen before). And while I do not know the sexual identity of most of the guys in my classes, I think there are at least a few straight ones in my "Gender in America" class. It's a GenEd, the last is large (around 100 people) and there are about 15 male students, so I figure some of them might be straight. Gender in America is a pretty neutral title and is cross listed in the sociology department as well, so this may be a contributing factor in these male students interest in taking the class. But I am really excited to have men in women studies/gender studies classes this semester because it really is going to add another level to the discussion. Whether they are gay or straight, I am really looking forward to their perceptions and observations in the class.

Anyway, I thought this video from GLAAD was really thought-provoking and I'm interested to see how men react to this way of thinking about gender/sexuality and openness.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Feminist Coming Out Day

Fantastic! March 8th is International Women's Day, so the newly minted "Feminist Coming Out Day" is a great and appropriate way to celebrate.

As described on the project's website,

When a queer student group and a feminist club teamed up at Harvard University to raise awareness about gender equality, the resulting 2010 campaign, Feminist Coming Out Day, brought together not only the two organizations, but also the campus community. Inspired by National Coming Out Day, a holiday which encourages awareness of issues affecting the queer community, our event was an opportunity for alliance, collaboration, bridge-building, and inclusion. This school year, we want to expand the Feminist Coming Out Day to high schools and colleges throughout the United States, so we’re partnering with Bitch Magazine and taking the campaign online!

Last year at Harvard, we put a face to feminism by donning buttons and t-shirts that said “This Is What A Feminist Looks Like” and holding a photo exhibit called the Feminist Portrait Project. Now we’re making this merchandise available online to feminist and LGBT student organizations across the country, so that they can plan events like this on their own campuses. Bitch Media is helping us get the word out, and all the profits for this merchandise will help fund feminist media.

This project arose out of a frustration with the limited portrayal of the movement as straight, White, and cisgendered. We know firsthand that our allies are a diverse bunch. In the weeks leading up to the event, this website will feature testimonials from young activists on the issues that led to their individual feminist awakenings. What does a feminist look like? We want to give this movement your voice and face! So, put a “This Is What A Feminist Looks Like” sticker on your laptop, snap a photo of yourself in our t-shirt, send in your feminist manifesto as a submission to our online Feminist Portrait Project, and tell your friends and colleagues about our campaign to show the diversity among supporters of gender equality.

I'm very excited that these Harvard groups have taken this nationally. Check it out on facebook, twitter, and on its website. And get involved! The project is taking donations, but you can submit your own "feminist coming out" to their website for free and get featured!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Tolerance, Understanding and Education


I saw this fantastic video was posted on Microaggressions (a really great tumblr, check it out) and wanted to highlight their website, Drop the I-Word. The site explains:

Use of the I-Word affects attitudes toward immigrants and non-immigrants alike, including people of color who come here from all over the world. The racially discriminatory message is not explicit, but hidden, or “coded.”

The term has deliberately been made popular in the media by a web of people and organizations that both promote anti-immigrant sentiment and encourage fear and division instead of facts and understanding.

This has happened in the past with other communities. The good news is that together we can Drop the I-Word and hold media and public servants accountable.

So watch the video, send the link out, and sign the pledge at http://colorlines.com/droptheiword/. And remember, no human being is illegal.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Quotable


"... The civilized women of the present century, with a few exceptions, are only anxious to inspire love, when they ought to cherish a nobler ambition, and, by their abilities and virtues, exact respect."
-Mary Wollstonecraft (A Vindication on the Rights of Women, 1792)

Watching the State of the Union speech is very nearly always a nice exercise in remembering all the American Ideals that make us Americans so... idealistic. However, at the same time, it is a good reminder that in America, our famous Ideals are not always present. The quality of education in America has fallen. I don't agree with all the BS about it being a "race" to be the best or that we should be in "competition" with other countries to have the smartest students (education is not a competition... it's a freaking universal right, okay?), but I do believe that the education system should be pushing itself to produce the best students possible. Not the best students in the world... just educate them.

Don't make education part of world leaders' pointless excuses to say, "My country is better than yours." Make education a priority because it's the right thing to do. Make education a priority because worldwide it leads to happier people, a higher GDP, more stable families, and more contributing citizens. Make education a priority because you believe in people.

Mary Wollstonecraft, an early British feminist, was very concerned with the education of women and girls because they were ignored by the people who ran society (upper class white men.) In turn, we should be concerned about the education of those students ignored by the people who run our societies. Obama promises to fix the heinous mistakes of No Child Left Behind, but we cannot just listen to his speech and nod along think that's it. We have to call our senators and representatives and demand that they support education. We must demand that they support legislation to help non-citizens studying in America. There are mentoring and tutoring programs all over the country that you can get involved in and help a child learn to read, help a middle schooler with their math homework, or help a low-income high school student study for the SATs. And of course, you can always get involved in helping students from other countries attain higher education as well. Better educated people across the country will lead to a more equitable society. Better educated people across the globe will lead to a better world. Doesn't everyone support that?

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Y Que!/ So what!

Here are two PSAs from Ecuador about el machismo (male chauvinism). I think they're great and would be progressive and relevant in nearly any country.

Transcript (in English)
Guy 1: I wash, iron, and cook. So what?
Guy 2: I'm faithful. So what?
Guy 3: My spouse earns more than I do. So what?
Guy 4: I don't drink. So what?
Guy 5: I'm caring! So what!?
Guy 6: Sometimes I cry. So what?
Guy 7: I'm affectionate with my children. So what?
Guy 8: I'm not a male chauvinist. So what?
Narrator: Ecuador Reacts: Male chauvinism is violence.



Transcript (in English)
Woman 1: I manage a company. And?
Woman 2: I earn more than my husband. And?
Woman 3: I don't want to get married. So what?
Woman 4: I am strong. And?
Woman 5: I don't want to be a housewife. So what?
Woman 6: I can be and do what I want. And?
Woman 7: I'm not a male chauvinist. So what?
Narrator: Ecuador Reacts: Male chauvinism is violence.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Guess Who?!

HOORAY!



I think this video is fantastic. It was commissioned by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media (which I have already professed my love to and subscribe to their weekly e-mail updates which always have great and fascinating information and links in them... by the way) and is a wonderful reminder that gender stereotypes are ... stereotypes! And it's really, really easy to tell children that they can be whatever they want! People break stereotypes and that's really cool. Anyway, I loved this video and I am seriously hoping the Geena Davis Institute commissions more like this.

The Ladies of "Dexter"

Ok, so I'm a TV junkie, I admit it. I love lots of different TV shows, and among them, I do love a good crime show. I'd never seen Dexter because I don't get fancy channels, but I get Netflix, so when TV show seasons go online... I go online. And after hearing good things about Dexter, I decided to watch the first episode and see if I wanted more. That was a week ago, and I'm currently done with season 2. (Granted, these are short seasons, only 12 episodes. But I have done TV seasons faster than this. Sickly faster.)

I enjoy plenty of movies and TV shows that are not inherently feminist, but since I have started looking at movies and TV shows so critically in the past couple years, I'm finding it harder and harder to watch a show for an extended period of time without starting to question the female characters. The female characters on Dexter are incredibly interesting, but certain things about them... certain stereotypes... have started to gnaw at me. (Spoilers ahead up through season 2... don't read if you haven't seen the show & intend to)

Debra Morgan (Dexter's foster sister): Debra is everything that Dexter is not. She is childlike, emotional, and wildly impulsive at times. In the first season she relies on the help of Dexter often to gain footing in the police department, and it starts to become clear that Deb has some serious Daddy issues. She dates and falls for a serial killer because she is so desperate to be in love. At times she's assertive and swears like a sailor, but then slips into all those "weak" parts of her character.

Lieutenant Maria Laguerta: Power hungry and a "cold-hearted bitch," Laguerta got her position through a lucky break, and struggled to hang on to it. Although she calls out the Captain for his blatant sexism in his treatment of her replacement, it is revealed that Laguerta is behind the emotional breakdown of her successor in order to return to her position.

Rita Bennett (Dexter's girlfriend): Rita is a mother with an abusive, heroine-addict ex-husband, who understandably, has issues with sex. She eventually works through her trauma and relies heavily on the support of Dexter, the first "good man" in her life (who is... a secret serial killer. But who keeps the world safe from murderers. By murdering them.), until she starts to believe that Dexter is a heroine addict. Dexter goes along with the rouse, and Rita stays by him. It was here I started to question her judgement seriously. I mean... SERIOUSLY! Come on, Rita! After her ex-husband gets out of jail and in the 2nd season she gets more assertive and stronger in her convictions, but as the viewers know, the joke's still on her! Because she is unwittingly dating a notorious serial killer.

Lieutenant Esme Pasqual: Lt. Esme Pasqual replaced Laguerta for awhile, and even though at the get-go she seemed to be cool, unflinchingly professional, and a hard ass, pretty soon her character dissolves into an obsessive, jealous girlfriend, suspecting (rightly) that her fiancé is messing around. Her obsessing breaks into her professional life and finally the crazy woman is let go.

So it's true that the male main characters also have serious flaws that can be seen as stereotypically male, but the stereotypically feminine issues that the female characters have are just soo old, and I'm hoping that as I keep watching the characters loosen up a little.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Genuine Ken: Genuinely Creepy



I usually avoid reality-type television like it is the plague (which it might be), but recently I watched the first episode of Genuine Ken: The Search for the Great American Boyfriend. If that sounds weird to you, you are correct. If it sounds like you want to start dating from this pool, you are insane.

I found out about Genuine Ken because I am a huge Michael Buckley fan, and he appeared as a guest judge in the first episode. And I was curious. So I watched.

In the first episode, host Whitney Port (of The Hills... etc.) introduces the contestants (an assortment of muscle-y 25 year olds with little to none self-awareness) and the idea of the show (which seems to funded by Mattel, maker of Barbie.). The transition shots are of stop-motion pictures of cars moving and people walking to make it look like dolls. By the way, this is not cute or clever, it is creepy. The guys move into a Barbie Dream House-styled apartment which is weird and uncomfortable for all involved. As the contestants begin to talk to each other and prepare for their first task (a talent show! OMG!), the cursory interviews begin to peg the guys as different reality TV stereotypes ("meathead," "shallow freak," etc), all of which I find revolting.

It seems like the idea of the show, is to find a guy who is a "Genuine Ken," the perfect American boyfriend (as Ken is to Barbie). [PROBLEM: Mattel released a statement almost SEVEN YEARS AGO saying that Barbie and Ken broke up. Did Mattel think we'd forget that fact? Well, I have NOT.] The show is trying to determine which of the 8 contestants (now 7, one got kicked off in the first episode) has the most boyfriend potential. The show is so stilted... I'm not sure who their target audience is (probably not critical, college feminists), and it's not even on television (only online). I am curious about how the show is going to portray idealized masculinity as it goes on. In the first episode it is revealed, while preparing for the talent show (or ... un-talented show... see what I did there? If you watch you will see what I mean) that a couple of the guys were cheerleaders in college. The pro-football playing "Dreamer Ken," Kurtis Taylor, scoffs at this. "My sisters were cheerleaders," he says.

Other than that, there wasn't a whole lot of implied gay-jokes, and I was left to wonder about some of the contestants' sexualities. The show is searching for "the great American boyfriend," and a boyfriend can certainly be a boyfriend to a boy, right? I'm figuring that the show has a heterosexual theme, but it's possible that Mattel could be liberal, right? (Probably not.) In any case, I'm going to continue watching... it's truly bizarre. And unless the overwhelming blandness of the guys' personalities turns me away from the show (a possibility), I'm going to watch to the end to see how gender plays out in this show.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Quotable

On commemorating the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade:

"I am committed to protecting this constitutional right. I also remain committed to policies, initiatives, and programs that help prevent unintended pregnancies, support pregnant women and mothers, encourage healthy relationships, and promote adoption."

-President Barack Obama

Saturday, January 22, 2011

38 Years of Safe and Legal Abortions

Today marks 38 years since the passing of Roe v. Wade. In case you are unfamiliar, this landmark court decision ensured a woman's right to privacy in choosing to --or not to-- have an abortion.

That's right, abortion is a choice. Whether or not you feel like you personally could or ever would get an abortion, that is your choice. What other people do with their bodies is their choice. But even with Roe v. Wade, abortion access is strictly regulated, and there are many people who have a hard time finding safe and legal abortion providers. Restricted access to abortion, which is usually a safe medical procedure, is the reason women die unnecessarily from unsafe, unclean, and illegal abortion providers.

There are lots of reasons women get abortions, and their reasons are usually personal and private. I hope that I will never get an abortion, but I am happy that I have that option if I were to get pregnant and decide that I could or should not have a baby.

Seeing shows like Teen Mom or 16 and Pregnant don't make me wish that these girls had gotten abortions, but that they hadn't gotten pregnant in the first place. When used properly, condoms are about 98% effective in preventing pregnancy (and sexually transmitted infections) and the birth control pill is between 92 and 99% effective. The important thing is to ensure that people know how to use birth control methods properly.

Abstinence, like say... abortion, is a personal choice. If you believe that you should remain abstinent until marriage or until age 25 or whatever... go for it. However, the reality is that teenagers are having sex. And that most people, even the ones who do remain abstinent until marriage, do have sex some day. And both men and women should be equipped with the knowledge about staying safe during sex. Not many people aim to have a baby every time they have sex (not everyone can be the Duggars). I think I received a fairly good sex education in high school, and had a fairly unrestricted access to information online when I was curious about learning more... and I never had sex in high school. Learning about sex does not create the need in a teenager to have sex. Learning about sex in high school did the contrary for me. I knew that there was no way in hell that I wanted to have sex when I was a teenager because I was super paranoid about STIs/STDs and pregnancy. I knew that when I did start having sex, I wanted to be using the birth control pill. I have a friend from Lubbock, Texas, who told me that her sex education consisted of a preacher coming into her (public) school and talking to the students about abstinence and how if you have sex before marriage you will go to hell. (As far as I know, this is still true in Lubbock.) Incidentally, Lubbock teens are ill-equipped in their knowledge about how to have safe sex, and the town has one of the highest STD rates among teenagers in the country. Abstinence-only education is not encouraging teenagers to not have sex, nor is it providing them with the kind of information that keeps them safe from the negative consequences of having sex unsafely.

It's kind of a no-brainer that access to information about safe sex will lead to less teen pregnancies (or less teen abortions). Continued access to safe and legal abortions will mean that fewer women will die or face life-threatening infections from unsafe procedures, and will be able to have children later in life when they choose to. Additionally, state and nationally funded programs that help families and children will improve the quality of life for women and children. (Funny how the states in which abortion is most restricted... where senators want you most to carry your pregnancy to term... have the least amount of programs to help children once they have been born. Abortion-friendly states and senators have an inverse relationship with their amount and quality of programs for women and children.)

And here's my links to more info round-up for the day:



25 States with the Most Abortions (funny how many of these are the most hostile towards women seeking abortions... think they might restrict access to good sexual education as well?)



Shelby Knox's personal blog (on safe sex and women's rights)

How the Pro-Choice Movement Saved America: Freedom, Politics, and the War on Sex. I read this book this past summer and it is fantastic. It's very informational and engaging and if you are at all interested in reproductive rights and the battle to save them, you will love this book.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

DIY: Necklace holder

So I definitely stole this idea from one of my friends, and I think she might have found it somewhere but I don't actually know this. She happens to be an incredibly crafty, talented, and resourceful person so it might have just occurred to her out of sheer geniosity. In any case, I'm sharing this idea with you.

This is my beautiful necklae holder:


One of my new housemates visited my room and complimented me on it, and I told her how to make it when I really should have said, "If you give me $20 I can make you one." Missed opportunities! Oh, well... Anyway. It is easy-peasy, makes figuring out what necklace to wear in the morning super convenient, and actually reminds me that I have necklaces that look nice and that I should wear because when they are all lumped in a little old box (my previous method) I forget about them/don't feel like hunting through the layers of tangled necklaces. This way, my morning styling routine is made easier and better, and it just also looks nice. Also, I like making things.

Step 1: Acquire a wooden frame. Any crafts store will have options. Mine is 8x10 and dark to match the other furniture in my room. It cost about $8. You can probably find them for cheaper. I live in the city, and my craft store resources are limited.
Step 2: Acquire nails or cup hooks. My friend who inspired me to make one of my own used nails, and I used cup cooks. Go with what you prefer. It's a style thing.
these are cup hooks

Step 3: Nail your nails into the front part of the frame, half an inch or an inch apart. If you use cup hooks, simply screw them in. The frame I got has some depth to it, so I screwed the hooks in under the lip of the frame. (Cup hooks also do not require the use of tools... just sayin'.) I fit 10 cup hooks in my frame. See picture.

see? under the lip in the frame

Step 4: Mount on wall. I used that removable wall-stick stuff, so if you do that, make sure you look at how much weight the sticky stuff can support. There are differences.
Step 5: Hang all your stylish neckware. Wait for people to stop by your room and admire your personal style in necklace choice, as well as super coolness in displaying them so hiply.
Step 6: Be pleased with yourself. Good job, you.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Feminist Hollywood?

From MovieLine:
What’s your take on the success of the R-rated comedy, from the dawn of the Apatow era up to now, and how the genre has evolved? Where does No Strings Attached fit into the mix?

Well, his was an evolution of what I did originally, with Animal House and Stripes. So I think that no one owns it. But this [No Strings Attached] is really quite different, it’s really a feminist-based R-rated film whose tonality is really different than the movies that Judd Apatow has made.
[Ears perk up] Hm? Did producer Ivan Reitman just say ... the F WORD?!


Yes, folks, you have heard correctly. A mainstream Hollywood producer has just said that a mainstream rom com with an A-list cast is "feminist." Cue the choir of angels and the confetti and pop that champagne! Can feminist be mainstream? Can feminist be romantic? And funny!?

I am hoping that it is. I'm not really into rom coms... or Ashton Kutcher... and despite that annoying TV spot where Ashton and Natalie pretend to be the movie-announcer guy and tell viewers to go see the movie in a "funny, charming way" (which makes me want to GAG!), I'm going to check the movie out. I had heard interesting things about it, and Ivan Reitman's assertion that the movie is feminist (in a white... heterosexual way) has definitely piqued my interest. If, in fact, the movie turns out to be good and funny and feminist... I will be ecstatic. Just having bought Easy A (another mainstream feminist movie from the past year), I'm hoping that this beginning of a pattern... this hint that Hollywood is warming up to the idea of mainstream, sexually independent, funny, smart, and interesting female characters... will only continue. I mean, when I heard that Mindy Kaling wanted to write romantic comedies I practically pooped myself in delight. I mean, if anyone can convert me to the genre, it's probably her. And I read (via Jezebel) that the writer of No Strings Attached is a feminist screenwriter. I am intrigued.

What do YOU think? Can Hollywood produce a mainstream feminist romantic comedy? Are we moving in the right direction?

Friday, January 14, 2011

Role Model: Amber Riley

I never really read Seventeen during my days of teen mag reading, but I looked up their Body Peace Blog and it seems like a great idea. Coming from Seventeen, which tends to feature your typical skinny celebs and models, it seems a little odd, but I do like what they are doing because they're an influential magazine and the Body Peace blog is a good outlet for some positive messages.

I love Amber Riley (obvi... I follow her twitter) so I'm glad to hear she's a part of this! She's a talented young woman and I'm glad that she's using her star power to be a good role model!


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Quotable

"If there is one message that echoes forth from this conference, it is that human rights are women's rights--and women's rights are human rights. Let us not forget that among those rights are the right to speak freely--and the right to be heard."

-Hillary Rodham Clinton, Beijing, China, 1995

Monday, January 10, 2011

Buffy

So I broke down and watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer on Netflix last summer and was only angered that I had resisted for so long. Dumb! That show is great. And when the 1992 Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie came out on instant watch (love ya, Netflix), obviously I had to watch and see how it compared to the show.


I think in general, the idea of Buffy (California girl turned vampire slayer) translates better in TV show format. The Buffy of the television series is much more complex and developed because there were many seasons for Joss Whedon to do so. Overall, I did love the movie, but I am one of those people who is a sucker for campy movies made in the 90s. And love-interest, Luke Perry, in all of his early-90s-hot-glory was def a plus. (David Boreanaz on the TV show is... just pure yum.) The movie is just fun. I'd recommend it.

Since Hollywood can't seem to turn out anything actually new lately, a Buffy movie remake is in the works. Joss Whedon is not connected to the project, so a lot of Buffy fans are skeptical of the potential of this revamp to be ... good. And probably rightly so.

One of my concerns about the remake is that the cheerleader-who-is-a-secret-vampire-killer is kind of dated by now. In the 90s, the idea that a funny blonde cheerleader could be a secret sassy badass was way used. It was part of that whole 90s girl power movement, where pop culture told girls they could be sassy feminist girls as long as they celebrated femininity in a somewhat stereotypical way. I don't think the secret-cheerleader-badass trope has completely disappeared since the 90s, but I do think that it has changed and taken on a somewhat darker form (see Sugar & Spice, But I'm a Cheerleader, or Jennifer's Body). In general, movies and TV have just gotten a lot darker than they were in the campy 90s. Times have changed. Cheerleaders in fiction have often represented the skanky, evil opposition, but even mainstream pop-culture (see Glee) has made cheerleaders an even more sinister. Will a Buffy remake feel outdated? Or will it be fresh?

Saturday, January 8, 2011

100th Post!

So, feminism in the past few days for me:

I had a long bus trip, so I read You've Come a Long Way Baby.
I looooved it. The book is a collection of essays written by prominent feminist thinkers about feminism in pop culture and politics. I enjoyed all the essays, especially the essays about chick flicks, chick lit, and female musicians. And even the chapters about parenting and the gendering of baby books I really liked and thought were interesting, although they don't really apply to my life right now. I finished it in a couple hours and highly recommend it.

(The title is a reference to the faux-feminist Virginia Slims print ads of the 80s. My summer job involves a lot of collaging from magazines, and my friends Stephen, Sam and I are constantly on the prowl for the You've Come a Long Way Baby ads because they are hilarious treasures. I have several saved.)



My friend Beth and I went to see Tiny Furniture, which I have been hearing about for months via Jezebel and Bust. Lena Dunham wrote, directed, and starred in it, and her character's mother and sister are actually played by her mother and sister. So it's notable because it's a highly-female production, but it's also a really good one. It's a sort of analysis of the post-college, burned-out, upper-class life, and is really well-written and acted, even if it is a little depressing in a oh-god-I'm-scared-of-the-future-way. I think Lena Dunham has a lot of promise-- she's a funny lady and I'm excited that she's teaming up with Judd Apatow for a future project. Woo!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

A Smart Girls Rap

Oh. My. God. I am dying of laughter.
Here's a gem of a rap from Brian Wilson. You know. The Beach Boy.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Black Swan



Black Swan was awesome. It is rated R, so is definitely not appropriate for all audiences, but it is a really interesting movie about femininity, perfection, and sexuality. I'm not going to give any more about it away because it's one of those you-should-go-see-this-and-be-entranced-and-terrified-for-two-hours-movies.

I was also really impressed with Natalie Portman. I know lots of people are avid fans of her, but I just like her. (But I will drop anything to watch Where the Heart Is whenever it comes on Oxygen.) She did an amazing job in the movie in both acting and dancing, and it was really one of the most compelling performances I've ever seen by any actress. So riding on my "You go, Natalie Portman!"-attitude, when the January Vogue arrived, I went straight to her interview. And imagine my surprise when I read that Portman and a friend, Annette Savitch, had started a production company called Handsomecharlie Films.

Says Portman, "We're very into female comedies; there just aren't enough. We're trying to go for that guy-movie tone, like Judd Apatow's movies, or The Hangover but with women--who are generally not allowed to be beautiful and funny, and certainly not vulgar."

“There’s a difference between being in a bra and underpants as an object on a men’s-magazine cover and playing yourself—a woman with desires and needs who loves and laughs with her friends—in a bra and underpants. You become an object if you simply put it out there. Most movies are made by men, it’s totally natural that they’re going to present their worldview, so we’re trying to find more women who are writers and directors who are expressing their worldview. Did you see Tiny Furniture? Lena Dunham wrote, directed, and starred in it; she’s 23, and it is just amazing. She walks around in her underwear for the whole movie; it’s harsh. She’s the subject, she’s not the object, and it’s beautiful—that’s the kind of thing we need more of.” (from vogue.com)

So I'm excited now to see what Handsomecharlie turns out. Even though it was started in 2008, this is the first I've heard of it, and I'm hoping that we'll all be hearing a lot more about it soon.