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Adventures in Feministory: Balls Out Edition

Let's saddle up the wayback machine, kids, and travel to the year 1866. It was this very year, when baseball was deemed too difficult and violent a sport for ladies to play, when the Vassar Resolutes hiked up their giant, heavy skirts to run the base paths anyway. I found this photo of the Resolutes (and, OMG—can you believe they were called the Resolutes?) in an advance copy of...

Calling all Female Hacks: Please Direct More Movies

Looks like I got a little too excited on Friday about the current state of affairs for female directors... By now you've probably heard that Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke has been fired from the blockbuster teen vamp franchise and will not be directing Twilight's sequel New Moon. There's also bad news for Lexi Alexander and Darnell Martin, who had lackluster opening weekends at the...

Rethinking “sports”

One of the big reasons so many women make the choice to not participate in sports is because “sports” is defined as a thing that very specifically and consciously denies women a place in. For example, I was discussing Sean Avery with my partner earlier in the week and he expressed the belief that on the whole, hockey is one of the least sexist sports out there.

It took a might amount...

More Adventures in Twilight and Gender Bending

Hey there vampire fans! Can you guess which teen-heartthrobby Twilight  star's siblings used to dress him up as a girl and call him Claudia? Jump to find out!

Sean Avery and Jon Favreau: Comparing the NHL and the Obama Administration

 NHL player Sean Avery was recently suspended for six games for making disrespectful comments about his former girlfriends while Jon Favreau, the chief speechwriter for the President-elect, goes unscathed after he gropes the breast of a cutout of Hillary Rodham Clinton.  What's the best response to public figures making controversial comments and embarrassing poses?

It's Britney, Bitch [blog readers].

It's Friday, and I think we could all use a little pop culture injection. So check out Britney Spears' new video for her song "Circus," and let us know what you think, after the jump.

The Sean Avery Post (aka an introduction to sexism in sports)

The breakdown: Sean Avery is a hockey player who is in a bit of trouble these days. He recently pulled the press together in the locker room right before a game and made the announcement,

“I’m just going to say one thing. I’m really happy to be back in Calgary, I love Canada. I just wanted to comment on how, it’s become like a common thing in the NHL for guys to fall...

Friday Updates: Great News about Female Directors, Good and Bad News about Veronica Mars

Every Friday, The Female Gaze will feature a round up of news and updates related to women in film.

This week: what do Cadillac Records and Punisher: War Zone have in common? And what is Hilary Swank up to? Find out after the jump...

 

Health and Empowerment

Quit grabbing your loopy straps and wearing the wrong fit bra.  There may be more at stake than you think.

The Box's Crush of the Week: Mindy Kaling

By taking her girly character to the extreme on The Office, Mindy Kaling's showing over 9 million viewers a week just how laughable feminine stereotypes can be. Plus, she'd be SUPER fun to go shopping with.

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