Browsing Archives of Author »Hayley Krischer«

Angelina Jolie and Writer Linda Woolverton Admit Maleficent Has Rape Scene

June 12, 2014

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During her Global Summit on Sexual Violence Angelina Jolie said: “We were very conscious, the writer [Linda Woolverton] and I, that [the scene in Maleficent] was a metaphor for rape.”   For those of you who came to Femamom because you read my article on the wing-ripping scene in Maleficent on the Huffington Post and you related to it on one level [...]

Reading YA Books As An Adult

June 10, 2014

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According to Ruth Graham of Slate, you should not be reading YA books. Graham argued last week that adults ought to be ashamed of reading young adult literature, who knows, maybe she’s right. Maybe we’re supposed to read everything Hemingway. Or everything Eudora Welty or Flannery O’Connor. But whether you’re writing for a YA audience or you’re writing [...]

The Maleficent Rape Scene That We Need To Talk About

June 4, 2014

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Imagine you’re drugged by someone you thought you trusted. You wake up in the morning with your face down in the dirt. You’re aching. Your appearance has changed and you can feel that you’re different as you try to stand through the pain. Beyond the physicality of it, your power was stolen from you. Your [...]

The Abortion Game

May 22, 2014

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“It’s hard to imagine why women don’t want to get into politics,” wrote journalist and political activist Jessica Luther on Twitter yesterday along with this photo. It’s hard to imagine why women would want to subject themselves to the kind of disgusting politics–but this is exactly what the “pro-life” people want you to believe. This [...]

Sexism in Big Newspapers and Little Newspapers

May 15, 2014

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In 1998, I won a first place award for “Best Entertainment Writing” from the New Jersey Press Association for this article. It was the first “first place” award that the weekly paper had seen in years. Before mine, there was one lonely plaque hanging up on the wall. When you win an award, they want [...]

#BringBackOurGirls: Where Is The Outrage? Where Are The Girls?

May 2, 2014

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Why is a story about 234 girls who have been kidnapped by Islamic militants only finding it’s place in the news 2 weeks after it happened? You can thank social media for not letting go of this, because it’s certain that the US media doesn’t feel the need to cover such a thing as missing [...]

Life Without Birth Control (And A Post-Mirena Update)

April 28, 2014

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I last left you all with my panic about a Mirena Crash. I was worried about a hormonal explosion. A fiery inferno of emotions. A disaster of cramps and hair falling out. Of Godzilla literally erupting from my mouth and eating my husband alive. It didn’t happen. I’m not saying it couldn’t happen. But because [...]

Female Pals Cartoon Network Should Make A Series About

April 18, 2014

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Cartoon Network has never pretended to be a channel for girls. With it’s boy-heavy programming since it’s inception in 1993, it catered to the testosterone-heavy superhero world of boys–The Clone Wars, Ben Ten, The Transformers–with advertisers pushing Nerf guns and other Styrofoam battle axes. In it’s 20-year run, there has been exactly one show about [...]

Once, I Was A Leggings Activist

April 7, 2014

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In 1989, leggings were everything. We wore them under giant college sweatshirts. We wore them under jean skirts. Leggings weren’t problematic in the way they’ve become for middle-school girls in Evanston, Ill.. who have been told by their school that leggings are against the dress code.  According to Slate: “Sophie Hasty, 13, told the Evanston [...]

If You Build It, She Will Come (The Feminist Version)

April 3, 2014

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A feminist can dream. You can buy this dreamy t-shirt and other great t-shirts at Feminist Apparel.