Woman Cards, Lil’ Kim’s Colorism and Queen Bey: This Week in Feminism, April 23-30
- Unless you’ve been living under a rock this week (or out in a cabin in the wilderness with no internet or cell reception), you’ve seen that Queen Bey is back with a new, full-length visual album, Lemonade. And if you’re anything like us, you’ve probably listened to it at least five times by now.
- The reception to Lemonade is another example of how feminism is becoming popularized in the media. While Bey is one of the most prolific and influential new-media feminists, other pop stars are also working feminism into their branding. However, how much of it is just that, branding? When push comes to shove, who is standing up?
- “Pound” is the cool, new workout program “taking LA by storm!” It’s also 100 percent an appropriation of Dandiya, an Indian folk dance traditionally performed with sticks (also called dandiya). Marketed as a program that “turns drumming into a full body workout,” Pound uses drumsticks “specifically designed for exercise,” a.k.a. flashy dandiya rip-offs.
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus admits that, while her show Veep began as political satire, it is slowly becoming more of a “somber documentary.” I’ll say.
- Colourism claims another victim: Lil’ Kim posted images of herself on Instagram showing a drastically lighter complexion and transformed facial features.
- Nobody respects women more than Donald Trump. This week, he called out Hilary Clinton for “playing the woman card” to get votes. When NBC co-host Savannah Guthrie asked Trump if he recognized that suggesting Clinton’s only merit in the race is her gender (as opposed to her status as an ex-Secretary of State, ex-senator and lawyer) was an incredibly demeaning comment, he responded simply, “No, I find it a true comment.” Thanks, Don. All us women out here really appreciate your respect and support. In related news, there is now a Kickstarter for a deck of cards featuring pioneering American women. To quote the project page, “If Hillary is playing the woman card, this is the deck she’s using.”
- I never thought I would agree with John Boehner on… well, anything really. This week proved me wrong:
— BCarrz (@bcarrz) April 28, 2016
Damn, post-retirement J-Boehnz is getting REAL.