Feminist Glee

Deconstructing Glee from the perspective of a queer, bra-burning, Women's Studies major.



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  1. ohwhatprovidence:

    Unite Against the War on Women March in Kansas. More photos here.

  2. ohwhatprovidence:

    For my sexuality and sexual constructions class, I decided to tackle one of my favorite things in the entire world: menstruation. I think there are very, very few things that embody the concept of social construction like the shame, fear, and disgust that surrounds menstruation, particularly in the US.

    I’m really fascinated in particular by the fear of leaking, and the idea of creating images like this wouldn’t leave my alone. I’m so happy with it.

  3. ohwhatprovidence:

    My friend Sacha and I have been working on this project for several weeks, and it is finally, finally, FINALLY done. The posters (eighteen in all - this is only a sampling) will go up on campus today, Feminist Coming Out Day, and they will run in the campus paper as well. Bus ads will be placed toward the end of the month. 

    I have never been more proud to call something my own. It has been a huge labor of love. I feel like my child has just been born - no pun intended. 

    I know I haven’t been around here, and I’m so sad about it. I’m hitting such a wall with the Glee stuff. However, this is a project I put together with a friend at my university, for our feminist organization. We are so proud. 

  4. You make good points but don't you think by telling those people that they can't be feminists that you are turning people away from the cause? shouldn't that be your focus, to convince other people to be feminists?
    asked by Anonymous

    I spend a lot of my time convincing other people that they are indeed feminists, usually because they support the causes but shun the label due to misconceptions about what feminism is. And I certainly believe in educating others so that they might eventually support the feminist cause if they don’t already.

    It’s not my job or my desire to label someone a feminist if they’re not. It doesn’t help us. It’s a quality over quantity thing. It would be great to see more people identifying as such, but if someone’s idea of feminism is harmful to others, it’s not acceptable or helpful.

  5. I am in the midst of packing to move back to school and up waaaay too late (have to be awake again in 4 1/2 hours), but I wanted to answer this. 

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  6. puttingmannersonafeminist:

    Sonya Renee, ‘Women Deserve Better’.

    Culturally-diversified bi-racial girl,
    with a small diamond nose-ring
    and a pretty smile
    poses beside the words: “Women deserve better”.

    And I almost let her non-threatening grin begin to
    infiltrate my psyche-
    till I read the unlikely small-print at the bottom of the ad.
    ‘Sponsored by the US Secretariate for Pro Life Activities
    and the Knights of Columbus’
    on a bus, in a city with a population of 563,000.

    Four teenage mothers on the bus with me.
    One latino woman with three children under three,
    and no signs of a daddy.
    One sixteen year old black girl,
    standing in twenty two degree weather
    with only a sweater,
    and a bookbag,
    and a bassinet, with an infant that ain’t even four weeks yet-

    Tell me that yes: Women do deserve better.

    Women deserve better
    than public transportation rhetoric
    from the same people who won’t give that teenage mother
    a ride to the next transit.
    Won’t let you talk to their kids about safer sex,
    and never had to listen as the door slams
    behind the man
    who adamantly says “that SHIT ain’t his”-
    leaving her to wonder how she’ll raise this kid.

    Women deserve better than the three hundred dollars
    TANF and AFDC will provide that family of three.
    Or the six dollar an hour job at KFC
    with no benefits for her new baby-
    or the college degree she’ll never see,
    because you can’t have infants at the university.

    Women deserve better
    than lip-service paid for by politicians
    who have no alternatives to abortion.
    Though I’m sure right now
    one of their seventeen year old daughters
    is sitting in a clinic lobby, sobbing quietly
    and anonymously,
    praying parents don’t find out-
    Or is waiting for mom to pick her up because
    research shows that out-of-wedlock childbirth
    don’t look good on political polls.
    And Sarah ain’t having that.

    Women deserve better
    than backward governmental policies
    that don’t want to pay for welfare for kids,
    or healthcare for kids,
    or childcare for kids.
    Don’t want to pay living wages to working mothers.
    Don’t want to make men who only want to be
    last night’s lovers
    responsible for the semen they lay.
    Just like [they] don’t want to pay for shit,
    but want to control the woman who’s having it.

    Acting outraged at abortion,
    when I’m outraged that they want us to believe
    that they believe
    “Women deserve better”.

    The Vatican won’t prosecute pedophile priests,
    but I decide I’m not ready for motherhood
    and it’s condemnation for me.
    These are the same people
    who won’t support national condom distribution
    to prevent teenage pregnancy—

    But women deserve better.

    Women deserve better than back-alley surgeries
    that leave our wombs barren and empty.
    Deserve better than organizations bearing the name
    of land-stealing, racist, rapists
    funding million dollar campaigns on subway trains
    with no money to give these women—
    While balding, middle-aged white men
    tell us what to do with our bodies,
    while they wage wars and kill other people’s babies.

    So maybe,
    Women deserve better than propaganda and lies
    to get into office.
    Propaganda and lies
    to get into panties,
    to get out of court,
    to get out of paying child-support.

    Get the fuck out of our decisions
    and give us back our VOICE.

    Women do deserve better.

    Women deserve choice.

  7. (Source: porcalayne)

  8. I have had a single post in my drafts for over a month, and it’s only a title:

    The tragedy of Quinn Fabray.

    I don’t even know where to start with this girl. 

  9. Come back feminitglee, i hope you're ok! i miss you ):
    asked by Anonymous

    I am okay, and I feel bad every day that I haven’t been posting! Thank you for checking in.

    It’s finals week, so I’m perpetually drunk and/or studying my ass off. I’ll be done with everything on the 15th (also my birthday - REMEMBER THIS!), and then I’ll get home on Friday and have a good month to just sit at home and think and post things. :)

  10. Hold On To 16

    A few people have asked how I felt about last night’s episode, so I just wanted to quickly share my not-so-insightful thoughts. I am so, so, so overwhelmed with my life right now, so this post will be neither long nor angry, which feels a little wrong on this blog. Sorry! I’m still really pissed about a lot of things, so give me a few days and I’ll be back to inciting riots.

    Last night’s episode was…not that bad. And not that offensive. It was probably a 3 on the Offensive Glee scale, which is admittedly more like a 17 on the offensive scale of almost any other show, but still. We still had a great deal of Hero!Finn bullshit, but you know what else we had a lot of? Girls being awesome. Girls helping girls and girls helping boys and getting shit done on their own, without a man’s approval or help. Tina was fantastic. Rachel was fantastic. Quinn was fantastic. ALL THE GIRLS HAD ALL THE FANTASTIC. An anon said that it really felt like the episode was about the girls, and I agree. And it wasn’t about the girls needing fixed. It was about the girls doing the fixing. 

    I haven’t had a chance to watch it a second time through all the way, so I’m sure if I put way more thought into this, I could pick up some issues. And I’m sure eventually I will. But on the surface? This was actually a decent episode.