All posts tagged: Feminine Perspective

Suggested Reading: Angelina Jolie Pitt’s ‘Diary of a Surgery’

Although I’ve written a Suggested Reading‘s post for two of my favorite magazines (Bitch Media and Fast Company), I’m going to start sharing my favorite articles, books, and magazines more often. Most of my reading is done online, so expect that I’ll mainly be sharing pieces from The Atlantic, Jezebel, Slate, and Salon. This week I’d like to share Angelina Jolie Pitt’s opinion piece from The New York Times titled Diary of a Surgery. In the article, Jolie discusses her decision to have a mastectomy after discovering her likelihood to develop ovarian cancer, based on her family’s history. “I feel feminine, and grounded in the choices I am making for myself and my family. I know that my children will never have to say, ‘Mom died of ovarian cancer.’” I commend Angelina Jolie for bravely sharing her story with the world. After hearing about her battle with cancer (from her mother’s diagnosis and eventual death, to her recent mastectomy), there are certainly women who will take note and make cancer screenings a priority at an early age. As an advocate for women’s health, Angelina Jolie is …

Who Says It Has to Be Modest? A Feminist Perspective on the Bikini

The following is a response to Jessica Rey’s speech regarding bikinis. Please watch the video here prior to reading: In her speech, Rey basically argues that when going to the beach/pool, women should wear one piece bathing suits because bikinis promote men to perceive women as objects. As evidence, Rey cites a Princeton study which found that when men viewed pictures of women in bikinis, the area of their brains associated with objects (e.g. screwdriver) lit up, as well as the areas of their brains associated with first-person action verbs (e.g. “I push” verses “she pushes”). Now, I want to make it clear that I do not disagree with the notion that men may be inclined to objectify women in certain environments (e.g. at the beach where women tend to wear less clothing in general). I do have a modest background in evolutionary psychology, and I understand that we all have instincts that may seem controversial in today’s society, but that we have little to no control over (and that we may not even be …