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Lena Dunham Out, Sharks In

Women are powerful. Sharks are powerful. Women sharks are very powerful. I think it’s time we paid homage to the female shark community and see them for what they truly are – feminist heroines.

I know you’re reading this thinking, “She’s lost her mind.” Correct. I lost my mind a long time ago and she’s not coming back any time soon. You know what’s also correct? I can name 3 female sharks in the past week that have inspired me. Let’s do this.

#1. This female shark in Seoul that isn’t putting up with any bullshark bullshit.

She was just a happy 8-year-old-tiger shark, swimming along when this 5-year-old male shark started bumping into her in the tank. So she ate him. Then proceeded to parade around with his lifeless body in her mouth for the next 21 hours.

Why I respect her: She doesn’t put up with toxic males in her life. She takes control of the situation and shuts it down. This fool was probably some frat dude that was bumping all up on her and she’s giving him that side shark eye like back off. Of course he didn’t listen and keeps bothering her, probably going to brag to his alpha acai trenta epsilon bros that he was able to touch some fin – but NO, she won’t allow it. She eats him and shuts his shit down. Good for her.

#2 Leonie, the Australian zebra shark that doesn’t need a man.


After being separated from her mate 2 years ago in 2014, Leonie the zebra shark has lived a lonely life. Well it was lonely…up until recently when she gave birth to three pups asexually. She shocked scientists by possibly being the first shark ever to make the switch from sexual to asexual reproduction. When they checked the DNA of her babies, they had expected to find she had been saving sperm. N O P E. All three babies only had Leonie’s DNA, and it was clear that she was miraculously the sole parent. No custody battles here.

Why I respect her: Nothing is impossible for Leonie. She decided that she wasn’t done having kids even though there was no man in her life. She was too good for men. Nothing could get in the way of her motherhood. Now, she has three new babies to love. What a good mom.

#3 Deep Blue, the biggest and baddest mommy in the ocean.

Her name is Deep Blue and she is the biggest Great White shark ever captured on film. I first saw a video of her on Tumblr with all these positive comments like, “Who’s a big pretty girl?” Someone else commented this picture of her high-fiving a diver. They added, “Not only is Deep Blue big, but she’s super pregnant too.”

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Why I respect her: Deep Blue is thicc, confident, and killing it. She is a big pretty girl. She’s the ocean’s top predator and still has time to high-five the peasants along her way. Deep Blue is slaying the ocean game, literally, rip to all those seals she must now eat for two. She is the ocean baddie we all need to see.

I don’t think there is a predator that’s a feminist icon yet. Are there animal/mammal feminist mascots already out there? I’m not sure. I do know that feminine animals in TV and film are depicted as cute and small. Female animals are often characterized as mice, does, bunny rabbits – basically small woodland creatures that bat fake eyelashes and help princesses get dressed in the morning. I think it’s time to reconsider. Females are more than capable of carnage. All of the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park, and Jurassic World are female. Sharks could be the new symbol of female power. There is more than enough evidence to support this claim. Take it from someone who admires sharks when they eat toxic males, reproduce asexually despite the odds, and flaunt their way through the ocean.

Women Deserve Respect Right Now & Always

Women who are deeply saddened by the results of the election aren’t overreacting, they are under attack.

The next President of the United States responded to his dozens of allegations for sexual assault by implying he’d never assault his accusers, not because assault is wrong, but because they were too ugly – “Believe me, she would not be my first choice,”

At age 59, Trump said into a hot microphone, “You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait,”He continued, “And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything.”Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.”

Trump and VP Mike Pence have vowed to overturn landmark case Roe v. Wade, removing a woman’s right to make decisions about her own body regarding abortion, even if the outcome is life-threatening.

Trump also supports defunding Planned Parenthood, a women’s health organization that provides the following services: STI/STD Testing & Treatment, Contraception, Cancer Screening and Prevention, Pregnancy and Prenatal Services, Abortion Services, Adoption Referrals. Abortions, which Trump has spread fear-mongering false claims about – “You can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb in the ninth month on the final day.” – account for a whopping 3% of Planned Parenthood’s utilized services.

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The overturn of Roe v. Wade and the absence of Planned Parenthood will ultimately end in deaths of women and children. Women without basic access to cancer screenings and treatment will die. Women without basic access to STI/STD testing and treatment will die. Women without access to abortion will have to carry to term life-threatening pregnancies. Women without access to legal abortion will seek illegal abortion, which is historically unsafe. Children raised by women who are either mentally and financially unwanting of motherhood will die of neglect.

For those of you reading and thinking, “You’re being too drastic, there are checks and balances, you dumb millennial!” Trump is backed by both a Republican House and Senate, and is pushing to elect a conservative judge to the Supreme Court. With the GOP behind him on all fronts, it is very possible that he passes these anti-women initiatives. Take your ‘checks and balances’ blanket statement elsewhere.

Women on Twitter have been expressing their disdain all morning. Last night when Donald Trump was a elected a message was sent to young girls everywhere.

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I don’t have happy ending to this post. There’s no playful joke. Women and minorities are scared. I am passionate about gender equality and the support of women, but I have lost hope. I am scared for a dark period ahead for women and minorities.

I’m not sad because the woman lost, I am sad because all women lost. I hope we can heal and come back stronger. Women right now are mourning, their perspectives are valid, and you need to respect that.

Director’s Cut: Ghostbuster’s (2016) Love Interest

Ghostbusters’ (2016) extended cut was released on BluRay last week, and there’s a few deleted scenes worth mentioning. In fact, there is one whole character that got completely cut from the theatrical version altogether – Dr. Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) had a love interest boyfriend Columbia colleague named Phil (played by Justin Kirk, star of Weeds).

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Let’s all have a moment of silence for Justin Kirk, who worked on one of the most-talked about films of the year without any recognition or evidence that he was even a part of the movie, until now.

Was Phil cut from the movie to avoid the criticism that a female Ghostbuster doesn’t need a love interest or unnecessary romantic subplot? Or was he simply just cut for time? These are answers we do not yet have from director Paul Feig.

Regardless of the editorial reasoning, the three scenes with Phil are objectively funny, and do add some context to the theatrical version that was inherently missing.

We first see Phil introducing Erin Gilbert to his female colleague (who is played by Elizabeth Perkins, Kirk’s co-star on Weeds). Here, Dr. Gilbert affirms that she is proud to be published. She has a back and forth quips with the female colleague – and overall this scene adds to the fact that Dr. Gilbert really wants to be respected in the scientific community.

We next see Phil briefly when Dr. Gilbert is fired from her tenure at Columbia and she is seen leaving her office with a box of her belongings. He doesn’t acknowledge her or look her in the eye as she leaves. This is probably a direct result of the viral video of her screaming “GHOSTS ARE REAL!” which would have made him ~an intellectual~ to avoid her gaze.

The last and most important scene with Phil is right before the Ghostbusters go to capture the demon ghost at the metal concert. Phil shows up and pulls Gilbert aside on the sidewalk asking her what she is doing – and she responds that she has to go and that they’re [the ghostbusters] doing real work. This scene is notable not so much because of their interaction, but rather the fact that fellow ghostbusters Dr. Abby Yates and Patty Tolan hilariously judge Phil from afar.  Here is that scene.

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I question why this character was cut and would love to know how the decision was made to scrap all of his traces in the theatrical version entirely.

Whatever the reason, RIP PHIL (2016-2016). We will miss you and our probable double v-necks.

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Miley Cyrus is a non-binary, pansexual, happy hippie.

This past weekend Miley Cyrus was honored at Variety’s Power of Women event for her charity work alongside Helen Mirren, Ava Duvernay, Scarlett Johansson and Laverne Cox.

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She arrived to Variety’s red carpet at the Beverly Hills Wilshire arm and arm with her main squeeze and former co-star Liam Hemsworth. She wore a cute, low cut navy and white lace-rimmed floral pantsuit, and her short bleach blonde pony was fastened atop her natural roots with a navy ribbon bow. Cyrus, all smiles, was honored for her charity work initiatives for the homeless.

The Miley Cyrus that spoke at the podium on Friday is unlike the many Miley Cyrus’ of the past. To be honest, this is my favorite Miley yet – because 2016 Miley so far has been all about helping people.

Hannah Montana died a long time ago.

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imageIn her final Hannah days and since the Disney show’s official end in 2011, we’ve seen many different transformations of Miley Cyrus. At first she was ‘just bein’ Miley’ and then she couldn’t be tamed. The ‘Breakout’ star made it clear she no longer wanted to be associated with her former Disney franchise.

Her infamous 2013 ‘Blurred Lines’ VMA performance as a sexualized baby destroyed the Miley we thought we formerly knew. Subsequently, the release of her album Bangerz finished the job – ushering in a new, adult-yet-childish sexed up era of Cyrus in both her music and image.

Her long brown wavy layers disappeared into a short bleach blonde bun. Then her small bun disappeared into a a practically shaved blonde pixie cut. This was a Miley we hadn’t see before – she openly smoked weed, stuck her tongue out, and wore nipple-pasties. The world didn’t know what to think. Cyrus was subject to a ton of slut-shaming for expressing her comfort with nudity and twerking.

Following her VMA performance with Robin Thicke, an alarming amount of people criticized her sexual nature, rather than Thicke’s, who at the time was singing about how he knew a woman “wanted it” even though she had said no. Blurred lines of sexual consent? Yuck.

In 2013 Bangerz was new, it was good, and it was an iconic shift. This album was perhaps the first honest representation seen of Cyrus since the start of her music career. We Can’t Stop and Wrecking Ball were the songs of that summer, and suddenly everyone saw Miley Cyrus as much more than a former child-star. To teenagers everywhere she was dope, relatable, and something their parents didn’t approve of.

Since 2013 Miley has continued with her more honest, open, “I don’t give a f***” image. In 2014 she sent a homeless young man to accept her award at the VMAs on her behalf to raise awareness of homeless youth. Then, Cyrus was subject to controversy again when she hosted the 2015 VMA’s wearing white, matted dreadlocks, that some might describe as ‘hippy hair.’ This was problematic cultural appropriation – but aside from this, the real controversy centered around artist Nicki Minaj calling her out onstage for some pre-show comments made. Nicki’s Miley What’s Good? is now on T-shirts everywhere.

Since then, it seems Miley has rebounded by helping others. In 2015, Cyrus founded and appropriately named The Happy Hippie Foundation, a non-profit organization that rallies young people to fight injustice facing homeless youth, LGBTQ youth and other vulnerable populations. The foundations works with The Trevor Project, Planned Parenthood, and several suicide prevention centers. Last year she also released and toured for a completely free Soundcloud album, Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz. This was when it started to seem that Miss ‘I don’t give a f****’ did actually give a few f****s.

Fast forward to now, in 2016, Miley is in her most powerful final form: a happy, non-binary, pansexual hippie. She’s ditched the problematic  dreads (finally). She’s working heavily within charity and social activism – encouraging people to vote, raising awareness around LGBT issues, and showing us some authentic passions of hers.

She’s mentoring on The Voice, focusing on the music, and helping others. She recently revealed to Variety that she identifies as pansexual and is attracted to both genders. She also revealed that she is non-binary, considers herself genderless, and has never truly felt comfortable as a girl or as a boy. To many, Miley Cyrus coming out publicly adds validity to their own stories and identities, which are frequently misunderstood.

The Miley were are seeing now is evolved, open, and genuine. Some people are always going to hate Miley Cyrus. She is a symbol of sexual freedom, provocativeness, and female power (which we know is constantly being attacked – see: Donald Trump).

Whether you hate her or not, it’s time to give some credit where credit is due: 2016 Miley Cyrus does a lot for the homeless, LGBTQ+ communities, and struggling youth, all while continuing to work as a woman in Hollywood (no easy task there) mentoring aspiring and often underprivileged contestants on NBC’s The Voice.

I’m here for this Miley. 🎤👅 👏 Are you?

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Mansplaining, Womansplained

Since the first presidential debate on Tuesday, the term “mansplaining” has shifted back into the main spotlight following Trump’s incessant interruption of Hillary Clinton. Mansplaining, for those who don’t know, is a term used by women to describe when women are either interrupted or corrected by men unsolicitedly.

During Tuesday’s debate Donald Trump interrupted Hillary Clinton 51 times. He even told her some foreign policy tips, that you know, as Secretary of State, she doesn’t know anything about right? (To quote Trump in his whiny voice, “Wrong.”)

Women in power constantly have to deal with this because a lot of men feel as though even their uneducated opinions weigh heavier than an educated woman’s.

The term ‘mansplaining’ popped up in 2015, but this concept has existed since the dawn of time. Once, a boy at a party tried to tell me that I was pronouncing my own last name wrong. MY OWN LAST NAME.

Well I’ve come up with a solution to the problem. Let’s start womansplaining. Instead of ignoring stupid comments made by men in our lives (sorry not sorry, guys), let’s start correcting them. When someone tries to mansplain you, call them out, and womansplain them. Here’s 3 tips for womansplaining.

The first step to womansplaining is asking for sources: “Where did you read that?” “Are you sure?” “Why do you think that?” “Are you sure that’s not outdated information?”

The next step is to smirk and watch as your opponent in front of you begins to crumble and sweat once they realize they can’t quote Reddit as a source.

The third and final step is to educate; let them know why you believe differently, and why your perspective shouldn’t be dismissed.

To clarify, womansplaining unlike manplaining is not about talking over anyone. There’s no interrupting, or offering unwanted comments. Rather, it’s a response tactic/a way to move forward when mansplaining happens to you.

MANSPLAINING:A societal disease that affects approximately 50% of the population, curable, exists across the globe.Symptoms: uneducated comments, unsolicited advice, and sweeping generalizations. Often paired with a, “Well, actually..” Side effects include: headaches, eye-rolling, society-taught cynicism.

It’s time to fight this disease head on.