5 Moments Young Women Kicked Ass
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Next on Bluhm’s target list? Teen Vogue.
3. Young women’s feminist magazine captures national hearts. What is Rookie magazine? It’s an online magazine for teenage girls that has become the digital-age successor to the beloved '90s magazine Sassy, and brainchild of teenage feminist fashionista Tavi Gevinson. Journalist Amanda Hess, approaching her third decade, wrote:
“There’s a lot for women my age to appreciate about Rookie — it’s stylish and intelligent, treats teen girls like adults, and trades in ’90s-era cultural touchstones like Clueless, Sassy, and Freaks and Geeks (even though Gevinson was born in 1996).“
Thanks to her magazine’s popularity, Gevinson is a new Internet celebrity and became host of her own TED talk, where she declared she was “a teen just trying to figure it out” -- and rejected bland critical praise for two-dimensional “strong women” characters of the Catwoman variety. She said women shouldn't be praised for being flat and simple rather than complex and “multifaceted.” Women are crazy, she joked, because people are. A refreshing take on equality.
Watch her below:
4. Girls’ TV shows become critics’ darlings. Lena Dunham’s “Girls” has been one of the most controversial and highly acclaimed new TV shows to appear in a long time, and its young writer (though not teenage anymore) creator and star now has a bouquet of Emmy nominations and a new season to plan.
But the adventures of "Awkward Black Girl," a web television show that’s been compared to "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and is widely known as one of the must-watch web shows is gaining even more momentum this summer in its second season. It's been mentioned in feminist blogs like Jezebel and Feministing as well as a writeup in the New York Times, which urged viewers -- and TV producers -- to take notice:
"Awkward Black Girl” is plenty interesting on its own terms, but also because of the continuing dearth of black faces and voices, and diversity thereof, on TV and in film. Black leads are outrageously scarce, and mostly black casts are essentially unheard-of outside the Tyler Perry universe and BET.
Often it feels as if more people were talking about that problem — think of the fraught debate that raged around HBO’s “Girls” earlier this year — than trying to address it.
5. Golden girls rule the Olympics. There were the “fab five,” headed up by Gabby Douglas, the strong, smiling champion of the gym and the first black woman to win the individual all-around competition. She tossed aside critiques of her hair and grinned with the gold. Later in the games, falling short on the single apparatus events, Douglas showed the same grace and poise she had in previous days as the winner.
But these insanely talented gymnasts--Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, Jordyn Wieber, Kyla Ross and McKayla Maroney-- were only a few of the young women kicking butt during the games, following in the footsteps of the more mature female champions on the track, the court, in the pool and on the field--women who carried the US team to its massive medal count. Missy Franklin, born in 1995 like Douglas, dominated the women’s swimming events with a grin on her face. “Douglas and Franklin provide the 100 percent natural antidote for cynicism,” wrote a sports columnist.
And these are just the Americans: four young women from traditional Muslim countries became among the first in their respective nations’ history to take the Olympic stage in track and judo, facing tons of pressure on all sides. “I have a big message for the women of Afghanistan. Come and join me because I'm alone and I need your support,” said 23-year-old Tahmina Kohistani of Kabul.