Monday, December 20, 2010

The Bechdel Test: Are Women in Films Objects, or Characters

The Holiday season's here and with people taking time off to spend it with their families, many are headed to the theaters to see the latest winter blockbuster, romance film, or animated feature with their kids. Most people looking for a few hours of popcorn entertainment aren't thinking about social issues, such as whether the female characters in a film are there as a part of the story, or as little more than a plot device and/or object of a man's attention.

The Bechdel Test comes from a feminist comic strip named "The Rule" in which one of the characters will only go see a film if it meets the following criteria:

1. It has at least two women in it
2. These women actually talk to each other
3. And they talk about something other than a man.

How many films meet these requirements? You'd be surprised at how many don't.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

A Post From Craiglist that's not Creepy

Craigslist can be a freaky place at times; so much so that some of its "adult" sections have been shut down at the request of law enforcement. But occasionally, albeit strangely, people use it as a medium to express their deepest feelings. And we felt that this was rather touching.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Female Police Officers from Around the World!

It takes a special kind of person to put themselves in harm's way on a daily basis for the good of their community. Some people consider this as a calling to be a "sheepdog", protecting the "sheep" from the "wolves". It's a pretty good analogy about a bunch of pretty, yet tough, Divas.


USA


Ukraine


Taiwan


Sweden



South Korea


Singapore


Serbia


Romania


Poland


Peru


Pakistan


Norway


Nicaragua


Netherlands


Malaysia


Lithuania


Kuwait


Jordan


Japan


Italy


Israel


Iraq


Indonesia


India


Iceland


Hungary


Germany


France


England


Egypt


Dominican Republic


Cyprus


Colombia


China


Chile


Canada


Austria


Algeria

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Woman Strips to Lingerie to Protest Intrusive TSA Procedures



If you haven't been doing much travel recently, or following the news, you might have missed the fact that the Transportation Security Agency recently intensified its "efforts" to prevent acts of terrorism by requiring travelers to either submit to a potentially dangerous X-ray scan that renders them naked on monitors watched by one or more agents, or submit to an "enhanced pat-down" which involves direct hand-on genital contact.

Needless to say, many people are outraged over what they feel is a gross violation of the Fourth Amendment, especially given the fact that the TSA has yet to prevent a single incident of terrorism. That's right, the "underwear bomber" and the "shoe bomber" were both stopped by the passengers themselves.

The above woman, a former Playboy Playmate, has a unique way of protesting against the intrusion. And as a lingerie blog, we can only smile at her approach.

For more information on this issue, visit FlyWithDignity.org.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Heels: Not Just For the Sidewalk Anymore

Going off-road has never been so sexy! Sandal company Teva and NY-based clothing company Grey Ant conspired to create these (allegedly) functional, yet fashionable shoes. They are available in two styles: "Worlds Unite" (aka black and white) and "Natural" (aka tan) and retail for the low-low price of $330.00.