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After six decades of singing, acting, and general badassery, Detroit native Elaine Stritch passed away. Celebrate her professional and personal triumphs the way she’d prefer: in give-no-fucks style. Pick up some Stritch-inspired specs, treat yourself to a faux fur coat, and stream last year’s doc Elaine Stritch: Just Shoot Me on Netflix.
- Flavorwire released their list of 50 Essential Feminist Films. Shockingly, The Sex Tape did not make the cut.
- IndieWire put their Oscar money on Ava DuVernay, the first black woman to win the directing prize at Sundance, and her upcoming film Selma.
- Filmmaker magazine recognized an innovative, diverse group of women filmmakers in this year’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film.
- Nathan Rabin apologized for coining the term “Manic Pixie Dream Girl" and revealed that he, along with recreational bloggers and most of the media the internet over, no longer understand its definition in application. For instance, a real woman playing a ukelele is not a Manic Pixie Dream Girl because she is a real woman, and real women cannot be "appealing props to help mopey, sad white men self-actualize." Because they are real women. In the event of persisting confusion, please consult Zoe Kazan.
- It’s been a promising week for new music: Woman’s Hour gave us their debut album, and La Roux returned from hiatus with "Trouble In Paradise" and some praise for pop (although don’t think your subtle shading of reality show artists escaped us, Elly Jackson).
- Charli XCX wants everyone to scream her new single “Boom Clap” “at the top of their lungs.” As my coworkers will testify, Aeroplan’s remix made me follow directions.
- Nicki Minaj exposed the racist double standards warping our views of women’s bodies.
- Bustle gave us nine “secretly feminist” songs from the early 2000s. Apparently 50 Cent is quite the multitasker; he can drool over your tight jeans and question whether you’re a gold digger, all while fighting misogyny. I’m suddenly recalling a few interesting details surrounding Bustle's conception…
ART & ARCHITECTURE
- Megumi Igarashi, a Japanese artist who works with models of her own vagina to combat sexist cultural taboos, was arrested on charges of obscenity. She faces up to two years in prison and $25,000 in fines. Meanwhile, Japan will soon be hosting the “Festival of the Steel Phallus.”
- Architect Beverly Willis celebrated Julia Morgan, the first woman to receive the highest honor from the American Institute of Architects. The accolade was a long time coming: Morgan passed away in 1957.
- Leighton Meester unpacked the in-character misogyny she’s faced during Of Mice and Men's Broadway run.
WOMEN AT WORK
- Slate analyzed a recent study regarding the perception of women and POC who demonstrate diversity-valuing behavior in the workplace. If you’re short on time and can’t read it, ask the nearest white dude how he feels about affirmative action. That might give you an idea.