- Betty Friedan. Gloria Steinem. Charlie Sheen. (Photo: Associated Press)
CHARLIE SHEEN: "FEMINIST VICTORY?" "Sheen has allegedly threatened to kill five women, has shot at and strangled his girlfriends, and once beat a woman for not having sex with him. It’s darkly enjoyable to see a man who has abused so many women in the past now be openly mocked by the public, and to witness his breakdown and consequent firing from Two and a Half Men," argues Sarah H., blogger for Where Is Your Line? and occupier of alternate universe to myself. "It’s encouraging to see that people are laughing at Charlie Sheen, not with him, as he holds a knife to his girlfriend’s neck and holds a prostitute hostage in a bathroom. To quote Mr. Sheen, we may very well be on our way to, duh, winning." ANNA HOLMES, you're my only hope!
AFTER THE JUMP: Finding the gayngle; Sucker Punch feminist/misogynist breakdown; Bachmann v. Palin:
THE GAYNGLE: The NLGJA urges newsrooms to consult LGBT sources for—gasp!—general interest news stories. "When I speak to student journalists or professional mainstream news rooms about covering the LGBT community, one of the points I like to make is that LGBT people can be sources for stories that are not LGBT-specific," Matthew Bajko writes. "It is what us in the LGBT press call finding the 'gayngle,' or gay angle, to a national or local news story. In a city like San Francisco, it is relatively easy to find LGBT people involved in almost any kind of story to interview."
EYES ON FROSH: Now that the House of Delegates has passed the trans anti-discrimination bill, eyes are on Sen. Brian Frosh, who holds the power to send the bill to the Senate floor or stall it indefinitely. "I wouldn’t be surprised if he schedules a late hearing so time runs out," LGBT advocate Dan Furmansky told the Blade.
HOW SUCKER PUNCH turned an affirming sex scene into a sexual assault, in order to please the MPAA censors. "I had a very tame and mild love scene with Jon Hamm. It was like heavy breathing and making out. It was hardly a sex scene . . . I think that it's great for this young girl to actually take control of her own sexuality. Well, the MPAA doesn't like that. They don't think a girl should ever be in control of her own sexuality because they're from the Stone Age," says the film's star, Emily Browning. "So essentially, they got Zack to edit the scene and make it look less like she's into it. And Zack said he edited it down to the point where it looked like he was taking advantage of her. That's the only way he could get a PG-13 (rating) and he said, 'I don't want to send that message.' So they cut the scene!" BONUS: Alyssa Rosenberg on the film's feminist victories, despite its faults.
BACHMANN V. PALIN, 2012.