Feminism is about being strong, and that means both mentally and physically. That being said, it was a treat to see Ellen DeGeneres and Michelle Obama in a pushup battle right on television, and here’s why: these two women are extremely successful and both are very outspoken about being healthy. Michelle Obama is seen as a fashion icon and Ellen models for Cover Girl. The latter qualities are very girl-girly qualities … models of fashion and makeup. So naturally, to see these two women get down on the ground in their expensive clothes and carefully-applied makeup just to have a push-up battle, was amazing.
When you think of “push-up battle” you think of big guys, glistening with sweat, grimacing as they pump up and down trying to prove their manhood. However, Ellen and Michelle flipped that on its head – these two were talking smack, taking off their jackets, and on national TV battled it out. Their makeup never budged, and every hair remained perfectly in place. It reminds me of that saying “Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but she did it backwards and in heels.”
It is said that women who exude “manly behaviors are less likely to be promoted in the work place,” and there was even a recent episode of the hit FOX show “The New Girl” in which a character’s ball-busting lawyer girlfriend tells lead character Jess “if I talked the way you do at work, no one would take me seriously.” She was implying that Jess is far too sweet and girly to be thought of as anything other than “a cute chick.”
This push-up battle and that episode of “The New Girl” both show that girls can be tough and strong and pretty and delicate all at the same time. Michelle Obama and Ellen can run their own shows, start charities, keep their spouses and maintain their families, all while looking great and kicking ass while doing so. What an example, right?
“I don’t think any gay person is going to be happy and bring joy to themselves and other people unless they can be honest about their sexuality, and if other people don’t like that honestly, that’s a comment on them and not on the person who is being honest…That might seem a harsh thing to say to a young actor who is being advised by an agent to stay in the closet. There are no openly gay stars in Hollywood, so someone is telling them to shut up.”
Although there are now more openly gay people in the entertainment industry than ever before, I would argue that many of them are still restricted on how they can be gay. In …
I realize that most people don’t have the patience for an entire 6 minutes and 52 seconds of the ever-so-annoying Perez Hilton, so I’ll summarize the above video.
Perez has finally come to the conclusion that he is an enormous douchebag. Spurred on, I’m certain, by the recent “it will get better” campaign and the fact that people are starting to call him a hypocrite for demanding that people stop bullying, Hilton attempted to make a heartfelt video. While I found his video annoying more than anything else, I kind of like (OK, at least respect) the idea that he makes a solid attempt to apologize for his meanness. I think its rad that he addressed the fact that his behavior sucks. At least he owns up to it and even apologizes. I am firm believer in a …