Corporate America Has Discovered Feminism

We've seen quite a few ads recently featuring women and/or girls with very clear feminist overtones. Some have been more successful than others, and while I think some send better messages than others, the fact is that corporate America is helping to create awareness of issues that feminists have been trying to get into the mainstream for years. 

Most recent is Always's new #LikeAGirl ad. I've written before about the the fact that a girl's self-esteem plummets around the age of nine. This new ad does an excellent job of visualizing how truly sad this really is. 

Verizon Wants More Women in STEM in their new #InspireHerMind ad. A common explanation for the lack of women in STEM fields is that young women and girls just aren't as interested as the boys. Period. This new ad from Verizon takes this explanation a step further and asks: "Whose fault is that?"

Pantene has two ads in their #ShineStrong campaign. The most recent wants you to have spectacular hair, and don't you dare apologize for it. And while you're at it, don't apologize for anything else either. #SorryNotSorry  This follows their first ad that aired in the Phillipines illustrating the double standards used against women in the workplace. 

NC school tells boy,9, to leave My Little Pony lunch bag at home

We are so used to hearing about girls and women being blamed for acts of violence against them that we hardly blink at it anymore. Sometimes it takes a complete reversal of gender to see how truly absurd this victim-blaming behavior is. This story is a great example. 

Little Grayson Bruce likes My Little Pony and has a lunch box to prove it. But My Little Pony is for girls (because Heaven forbid we let little boys watch anything that emphasizes healthy emotional relationships). Instead of punishing the kids at school who were bullying him because of something as silly as his lunch box, the school put the onus on Grayson

Noreen told the station Thursday the school asked her son to leave the bag at home because it had become a distraction and was a "trigger for bullying."

That's right, it's Grayson's fault for bringing something to school that would cause otherwise innocent little boys to beat the snot out of him. It's not their fault, really. Grayson was probably swinging that lunch box around in a provocative manner, no doubt trying to "emphasize the bonds of friendship" as those little ponies tend to do.