What’s Current: Happy International Women’s Day!

What’s Current is Feminist Current’s daily news roundup.

  • Women around the world are celebrating International Women’s Day.
  • Mattel makes Frida Kahlo look more like Kim Kardashian in epic Barbie PR stunt fail.
  • The NYPD is close to making an arrest in the Weinstein case. They’re waiting on the go-ahead from the District Attorney’s Office.
  • Artist in Residence at the Tate Gallery quits over Director Maria Balshaw’s tasteless comments on sexual harassment and gallery visitors of colour.
  • Susan Sarandon says Paul Newman gave her part of his salary after the cast discovered women were being paid less than men.
Jess Martin
Jess Martin

Jess Martin is a public relations professional, an aspiring writer, and an assistant editor at Feminist Current. She prefers to write about feminist topics, disability, or environmental issues, but could be persuaded to broaden her horizons in exchange for payment and/or food. In her spare time Jess can be found knitting, gardening, or lying in the fetal position, mulling over political theory that no one in their right mind cares about.

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  • Step

    The NYT lists Marsha Johnson, a drag queen, as a woman worthy of historic recognition, and The Washington Post suggests Laverne Cox should be praised as a leader on International Women’s Day!

    • M. Zoidberg

      Even on International Women’s Day, some penis people are still the centre of attention. Fucking surprise.

    • Rachael

      Ugh. They can both fuck off.

    • Hanakai


  • Simone Firestone

    Sex rehab for Serial Rapist Weinstein won’t work. What the ratfink most needs is jail time plus castration. Anyway, a belated Happy International Women’s Day to all of my fabulously fierce feminist sisters here at Feminist Current. Let’s continue working together in dismantling the patriarchy so that all women of the world will be finally able to live in freedom and dignity.

  • Wren

    Totally true. It’s so stupid.
    But there’s a petition circulating to get Laverne Cox a Barbie, and Cox just loves the idea. No surprise.

  • Elara

    To even make a statement like that, that “some of the greatest feminists I know are men” is proof of utter cluelessness and male supremacy. The interviewer obviously has a huge lack of knowledge when it comes to the feminist movement. Or worse, they are aware but still give men all the glory because men are just better than us, aren’t they. Even at being women. Why is it that every time a man treats a woman like a human being and not a f***hole, brood mare or maid, he’s not only a “feminist” but also a feminist hero?

  • Melanie


  • Tinfoil the Hat

    Susan Sarandan is a misogynist asshole.

  • Alienigena

    I wonder about a world that cares so little about girls (realise this will be considered a ‘first world’ problem) that it could create an array of female characters in film and television that are basically wank fodder for men and boys (adolescents). I wondered why I found it so hard to identify with any female characters in film or television growing up but I realise now it is because the majority of female characters are just wank fodder, including shows that are considered to be appropriate for children. I was very freaked out growing up by the representations of women in the media that I saw. They were often either unbelievable goody goods (impossible to achieve levels of virtue) or simply existed to titillate males (including my idiot brother). Even books were short on females I could identify with including storylines with intrepid princesses who saved princes (I would have preferred to leave those princes to their fates).

    Hollywood does have a small number of women who are considered serious female actors (above being wank fodder) like Meryl Streep but many of the actors who have substantive roles later in their careers (e.g. Michele Pfeiffer, Susan Sarandon) seem to spend a lot of their careers as wank fodder. I have speculated that Hollywood execs just allow actresses like Streep to have careers so they can legitimate their industry whose main products are primarily feature gratuitous violence and soft core porn.

    • Elara

      Spot on.

      Not to mention how Hollywood loves to talk about “strong female characters” as if being a strong female is exception to the rule. Female characters in film have a history of being shitty, mostly because they’re written by men who have absolutely no idea. Take Woody Allen for example. Dear Jebus, I cringe at that stuff. Too many men in art have that “neurotic beautiful woman”-fetish. Like you said, no matter how different they are they have one thing in common; wank fodder.