FANGIRL: An Abstract, by Katy Gehred

A fangirl, as I have chosen to define her, is a teenage woman who is enthusiastically dedicated to a particular cultural product, frequently to the extent that her behavior becomes socially unacceptable.  Imagine the shrieking, nameless and faceless teeny-boppers who are depicted chasing The Beatles into phone booths at the beginning of “A Hard Day’s Night.” Fangirls are a product of media and the modern … Continue reading FANGIRL: An Abstract, by Katy Gehred

Bringing the Domestic to Center-stage: Two Women Fight Back Against DV in “Domestic”

“What would you do?” This is the evocative tagline for DOMESTIC, which debuted at an off-broadway black box space a few blocks from Times Square as part of the Midtown International Theater Festival in July 2012. The play, penned by Sarah Lawrence theatre graduate alum Matthew Klein, is the story of seventeen-year-old Jessica Powell, a babysitter who murders her employer when she hears him threaten … Continue reading Bringing the Domestic to Center-stage: Two Women Fight Back Against DV in “Domestic”

“The Legend of Korra”: Badass Feminist TV for Teens

When I asked a friend of mine whether or not he’d be watching The Legend of Korra, an animated sequel series to a show called Avatar: The Last Airbender we had both loved, he responded, “No, I’m not a girl.” I’m not writing this to explain to you why even though Korra has a female protagonist it isn’t just for girls. Because duh. And I … Continue reading “The Legend of Korra”: Badass Feminist TV for Teens

Girls of Crime: The Interconnected Roles of Nancy Drew and Brigid O’Shaughnessy in American Pop Culture in the 1930s

Any avid reader can remember how difficult it was (and is) to find strong female role models in children’s and young adult literature. For every Harry Potter, there is a spate of feckless Bella Swans, characters who give up too much of themselves in romantic relationships and shy away from actual ambition. In the early decades of the twentieth century, Nancy Drew was the role … Continue reading Girls of Crime: The Interconnected Roles of Nancy Drew and Brigid O’Shaughnessy in American Pop Culture in the 1930s

Teen Feminists, Too, Think Sexism is F’d Up

Nineteen-year-old Julie Zeilinger has put out the book I wanted to write when I was her age and started identifying as a feminist. I wanted to call mine Why High School Sucks, But Doesn’t Have To. Hers, released in May 2012, is called A Little F’ed Up: Why Feminism Isn’t A Dirty Word. It’s Full Frontal Feminism for the high school set (Valenti even forewords … Continue reading Teen Feminists, Too, Think Sexism is F’d Up

Welcome to the TEENAGERS & FEMINISMS Issue!

Welcome to the September 2012 Issue of Re/Visionist! R/V is excited to be back in action with a new editorial team and tons of great content coming your way this Fall 2012! We’re starting out this back-to-school season with an eye toward teenagers because, in many ways, they are a neglected part of the feminist community. When they are discussed, they are rarely granted agency, … Continue reading Welcome to the TEENAGERS & FEMINISMS Issue!