linked up: fresh reading material for Tuesday

The latest cover of Vanity Fair, the Young Hollywood issue (image courtesy of twilightguide)

Yesterday was President’s Day and I spent the time off from work hanging out with my lady friends and then meeting up with fellow volunteers from Girls Rock Austin to discuss camp this summer. I also spent this weekend hammering out a rough draft of a review on the book Justice for Girls? Plus I’m not quite done with my post on the first season of United States of Tara. So while I continue to work on these things let me share some links today.

If you aren’t reading it yet, I urge people to check in with Dear Black Woman,. There are two new posts up – both related to female actors who played notable girl characters this year. KW dissects the racial politics of Vanity Fair’s latest cover for their new Young Hollywood Issue, which featured Carey Muligan (An Education), Kristen Stewart (Twilightdom and The Runaways), and Abbie Cornish (Bright Star). Those three ladies are on the front cover and the rest of the foldout features even more white female actors. KW also has a post on Gabourey Sidibe’s sudden fame with the publicity and success surrounding Precious. In her post KW offers some advice to Sidibe and explains how Hollywood can be a hostile environment for any female that doesn’t fit the industry’s definition of beauty.

Nothing says computer engineer like blonde Barbie and her pink laptop (image courtesy of gizmodo)

There’s a new post up on Rachel Simmons’ blog that has an interview with Ashely Cole – a high school senior from North Carolina who made a PSA regarding derogatory words and teen’s use of homophobic language (such as saying “that’s so gay” in a negative manner). In the interview Cole discusses how she was motivated to make her own video after seeing similar PSAs by Wanda Sykes and Hillary Duff. You can read the interview and view Cole’s video here.

Thanks to Alyx at feministmusicgeek for sharing the info that Mattel is coming out with yet another Barbie. This time Barbie is a computer engineer. Not bad right? Except for the fact that Barbie’s figure – from the skinny waist, to the long legs, to the long shiny blonde hair – hasn’t changed a bit. Also can you guess what color Barbie’s laptop is? Pink of course! *(note sarcasm)* I had a discussion with some coworkers about this latest Barbie. I think it’s great that Mattel is trying to have girls embrace technology by unveiling computer engineer Barbie – but why is it that Barbie can be a computer engineer, or a pilot, or a doctor, or whatever profession Mattel hasn’t thought of yet – but Barbie can’t be brunette (maybe with short hair hair even), or curvy, or short, or (god forbid) of color. Also there’s a long history of marketing everything and anything in pink to girls – from video cameras to guitars, as though girls won’t know what to do with technology if it isn’t presented in a feminine friendly color. It reminds me of the Simpson’s episode “Any Given Sundance” when Lisa makes a documentary using her My Little Sony, which has rainbow stickers on the side.

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~ by actyourage09 on February 16, 2010.

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