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The power is in the vag

There is a really adorable little web series called Vag Magazine that I just find so hilarious. The premise is some third wavers use the proceeds from their Etsy store to buy a mainstream women's magazine and make it more feminist.

This is probably my favourite scene:

You can watch all six episodes here! They're only a few minutes long, so watching all of them takes less than half an hour. DO IT! Then tell me if you enjoyed it to, or think it is mean or unfair!


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Jul. 13th, 2011 04:06 pm (UTC)
This is good satire. Actually funny. Probably a bit mean-spirited, yeah, but satire is on the attack, so I'm okay with that. They're punching up, so I'm okay with that. Like I said in chat, I don't feel like it's ant-feminist or anything, just anti-lazy-shallow-clubby-feminism. I'm okay with that.

Meghan is kind of the character that seals the deal for me. She's just a normal woman who takes feminism for granted and goes about her life, and is treated with utter contempt for it by the rest of the staff and then has her good ideas shot down because they don't like her shirt. That's the bite of good satire right there, and it sort of opens up the scope of what they're getting at. Without her it would just be a bunch of misguided, dippy, "lifestyle" feminists in their own little world fighting with each other. But meghan's an ambassador from "average" society, and they have no interest in it or respect for it whatsoever. Ouch!
Jul. 13th, 2011 06:12 pm (UTC)
I think the moment that sealed it as funny and good satire for me was the interview with Ambrosia Whatserface the feminist celebrity, when she talks about going to check out the sex tourism industry in the Dominican Republic, and Bethany and Sylvie are all "OMG! That's great!" and Fennel is all "But that's not feminist!" and Ambrosia says something like "But we're women, so it is."


I don't think Megan takes feminism for granted. They take pains to make it clear, when she talks about having taken Women's Studies. Unless you mean that she's generally got a feminist outlook, but doesn't see Feminist as an identity?

I'm not rolling on the floor laughing, but I am kind of chuckling and cringing rolling my eyes and watching, horrified, the trainwreck of a magazine.
Jul. 13th, 2011 09:01 pm (UTC)
Poor wording on my part, yes I meant more that she's generally feminist in an ingrained sort of smart-young-woman way, but would probably never begin a sentence "As a feminist..." More taking it as a given, than taking it for granted, if that distinction makes sense.
Jul. 13th, 2011 09:02 pm (UTC)
Perfect sense.
Jul. 13th, 2011 06:24 pm (UTC)
I watched them the other night after you told me about them. I think they're funny, except for the Reba character, which is the only character who doesn't seem real. And she just lifts right out!

Jul. 13th, 2011 06:32 pm (UTC)
I couldn't figure out Reba either, like what/who she was an analogue for. But I really enjoyed every time she quit. Imagine pretending to eat someone's face on the way out of a meeting?? Amazing!!
Jul. 13th, 2011 09:04 pm (UTC)
Yeah she's operating on a slightly different comedic frequency than the rest of it, but I think she's meant to be a cartoon of that kind of touchy activist mentality of just taking your ball and going home the second you are not fully supported. I almost feel she's a caricature of an internet "type", you know?
Jul. 13th, 2011 06:38 pm (UTC)
I think she's meant to just be absurd? Like the others are absurd, but grounded in people you might encounter. Reba is ... just weird.

That's my take.
Jul. 13th, 2011 06:45 pm (UTC)
Yeah, she's weird. I feel like she's doing a different kind of comedy, maybe. I'm too serious to enjoy absurdity, sadly.
Jul. 13th, 2011 06:46 pm (UTC)
Maybe the writers decided they just needed a random running gag?
Jul. 13th, 2011 07:04 pm (UTC)
Must be!
Jul. 13th, 2011 06:44 pm (UTC)
Also, I will confess that Feminist Bookstore is more to my comedy taste, but it's also more about 90s feminism, so I probably get the jokes in a deeper way.
Jul. 13th, 2011 08:50 pm (UTC)
Um, yeah, this may be my life.
Jul. 13th, 2011 09:16 pm (UTC)
Jul. 13th, 2011 09:22 pm (UTC)
Another little moment at the end of the skirt scene that I love is when the three main ladies go into a group hug and Megan wheels the skirts out and Kit kind of anxiously hovers until the hugging group invites her into the hug and she just bolts in with relief. There are some really well-observed little moments in here.
Jul. 13th, 2011 09:46 pm (UTC)
One more: I just saw the last ep. Favourite line: "We have a circulation of 14.5...PEOPLE."
Jul. 13th, 2011 10:18 pm (UTC)
Ummm... the director is a man, and that's sooooooo unfeminist.


I like it - I think it could do better with a little more writing and a little less repetitive gags, though (they are an improv team, which explains that).

All told, I think pretty much everyone who's ever been involved in feminist organising spent at least one moment while watching saying "oh my god, I know that girl!"
Jul. 14th, 2011 02:22 am (UTC)
Oh, I loved it! Great satire. Not mean or unfair, in my mind, at all...

Jul. 14th, 2011 12:31 pm (UTC)
Man, I can only take that one episode a day. Soooooooo cring-worthy.

I will, though, watch them all.
Jul. 22nd, 2011 01:50 am (UTC)
I laughed my ass off. Love it to death.
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