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April 20, 2024 | Latest Issue
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Internet Meme of the Week: Feminist Ryan Gosling

It is a well-accepted fact that Ryan Gosling is something of a sex symbol. Some may argue, however, that women should not idolize a man based solely on his appearance, as it is superficial and degrading. With the Tumblr "Feminist Ryan Gosling," there is finally a compromise. The setup is simple enough: Images of Gosling from his films or public life are superimposed with the standard greeting of "Hey Girl" followed by feminist theory that has been warped into pickup lines. These include Jacques Derrida's politics of sexual difference or Michel Foucault's theory of power. Created as a study aid by Danielle Henderson, a graduate student in the University of Wisconsin's women and gender studies program, the blog went viral quickly. There's been no response from Gosling yet, but it's likely that he's getting even more popular with the ladies than Simone de Beauvoir's theory of the lost female genius.