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On the Map: Judging An Emcee By Her Cover

Since her 2007 album Dans ma Bulle (Inside My Bubble) debuted at the top of the charts by selling 50K copies in its first week, Diam’s has become the hottest emcee in France. Not the hottest female emcee, but the hottest emcee in general. Diam’s is known as a feminist rebel who spits rhymes about war, racism, poverty, and injustice–something that has placed the rapper in...

Screenshot: Reality TV hitting close to home

Talk about a case of reality TV hitting close to home: students at a beauty college in Alameda, California, found out that the owners of the college had been shopping around the following reality TV proposal:

"The students are mostly inner-city, unwed mothers taking advantage of government subsidies for a better life. The instructors can't find any other job that offers 'bennies' [...

Bitchtapes: Dancing into 2010

Even though we’ve already talked a little about some of our favorite albums of 2009, and even though we’ve down a decade-tastic mix tape, and even though we’re already into 2010, I don’t see any reason to stop recapping, especially with all the good music that came out last year. I’ma do whatever! My mix is not only some of the best tracks that came out this year...

Bitch Popaganda: These Magic Moments Edition

It’s like The View, only they don’t record their show in a bathroom.

Welcome back to another episode of Bitch Popaganda! Listen in as Kjerstin and Kelsey review the decade in feminist pop culture.

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Sm{art}: Margaret Kilgallen

"I like things that are handmade and I like to see people's hand in the world, anywhere in the world; it doesn't matter to me where it is. And in my own work, I do everything by hand. I don't project or use anything mechanical, because even though I do spend a lot of time trying to perfect my line work and my hand, my hand will always be imperfect because it's human. And I think it's...

Screenshot: Surprise! I don't hate “What I hate about myself”

Is this show really another iteration in the genre of mainstream women's "service" entertainment, where "service" is defined as "we will have a lot of contempt for you unless you conform to these commercial norms?"

Sapphic Salon: The Death of An Heiress, The Milking of the Press

If you weren't aware of Casey Johnson while she was alive, you've most likely heard of her posthumously this week. The heiress to the Johnson & Johnson company passed away over the weekend, allegedly due to diabetes-related complications. She was 30-years-old, a mother of her adopted 3-year-old, Ava, and an out lesbian.


Douchebag Decree: Hate Show with Dave Letterman

As you may know already, Amanda Simpson is the first openly transgendered Presidential appointee; Obama selected her as Senior Technical Adviser at the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security. Unfortunately, this historical moment is nothing but cheap laughs on late-night television.

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Obama

PETA is in some hot water (again) for using first lady Michelle Obama’s image in one of their ads without her permission. PETA pres Ingrid Newkirk says they didn’t get Obama’s permission because, well, they knew she would have said no. Since this is the same rationale I used when I “borrowed” my mom’s car before I had a driver’s license, I happen to know firsthand...

Screenshot: Rachel Maddow, meet Lizz Winstead. Or, um, not.

Rachel Maddow is calmly comfortable with her intellect and her journalistic instincts, and she's not really going to apologize if her competence threatens a viewer. In terms of female talking heads, she is sui generis.