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 Mike Tyson’s “confession”, The Pocketbook Monologues, un-beweavable Oprah, Pulitzer winners, and Farai Chideya’s “Kiss..”…

Remember back in the day when a group of black ministers rallied in support of Mike Tyson when he was accused (and later, convicted) of raping a black woman, Desiree Washington?  When it comes to a black man facing a white...

Adventures in Feministory Presents: Know Your Feminist Theorists -- Sandra Lipsitz Bem

Today I'd like to introduce you to one of my favorite feminists in academia: (*drum roll*) Dr. Sandra Ruth Lipsitz Bem.

Bem's wisdom on  the subjects of masculinity, femininity, androgyny and feminist child rearing after the jump.

For Realz?: You're Fired?

I don't watch Celebrity Apprentice, but after hearing about last night's episode, I'm wondering if I should start: apparently, the Rivers Melissa and Joan are featured this season, and when Melissa was kicked off under questionable circumstances, Melissa flips out, starts shrieking at the producers, storms out, and starts shouting obscenties at random people. Then Mom Joan storms off, calls...

Long live the Queen: Rest in peace, Bea Arthur

It is a sad day for fans of the incomparable Bea Arthur, who died of cancer Saturday. Arthur was revolutionary on so many fronts, on both stage and screen, bringing feminist issues like abortion and ageism to light while crushing gender stereotypes. She proved the snake eye, a commanding voice and a confident swagger were just as fit for the ladies as they were for the fellas. She...

Double your standards, double your fun

A couple parting items to chat over between hoops playoffs this weekend...

Cleats or Ballet Shoes?

Most people, regardless of gender, are born with 206 bones. Experts say human beings have between 640 and 850 muscles (they’re so difficult to count, a precise tally is impossible). Boy, girl, and in-between, we all share the same number of eyes, appendages, nerve endings. We have the same instincts—if we touch a hot stove, we pull away; if something is thrown unexpectedly at us, we duck...

For Realz?: Caucasian America's Next Top Model

Why is it always a race war on America’s Next Top Model?? Natalie, the contestant who got booted this week (upside down at right), has a spiteful interview up on the E! website, where she says she must have lost because Tyra is giving preferential treatment to the two remaining African-American contestants, Aminat and Teyona. “Tyra definitely has a soft spot for Aminat and Teyona. I...

BitchTapes: Gender-Bendy Covers Edition

It’s Friday, and that means BitchTapes! (Located on the sidebar to your right as well as after the jump, for you newcomers out there.) Today I thought it would be nice to visit the fabulous land of cover songs. Because this is BitchTapes, I thought it would be even nicer to hear some covers that incorporate a healthy dose of gender bending (they’re good songs, too).

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Bill O'Reilly's Fair-weathered 'Concern' For Women

Almost invariably, Bill O’Reilly yells from the confines of the television in my Nana’s living room. Nana likes to keep the TV on for background noise and she loves Fox News. I typically do my best to ignore Bill’s rants, but once in a while, I just can’t look away…

 

Ladies ARE funny, says Portland's Bridgetown Comedy Festival

 

As of late, I have had a lot of exposure to stand-up comedy. I have always been intrigued by this art, since I appreciate a good healthy dose of wit and I grew up watching Paula Poundstone, Lisa Lampenelli and Margaret Cho. I even toyed with the idea of trying to perform at one of these events, since I feel like I am funnier than I actually am. Since moving to Portland, I have...

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