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Girls' (Toys) Gone Wild!

Nostalgia for the past has been rearing its feathered head in marketing campaigns over the past several years, and it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere. Retro styles, re-released music, and 80s cartoons (Transformers, anyone?) are being made over for the new millennium as consumable... Read more »

Strange Sex Ed Tools from Around the World!

I'm always interested in how people in different regions, cultures and religions go about teaching sex ed. While I got the two awkward puberty videos in elementary school and a few "this is a vagina" overhead project lessons in high school, I think almost everything I knew about sex growing up came... Read more »

Book Review: The Daddy Shift

Much of the feminist movement has been wrapped in a maternal bow. Suffrage was sold to naysayers as a way to give mothers a say in government, not to mention the view that women would clean up politics. Organizations like Moms Rising and CODEPink appeal to women as caregivers and moms for ending... Read more »

Jennifer's Body: Is it Feminist? YOU MAKE THE CALL!

The trailer for the newest Diablo Cody film, Jennifer’s Body is out, and this thing is begging for a bit o’ feminist critique. Watch, and discuss (NSFW, workaholics): Hmmm... Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: The Flygirls of WWII

  First of all, I can't say that I ever thought I would be writing about WASPs for one of our Adventures in Feministory! Before you close this tab, stick with me (my story gets better)! I'm talking about a whole new kind of... Read more »

Douchebag Decree (Dis)Honorable Mention: 3oh!3

So I was riding in the car yesterday, fiddling with the radio dial, when I was blindsided by a gigantic bag of douchiness, masquerading itself in radio EP form. Coming through the speakers in my friend’s Kia were these words (poorly sung, I might add): Shush, girl! Shut your lips!/ Do the... Read more »

I Can Has Feminizm?

Happy Fourth of July, feminists! To commemorate our nation’s independence, here is a reminder that we can all wear our American flags and our feminism on our sleeves when we’re out and about today: You said it, sister. As always, thanks to all of everyone who has been sending us... Read more »

Science Says: "Yay for Vibrators!"

Well it's about damn time! Though physicians and therapists (not just Dan Savage, we're talking mainstream doctors) have been known for decades that vibrator use can be great for sexual health, there's never been a... Read more »

Transformers 2: Offensive Archetypes in Disguise

Internet buzz about Michael Bay’s (director of landmark crap-tion films like Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, The Island) latest film Transformers 2 has mostly centered around who has the most scathing review, how hot Megan Fox is, and a few murmurs concerning coded racism in two of the robots.... Read more »

Nicht, Nicht: Bruno Ending Edited for Gay Bashing

Summertime means blockbuster movies. After all, what’s better on a hot day than heading into an air-conditioned megaplex and watching larger-than-life actors live out unrealistic scenarios with even less realistic conclusions? But while summer blockbusters often bring with them cheesy... Read more »

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Politically Correct Language Isn't Just About Being Polite—It's About Survival

Photo by Phillipe Leroyer (Creative Commons). Two weeks ago, Jonathan Chait published the lengthy essay “Not a Very P.C.... Read more »

The Dramatic History of American Sex-Ed Films

In 1948, in a seventh grade classroom in Eugene, Oregon, a teacher dimmed the lights and flipped on 16mm projector. A film called Human... Read more »

Mad Science: Deconstructing Bunk Reporting in 5 Easy Steps

British scientists have uncovered the truth behind one of modern culture's greatest mysteries: why little girls play with pink toys. Is it...

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"Moonlight" is an Essential Work of Art for the Current Political Moment

Moonlight displays the kind of empathy and humanity that we desperately need right now. Read more »