Culture

Don Draper: The Most Influential Fake Man of 2009

Yesterday, my bf emailed me an article from the consistently obnoxious and terrible men’s site askmen.com. Apparently, the hard-hitting journalists working over there were interested in determining the... Read more »

The Body Electric-Disembodied Voices: An Argument for Reading (and Radio)!

I love the meditations on science done by the folks at Radiolab about as much, if not more, as I love the magical, everyday brand of storytelling of This American Life (if you are not a listener of both, I highly suggest you download every episode possible as soon as you're done reading). Recently... Read more »

Adventures In Feministory: Josephine Baker

For whatever inexplicable reason, I started watching Gossip Girl a few weeks ago. Tonight's episode featured Tyra Banks as an actress playing Josephine Baker in a movie. At some point during the episode, it was brought up that Baker was part of the underground Nazi resistance movement during WWII... Read more »

Bed, Bitch & Beyond: Red Hot Love

From the reader mailbag: Can you please talk about sex while you're on your period? Should I be offended if my boyfriend would rather not? Shouldn't he be willing to accept my body no matter which phase of the moon it is? Well, this is one we've all dealt with many, many times, right?* I think... Read more »

The Consumed Issue will be in artsy company this week!

One night only...come see the 'Consumed Issue' shopping cart with fimo bits and bobs in real life (along with other food related art work)! The Cleaners, Ace Hotel, 403 SW 10th Ave., Portland This is all part of Portland's Wordstock Festival. We'll be... Read more »

Tube Tied: David Letterman Cheats, Women Shrug

Other than Jon, by and large, I have never been much of a watcher of late-night TV.  This is no doubt a function of my demographic.  I'm too young - I grew up post-Carson.   I'm also entirely too cynical to enjoy most celebrity interviews, because much of the time I'm thinking, "It's really bizarre... Read more »

The Body Electric: Oh, Baby Binary!

The Baby Gender Mentor (I kid you not)  was in the news this past June when six moms sued its maker after its apparent lack of accuracy in predicting the sex (more on that in a minute) of their babies. The New York Daily News reported that one of the women felt her marriage ended because the Baby... Read more »

Bed, Bitch & Beyond: The Joy of Casual Sex

Earlier this week we talked about the joy of no sex. Today, I'm singing the praises of casual sex. I've simply never bought into the idea that all sex must live up to the shining heteronormative ideal of candlelight and roses and true love (which, of course, will progress naturally to an... Read more »

I Can Has Feminizm?

Ah, the weekend. A time to unwind and have some fun. This particular weekend, I am in New York for my friends’ wedding . And you know what the best way to celebrate a wedding (or any special occasion, really) is, don’t you? With LOLz, of course!!! The first special occasion we’re... Read more »

The Body Electric: Tattoo Part III: Nine Waves and Big Beginnings

As part of my ongoing effort to bring you incredible tattoos and the stories behind them--and after my experience seeing the fantastic film "9" (have you seen it yet, by the way?)--I thought it only fitting to introduce you to Clare McBee, and the story behind her gorgeous leg piece, located in a... Read more »

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Sojourner Truth, Unveiled

The leaders of the [women's suffrage] movement trembled on seeing a tall, gaunt black woman in a gray dress and white turban,...

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A Look at How Media Writes Women of Color

Nearly every Saturday morning, feminists of color hold Twitter discussions taking a deeper look at issues, such as gender violence. It’s the... Read more »

No Disrespect: Black Women and the Burden of Respectability

Hollywood still filters (and distorts) the lives and histories of minorities through the eyes of the majority. Read more »

The Feminist Power of Female Ghosts

The female ghost is an enduringly fascinating figure. Read more »