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It looks like the Detroit Shock, three-time WNBA champions, may be going the way of the Seattle Sonics ... that is, to Oklahoma. Why can't ESPN or Sports Illustrated be bothered to cover it? Or anything to do with pro women ballers, for that matter? Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: A Woman Alone--Forough Farrokhzad

All the poets Iran is famous for – Khayyam, Hafez, Rumi – lived hundreds of years ago... and were dudes. But modernist poetry in Iran is alive and well, and its most important female poet, Forough Farrokhzad, is a contemporary Iranian iconoclast on par with former prime minister Mohammad Mossadegh... Read more »

Little Miss Ogyny

It’s hard to imagine that anyone in the audience for TLC’s Toddlers & Tiaras has a deep passion for child beauty pageants. Okay, maybe there’s a small contingent of fans who like frilly dresses and are impervious to... Read more »

The Body Electric: California Versus Uruguay on Queer Issues--Guess Who Wins This Week?

In this corner, California: home to the Bay Area, which is probably among the most queer-friendly places in the world. Though notoriously "pro-H8," California has relatively comprehensive domestic partnership laws and the Bay Area, in particular, offers a host of legal and health services to the... Read more »

New ad campaign equates unprotected sex with eating pistachios. Thanks, Levi Johnston!

You know that feeling you get when you have unprotected sex with the Governor’s daughter, the two of you have a baby, and you become a national punchline? Well, next time you find yourself in that awkward situation, take a cue from teen dad Levi Johnston and turn your regrets into something... Read more »

Douchebag Decree: Archie Andrews, Serial Flip-Flopper

I only ever flipped through Archie comics while waiting in line to buy groceries, bored by the overwhelming whiteness of Riverdale and confused by Jughead's hat. But it always seemed weird that a series about such a squeaky-clean golly-gee group of teenagers revolved around something as potentially... Read more »

Sarah Haskins: Fashion Expert on the Rachel Maddow Show

By now maybe you’ve heard of Ralph Lauren model Filippa Hamilton’s contract being terminated because she was “too fat.” (And all this after she was... Read more »

On the Map: Do Do-Gooder Celebs Actually Do Good?

Eco-consumerism is not the answer, Miranda Kerr. Not even if you take off your clothes. Read more »

Sm{art}: Elle Martini leaves you wanting more..

I met her in the backyard. She was soaking up the sun, wishing it would never set. She greeted me with excitement, her energy radiating. When she spoke I could sense she was a strong woman that had worked hard for what she had. I quickly learned that she was a Portland-based writer &... Read more »

The Body Electric: Assume Nothing--Gender, Photography, and the Artist Rebecca Swan

Rebecca Swan's "Assume Nothing" series is a photographic study of gender diversity--spiritual, playful, and powerful. Full interview--including one of her amazing nude pieces--after the jump. 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 Feminist Power of Female Ghosts

The female ghost is an enduringly fascinating figure. 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 »