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Ms. Taken = Puke In My Mouth

At first, when I heard there was a video out there in response to the SNL/Lonely Island’s Pet Shop Boys-esque “Jizz In My Pants” that was calling itself a “ladies’ response”, I was psyched. I love when funny ladies do things! And think... Read more »

Trippin' Out: Bristol Palin's less-than-successful campaigning

Bristol Palin went on several talk shows recently as a spokeswoman advocating against teen pregnancy, and reactions seem to be split between finding the whole thing deliciously ironic or... Read more »

Come What May: WTF, Is This Real?

I have watched this video (posted today on videogum) a few times now, and I still can’t quite figure out what’s going on: My best guess is that a student on the mock trial team at his... Read more »

Living Openly at PolyCamp

I feel like everywhere I turn someone else is saying something about polyamory. Perhaps the recent upset over Proposition 8 in California provided somewhat of a platform for poly communities to openly speak about the legitimation of alternative family structures—not just beyond that of one man and... Read more »

International No-Diet Day Hits and Misses

In recognition of International No-Diet Day, I present you with a rundown of recently released diet- and weight-related books, including a bit of the good, bad and ugly. First up, Hungry Girl (it's as bad as it sounds...). More after the jump, including the light at the end of the dieting tunnel... Read more »

A HE-cession? I'm not buying it.

The folks at ABC World News released the second segment last night in a series they’re calling “The New Gender Rules.” Apparently, men are being hit harder by the recession than women (though many sources... Read more »

Gee's Bend Quiltmaker Collective

I first saw a selection of the Gee's Bend quilts at The Museum of African Diaspora in San Francisco. I'd never had anything against quilts before that, they just never struck me all that much. I couldn... Read more »

Time's 100 Most Influential List, by the Numbers

Who is this woman? And why is she on Time’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World?  Read on for the answers and for my look at the list, by the numbers. Total women on the list: 29 Number of Leaders and Revolutionaries listed who are women: 5 Number of those who are women of... Read more »

Individualism Is Not Enough

After years of a successful law career left Nigerian Temituokpe Esisi frustrated at her country’s stagnant economy, she decided to switch careers to help empower other women by starting her own tailoring and fashion design business, Tuopsy’s Enterprises, that would not only employ... Read more »

I Love (an Idealized, Hypermasculine Version of) College: An Update

A few weeks back, Kelsey blogged about Asher Roth's heteronormative, hypermasculinized, fratboy-centric conception of college. Though Kelsey deemed Roth to be singing in a serious as opposed to satirical tone, I couldn't... Read more »

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Black Girls Hunger for Heroes, Too: A Black Feminist Conversation on Fantasy Fiction for Teens

What happens when two great black women fiction writers get together to talk about race in young adult literature? That's exactly what happens... 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 »

Oh Joy Sex Toy: How I Realized I'm Asexual

Artist Kiku H shares her personal experiences learning what it means to be asexual. Read more »

Dear Bear: My Partner Makes No Money. Is That a Problem?

Our advice columnist offers a lesson in anticapitalist self-care. Read more »