Culture

Beauty Secrets: The New Cosmetic Cover-up

From the pages of every mainstream women's magazine—between the list of 43 things every confident woman knows and the six-week ab-blasting plan—the ads beckon. Conditioners enriched with vitamins vow to make each strand 10 times stronger. Undereye concealers containing white-tea... Read more »

Feminism, fashion, and flare: Call for submissions

Passing this along... The deadline is fast approaching, so write speedily! Call for Papers: Feminism, Fashion and Flair: Confronting Hegemony with Style (Deadline: 9/15/08) We are soliciting essays for an anthology on gender politics and pop culture trends. We're looking for intellectual depth,... Read more »

Shooting cunts?

Um, have you seen this one? It's a video game called Cunt.   Read more »

Bigger and better

Thanks to the wonderful Adele Nieves at A Book Without a Cover for sharing the news about the Adipositivity Project. The Adipositivity Project aims to promote size... Read more »

'Stache-tastic!

Let me preface this by saying, that I don't believe this phenomenon is revolutionary or even very subversive in terms of gender-bending. But it IS a trend I've noticed, and one I can't help but enjoy. Men have been donning this upper-lip facial hair for a long time, of course. It was a... Read more »

"What does feminism, or sexism, mean in a vacuum?"

Another amazingly articulate, thoughtful, critical analysis of "feminism" by Jess Hoffmann... Here's a snippet, but please please go read the rest.   I see a lot of people who say they believe in "intersectionality" talk about it kind of like this: Since some women are people of color, and some... Read more »

I ♥ Sarah Waters

I felt very much out of the lezzie-loop yesterday when I found out that Sarah Waters' second novel, Affinity, has been made into a movie and was the opening night film at Frameline this summer. Now full disclosure: Sarah Waters is one of my celebrity crushes and I think I blew my cover on that fact... Read more »

Defenders of the semicolon unite!

Our beloved punctuation mark is under attack for being 'girly'... H/T to Broadsheet for linking to the Boston Globe article:   The credit probably belongs to Trevor Butterworth, who in 2005...wrote a 2,700-word essay on the semicolon in the Financial Times. Butterworth, who had worked in the... Read more »

Ad interventions

"Basically, I just want people to see what it would be like if plus-size models were represented similarly to slim models." -- Kristin Lou Herout.  Read more »

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It's Time to End the Long History of Feminism Failing Transgender Women

The marginalization of transgender women in feminism is not new, but the decades-long debate has taken on new dimension thanks to social media and the ease of finding strangers’ personal information online. Read more »

All Hail the Queen?: What Do Our Perceptions of Beyoncé's Feminism Say about us?

The policing of feminist cred is the real moral contradiction. Read more »

Saying Goodbye to Maria and the End of a Sesame Street Era

Growing up, Sesame Street's Maria was one of the best Latina role models I had. Read more »

Tina Belcher's Sexual Revolution

Tina Belcher breaks all the rules of network sitcoms. That's why she's wonderful.  Read more »