The Risk Issue

Issue #36 | Summer 2007
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LADIES BEWARE: How Fearmongering Spam Helps Keep Real Threats Out of the Spotlight | Niki Papadopoulos

PLAYED IN FULL: In Pimps Up, Ho’s Down, T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting Asks Where Hip Hop Went Wrong for Women | Andi Zeisler

RISK FACTORS: Media Sensationalism, Adult Prurience, and the Specter of Teen Sexuality | by Jacqueline Lalley

20TH CENTURY BOY: In the 1930s, the Word “Transsexual” Didn’t Exist in the English Language. So Laura Dillon Had to Label Herself | Pagan Kennedy

FEMININE PROTECTION: An Interview with Whipping Girl Author Julia Serano | Debbie Rasmussen

BETTING ON BRANGELINA: Gender and the Rise of the Celebrity Fantasy League | Anastasia Masurat

SASS ACT: Kara Jesella and Marisa Meltzer Talk About Their Valentine to the Late, Great Teen Magazine | Andi Zeisler


HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOMB!: Celebrities Aren’t Just Like Us–Especially When it Comes to Their Perfect Pregnancies | Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser

A SHOT IN THE DARK: What–and who– Is Behind the Marketing of Gardasil? | Bree Kessler and Summer Wood

DESERT HEARTS: In a New Crop of Romance Novels, It’s Always Midnight at the Oasis | Christy McCullough

Love It/Shove It

Science vs. Spin: The State-by-State PR Campaign Against Choice by Juliet Eastland
Evil Dead: Feminist Bloggers Bring the Hammer Down on Top Model Necrophilia by Jennifer L. Pozner
W: Doing its Part to Incite Class Warfare by Wendy Felton
Sour Lemon by Sarah Seltzer
Dove’s Beauty: A Bit Too Real for the FCC? by Tina Kozik
Blogging While Female: Cyberintimidation Crosses a Line by Jaclyn Friedman
Et Tu, Bust? by Christen McCurdy
A Total Sham by Anna Breshears
Komen Goes Tits Up by Jessica Allen
The Wages of Spin by Keely Savoie
The Pussycat Dolls Present: Feminism Lite by Jacqueline Houton
300: Identity and Masculinity in a Ridiculous Epic by Nichali M. Ciaccio
FDA’s Return to Silicone Valley: Approve Now, Test Later by Heather Hartley


Allyson Mitcehll by Sabine Hikel
Becki Jayne Harrelson by Shawna Bethell
Boris with Michio Kurihara by Claire Evans
Friday Night Lights by Ophelia Selam
Nora Charles by Angela Huerta
Okami by Lindsey Galloway
Poor People by Claire Evans
Pop-Tarts by Sabine Hikel
The Sarah Silverman Program by Kathleen Collins
Schneider by Jacqueline Lalley
The Post-Birthday World by Miriam Wolf
Smartwool by Debbie Rasmussen
TOMS by Claire Evans
Weeds by Miriam Wolf



She’s Such a Geek! Women Write About Science, Technology & Other Nerdy Stuff (Annalee Newitz and Charlie Anders, Eds.) by Keely Savoie
Secrets of Women: Gender, Generation, and the Origins of Human Dissection (Katharine Park) by Jessica Jernigan
One of the Guys: Women as Aggressors and Tortuerers (Tara McKelvey, Ed.) by Julie Craig
Feminist Auteurs: Reading Women’s Films (Geetha Ramanathan) by Maria Raha
The Big Turnoff: Confessions of a TV-Addicted Mom Trying to Raise a TV-Free Kid (Ellen Currey-Wilson) by Miriam Wolf
Transparent: Love, Family, and Living the T with Transgender Teenagers (Cris Beam) by Andy Ssteiner
You Never Call! You Never Write! A History of the Jewish Mother (Joyce Antler) by Eric Zassenhaus
Naked on the Internet: Hookups, Downloads, and Cashing in on Internet Sexploration (Audacia Ray) by Tammy Oler
Virgin: The Untouched History (Hanne Blank) by Lisa Jervis
The IHOP Papers (Ali Liebegott) by Julia Bloch
Full Frontal Feminism: A Young Woman’s Guide to Why Feminism Matters (Jessica Valenti) by Andi Zeisler
S.E.X.: The All-You-Need-to-Know Progressive Sexuality Guide to Get You Through High School and College (Heather Corinna) by Lisa Jervis
The Amputee’s Guide to Sex (Jillian Weise) by Kathleen Rooney
Sing a Battle Song: The Revolutionary Poetry, Statements, and Communiqués of the Weather Underground 1970-1974 (Bernardine Dohrn, Bill Ayers, and Jeff Jones) by Josh Hooten


Sunshine at Midnight (Sunshine Anderson) by Noah Berlatsky
23 (Blonde Redhead) by Anna Breshears
Lovers and Crypts (Bunny Rabbit) by Andrea Bussell
Back Numbers (Dean & Britta) by Kimberly Chun
No Shouts, No Calls (Electrelane) by Anna Breshears
Hurried Life: Lost Recordings 1965-1971 (Ruthann Friedman) by Kimberly Chun
What A Beautiful Place (Catheirne Howe) by Noah Berlatsky
What Are You? (Mara Levi) by Julie Craig
Moments in Movement (Macromantics) by Kimberly Chun
The Brightness (Anais Mitchell) by Matthue Roth
Blackwing Yalobusha (The Moaners) by Matthue Roth
Yes, I’m a Witch (Ono) by Kimberly Chun
Night of the Furies (The Rosebuds) by Anna Breshears
Western Xterminator (RTX) by Anna Breshears
Twelve (Patti Smith) by Julie Craig
Samme Stof Som Stof (Under Byen) by Anna Breshears

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