The Buzz Issue

Issue #43 | Spring 2009
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THE RACHEL PAPERS: What a Hot, Smart, Lesbian Pundit Means for an Uneasy America | Jonanna Widner

WINGS OF DESIRE: Bug Sex as Gender Revolution | Katura Reynolds

GUY TROUBLE: Are Young Men Really in Crisis, or Are These Boys Just Done Being Boys? | Shira Tarrant

UNRAVELING REALITY TV’S TWISTED FAIRY TAILS: An Excerpt from the Upcoming Book Reality Bites Back Looks at the Truth Behind the Tiaras | Jennifer L. Pozner

MAPPING HOME: An Interview with First-Time Novelist Randa Jarrar | by Jessica Hoffmann


ON THE PAGE: Minxed Feelings | Tammy Oler

ON ACTIVISM: An Interview with Resistance Behind Bars Author Victoria Law | Kari Lydersen

ON TV: How to Market a Vibrator Without Mentioning Sex | Kelsey Wallace

Love It/Shove It

Oprah’s Body Is a Public Conversation–But What Are We Talking About? by Latoya Peterson
Bad New for People Who Like Fake News by Veronica Arreola
EU Says F.U. to Sexist Ads by Katie Gaughan
Tough Luck, Chuck: An Open Letter to Charles Barkley by Jonanna Widner
Show Us Your Brains! by Erica Lies
By “Hot,” Do You Mean Sweatshop? by Suzanne Carlson
Self-Referential Investigative Corner! by Janet Miller
Bye Bye, Bettie: An Appreciation by Tina Kozik
Twilight Corner: Your Merch Is Like a Drug to Me by Kelsey Wallace


Great Moments in Feministory | Lois Leveen


Girligami by Heather Seggel
The Boswell Sisters by Kjerstin Johnson
Summer Heights High by Tina Kozik
Everlasting Moments by Matha Polk
The Georgia Nicolson Diaries by Heather Seggel
Title Nine by Jess Hoffmann by Kelsey Wallace
Staceyann Chin by Kjerstin Johnson
Monitor Mix by Heather Seggel
Turbulence by Jess Hoffman
Grammar Girl by Kelsey Wallace
LAFF by Erica Lies
The Riches by Kyla Wagener
Sara Benincasa by Ashley Brittner
Super Alisa by Debbie Rasmussen



The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For (Alison Bechdel) by Audrey Bilger
Bad Habits: A Love Story (Cristy C. Road) by Jyoti Roy
Labor of Love: The Story of One Man’s Extraordinary Pregnancy (Thomas Beatie) by Brittany Shoot
Live Through This: A Mother’s Memoir of Runaway Daughters and Reclaimed Love (Debra Gwartney) by Eryn Loeb
Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement (Kathryn Joyce) by Heather Seggel
Bad Girls Go Everywhere: The Life of Helen Gurley Brown (Jennifer Scanlon) by Mandy Van Deven
Reluctant Bedfellows: Feminism, Activism, and Prostitution in the Philippines (Meredith Ralston and Edna Keeble) by Lisa Factora-Borchers
(Ariel Schrag) by Audrey Bilger
The Porning of America: The Rise of Porn Culture, What It Means, and Where Do We Go from Here (Carmine Sarracino and Kevin M. Scott) by Catherine Scott
Radical Passions: A Memoir of Revolution and Healing (Kendall Hale) by Chloe Tribich
Powder: Writing by Women in the Ranks, From Vietnam to Iraq (Lisa Bowden and Shannon Cain, Eds.) by Anna Blackmon Moore
Femmes of Power: Exploding Queer Femininities (Del LaGrace Volcano and Ulrika Dahl) by Heather Seggel
My So-Called Freelance Life: How to Survive and Thrive as a Creative Professional for Hire (Michelle Goodman) by Jen Angel
One Big Happy Family: 18 Writers Talk about Polyamory, Open Adoption, Mixed Marriage, Househusbandry, Single Motherhood and Other Realities of Truly Modern Love (Rebecca Walker, Ed.) by Ellen Papazian
The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Partner Abuse in Activist Communities (Ching-In Chen, Dulani, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Eds.) by Jen Angel
It Sucked and Then I Cried: How I Had a Baby, a Breakdown, and a Much Needed Margarita (Heather B. Armstrong) by Ellen Papazian


19 (Adele) by Jim Burlingame
BM (Barbara Morgenstern) by Kimberly Chun
A Different Me (Keyshia Cole) by Kimberly Chun
Strawberry Cadillac (Melissa Czarnik) by Claire Ashton
I Can Wonder What You Did With Your Day (Julie Doiron) by Kjerstin Johnson
Parplar (Larkin Grimm) by Kimberly Chun
Hold Time (M. Ward) by Kelsey Wallace
Grand (Matt & Kim) by Kimberly Chun
(a)spera (Mirah) by Matthue Roth
Dance Mother (Telepathe) by Matthue Roth
Now We Can See (The Thermals) by Claire Ashton

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