The Action Issue

Issue #47 | Summer 2010
$8.95 print | $4.00 digital


MS. BIG STUFF: Trash Talking with The Story of Stuff's Annie Leonard | Brian Frank

EAT, PRAY, SPEND: Priv-Lit and the New, Enlightened American Dream | Joshunda Sanders and Diana Barnes-Brown

THAT'S MY JAM: The Undersung History of Feminist Culture Jamming | Jessica Balmer

THE YEAR HIP HOP INVENTED SEX: Or at Least Realized that Two People Could Enjoy it | Megan Carpentier

INK STAND: A Q&A with Political Cartoonist Jen Sorensen | Audrey Bilger

RE:ACTION: From Video Games to the Wrestling Ring, Women Act Up | Victoria Bekiempis, Brittany Shoot, Allison Steinberg, and Avra Kouffman

PRIZE PATROL: Can Best-of-Book Lists Really Ignore Gender? | Jonathan Frochtzwajg

QUEERS ON THE RUN: Filmmakers Eric Stanley and Chris Vargas on Their Radical New Film | Yasmin Nair

RECORD BREAKERS: John Mayer and Nine Other Guys Who Will No Longer Be Getting Any Play |  Joshunda Sanders


BODY CHECK: Standing Up to Berlusconi's Boob Tube | Amanda Huelse

LAVENDER MENACED: Is “Lesbian” Going Out of Fashion? | R.F. McCann

SOUR MILF: Has “Hot Mom” Culture Reached its Expiration Date? | Sasha Brown-Worsham

Love It/Shove It

Tweeting Choice: The Abortion Diaries by Caitlin Constantine
Your 'Graine, Their Gain by Katie Haegele
Twilight Merch Update, XXX Edition by Maria Alexander
Heidi Durrow Is a Story by Kjerstin Johnson
An Open Letter to Dan Savage by Bree Kessler
Goddess Complex by Katie Haegele
Little Red Riding Hood to Big Bad Wolf: Game On by Hilary Barlow
Back to the Drawing Board by Antonia Richmond
Bitch In: Engendered by Erin DeJesus




Does This Pen Write? by Kelsey Wallace
Grow Great Grub: Organic Food from Small Spaces by Rachel Fudge
Heavyweight Yoga by Shaamini Yogaretnam
Mr. Playboy: Hugh Hefner and the American Dream by Crystal K. Wiebe
Sally Mann by Jim Burlingame
Tom Tom Magazine by Kjerstin Johnson



One Dimensional Woman (Nina Power) by Catherine Scott
Click: Young Women on the Moments That Made Them Feminists (Courtney E. Martin and J. Courtney Sullivan, Eds.) by Katura Reynolds
Bad Reputation: Performances, Essays, Interviews (Penny Arcade) by Jyoti Roy
Women, Food, and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything (Geneen Roth) by Jessica Jernigan
Fierce Angels: The Strong Black Woman in American Life and Culture (Sheri Parks) by Deesha Philyaw
Parenting Out of Control: Anxious Parents in Uncertain Times (Margaret Nelson) by Rachel Fudge
Is There Anything Good About Men? How Cultures Flourish by Exploiting Men (Roy F. Baumeister) by Niki Papadopoulos
Between the Sheets: Nine 20th Century Women Writers and Their Famous Literary Partnerships (Lesley McDowell) by Gabriela Salvidea
Video Slut: How I Shoved Madonna Off an Olympic High Dive, Got Prince Into a Pair of Tiny Purple Pants, Ran Away from Michael Jackson's Dad, and Got a Waterfall to Flow Backward So I Could Bring Rock Videos the Masses (Sharon Oreck) by Heather Seggel
Girls on the Edge: The Four Factors Driving the New Crisis for Girls (Leonard Sax) by Adriel Gorsuch
Curveball: The Remarkable Story of Toni Stone, the First Woman to Play Professional Baseball in the Negro League (Martha Ackmann) by Jonanna Widner
I Don't Care About Your Band: What I Learned from Indie Rockers, Trust Funders, Pornographers, Felons, Faux-Sensitive Hipsters, and Other Guys I've Dated (Julie Klausner) by Erica Lies
America and the Pill: A History of Promise, Peril, and Liberation (Elaine Tyler May) by Anastasia Masurat


The Runaways (Director: Floria Sigismondi) by Erica Lies
Food Party: Season Two by Kelsey Wallace
My Year Without Sex (Director: Sarah Watt) by Lisa Moricoli Latham
Tiny Furniture (Director: Lena Dunham) by Erica Lies
Veiled Voices (Director: Brigid Maher) by Mandy Van Deven
Winter's Bone (Director: Debra Granik) by Erica Lies
Rewers (Reverse) (Director: Borys Lankosz) by Kjerstin Johnson
The Canal Street Madam (Director: Cameron Yates) by Sara Reihani
Happiness Runs (Director: Adam Sherman) by Lisa Moricoli Latham
Chloe (Director: Atom Egoyan) by Danielle Sonnenberg


I Learned the Hard Way (Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings) by Elona E. Jones (no relation)
The Besnard Lakes are the Roaring Night (The Besnard Lakes) by Kimberly Chun
Have One on Me (Joanna Newsom) by Kjerstin Johnson
Kick (The Splinters) by Liz Pelly
Bridge Carols (Laura Gibson & Ethan Rose) by Claire Ashton
The Creatures in the Garden of Lady Walton (Clogs) by Crystal K. Wiebe
Bruises and Butterflies (Elisa Randazzo) by Claire Ashton
High Places VS. Mankind (High Places) by Kimberly Chun
Caught Light (Chantilly) by Crystal K. Wiebe
Kairos (White Hinterland) by Kimberly Chun
I Will Be (Dum Dum Girls) by Liz Pelly
Happy Birthday (Happy Birthday) by Liz Pelly
Just Like You (Allison Iraheta) by Kimberly Chun

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