The Primal Issue

Issue #50 | Spring 2011
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FULL CIRCLE: The Female-Fueled Revivial of the Labyrinth  |  by Áine McCarthy

MOTHER HUCKSTER: How Mommy Blogs Became a Brand. Plus: The Wide, Wise World of Infertility Blogs  |  by Sarah McAbee

IT’S HARD OUT HERE FOR A POP: Blogging Offers a Way for Dads to Get Branded– But Can They Also Get Respect?  |  by Rachel Fudge

MAGICAL THINKING: Author Francesca Lia Block Reflects on Giving Life to Fairy Tales  |  by Stephanie Nolasco

DIAL FEMME FOR MURDER: How Female P.I.’s Inherited the Hard-Boiled World of the Private Dick  |  by E.L. Fricke

PINK SLIP: Breaking Down the Princess Castle with Cinderella Ate My Daughter Author Peggy Orenstein  |  by M.M. Adjarian

WILLING AND ABLE: Filmmaker Loree Erickson on Redefining Disability Through Pornography  |  by Chesea Temple Jones

BIRTH OF THE UNCOOL: In Defense of the Tori Amos Fan  |  by Sady Doyle


SWIFT JUDGMENT: Who Made Taylor Swift the Sex Police?  |  by Rachel McCarthy James

DUDE, YOU’LL BE A WOMAN SOON: Inside a Different Kind of Finishing School  |  by Victoria Bekiempis

OUT OF FRAME: What’s Missing in the Rhetoric of Political Cartoons?  |  by John Davis

Love It/Shove It

From the Dept. of Gendered Science: Your Genes are Making You Slutty  |  by Maresi Starzmann
Box-Office Smash: A Q&A with the Ladies of Vag Magazine  |  by Brittany Shoot
Gift Corner: A Cupcake for Aunt Flo  |  by Megan O. Anderson
Coming Up Roses: Inga Muscio Returns  |  by Katie Presley
Bitch In: The Parents Circle-Families Forum  |  by Jaclyn Friedman
TV Watch: Dens of Inequality  |  by Peggy Perdue


ADVENTURES IN FEMINISTORY: Lucy Gonzalez Parsons  |  by Laura Park


Commerical Article No. 3 by Kristin Rogers Brown
Shulie by Anne Swartz
Worn Fashion Journal by Ashley McAllister by J. Dee Haslett
Steotch by Kelsey Wallace
Rita Mae Reese by Kathleen Rooney
Vollmond (Full Moon) by Cortney Andrews
My Fault, I’m Female by Karen Best
Frida Kahlo: Face to Face by Andi Zeisler


Starstruck: The Business of Celebrity (Elizabeth Currid-Halkett) by Heather Seggel
The Vintage Book of American Women Writers (Elaine Showalter, Ed.) by Lindsay Baltus
Heaven’s Bride: The Unprintable Life of Ida C. Craddock, American Mystic, Scholar, Sexologist, Martyr and Madwoman (Leigh Eric Schmidt) by Crystal K. Wiebe
Never in My Wildest Dreams: A Black Woman’s Life in Journalism (Belva Davis with Vicki Haddock) by Susan Chenelle
Castle Waiting, Volume II (Linda Medley) by Niki Papadopoulos
Cycling: A Guide to Menstruation (Laura Szumowski) by Anne Elizabeth Moore
Extra/Ordinary: Craft and Contemporary Art (Maria Elena Buszek, Ed.) by Anastasia Masurat
Floodlines: Community and Resistance from Katrina to the Jena Six (Jordan Flaherty) by Wendy Elisheva Somerson
The Monster Within: The Hidden Side of Motherhood (Barbara Almond) by Ellen Papazian
Disaster Preparedness: A Memoir (Heather Havrilesky) by Eryn Loeb
Women of the Underground: Music (Zora von Burden) by Katie Presley
The Last Jewish Virgin: A Novel of Fate (Janice Eidus) by Haili Jones Graff
What was the Hipster? A Sociological Investigation (n+1 Research Brance Small Books Series #3) by Alyx Vesey
Reading Women: How the Great Books of Feminism Changed My Life (Stephanie Staal) by Audrey Bilger


Talk About Body (MEN) by Brittany Shoot
21 (Adele) by Jim Burlingame
Old Friends (I Was a King) by Kimberly Chun
Many Great Companions (Dar Williams) by Katie Presley
Handmade (Hindi Zahra) by Erica Steckl
Grown Unknown (Lia Ices) by Brittany Shoot
Endlessly (Duffy) by Jim Burlingame
La Sera (La Sera) by Kimberly Chun
Rolling Blackouts (The Go! Team) by Brittany Shoots
Verdugo Hills (Caroline) by Kjerstin Johnson
Say Goodbye (Liz Janes) by Brittany Shoots
Welcome to the No Fun House (Tina Sparkle) by Kimberly Chun


The Heretics (Director: Joan Braderman) by Denise Silva
Regretters (Director: Marcus Lindeen) by Lauren Wissot
Tabloid (Director: Errol Morris) by Brittany Shoot
The Price of Pleasure: Pornography, Sexuality, and Relationships (Directors: Chyng Sun and Miguel Picker) by Denise Silva
Orgasm Inc.: The Strange Science of Female Pleasure (Director: Liz Canner) by Lisa Moricoli-Latham
Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields (Directors: Kerthy Fix and Gail O’Hara) by Austin J. Werth

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