The Fame + Fortune Issue

Issue #55 | Summer 2012
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IN RICHNESS AND IN WEALTH: What Does it Mean to be a Modern-Day Trophy Wife?  |  by Gretchen Sisson

NO DISRESPECT: Black Women and the Politics of Respectability  | by Tamara Winfrey Harris

GO ASK ALICE: A Q&A with Author and Punk Veteran Alice Bag  |  by Elona Jones

15 MEGABYTES OF FAME: Penelope Trunk and the Unreliable Online Narrator  |  by Caroline Narby

GOSSIP GRRRL: Can Celebrity Gossip Ever Be Feminist?  |  by Anne Helen Petersen

ACTIVE DUTY: Two New Books Explore Activism and Antiassimilation  |  by Wendy Elisheva Somerson

Dance Dance Revolution? Waltzing Around the Issue of Queer Visibility on TV  |  by  Abby Plener

NEVER SAID NOTHING: A Brief History of “Cunt” in Pop Music  |  by Lindsay Zoladz


A GIRL WALKS INTO A BAR… The Politics of Gay Bars as Safe Spaces  |  by Sophie Cansdale

MEXICO’S INCONVENIENT WOMAN: A Q&A with Jesusa Rodríguez  |  by Isabela Raygoza

MAY THE ADS BE EVER IN YOUR FAVOR: Mad Men Meets The Hunger Games  |  by Kelsey Wallace

Love it/Shove it

Unbroken Spirits: Project Unbreakable Turns the Tables on Abuse  |  by Ashley Jean Hight
Point/Counterpoint: Guardian Girls Bedazzled Pepper Spray  |  by Kelsey Wallace and Kjerstin Johnson
Hatching a Movement: Chicken and Egg Pictures  |  by Amy Richards
Napkin Ring: Why Innovation in Menstrual Pads is More Than Just Fluff  |  by Liz Granger
Breaking: Unmarried Women Vanish from France!  |  by Roz Foster
Science Fair(er): Can We Quit it with the Gendered Toys?  |  by Shannon Palus
Comics Alliance: Inking Outside the Box  |  by Sarah Mirk


ADVENTURES IN FEMINISTORY: Evelyn Nesbit Met Neil Brinkley |  by Ellen Lindner


Love, Inshallah by Molly Horan 
Beyond Rosie the Riveter by Crystal K. Wiebe
Sister Fa by Noelle Correia
Nelson by Margaret Howie
Freeing Ourselves by Tina Vasquez
Katie Goodman by Emily Rosenbaum


Madonna & Me: Women Writers on the Queen of Pop (Laura Barcella, Ed.) by Kimberly Chun
Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama (Alison Bechdel) by Diane Shipley
A Queer and Pleasant Danger: The True Story of a Nice Jewish Boy Who Joins the Church of Scientology and Leaves Twelve Years Later to Become the Lovely Lady She is Today (Kate Bornstein) by Deborah Jannerson
Shortchanged: Why Women Have Less Wealth and What Can Be Done About It (Mariko Lin Chang) by Heather Seggel
Sex and Disability (Robert McRuer and Anna Mollow, Eds.) by Anna Hamilton
The Accidental Feminist: How Elizabeth Taylor Raised Our Consciousness (and We Were Too Distracted by her Beauty to Notice) (M.G. Lord) by Susan Chenelle
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir) (Jenny Lawson) by Diane Shipley
Why Have Children?: The Ethical Debate (Christine Overall) by Tammy Oler
Sylvia Plath and the Mythology of Women Readers (Janet Badia) by Katie Presley
Girl Walks Into a Bar…: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters and a Midlife Miracle (Rachel Dratch) by Diane Shipley
Vida (Marge Piercy) by Nina Lary
Pink Smog: Becoming Weetzie Bat (Francesca Lia Block) by Ellen Papazian
The Letter Q: Queer Writers’ Notes to Their Younger Selves (Sarah Moon and James Lecesne, Eds.) by Adrienne Urbanski


The Lion’s Roar (First Aid Kit) by Kimberly Chun
Awe Naturale (THEESatisfaction) by Kjerstin Johnson
Devastates (Elfin Saddle) by Heather Seggel
The Cherry Thing (Neneh Cherry & the Thing) by Nicole Morales
How About I Be Me (And You Be You)? (Sinéad O’Connor) by Jim Burlingame
Court the Storm (Y La Bamba) by Kjerstin Johnson
Out of Sight, Out of Town (Standard Fare) by Heather Seggel


Hysteria (Director: Tanya Wexler) by Danielle Winston
Grandma’s Tattoos (Director: Suzanne Khardalian) by Stephanie Carmichael
Turn Me On, Dammit! (Director: Jannicke Systad Jacobssen) by Andi Zeisler
Beasts of the Southern Wild (Director: Benh Zeitlin) by Rhienna Renée Guedry
Mosquita y Mari (Director: Aurora Guerrero) by Nicole Morales
Circus Dreams (Director: Signe Taylor) by Brittany Shoot
Austin Unbound (Director: Eliza Greenwood) by Lindsay Baltus

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