Politics

Tube Tied: "Teen Mom" and the Problem With Social Realism In Reality Television

MTV's been having a good summer. In part, that's because the second season of its reality series Teen Mom has been generating huge ratings for the network—it is this summer's third-most-watched original cable... Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Norma Rae

Today is Labor Day, and while the most significant impact this has for many of us is on our wardrobes (see you next year, white pants) the holiday actually serves as a celebration of the contributions of American workers. I’m sure I... Read more »

On Our Radar

We're back again with another edition of On Our Radar—bringing you some of the most interesting things we read this week! With the celebration of the 90th anniversary of women's suffrage in the United States in full swing this week, Womanist Musings' Renee Martin... Read more »

Push(back) at the Intersections: The Structure in the Critique

I view pop culture criticism as a vehicle to talk about structural issues. And so, it seems, do a lot of feminists. A lot of discussions about pop culture in feminist spaces bring up the fact that the messages in our media can be harmful. People internalize what they use as entertainment. When a... Read more »

On Our Radar

It's time again! We're rounding up some of the most interesting things we read this week in another edition of On Our Radar! Muslimah Media Watch's Ayaan Hassan introduces us to the... Read more »

B-Sides: Tila Tequila Vs. the World

 Last Friday night, reality TV star/pop singer Tila Tequila was attacked by concertgoers at the 11th annual Gathering of the Juggalos in rural Southern Illinois. But you probably already knew that. It's a... Read more »

Juarez-themed makeup will not be hitting shelves

White lipstick called “Ghosttown,” a greyish nail polish called “Factory,” and an eyeshadow called “Sleepwalker,” were just some of the products of the MAC/Rodarte Fall 2010 makeup collaboration themed around the Mexican bordertown of Juarez, one of the most dangerous cities in the world, where 400... Read more »

On Our Radar

We're back again! We're rounding up some of the most interesting things we read this week on another edition of On Our Radar. On Salon, Tracy Clark-Flory highlights the Menstruation Machine, an art... Read more »

BitchTapes: Prop 8 Ruling Celebratory Wedding Mix!

Hooray for the Prop 8 ruling! Sure, we have to wait to see what the Supreme Court says, but in the meantime I thought we could celebrate with a... Read more »

Prop 8 Ruling: Open Thread

Image via the SF Gate From yesterday's ruling that Prop 8 is... Read more »

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In a Bizarre 1976 Comic Book, Spider-Man Fought the Villain of Misleading Sex Education

Last week, I came across a very strange comic book: in 1976, Planned Parenthood teamed up with Marvel to publish a one-off comic in which... Read more »

Sojourner Truth, Unveiled

The leaders of the [women's suffrage] movement trembled on seeing a tall, gaunt black woman in a gray dress and white turban,...

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Will Filming the Police Keep Us Safe?

There’s a cultural idea that having someone looking over our shoulder makes us behave better. From fake security cameras to Elf... Read more »

Douchebag Decree: Anti-Choice Hidden Camera Edition

Tool-in-pimp's-clothing James O'Keefe's laughable costume and douchebag seduction methods have mostly discredited his conservative... Read more »