TV Snit: The Return of Jezebel James

I was amped for the premiere of the new Fox sitcom The Return of Jezebel James. First off, as someone whose relationship to TV normally mimics that of a wino and a big bottle of Night Train, the writer's strike and its aftermath has been hard for me. Second, series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino was... Read more »

Is Christian Siriano making a hot mess of the term "tranny"?

by Margaret Price Project Runway 4: The Season of Love. And no designer was more lovable than the prancing, snapping, flat-iron–wielding Christian Siriano, who ended up winning it all—the final runway showdown, the spread in Elle, and the $10K Fan Favorite prize. Sassing and sewing with equal... Read more »

The Business of Being Born

I finally got around to seeing The Business of Being Born, which means I got very intimate with Ricki Lake and her female powers. Lake not only produced this documentary about the ever-increasing medicalization of birth in the U.S. but also included up-close-and-personal footage of the birth of her... Read more »

The A-word in popular media: A plea for help

I feel sheepish asking for reader participation when my own contributions to this neglected blog have been so pathetic. I do hereby swear to post every day for the next week if you all help me out here, okay? I'm looking for references to abortion or unplanned pregnancy on tv shows or in films over... Read more »

The Modern Rabbit

Peeing on a stick has become a rite of passage for both those struggling to get pregnant and those who would rather not find themselves with child at this time. Last year's two hot procreation films, Juno and Knocked Up both had scenes taking advantage of that universal feeling of anticipation and... Read more »

"Are you ready to rock 'n' roll?"

If there's anything more awesome than seeing an eight-year old girl scream that into a microphone, it's being in a theater full of girls like this celebrating the opening of Girls Rock! The Movie. Filmmakers Arne Johnson and Shane King focus on the inspiring breakthroughs, but don't skip over the... Read more »

Girls Rock!

Tonight Girl’s Rock! The Movie premieres in selected cities across the country. I’m going! You should, too, if it’s playing where you live (Los Angeles, San Francisco, Berkeley, Seattle, Portland, New York, Chicago). If you’re not familiar, Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls is a... Read more »

Okay, America's Next Top Model fans...

If you, like me, aren't sure you can stomach another season—'scuse me, "cycle"—of Tyra Banks, the two Jays, and a handful of hot messes who will never be models, but you still kind of want to keep up on the show, might I suggest reading the excellent recaps on SFGate.com's Culture Blog? The recaps... Read more »

Bureau of Reclamation

Tina Fey’s return to the Weekend Update chair included a big dollop of support for Hillary Clinton along with an argument for taking back the word bitch. This could only have been better if she’d held up a copy of Bitch magazine! Read more »

In Defense of Diablo Cody

Much as I had mixed feelings about the film Juno, I just don't understand the massive public hate-on for its screenwriter, Diablo Cody. Okay, she gave herself a stupid pen name. Juno had a couple of overly precious, cringeworthy lines of dialogue. Does that really warrant parodies like these?... Read more »

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Films and TV Portray Abortion as More Dangerous Than It Is

Films and television shows tend to present a skewed portrayal of abortion—when fictional movies and TV shows include a plotline about abortion... Read more »

The Dramatic History of American Sex-Ed Films

In 1948, in a seventh grade classroom in Eugene, Oregon, a teacher dimmed the lights and flipped on 16mm projector. A film called Human... Read more »

Saying Goodbye to Maria and the End of a Sesame Street Era

Growing up, Sesame Street's Maria was one of the best Latina role models I had. Read more »

Tina Belcher's Sexual Revolution

Tina Belcher breaks all the rules of network sitcoms. That's why she's wonderful.  Read more »