Podcast Debate Club: Can Britney do justice to Varla?

Say what you will about the shock-schlock, soft-core oeuvre of filmmaker Russ Meyer, the man was definitely ahead of his time when it came to showcasing the hips-lips-tits-power! aesthetic that would eventually become inextricably linked to third-wave feminism. His best-known work, 1966's sinsister... Read more »

A moment of silence, please...

...for Estelle Getty — also known as the Golden Girls' Sophia Petrillo — who died today at age 84. Though her shoes were undoubtedly tiny, has any sitcom actress really filled them... Read more »

Guilty DIY Pleasures

I stumbled upon this little brooch over at Etsy.com. In light of our previous post with Tina Fey's original proclamation: 'Bitches get stuff done!', I couldn't help putting it here on... Read more »

Action update on the birth-control-as-abortion thang

NARAL's letter-writing link is here (goes to Congress). Planned Parenthood's is here (goes to the White House). And, courtesy of commenter softpieces on yesterday's post, Department of Health and Human Services contact info: Secretary Mike Leavitt's office: 202-690-7000 Secretary Mike Leavitt's... Read more »

Our government wants to define some forms of birth control as abortion

Someone on my favorite feminist- and media-related listserv just pointed me to this article, by the ever-knowledgable Cristina Page, about a new Health and Human Services Department proposal that would define the pill, the patch, the shot, the IUD, the ring, and Plan B as abortion rather than... Read more »

Ms. Pac Man: Feminist Icon?

As a child of the 80s, I couldnt resist this. Have a look at this video and decide for yourself if Ms. Pac Man was a feminist or not! Read more »

A Friday funny

A good Friday afternoon laugh. Never fails to crack me up. Especially the flyer part. I have actually seen some of those flyers on the streets of Portland, OR. Read more »

Why the love for Oprah?

Okay, so maybe it is the heat of the office making me unusually cranky on this Friday afternoon but I just have to write and ask, what is the deal with the Oprah phenomena, and particularly the magazine? Now I know these may not be popluar thoughts to have these days, but I've got two questions (... Read more »

There are no words

I don't know whether to thank my friend Elise for bringing this to my attention, or gently curse her: High heels. For babies. That is all. Also, when Fox News's Megyn Kelly starts sounding hard-hitting and feminist, the apocalypse is clearly nigh. Read more »

List-less: Nerve takes on strong women in film

Maybe I'm being too way too picky, but there is something deeply underachieving about Nerve's "Girl Power Top Ten," a list of the ten most—oh yeah, here it comes—empowering movies of all time. Now, I would never come right out and suggest that perhaps having three dudes be the ones to make both of... Read more »

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Eat, Pray, Spend: Priv-lit and the new, enlightened American dream

Priv-lit and the new, enlightened American dream. Read more »

Tina Belcher's Sexual Revolution

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

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 »

Before You Watch "Orange is the New Black," Here Are 5 Facts To Know about Pregnancy in Prison

Season three of Orange is the New Black is (almost) here! While creator Jenji Kohan and the whole cast have been pretty tight-... Read more »