On Her Surprise New Album, Beyoncé is a Cultural Chameleon

This has not been a great year for women mega-pop artists. Lady Gaga’s Artpop fell flat, as well as Britney Spears’s Britney Jean. Sure, there was Miley Cyrus’s Bangerz but one could argue that her on-and-offstage antics suggest that she was more focused on getting press... Read more »

Seven Great New Songs Released This Month

Photo: Ebony Bones and friends (via Myspace).  My favorite songs released this August are tinged with the mellow, warm sounds of summer. They make me want to roll down the windows and enjoy the last set of tunes before... Read more »

All Hail the Queen?: What Do Our Perceptions of Beyoncé's Feminism Say about us?

The policing of feminist cred is the real moral contradiction. Read more »

On Our Radar: Today's Feminist News Roundup

Good morning, folks! Here’s all the feminist and feminist-adjacent news on our radar this fine morning. • Who says online activism doesn’t get results? Reebok has dropped Rick Ross as a spokesperson in the wake of his... Read more »

Beyoncé’s Life Is But a Dream: A Look into Bey's Life on Her Terms

We live in an era where anyone can increasingly curate their own personas, even us “normals” as 30 Rock’s Jenna Maroney would say. Any nobody with the... Read more »

If You Haven't Heard Solange Knowles' ‘True’, Listen Now.

We all love Beyoncé. It’s practically engrained in our cultural fabric at this point. But what about Beyoncé’s incredibly talented, sorely underappreciated younger sister, Solange? While Beyoncé crafts incredible mainstream pop, Solange... Read more »

Ms. Opinionated: All the Advice You Asked For, and Some You Didn't

Welcome to the latest installment of Ms. Opinionated, in which readers have questions about the pesky day-to-day choices we all face, and I give advice about how to make ones that (hopefully) best reflect our shared commitment to feminist values—as well as advice on what to do when they don’t... Read more »

Hey, Let's Not Slut-Shame Beyoncé for Her Super Bowl Outfit

Sports pundits are still be trying to make yesterday’s Super Bowl all about the actual game (and yes, that 108-yard touchdown was pretty impressive), but let’s be honest with ourselves—the real winner of the game was Beyoncé’s halftime performance. And not just because she didn... Read more »

Body Double (Standard): The celebrity profiles of Megan Fox and Beyonc

Men’s magazines are dubious during the best of times, but so far 2013 is bringing out their worst. Last week, eyebrows were raised by this flimsy GQ profile of... Read more »

RetroPop: Pride & Prejudice & Carly Rae Jepsen

Welcome to the first proper installment of RetroPop! A blog in which I, your humble guest writer, bring together my loves for the Billboard Hot 100 and bodacious bits from female artists of the past. It’s all based on my argument that lady-related pop messages of today are no less worthy... Read more »

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All Hail the Queen?: What Do Our Perceptions of Beyoncé's Feminism Say about us?

The policing of feminist cred is the real moral contradiction. Read more »

No Disrespect: Black women and the burden of respectability

In February 2012, PBS host Tavis Smiley interviewed Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer about their Oscar nominations for their roles as Aibileen and... Read more »