Britney Spears

“...Baby One More Time” and the Pop Princesses Who Started a Moral Panic

The sexuality of Britney Spears and the other pop princesses of her era was consumed en masse and then deemed inauthentic and dangerous by media, critics, and “concerned parent” groups.

Why Do "Good Girls" Need to "Go Bad"?

  In the entertainment industry, young female stars face a unique rite of passage: the performance for which they’ll bare it all. It is ironic that for a young starlet to make the transformation to a “serious” performer, she is expected to show some skin. Read more »

RetroPop: Britney Spears and Virginia Woolf

What do the secret lives of Britney Spears and Virginia Woolf have in common? More than you think. Read more »

We're All Mad Here: Mental Illness and Celebrities

The hunger for celebrity gossip appears unslakable; there’s a reason paparazzi and gossip-mongers can always find employment in Los Angeles. Even in periods of... Read more »

Tuning In: Postfeminist Miley, post-Montana

A look ahead at Miley Cyrus's transition out of Hannah Montana, which airs its final season on the Disney Channel this summer. Read more »

Tuning In: Christina Aguilera's "Not Myself Tonight"

My thoughts on Christina Aguilera’s single and music video for “Not Myself Tonight.” Read more »

Tuning In: Neko Case as Cheyenne Cinnamon

Neko Case stars in an Adult Swim pilot about a female pop star who doesn't save the day. Read more »

She Pop: 1, 2, 3, No: Why Britney's New Single Is Not "Deviant"

Oh, my goodness! Britney Spears has released a new single! And it is about SEXUAL ACTIVITY! To be precise, it concerns threesomes - the song is entitled "3," just so that you don't miss its subtle and highly coded message - which have been scientifically determined to be the single tamest and most... Read more »

She Pop: Sacrificial Virgins: On Britney Spears, Aging, and the Lure of Female Pain

I have an exciting piece of news for you: Britney Spears has been making music for ten years, because you are getting old and will die someday. True, scientists have not yet discovered a direct causal link between Britney Spears having been around for ten years and the fact that time marches ever... Read more »

5 Totally Random Things I'd Like a Moratorium On...Forever

Read on for 5 things I don’t want to read about anymore: 1. Stories about and video clips of Britney Spears’ public menses-related mishaps. This keeps happening (if the reports are even true) because she’s mentally ill, very forgetful, or terribly overwhelmed. Either way, give her... Read more »

The Britney Advocate

I can't help myself from reading the latest installment in Britney's saga, which just gets increasingly depressing and weird.  Overall, I feel a great sadness for one very lost woman and the fate of her children.  The latest news about her "manager" stealing from her, controlling her with pills and... Read more »