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Lady Business: Breaking News! Women Like Marriage and Work

The Pew Research Center offers startling, groundbreaking numbers on “Today’s Woman” who “often balances her career with her husband and children.” (Yes, this is a study from 2012, not 1975.) It is called “A Gender Reversal on Career Aspirations: Young Women Now Top Young Men in Valuing A High... Read more »

Lady Business: You'd Make as Much as Men If You Shined Shoes

There’s been a lot of discussion about the gender pay gap. But there are some jobs that pay women many more pennies than 77 cents to the dollar. Among them: Shoe Shiner, Butler, Secretary, and Computer Repair Technician. Read more »

Why Everyone is Losing Their Shit Over the Magic Mike Trailer

The Internet echoed with the sounds of thumpa-thumpa strip club music as the trailer for Steven Soderbergh’s <a href=”hotly anticipated... Read more »

The 99%: Republican Classism Roundup

The Republican presidential candidates deservedly get a good amount of critical coverage due to the homophobic, racist, and misogynistic rhetoric that they seem to spout at every campaign stop.  This election, though, is one of the first times in my memory that the candidates’ classism and... Read more »

Bechdel Test Canon: I Like It Like That

Darnell Martin’s I Like It Like That may push the boundaries of the Bechdel Test, but its insights into black Latina motherhood, sisterhood, and professional identity are fascinating, rare, and in need of recognition. Read more »

The 99%: "Talk like a Cover Girl" and the Classing of Voice on America's Next Top Model

But most of the time, when Tyra is talking about the contestants’ speech, she’s talking about their accents.  And when she’s talking about their accents, she’s talking about class.  Read more »

The H-Word: Was it Good for You?

This is my final post for The H-Word, where I say thanks and you tell me what you loved and hated. Read more »

The 99%: Exploring Wealth, Poverty, and Inequality in Popular Culture

I’ve got 99 problems with American television, and the rich are one.  We have lots of shows about rich people—in fact, we love shows about rich people.  With Gossip Girl, The Millionaire Matchmaker, Revenge, Real Housewives of _______, ... Read more »

The H-Word: Big Money, No Whammies

I wanted to be beautiful. I wanted to be taken care of. I wanted to be rescued. I was sexualized long before I sexualized myself. Even as a child, I knew the way men looked at me. I knew what it meant. In Mexico, men called out in the street and hissed when I walked past. Even older men—friend... Read more »

The H-Word: Jessie Talks "Retirement"

The H-Word presents first person stories from current and former sex workers across the U.S. Jessie Nicole describes herself as a queer, stubborn, and committed anarcha-feminist. A former prostitute and dedicated activist, she lives in West Hollywood with her longterm partner. I asked Jessie... Read more »

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Dear Bear: My Partner Makes No Money. Is That a Problem?

Our advice columnist offers a lesson in anticapitalist self-care. Read more »

Why You Should Pay for Porn

If you’re a progressive middle-class individual, chances are you think about where your food comes from. Maybe you try to buy shoes that are... Read more »