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Adventures in Feministory: Happy Birthday Mother Jones

Although she always claimed her birthday was May 1st--International Worker's Day, Mary Harris "Mother" Jones was born on August 1st, 1837 (although she also claimed to be born years earlier, in part to maintain her grandmotherly public persona). Read more »

TelevIsm: The Erasure of Heylia and Conrad on Weeds

Weeds in its first three seasons was an excellent show—it was well-written, clever satire with multifaceted and funny characters. Its send-up of the rhetoric and culture of suburbia was funny and pointed and coherent. Celia was a hilarious and capable antagonist, and I loved that the older het... Read more »

Sm{art}: The Reality of a Performance Artist

This is what reality television should be like. Made Here is a new web documentary series about work and life as a performance artist as told by a variety of artists living in New York City. Broken up into easily digestible video segments, the series... Read more »

TelevIsm: Pambition! The Office's Abandoned Artist

Image: Pam Halpert from The Office, in front of her watercolors The Office is a show that focuses on men–four out the five stars are male. Nonetheless, it's one of my very favorite shows, and I think it has strong, likable, interesting female characters. It's launched the career of Mindy Kaling,... Read more »

The Young and The Feckless: Bursting Bubbles

It was oddly apropos to be mulling over the idea of social bubbles over bubble tea. Totally unplanned, though (as was the choking on a tapioca pearl). A friend and I were discussing the need to stop accepting online culture as the status quo. It's exclusive and exclusionary, with its own language,... Read more »

The Young and The Feckless: Nothin' but Net(working)

It should come as no surprise to anyone who's been on the job search in the last two or three years that networking is now being held up as the be all and end all of job hunting strategies. Normally, I simply skim this ubiquitous and rather facile advice (it's on par with Cosmo beauty tips when it... Read more »

The Young and The Feckless: What Comes from Questioning the Value of College?

Photo by Lou FCD Lately, there's been a lot of talk (recession... Read more »

The Young and The Feckless: Gen Y's Biological Clock Talk Taboo

I've hesitated about tackling this particular topic, but with the recent proximity of Mother's Day and the 50th anniversary of The Pill, I figured there was never going to be a better time to address it. My hesitation stems from a reluctance to drag... Read more »

The Young and The Feckless: The Beltway Brat Pack

I read the New York Time's recent piece on Obama's young staffers with avid interest. I confess that the human dimension of political clout (and how it's gained and wielded) fascinates me endlessly. The... Read more »

The Young and the Feckless: The Myth of Gen Y Homogeneity

An interesting question was raised in the comments section of my recent Model Behavior column and one that I'm no stranger to contemplating: Where is all of the research on and dialogue around the non-white, non-middle class Gen Y experience? Why do we only ever hear about student debt load and the... 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 »