Thinking Kink: Playing With Race in BDSM

As with the issue of female sexual submission, racial imagery in a BDSM context is an issue apt to cause heated debates, so I want to include both sides of the argument. Today, I’ll examine the objections to the use of racialized imagery in kink, and in my next post I’ll look at the... Read more »

Thinking Kink: Moving Beyond Abuse with BDSM

Last post, I looked at how BDSM can be used to work through abuse. But what of those who want to use BDSM to move on from, not replay, traumatic pasts? Today, I’m thinking about the difficulty of shedding the “victim” label when an abuse survivor chooses to be kinky… Read more »

Thinking Kink: Swinging Both Ways (Christian Grey Included)

Dominant, submissive, top, bottom, masochist, sadist… What if your kink preferences don’t fit one of these labels? Does popular culture have no time for fence-sitters, or as Jay Wiseman called them, “switch-hitters”? Or does it regularly represent them without acknowledging their... Read more »

Never Said Nothing: A brief history of "cunt" in pop music

Late in 2011, a song from a virtually unknown 20-year-old rapper from Harlem knocked the Internet on its ass. Azealia Banks's “212” was a wildly original debut single that found the rapper dribbling a steady stream of elastic wordplay and oh-no-she-didn't raunch over a skronky beat from... Read more »

Visi(bi)lity: Performing Bisexuality

There are few songs I like less than Katy Perry’s “I Kissed A Girl.” I dislike most of her music (that skit she did with Elmo, however, is adorable), but “I Kissed A Girl” bothers me most of all. You’d think such... Read more »

Pop Pedestal: Dawn Wiener

Welcome back to Pop Pedestal, the series where we pay homage to our favorite characters in pop culture. This week I’d like to take it back to 1996 with Dawn Wiener, the 7th grade martyr from Todd Solondz’ Welcome to the Dollhouse.  Pedestal Profile: In ... Read more »

On Our Radar

Here’s what you missed while you were planning your Oscars party… At This Ain’t Livin’, s.e. smith wants to know where are all the disabled pop culture creators? Mother Jones has a ... Read more »

Pop Pedestal: The Right Honourable Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham from Downton Abbey

Welcome back to Pop Pedestal, the series where we pay tribute to pop culture personalities we admire. Up today is the Right Honourable Violet, Dowager Countess of... Read more »

Pop Pedestal: Brad Williams and Jane Kerkovich-Williams from Happy Endings

Welcome back to Pop Pedestal, the series where we pay tribute to pop culture personalities we admire. Up today are Jane and Brad, married couple extraordinaire from ABC’s Happy Endings. True love means not... Read more »

On Our Radar

We actually do have a radar, and we’re tracking a mysterious holiday feminist flying a bike over the Pacific Ocean, spreading cheer to all. Tami Winfrey Harris has a piece at Racialicious that might help you navigate disagreements with loved ones and the... Read more »