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BitchTapes: Poppin' Around the World

Despite what the magazines and elitists say each year, pop music never seems to die… and I, for one, couldn't be happier about it. Today, take a break from Gagas and Perrys and explore jams by cool ladies outside the U.S.! Don't forget to share your other favorites in the comments.... Read more »

In The Frame: Nan Goldin, "One Month After Being Battered"

“There is no separation between me and what I photograph,” said the artist Nan Goldin. This has never been truer than with the self-portrait that captures her injuries caused by an abusive boyfriend. Domestic violence is never an easy subject to talk about, but this image speaks volumes. Read more »

BitchTapes: Female Pop Stars of the Early 90s

Best of Bitchtapes! Here's a Bitchtapes from the past we're re-posting because it's too jam-worthy to forget! The other day, while singing “Forever Your Girl” in the shower (don't judge – you know that song rules) I started thinking about the awesome female pop stars... Read more »

Raise Your Glass If U R A Firework Who Was Born This Way: Who's to say what makes a gay anthem?

Hey, guys…. Um, this is Ke$ha. I just wanted to say something. Um, to anyone who's being bothered, or abused, or harassed, or bullied, I just wanted to tell you that, um…it will get better. It will. No matter if you are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender, however you are... Read more »

B-Sides: Savage Garden

As their biggest hits in the US were love songs, one may forget that much of Savage Garden’s music is decidedly dark, especially on their eponymous debut. Major themes on ... Read more »

Pop Pedestal: Donna Meagle of <em>Parks and Recreation</em>

The day is finally here! Parks and Recreation is back! In honor of tonight’s season premiere (seriously I can’t wait until 8:30), today’s Pop Pedestal is... Read more »

We're All Mad Here: The Institution in Music Videos

The institution as a recurring theme in pop culture tells us a great deal about how people think about institutions and mental illness, and music videos in particular provide a fascinating glimpse into perceptions of institutionalization and the institution as metaphor. Assembling this post, I... Read more »

Pop Pedestal: Gloria Akalitus

Welcome back to Pop Pedestal, the series where we pay tribute to the pop culture figures we admire most. Up today: Gloria Akalitus of Nurse Jackie, All Saints’ hospital administrator, head bitch in charge, and master of the steely staredown. Big attitude coming from someone wearing... Read more »

Pop Pedestal: Ed "Shred" Fargo

I have a lasting affection for Fearless, a young adult series created by Francine Pascal. (Yes, that Francine Pascal.) For today’s addition to Pop Pedestal, a... 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 »

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