Introducing a New Series on Love and Afrofeminism!

My name is Spectra, and I’ll be your resident Cupid for the summer. Kinda. I’m a Nigerian writer, women’s rights and media activist, and editor at the afrofeminist blog Spectra Speaks, which publishes news, opinions, and... Read more »

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 »

Double Rainbow: Tony Attwood tells us to "make lemonade."

Well, he tells non-autistic people to make lemonade, specifically. Guess who the “lemons” are in this metaphor. Popular fiction both shapes and reflects cultural attitudes. In a previous post, I picked... Read more »

The 99%: Money Can't Buy You Love (and it Might Get in the Way)

Shows like The Bachelor and Millionaire Matchmaker not only reduce romance to opulent displays of consumerism and gender conformity, but they distract us from actual consideration of the role of class in relationships and the need to negotiate those differences on a real, ongoing... Read more »

The 99%: Champagne Toasts and Caviar Receptions: Buying the American Wedding

Yet, as a proportion of their annual incomes, the Kardashian kouple may actually be more reasonable than many other Americans. In 2007, the average cost of the American wedding was over $28,000; while the recession caused a bit of a dip for a few years, the price is now... Read more »

On Our Radar

Let’s face it, sometimes real life is just the moments between reading blogs. “This is what sets Pariah apart from (white) singular-narrative LGBT films; it debunks the myth that life begins and ends between the point of self-acceptance, and a wedding.” Spectra Speaks... Read more »

We're All Mad Here: Dating While Crazy

Common perceptions of mental illness and relationships suggest that mentally ill people do not belong in relationships, do not deserve love and affection, and are even dangerous to marry or get involved with. Not for nothing are undesirable prospective partners “crazy bitches,” are former partners... Read more »

Murder, She Blogged: The Thin Man

The Thin Man gave us one of the wittiest crime-solving wife-husband duos of all time, retired detective Nick Charles and his wife Nora (Myrna Loy*), who spit one-liners, soak up a tremendous amount of alcohol and stumble around solving crime. Read more »

Douchebag Decree: Forty Beads

If you’re straight, monogamous, and female, Carolyn Evans wants to SAVE YOUR MARRIAGE! Her new book, Forty Beads, has “simple, sexy” advice: overcome the “libido gap” between women and men by having sex whenever... Read more »

Grand Rounds: Dissecting Grey's Anatomy: Prognosis

With every diagnosis comes a prognosis! We know Grey’s Anatomy is back in the fall with another season, but what’s going to happen, and where can the show go? The Grand Rounds crew has a few thoughts, and we bet you do too! Read more »