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RetroPop: (Completely Non-Violent, Totally Symbolic) Mariah Carey Cage Match

Those Brontë girls may have overcome their share of gender stereotypes and difficulties of being women writers in a restrictive time, and, sure, they may have filled my nightmares with images of monstrous villains and spooky hillsides, but they also kept falling tragically ill with consumption and the like. Mariah, meanwhile, has been mothering twins, rocking a high-profile marriage,...

Ladies Who Lunch (at Hooters): The "Breastaurant" Chain Targets Women

Last month, Hooters launched a creepy ad campaign with the hopes of attracting women to its "delightfully tacky yet unrefined" chain of restaurants. Wondering how a "breastaurant" with a boob euphemism for a name plans on making women feel right at home? Yeah, same here.

Wings for everyone! (Image: Reuters)

On Our Radar: Michelle Obama, Paul Frank, and the Chicago Teachers Strike

It's that time again... links roundup!

  • Tami Winfrey Harris talks about what white white feminists get wrong about Michelle Obama [Clutch magazine].
  • The Chicago teachers strike is a feminist issue! Dana Goldstein shares some history.
  • Laurie Penny has one of the best responses to Naomi Wolf's new book. [New Statesman]
  • What the hell Paul Frank? A "pow wow...

Project Runway Season 10: Want a Piece of Me?

Things got personal during last night's Project Runway textile challenge.

In the family way.

RetroPop: What Would Zelda Fitzgerald Say to Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City's "Good Time"?

Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen's "Good Time" tells the tale of a party-lovin' guy and girl who frequently sleep until twilight only to stumble out of their hotel rooms, dropping phones in pools, raising their hands up in the air with giddy jubilance at going to many fun parties and emitting plenty of I'm-lovin'-life "whoah-oh"s. Jepsen's share of the lyrics, specifically, paint a...

Feminist Fistbump: World's Oldest Gymnast Johanna Quaas Kicks Ass at 86

The 57th Guinness Book of World Records is out today, and among the parrot who can slam dunk a basketball and Archie the world's shortest bull is Johanna Quaas, the world's oldest gymnast.

Beyond Judy Blume: Books for Children of All Genders

While this series is dedicated to discussing identity and sexuality in YA lit, we can't forget about children's lit. People needs books they can see themselves and their experiences inside of long before they're teenagers.

RetroPop: Nicki Minaj's Obama-Noted Political Satire and the "Little Boxes" She Might Enjoy

I've already written about the amazing force that is Nicki Minaj when we mused on why Edna St. Vincent Millay might have loved Minaj's "Starships." But my favorite currently-charting lady rapper is in the news this week for a different reason and I thought it might result in another interesting RetroPoppy mashup, so oblige me as we return to the delightful Land of Minaj.

Thinking Pink: A History of Products "For Her"

Remember those BIC For Her pens that inspired hilarious customer reviews a while back? Well, they weren't the first pens to be marketed to small-handed, weak-fingered women.

In "Girlie Pens, Again? Why Ordinary Things Go Pink" Lisa Hix explores the reasons behind Pink Think, when "mid-century manufacturers realized that if you take an ordinary object, turn it pink, and put the...

B-Sides: Hysterics Go on Tour!

The Hysteric's sole blog post has a neat hook. They've backdated it to October 30, 1989, suggesting two things: All Hallows' Eve, and old-school punk rock. The date implies both the sugary rush of Halloween menace ("this song is about the true promise of Halloween, extorting candy by threat, from parents") and the post-Reagan years when punk realized there was still an establishment to...