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The Five Best Genderqueer Characters in Comics

Xavin explaining not fitting in to male-female gender roles in Runaways. via

Both print comics and webcomics seem to be paying more attention to being inclusive these days, especially when it comes to LGBT characters. I've long treasured the diversity that's out there in webcomics if you dig a little bit...

What Happens When Your Son Falls in Love with a "Girly" Book Series?

It doesn't take a skilled gender detective to deduce the target audience of the Rainbow Magic books for early readers. These wildly popular books feature covers that literally sparkle, covered in lithe fairies dressed in pointedly feminine clothing and accessories. The series' titles boil down to Feminine-Name the Feminine-Noun Fairy (as in Grace the Glitter Fairy or ...

On Our Radar: Today's Feminist News Roundup

Here's the latest of what we're reading up on.

  • Advertising in men's magazines try to convince dudes what really "makes a man."  And who are the targets of these ads? Most often, it's young, low-income men. [XX Factor]
  • Misogyny and violence are unfortunately all too common in the lyrics of rap and hip hop.  Lil Wayne's latest song, though, compares having sex with...

TV's Single Mothers and the Dudes Who Think They Know What's Best For Them

In prime-time TV and in real life, America's working-class mothers find it tough to keep their heads above water while juggling their professional and personal lives.

Two current shows—Switched at Birth and The New Normal—show the paternalistic attitudes working mothers often face. 

For Switched at Birth's working class single mom Regina Vasquez...

New Memoir "Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina" Digs into the DNA of Racial Identity

Bird of Paradise is a charming, engaging memoir from hip-hop journalist Raquel Cepeda that mixes emotional personal history with a reporter's quest to decipher her racial identity. Officially released today, it's a great read. 

Cepeda is one of a handful of women who were prominent in the glory days of hip hop journalism. Feminist hip hop...

Why Black Dolls Matter

 

As a little girl, Samantha Knowles didn't stop to consider why most of her dolls—her American Girl dolls, her Cabbage Patch Kids, her Barbie dolls—were black like her. But black dolls were not common in her upstate New York hometown, whose population remains overwhelmingly white. So when Knowles was 8 years old, one of her friends innocently asked "Why do you have black dolls?" And...

New Hannah Arendt Film is a Gem

I can often gauge the quality of a film by the length of time I sit at its closure reading the credits. When a film is great, I want to make sure that every person with a hand in the film was rightfully recognized. After director Margarethe von Trotta's new release Hannah Arendt, I sat in the theater until there were no...

National Velvet: Is This Feminist Film Still Relevant?

Classic film National Velvet (1944), tells the story of horse-obsessed Velvet Brown (played by a 12-year old Elizabeth Taylor) winning the Grand National on an "untamable" horse with the help of drifter Mi Taylor (played by Mickey Rooney). Based on a novel by Enid Bagnold, the film received positive reviews and earned actress Anne Revere, who played Velvet's mother, an Oscar for Best...

On Our Radar: Today's Feminist News Roundup

Here's our roundup for Tuesday!

 

  • Pamela K.M. Chen became the first openly gay Asian Pacific American to serve on the federal judiciary. She was appointed to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. [NAPABA]
  • Lori Adelman has a round-up of how the sequester is affecting women. [Feministing]
  • "You're too cute...

How Great Would it Be to Relaunch Golden Girls?

The Golden Girls' feminism is self-evident: Four outspoken, post-menopausal women live together and support each other through older age, dealing together with their grown kids, ex-husbands, and dating lives. And they are not the punchline—they make the punchlines. This show, against all odds, was a massive hit in the '80s. 

When shows like this happen—groundbreaking shows that...

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