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On Our Radar: Vaginas, Intentionality, and So Many Queer and Feminist Events!

This has been a week! Here's what we've been thinking about.

  • After the giant mess around Rep. Lisa Brown's oh so horrifying use of the word "vagina" (GOD FORBID!), thousands of people watched in delight in Lansing, Michigan, as women legislators enacted The Vagina Monologues on the steps of the state Capitol in response to the passing of HB 5711. [Ms. Blog]
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Seven Islands and a Metro and Manipur: Be Whoever You Want to Be, As Long As You Look Like Us

What does it mean when brands of liberal feminism erase the histories of labor, caste, and communal segregation in their re-tellings of the city? And are still considered feminist texts?

BitchTapes: Girls Rock Summer Camp

Girls Rock Camp summer showcase season is back! Since 2001 in Portland, OR, Girls Rock Camps have been empowering girls and women through music creation in cities and towns across North America and Europe, with a total of 37 camps in the international GRC network, Girls Rock Camp Alliance. GRC Summer Camp is a week-long program where girls and women ages 8-18 learn a new instrument,...

Thinking Kink: Did Sex and the City Get BDSM Right?

Sex and the City broke serious ground in the late '90s when it was lauded for its frank and open discussions of sex—by women, no less!—without taking itself too seriously. But did it ever manage to move beyond the media's often cartoonish portrayals of BDSM?

Lady Business: The Three Types of Businesswomen in Pop Culture

It's only been a little while and I'm already missing Joan and Peggy from Mad Men. I can tell because their roles this season made me think about the archetypes of women in the workplace and how some of them have played out in popular culture.

This of course was prompted by Joan's power play and Peggy's uneasy flirtation/acceptance of power.

Here in the 21st century,...

Anne-Marie Slaughter in the Atlantic: "Women Still Can't Have It All." Can Anyone?

Anne-Marie Slaughter's new cover story for the Atlantic is out today. In it, she discusses how "women still can't have it all" and outlines some possible solutions to the work-life conundrum she's faced in her career as a professor and government official.

Douchebag Decree: Adam Carolla & His Broken Record Routine

Let's make this Decree short and sweet. Adam Carolla, a washed-up douche with some seriously skewed views of gender and sexuality, decided to squawk about unfunny women in a New York Post interview this weekend. Yes, that tired argument. Again. Seriously though, who cares what Adam Carolla thinks? He didn't even make me chuckle during his brief time as a Celebrity Apprentice...

BiblioBitch: The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich

Isn't it the best when you stumble upon an amazing book you just can't put down? That was my feeling when I read The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich.

Lady Business: Paid Parental Leave in the U.S. Sucks

I don't have a child, but on behalf of my parent friends who are working and have to make special arrangements, I was outraged to read this Think Progress story about how the U.S. measures up compared to other nations.

Thinking Kink: Debunking BDSM Myths

"Like most things that are depicted in a problematic way, BDSM is subject to uninformed sweeping generalizations about what it looks, acts and feels like,"says writer Stacey May Fowles. Indeed any subculture can find itself badly misrepresented, especially when the media gets involved. So before we let loose on pop culture, let's consider and debunk some of the myths surrounding BDSM and the...

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