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School's Out: Looks Ain't Everything, But it Ain't Wrong to Look

If I could time travel without, like, disrupting the space-time continuum, one of the many things I would tell a younger me would be that: It's not the interest in appearance that's wrong, it's how you do it. Fascination with the visual is something as broad as the history of human signing (as well as something that underlies ubiquitous ableism in the social and built environment, since not...

Stop Telling Angelina Jolie to Eat a Cheeseburger

Look, I get that Angelina Jolie is thin, and that she also burns the brightest of all of our Bright Hollywood Stars and is therefore subject to more scrutiny than your average woman. However, body snarking of the "eat a sammich, skinny" variety is hardly different from body snarking of the "stop eating sammiches, fatty" variety that we (hopefully) know better than to post in our Facebook feeds...

Adventures in Feministory: Ada Lovelace, First Computer Programmer

Lady Ada King, Countess of Lovelace—better known as Ada Lovelace—described herself as an analyst and metaphysician in her only published article. Seeing as how that article included what is cited as the first computer program and the first incidence of computers being assigned abilities beyond mathematical functions, her description rings true. Born in 1815 to Lord...

Required Reading: Cruel Optimism

"Even Adorno, the great belittler of popular pleasures, can be aghast at the ease with which intellectuals shit on people who hold on to a dream" writes Lauren Berlant, who is not shitting on you or your dream. Her latest book, Cruel Optimism, is less brutal analysis than a dark, lush still-life of American fantasies and our Quixotic lunges toward them. An affective portrait of the 99%.

Bitch Radio: Disability at the Digital Frontier

In this episode of Bitch Radio, you'll hear from s.e. smith and Anna Hamilton, who you may know from various sites around the internet, including Tiger Beatdown, FWD: Feminists With Disabilities for a Way Forward, The Transcontinental Disability Choir at Bitch, as well as their personal sites, Annaham.net and sesmith.info. They also co-authored a piece (with illustrations by Annaham!)...

Project Runway All Stars: World Beatdown

Our remaining six designers were taken to the U.N. and inspired by the flags of six different nations. Except for Jerell, who was inspired by stereotypes.

Really, Jerell?

 

On Our Radar

Here's what you missed while you were planning your Oscars party...
  • At This Ain't Livin', s.e. smith wants to know where are all the disabled pop culture creators?
  • Mother Jones has a birth control calculator that estimates costs over a woman's lifetime. 
  • Via Crunk Feminist Collective, Yolo Akili offers a nuanced take on the Rihanna-Chris Brown gossip of this week. ...

Bitchtapes: Sax Positive

Bitchtapes: Sax Positive from BitchTapes on 8tracks.

I don't think I'm alone when I say I can't stand saxophones in rock music. To work through my fear of sax, and to help any fellow saxophobes out there, I've dug up ten exceptional uses of the sax in rock. Think of it as saxophone exposure therapy.

Double Rainbow: Autism and Race

The history of autism is necessarily woven into the histories of any and all populations effected by autism, yet what one would term "autistic history" is largely treated as monolithic. Overwhelmingly, race is neglected not only in tracing the history of autism, but in contemporary research and coverage.

Three Films to Catch This Week at the Portland International Film Festival

Here's three films you can watch (or in one case, cover your eyes during) this week at the Portland International Film Festival! Whore's Glory—a documentary on sex workers in the Global South, Water at the End of the World—an Argetntine film about two sisters' final journey, and Snowtown—a scarily realistic film on Australia's most infamous serial killings....

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