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Bechdel Test Canon: Me Without You

Writer-director Sandra Goldbacher's 2001 feature Me Without You champions the girl who gets overlooked and now serves as further evidence for the kind of actress Michelle Williams was to become. Attempting a British accent, Williams plays mousy intellectual Holly. At first glance, she is no match for her glamorous best friend Marina (Anna Friel). But the film makes clear that Holly is...

Bitch Radio: Talking Trans and Queer Embodiment and Imprisonment with the Contributors of Captive Genders

"Pathologized, terrorized, and confined, trans/gender-non-conforming and queer folks have always struggled against the enormity of the prison industrial complex." The anthology Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex, which came out this summer from AK Press, addresses trans and queer identity and prison industrial complex. From the disproportionate...

Thursday Night 'Lights: Liz Lemon Needs a Divorce From Tina Fey

In this week's TNL, it's all about  30 Rock—specifically, the problem that arises from Tina Fey so closely identifying with her character, Liz Lemon. This week's episode especially magnified the havoc this wreaks on her long-suffering fictional alter-ego, in both her personal and professional life.

Bitchtapes: Stuck in Bed

Bitchtapes: Stuck in Bed from BitchTapes on 8tracks.

No, this isn't an "in bed" playlist for hanky-panky, this mix is for those rockstars struck down by flu season, reduced to figuring out the best pillow to lean on when eating soup. Judging by inter-office emails, I'm not the only sick one, so let's all embrace it...

Bechdel Test Canon: Please Give

Nicole Holofcener once again foregrounds female subjectivity in Please Give, which uses white women's tears to comment on sisterhood, motherhood, and class privilege.

Project Runway All Stars: When Pigs Cry

Our Project Runway All Stars designed for "megacelebrity" (and plush puppet) Miss Piggy last night:

Nothing weird about this promo photo at all. Why do you ask?

On Our Radar

Here's what we've been reading this week.
  • We need to be careful not to let our talk of Paula Deen slip into schaudenfreude.
  • You know, the whole "Shit [blank] Says to...[blank]" meme has proven to be a pretty smart examination of prejudice and microagressions, and we ought to give it more credit.
  • West Coast readers! Check out the West Coast Rally for Reproductive Justice...

Double Rainbow: Finding Autism in Popular Fiction

Of course one doesn't have to go finding autism in popular fiction—it's the subject of intense cultural fascination right now, so it's just there, everywhere. In novels like Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and Jodi Picoult's House Rules; in films like Mercury Rising, Mozart and the Whale, Adam, and of course Rain Man...

Pop Pedestal: The Right Honourable Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham from Downton Abbey

Welcome back to Pop Pedestal, the series where we pay tribute to pop culture personalities we admire. Up today is the Right Honourable Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham, inimitable matriarch of Downton Abbey.

I'm a woman, Mary. I can be as contrary as I choose.

The 99%: Undercover Boss and the Undervalued Worker

Unions are supposed to help workers have jobs that are safe, fairly compensated, and have opportunities for upward mobility. But unions are having trouble doing that these days, in large part because so many legislators and executives (like the ones on Undercover Boss) are going so far to limit their power.

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