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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.

Double Rainbow: Autism and Horror

In mainstream film, autistic characters seem to appear most frequently in two types of movies: award-grubbing dramas and horror films. Both genres stick to a disappointingly narrow range of tropes.

Sm{art}: The Colors of Coco Riot

Bright and graphic illustrations, installations on bathroom politics, and back-page comics for the fabulous Shameless mag? Artist Coco Riot does it all!

Some SOPA Links to Help You Tell Congress to Shove it

Since you are currently online, you've no doubt noticed that SOPA (don't worry, you can click on the link—it's one of the only Wikipedia sites that isn't blacked out today) is the talk of the Internet. More specifically, people are speaking out against SOPA and PIPA and the threat it poses to a free(ish) and open Internet.

Us too, pal. Us too.

Bechdel Test Canon: Irma Vep

Olivier Assayas' 1996 feature Irma Vep celebrates Maggie Cheung, the actress under the catsuit.

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