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Visi(bi)lity: Toward a Visible Movement

Over the weekend, The Bilerico Project published a fascinating interview with Ellyn Ruthstrom, a seasoned bi activist who became the first and only paid staff member at the Bisexual Resource Center in 2011. Unfortunately, BRC's current lack of funding prevents Ruthstrom from continuing to earn a salary, but she is still deeply involved in the organization and bi activism in general. In the...

Adventures in Feministory: Wanda Jackson

Wanda Jackson is loud. Her brash voice snarls at the listener as much as it preens her own ego, lashing out at lackluster lovers and glorifying her own sexual prowess. The "queen of rockabilly" owned the raunchy music of 50s and 60s youth after being turned onto the genre by none other than former flame Elvis Presley. Whether she was the first woman to actually step behind the mic and...

Mad Men: Far, Far Away

We're going to need a room at that Howard Johnson motor lodge to process everything that happened on Mad Men last night. What a trip!

Strange things are afoot at the Howard J.

Fertile Ground: Beauty Products and the Beast

In an effort to avoid as many chemicals as I can in our toxic world, I do my best to not put anything on my face that I couldn't put in my mouth. For many people, though, mainstream beauty products are standard items. According to a Bloomberg report, the average American woman uses about twelve health and beauty products on her face every morning. From formaldehyde in shampoo to lead...

Required Reading: Avert Your Eyes

Some will say that there are technical considerations—the quality of rendering, the beauty of the language, or the composition of the scene make a difference between obscene and not, porn and art.

Personally, whether it's prize-winning literature, a cheesy film, or a fashion spread, my impulse to name the obscene, to pick up a black marker or start scribbling protests in the margins,...

On Our Radar: Suing the Bachelor, Responding to GIRLS, and Rebooting Democracy

Here's what we've been reading this week:

  • Today is the 16th annual National Day of Silence, when students across the country vow to take a form of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools.
  • Raw Story's Megan Carpentier writes about what getting a transvaginal ultrasound is really like. 
  • Julia Serano responds...

BitchTapes: Surf Sisters

What other musical genre has its own sport? Much like the water-based activity its named for, surf rock is often almost always played by men. This BitchTapes is devoted to women surf musicians, including my best friend, who not only surfs, but tremolo picks like she's Dick Dale's daughter. Listening to this why-can't-it-be-summer-yet summer mix, I hope you feel heat-induced calm, tidal...

Douchebag Decree: That Racist Swedish Cake and Everyone Who Had a Piece in It.

Like many, I find these images racist, repulsive, and anti-woman. But, because this cake was consumed at museum and not, (believe it or not) at a pathetic frat party, and this cake was conceived as performance art, we will discuss further.

Hot Streaming Action!: Watch the Feminist Porn Awards Live

The Feminist Porn Awards is staging its seventh annual awards ceremony tomorrow night, and for the first time ever, folks at home can watch the awards ceremony live-streaming at Girlzporn.com, so you can cheer for your favorite fisters, dirty-talkers, and filmmakers to take home the butt plug-shaped statuette. Girlzporn's editor-in-chief Alison Lee, a former organizer of the Feminist...

Why Everyone is Losing Their Shit Over the Magic Mike Trailer

The Internet echoed with the sounds of thumpa-thumpa strip club music as the trailer for Steven Soderbergh's hotly anticipated film Magic Mike hit the web last night. Why all the hype?

In case you were wondering.

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