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Kamasutra and the Indian Feminists

Talking sex—especially about the Kamasutra—is progressive, but discussions of the political economy of the text don't get the same pedestal. How can I claim and embrace queer liberation (as much as I may want to), when it silences someone else?

Adventures in Feministory: Katherine Mansfield

I like to yank hermits into the spotlight. I'm a sucker for women whose work is sometimes considered "secondary," who kept a low profile and got a lot done. Their lives are usually stranger and their work is often quite unique. So today I'd like us all to focus our attention for a moment on someone who made odd and wonderful fiction, who was constantly seeking out freedom, and who was, to her...

Bitch Popaganda: I'll Have What She's Having

Welcome back to another episode of Bitch Popaganda! Tune in as Andi, Julie, Kristin, and Kelsey discuss the ethics of writing for free, the legacy of Nora Ephron, and the thongs of Magic Mike.

BitchTapes: Some Songs About Water

Water! It's pretty important and beautiful and easy to use as a metaphor, so it turns out there are a lot of great songs about it. This mix features songs from Rae Spoon, Your Heart Breaks, Kimya Dawson, and Mos Def. Enjoy!

BitchTapes: Some Songs About Water from BitchTapes on 8tracks.

On Our Radar: Breaking Down the "Model Minority," Things That Shouldn't Be Joked About, and Magic Mike!

Here's what we've been thinking about this week that isn't the TomKat divorce announcement.

  • A fourth edition of Gloria Anzaldua's Borderlands/La Frontera is to be published, but it can't happen without your help! [Kickstarter]
  • Jay Smooth tells us why "don't feed the trolls" is a stupid piece of internet advice. Feed them or relinquish your position on the internet...

Thinking Kink: Masculinity and Submission

When women are portrayed as submissive in popular media, the reaction broadly seems to be one of two things: "that's hot" or "that's offensive." When men are portrayed as submissive, the reaction is more likely to be one of pity or derision.  I recently attended a play party and got chatting to a male dominant while a male submissive was strapped to a nearby spanking bench and flogged by his...

Douchebag Decree: Race, Bunheads, and Amy Sherman-Palladino

It's never a surprise when new shows on television lack diversity. Someone writes about how awfully white a show is, it stirs up some commotion on the Internet but people continue watching, (*cough* Girls *cough*) and that's about the extent of it. And it's not so different for Amy Sherman-Palladino's new ABC Family show, Bunheads (except maybe it's less addictive...

Internet Crush: Black Folk Don't

Filmmaker Angela Tucker aims to complicate some of those stereotypes about what black people do and don't do with her web series Black Folk Don't. The second season, shot in New Orleans, kicked off this week with the episode "Black Folk Don't: Swim." Take a look!

Black Folk Don't: Swim from NBPC on Vimeo.

Lady Business: Until Next Time and Thank You

This is my last post for Lady Business. It has been a lightning fast eight weeks, but it's been so wonderful to interact with you all. I hope to trade ideas and words with you again sometime soon.

BiblioBitch: The Smart (and Spoiler-tastic) Analysis of Beyond the Wall

A book about us? Could I get the audio version? I'm a bit busy at the moment...

The book Beyond the Wall: Exploring George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire (SmartPop/BenBella Books) was something I could not resist, despite the very real possibility that it would not only not answer my lingering Season Two questions, but also offer spoilers for things I didn't even...