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Bitch in a Box: Holiday Gift Guide, Jet-Set Sex Edition!

Holidays are a time of giving, food, and family. And travel. And stress. Some of us are going to want to relieve some of that stress. And those of us who do don't need to be reminded by a certain airline-employed stranger to "Get your freak on, girl" upon arriving at our destination. While we fully encourage flying your "freak" flag often and proudly, between full-body pat downs and X-ray...

B-Sides: Is She & Him's Gender-Swapped "Baby It's Cold Outside" Less Date Rape-y Than the Original?

On their latest album A Very She & Him Christmas, Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward cover the creepy (yet catchy—creetchy?) classic with a twist: Deschanel is the "wolf" to M. Ward's "mouse." Does this make the song any less of a problem?

Adventures in Feministory: Ella Baker

Ella Baker is best known for her involvement in the civil rights movement during the late 1950s and 1960s, when she helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. These organizations were indeed pivotal, but, as Baker herself said, "One of the things that has to be faced is the process of waiting to change the system, how much we...

Bitch in a Box: Holiday Gift Guide, Tea Drinker's Edition!

As an avid tea drinker I can tell you that if you just went down to the grocery store and bought me a box of tea (any tea!) as a gift then I would be perfectly happy; a tea drinker can never have too much tea. Along with never having too much tea, an avid tea drinker can never have too many teapots or cups. You also don't have to spend a fortune: go down to your local Goodwill and you...

Crunk Feminist Collective Posts Open Letter to ABG Writers

The Crunk Feminist Collective, an amazing community and blog "where crunk meets conscious and feminism meets cool" (who should promptly be added to your blogroll, RSS reader, Twitter/Tumblr dash, what have you, if they're not already there), recently posted an open letter on their Tumblr page from some of its contributors to the writers of the web series Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl...

The 99%: "Money Can't Buy You Class"

A very special thank you to the Countess LuAnn of the Real Housewives of New York for supplying the title to today's post.  I doubt this is what the Countess was going for, but she brings up a good point: what's the difference between having money and having class privilege?  Is there one anymore?

Mom & Pop Culture: Muppet Mania

The Kermit I see is sensitive, silly and sweet. He sings with abandon, despite not having an auto-tuned perfect voice. He talks about his feelings, and friends, and rainbows. Jim Henson created Kermit in the Free To Be You and Me-fueled culture of the '70s, when people were itching for different role models for kids—ones that didn't play into the tired gender stereotypes of previous...

The H-Word: Was it Good for You?

This is my final post for The H-Word, where I say thanks and you tell me what you loved and hated.

In the Frame: I'm As Free As My Hair

Lady Gaga sang that she was as free as her hair, and she has been spotted in a dress that appears to have been made from her leftover wigs. It's certainly a talking point, especially in light of her song lyrics which associate freedom with the choice of how you wear your locks. She's not the first person to use hair as a form of artistic self-expression, as I've found four women who beat her...

Bechdel Test Canon: Daisies

We begin the second series with Věra Chtytilová's Sedmikrásky (Daisies), which was released in the writer-director's native country, Czechoslovakia, in 1966 and received an American release the following year. The 74-minute feature tells the story of two young women named Marie (Ivana Karbanová and Jitka Cerhová). Out of boredom and annoyance toward their bourgeois existence...

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