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Tales From The Crip: Maysoon Zayid: Arab Gone Wild

"For those of you who don't know me, I'm not wasted, but the doctor who delivered me was." So begins the standup comedy set from Maysoon Zayid: disabled comic, actor, humanitarian, and "Arab Gone Wild."

Backlot Bitch: In Defense of "Wreck-It Ralph"

 

There are movies you see once and you never want to see again. Other movies require multiple viewings in order to pick up on the subtext and subtitles. And then there are the enjoyable enough movies to leave on the TV over and over again just because they're fun. Wreck-It Ralph is one of those rare movies that's fun for a revisit yet is peppered with enough hidden...

Daddy Issues: My Two Dads And The Policing of Young Women

I used to love My Two Dads. To recap, or in case you (shocked face) never saw it: the show was about two  single, straight Manhattan bachelors who were given joint custody of 12-year old Nicole after her mom/their joint ex-girlfriend died. Living with just one mom, I was fascinated by a show that centered around a girl's relationship with her two fathers. Except I re-watched some of...

Lady Liquor: Teri Fahrendorf and the Pink Boots Society

Last week I had the pleasure of talking with Teri Fahrendorf, who started the Pink Boots Society in 2007 after a road trip to check out breweries all over the country. Again and again, she said, she encountered women who worked in craft breweries who had never before met another female brewer, let alone one with a couple decades' worth of experience. Immediately, they wanted to know who and...

Adventures in Feministory: Jean Rhys

 

In 1966, when Jean Rhys was 76 years old, her novel Wide Sargasso Sea was published. The novel, a prequel to Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre, is told from the perspective of the Caribbean Creole "madwoman in the attic" who was Mr. Rochester's first wife. Her editor, who worked with her on Wide Sargasso Sea, highlights the difficulty of Rhys'...

Bibliobitch: Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self

I first heard of Danielle Evans (the author, not the next top model) when Thea Lim excerpted her blog post "Smart Conversations about MFA programs" for its critique of privilege on Racialicious. Alternately, Evans also wrote "Stupid conversations about MFA Programs as well," saying,

 

 

A lot of complaints about MFA programs start with the assertion that writers should be...

On Our Radar: Election Day, Masculinity, and Margaret Cho

Phew, we can all relax a little now that Election Day is over.  GOBAMA!!  In case you missed out on your internet browsing during the fury of all that was November 6th, here's a round-up on what we've been reading:
  • Sure, there's always room for more progress, but let's not forget to celebrate our wins along the way!  Women really shined on Election Day, and here's a recap of how. [Slate...

BitchTapes: Take it and Make it Your Own

Take it and Make it Your Own from BitchTapes on 8tracks Radio.

Sometimes, you see something you like and you just know you have to have it for your own. When this happens to musicians, a cover is born. For this week's BitchTapes, enjoy these songs originally written/performed by men, but sung with their own...

Backlot Bitch: The Trouble with James Bond and Skyfall

This tepid installation of the longest-running movie franchise in history still peddles woman's bodies as disposable, continues the tradition of white-valued imperialism, and features a mark of homophobia. Shocked? You shouldn't be.

Daddy Issues: Man And Baby,

I'm reliably informed that the poster (right) grandly named L'Enfant but more commonly known as Man and Baby wasn't a phenom in the United States like it was in the U.K. Here, it capitalized on the worldwide success of Three Men and a Baby and perfectly captured the sensitive man zeitgeist of the late '80s, becoming one of the country's top-selling posters of all...

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