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Adventures in Feministory: Elaine May

Elaine May gained notoriety for directing the 1987 Hollywood mega-disaster Ishtar, but before that she broke barriers for women in comedy with longtime partner-in-crime Mike Nichols, and for women in film with her gripping Mikey and Nicky and hilarious The Heartbreak Kid. She's worked against the grain as a writer and director, pushing against systems that normally...

In The Frame: An Interview with The Girls

Together, Andrea Blood and Zoe Sinclair are known as The Girls—an artistic partnership that has revolved around intense tableaux self-portraits, live performances, videos and installations. Along with exhibiting regularly in the UK, they've shown at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art and Milan's UNO+UNO. Whether they're taking on recognizable people and reimagining them, or creating...

Bechdel Test Canon: The Spirit of the Beehive

As we enter into the third week of the series, I thought we'd continue our conversation about fables and girlhood generated by Friday's post on Hanna by looking at Spanish director Victor Erice's haunting 1973 film The Spirit of the Beehive. The film filters a young girl's experience with James Whale's Frankenstein through the lens of Francoism, familial and...

The 99%: Welcome Home, Deserving People! Thoughts on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

There's something else going on here. There's the construction (no pun intended) of a "deserving" poor person whose needs can be addressed via a for-profit reality show, as opposed to real, systemic change.

Mom & Pop Culture: Viral Videos

We're (not so) slowly creating a new social contract where oversharing has become de rigueur. Blame it on the popularity of reality TV or the easy access the Internet provides—either way, we're currently at a place where a video of a mom intentionally terrifying her young son while he belts out Britney Spears has over 10 million hits on YouTube.

Bitchtapes: 11 Tracks You May Have Missed in 2011

I've always hated Top Ten of the Year Lists. I just feel like there is some sort of intrinsic hubris involved that comes with definitively declaring "The Best" of anything. Also, who wants to encourage this kind of feedback? But because I've been so busy re-discovering 2011's great catalog, I did want to share some gems that didn't get the radio play Adele did this year. Here's a selection of...

On Our Radar

Doing the holidays revolution blog style.
  • Take a look at Disgrasian's piece on the awful racist customer service at Chick-Fil-A earlier this week.
  • As if there wasn't enough d-baggery in the corporate world already, the Trans Women's Anti-Violence Project has a piece on a transphobic Macy's employee's "activism."
  • Tech blogger Laura Klein wrote an excellent rebuttal to...

Bechdel Test Canon: Hanna

Violent girls like Hanna might not be such easy marks.

The 99%: Villainy and the Very Rich on Revenge

On ABC's Revenge, the story is uprooted from the Second Empire in France to the modern-day Hamptons.  The heroine is Amanda Clarke turned Emily Thorne, who seeks revenge on her old neighbors after her father was wrongly convicted of a terrorist plot, leading to her placement in foster care and, ultimately, juvenile detention. When she turns 18, Amanda learns her father made a...

Douchebag Decree: If I Were a Douchebag Forbes Writer Edition

If you don't want to give Marks the pageviews, Dominion has a nice highlight reel from his article here. Instead of rehashing the (many) negative aspects of what Marks had to say, let's look at some of the incredibly positive, non-trolling responses to Marks' piece that could use your clicks.

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