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Megan Fox Refreshingly NOT Objectified in New Acer Commercial. Plus: Talking Dolphins!

Here in the feminist blogosphere, we spend a lot of time calling out sexism in the media, especially in advertising. Contrary to popular belief, this is not because we are screeching harridans, but because most mainstream advertising is hella sexist. That's why I was extra-psyched to see this new Acer electronics ad featuring Megan Fox as a budding marine biologist who is not, at any point,...

Tales From The Crip: Lydia Callis: ASL Interpreter Heartthrob

Regardless of why Lydia Callis has become an overnight celebrity, she's unintentionally brought ASL into the forefront of American media, highlighting not only the vibrancy of the language, but also the necessity of diverse communication strategies- particularly in emergencies.

Adventures in Feministory: Domitila Barrios de Chungara

Domitila Barrios de Chungara was a labor rights leader and political activist from Bolivia. In addition to advancing the status of the working class of Bolivia, Barrios de Chungara was also an advocate for women's rights.

Backlot Bitch: Lana Wachowski Wins Visibility Award From HRC

I'm skeptical of any awards given out so closely to the release of an honoree's film. It's an extra press release, another sound bite, and a little something for the likes of Entertainment Tonight, Extra!, and TMZ to shill. Yawn.

That said, it was worth following The Hollywood Reporter's extensive coverage of the Human Rights Campaign's Visibility Award, presented to...

Horror Show: Feminist Horror Films to See This Ladyween


It is really hard to find a horror film that is unequivocally feminist. So hard, in fact, that when I went to a local video store that specializes in cult and hard-to-find films and asked the dude working there if he had any suggestions for feminist horror, he hemmed and hawed for a while, suggested some rape-and-revenge films, and then pretty much gave up. Sometimes it feels...

Call the Midwife: What Nuns Know about Reproductive Justice

This week on Call the Midwife, there were only two births, and one of them was a piglet. The plot has veered away from focusing exclusively on pregnancy and birth, offering viewers the opportunity to think more broadly about reproductive health.

BitchTapes: Fireplace Grooves

Music good for: eating bowls of soup, drinking hot cider or cocoa from an oversized mug, cuddling with your pet(s), knitting scarves, drinking wine or hot toddies. Track list after the jump!

Fireplace Grooves from BitchTapes on 8tracks Radio.

On Our Radar: Air Force Discrimination, Fatphobia, and

Here's a round-up of what we've been reading this week!

  • Roseanne, really? Yesterday Roseanne Barr let transphobic tweets flow. Monica at Trans Griot shares her disappointment and goes over (again) why the bathroom-predator meme is a fallacy. 
  • At, Jamilah Lemieux has an important piece about no matter what happened to Sharmeka Moffitt, we need to examine the way...

Douchebag Decree: Ann Coulter vs. Richard Mourdock—It's a Douche-Off!

My what a douche-y week! In desperate times like these, we feminists have only one option.... A douche-off! In one corner, we have Ann "R-word tweeter" Coulter, an awful person if there ever was one. In the other corner we have Richard "God intended rape pregnancies" Mourdock, who is also terrible. Two douches enter, one douche leaves!

Mompaganda: Shell's By-Moms-For-Moms Shill

Mothers have long been used in advertising to sell everything from toothpaste to cars—even cigarettes. What's new is the present-day strategy: PR firms devise campaigns that appear to be grassroots movements or "spontaneous" trend pieces. This kind of marketing is referred to as "Astroturf" because of the way it mimics true grassroots movements—legitimate citizen campaigns for clean...