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Everything You Wanted to Know About the Backlot Bitch*

Salutations from the East Coast! My name is Monica and I'll be your resident "Backlot Bitch" for the next few months. Or more, if you like me. If you really, really like me.

Why "Backlot Bitch"? Well, it's alliteration, and literary devices. But really, I've always loved the history of old Hollywood and the studio backlots were once the hubs of the industry. As I've grown up though,...

That Christina Aguilera "Fat Girl" Quote Was Fake. What Happened?

If there's one thing the Internet loves, it's cat videos. If there's a second thing the Internet loves though, it's when someone is mad as hell and isn't going to take it anymore. So it went with yesterday's viral Christina "Xtina" Aguilera quotes about being fat, which were shared widely, applauded by many, and totally fake.

B-Sides: Dark Dark Dark

It takes chutzpah for an indie band just starting out to get rid of the acoustic guitar. But that's how it went for Minneapolis/New Orleans/Chicago's Dark Dark Dark. Choosing instead to write their earliest songs for an accordion and a banjo (insert my inevitable fandom here), founding members Nona Marie Invie and Marshall LaCount build their eclectic, eery, inviting music from the...

Tales From The Crip: This Is What Disability Looks Like

I have been told by some I am creating inspirational porn in a different form by showing images that are too queer, too sexuality provocative, and too fabulous—but I am sharing what people are sending me.

WTF Files: Katie Roiphe's "Mockery Feminists" are Sarcastic, Drunk, One-Dimensional, and White

There is a special face-shaped dent in many a feminist's desk thanks to the writings of Katie Roiphe. She's at it again today ("it" being a short-sighted, wrongheaded take on modern feminism) with her latest article, "The Mockery Feminists."

Read This: The Myth of the Male Decline

"Contrary to the fears of some pundits, the ascent of women does not portend the end of men. It offers a new beginning for both." So argues Stephanie Coontz in the New York Times most emailed article (as of this morning), "The Myth of Male Decline." Though polemics on the tanking of men as a gender abound these says, Coontz has some real talk—and some real data—to suggest there is a...

RetroPop: Into the Future!

If this blog were running a year or two years or five years from now, which female radio artists would I hope to see advancing conversations about women, art, and pop music? And which female authors do I hope become icons of "the female canon" in the same way it was a foregone conclusion that I'd include Jane Austen and Charlotte Brontë when I started this thing? Here are just a few...

On Our Radar: Racist Fashion, Sexist Science, and No Homophobes

It's Friday, and that means it's time for another links roundup! Here's what we've been reading this week:

  • "Fauxcahontas"? Really? Deb Merskin dissects the media's offensive use of racial slurs in the Brown-Warren election. [Name It Change It]
  • Fifty years after Silent Spring was published, Amanda Hess argues that science is still sexist. [Slate]
  • We doubt...

Project Runway Season 10: Dressing Up Baby

The designers weren't the only ones acting like babies during last night's episode of Project Runway.

Babies, you better work.

BitchTapes: Young at Heart (and Age)

Sometimes music sounds youthful and exuberant, and then sometimes you flip the record cover over and see the a picture of three smiling 16-year-olds and you think "damn, they are actually are young and exuberant!" This week's BitchTapes is dedicated to those who don't wait around to start making awesome music.