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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.


Beyond Judy Blume: Queer YA Characters Need Friends Too!

There are many great YA books that feature queer teens who also struggle with loneliness and unhappiness, and most of us will probably agree that these books shouldn't disappear, as many queer teens do struggle with these things. But when queer teens go to novels looking to find people like themselves, they should also be able to find characters they can relate to who have friends they...

Douchebag Decree: Facebook, [Controversial Humor], and "12 year old slut meme's"

Making matters worse—way worse—for young people online and for the world in general is a new page on Facebook called "12 year old slut meme's" [sic], dedicated to slut-shaming and general douchebaggery. Since the page launched last month, Facebook users have asked that it be taken down as a violation of the site's hate speech policy, but as of the publishing of this post it's going strong with...