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Project Runway Season 10: Want a Piece of Me?

Things got personal during last night's Project Runway textile challenge.

In the family way.

RetroPop: What Would Zelda Fitzgerald Say to Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City's "Good Time"?

Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen's "Good Time" tells the tale of a party-lovin' guy and girl who frequently sleep until twilight only to stumble out of their hotel rooms, dropping phones in pools, raising their hands up in the air with giddy jubilance at going to many fun parties and emitting plenty of I'm-lovin'-life "whoah-oh"s. Jepsen's share of the lyrics, specifically, paint a...

Feminist Fistbump: World's Oldest Gymnast Johanna Quaas Kicks Ass at 86

The 57th Guinness Book of World Records is out today, and among the parrot who can slam dunk a basketball and Archie the world's shortest bull is Johanna Quaas, the world's oldest gymnast.

Beyond Judy Blume: Books for Children of All Genders

While this series is dedicated to discussing identity and sexuality in YA lit, we can't forget about children's lit. People needs books they can see themselves and their experiences inside of long before they're teenagers.

RetroPop: Nicki Minaj's Obama-Noted Political Satire and the "Little Boxes" She Might Enjoy

I've already written about the amazing force that is Nicki Minaj when we mused on why Edna St. Vincent Millay might have loved Minaj's "Starships." But my favorite currently-charting lady rapper is in the news this week for a different reason and I thought it might result in another interesting RetroPoppy mashup, so oblige me as we return to the delightful Land of Minaj.

Thinking Pink: A History of Products "For Her"

Remember those BIC For Her pens that inspired hilarious customer reviews a while back? Well, they weren't the first pens to be marketed to small-handed, weak-fingered women.

In "Girlie Pens, Again? Why Ordinary Things Go Pink" Lisa Hix explores the reasons behind Pink Think, when "mid-century manufacturers realized that if you take an ordinary object, turn it pink, and put the...

B-Sides: Hysterics Go on Tour!

The Hysteric's sole blog post has a neat hook. They've backdated it to October 30, 1989, suggesting two things: All Hallows' Eve, and old-school punk rock. The date implies both the sugary rush of Halloween menace ("this song is about the true promise of Halloween, extorting candy by threat, from parents") and the post-Reagan years when punk realized there was still an establishment to...

SNL Adds First-Ever Fat Woman to New Cast

After losing some regulars last season—Abby Elliott, Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg, and Jason Sudeikis (maybe)—Saturday Night Live announced the three new cast members who'll be joining the show's 38th season. One of the three is Aidy Bryant, a Second City alum who just happens to be fat. Though SNL has long showcased the work of funny fat men like Chris Farley, Horatio Sanz,...

That's so MANteresting!

When I was in elementary school, we played a game in P.E. where we basically just threw foam balls at targets. My mean gym teacher Ms. Heinz would make the girls stand closer to the targets than the boys, because presumably 8-year-old males have rocket arms or something while 8-year-old females need special accommodations just to get a nerf ball off the ground (not the case). I remember...

On Our Radar: Jay-Z, Amy Poehler, and the Mom-in-Chief

Another week, another roundup!

  • You've read Zadie Smith's On Beauty, now read her On Jay-Z [New York Times]
  • Having trouble coming to terms with Amy Poehler and Will Arnett's divorce? Bitch contributor Anne Helen Peterson explains why that might be. [Celebrity Gossip, Academic Style]
  • Only two days left to help the Lakota Sioux raise funds to...