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B-Sides: Savage Garden

As their biggest hits in the US were love songs, one may forget that much of Savage Garden's music is decidedly dark, especially on their eponymous debut. Major themes on Savage Garden include depression ("To the Moon and Back," "Santa Monica") and troubled or abusive relationships ("Tears of Pearls," "Break Me Shake Me," "A Thousand Words"). As might be expected from a...

Adventures in Feministory: Jessie de la Cruz

"The average farmworker lived 49 years—compared to 70 years for the white majority in the United States. A migrant worker's baby was twice as likely to die as babies of other people. Farmworkers were three times as likely as other people to get tuberculosis, three times as likely to get hurt on the job, and were the lowest-paid workers in the country."

Jessie de la Cruz grew up in these...

WTF Files: IKEA's M

Hey men! You know what's worse than a trip to IKEA with your wife or girlfriend? NOTHING. Because the torture of walking up and down the aisles of the Swedish housewares store is apparently nigh unbearable for men (seriously, picking out throw pillows is SO HARD), an IKEA in Australia has come up with an infantilizing solution: MÄNLAND, a daycare for dudes.

What's the IKEA word for...

Isn't He Lovely: The Body Politics of Male Balding

When I started dating a bald man, the first questions my friends fired my way about him had nothing to do with his background, employment or interests. Repeatedly, they'd bypass the pleasantries and skip straight to his hair: So, is he really bald, or does he choose to shave his head? How long has he been bald? Could he grow hair if he wanted to? And after I would explain that, yes, he shaves...

BitchTapes: Breaking Out of the White, Male Punk Canon

For all of its progressive-leaning, status-quo-breaking, norm-shattering tendencies, punk rock still looks like a white boy's club. Even after all of these years, the largest punk record of the year (Fucked Up's David Comes to Life) was played by a band with one woman! There are also five other white dudes in that band! So let's go back and look through the punk canon, find the...

On Our Radar

My, what a week.

  • Still reeling from the murder of Troy Davis? Check out "10 things anyone can do to help exonerate innocent people and prevent wrongful convictions" from The Innocence Project, and continue the fight for justice. 
  • The first post in a series on queer identity and gaming is up at Yin Soaked Boy. 
  • Have you been reading BFP's excellent series on...

Bitch Radio: Talking with s.e. smith and Anna Pearce of "We're All Mad Here"

Even though "We're All Mad Here," the guest blog exploring mental illness in pop culture wrapped up today, we've got one more way to savor this excellent series. For this episode of Bitch Radio, I spoke with s.e. and Anna about "We're All Mad Here,"—what topics they didn't get a chance to address, tropes of mental illness in politics, and where they see hope for the future of depictions of...

Preacher's Daughter: Gillian Welch's "Dark Turn of Mind"

Americana artist Gillian Welch has always included southern Christian imagery in her work. Though not native to the South, her music is at its most comfortable when it explores the tragedy and violence of working-class survival in the region. Welch and partner David Rawlings write and record sparse songs unlike any others. In part, this has to do with Rawlings' masterful guitar work, but it...

Thursday Night 'Lights: NBC's New Must-See TV (and Whitney)

Like many people in the '90s, I tuned into NBC's enormously popular Thursday night comedy block for FriendsSeinfeld and many other shows in that time slot over the decade. At the time, it was like the TV equivalent of seeing Jurassic Park on opening weekend: It just felt like the thing to do.

Thursday nights on the Peacock Network are a completely different...

Isn't He Lovely: Short Man Stigma

But the short stigma is even more pervasive—if subtle—in everyday life. For while studies and surveys about women's perceived attractiveness and height result in a muddled mix of preferences for statures diminutive and statuesque, things aren't so fluid for men. Research repeatedly indicates that, statistically speaking, tall men enjoy certain benefits. And for that reason, I'd argue that...

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