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Open Thread: Cracked's "5 Ways Modern Men Are Trained to Hate Women"

David Wong's article on Cracked, "5 Ways Modern Men Are Trained to Hate Women," has 6,132 comments and counting, and 1.6 million (million!) people have read it since yesterday, so obviously it's striking a chord. What's your take? Is Wong sparking an important conversation about social constructs and sexism, or is he just trying to give sexist straight guys a pass for staring at women's boobs...

Visi(bi)lity: A Tale of Two Alexes: Bi Coming-of-Age Narratives

Allow me a moment of nostalgia—the late 1990s and early 2000s were excellent eras for teen dramas on network television. Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Freaks and Geeks were particular favorites of mine at the time, but most of the teen shows that aired around then—particularly those on the now-defunct WB—had their moments. One show I remember occasionally watching was The...

It May Be Different for "Girls," But the NY Mag Cover Photos Are More of the Same

Emily Nussbaum's cover story for the current issue of New York magazine, "It's Different for Girls," is about how Lena Dunham's hotly anticipated new HBO series is, well, different. As much as an HBO show about white 20-somethings in New York can be different, anyway. And it's a great profile piece for anyone interested in the show (which I am), as it gives some insight into...

Visi(bi)lity: Bisexuality as Rebellion: Sexualizing Women

I have noticed that often such stories use sexual fluidity among young women to signify rebellion against hegemonic institutions. In stories ostensibly about conflict between women and their families and women and male lovers, hints of bisexuality are present as indications of the larger ways in which the women in question are opposing oppression.

Mad Men: A Little Bisous

After 18 long months, Mad Men returned last night with a two-hour episode, bringing plenty of cocktails, office power plays, and surprise-party dance numbers along with it:

Don't let my fake laugh deceive you—I'm so pissed right now." - Don

Andi, Annalee, and I will be recapping Mad Men this season (just like we did with Project Runway All Stars...

Maxim's "Cure A Feminist" Spreads the Sexism Even Farther Than It Dared to Hope

I noticed a friend's Facebook share the other day of a Maxim "article" along with a critique of the language of "lads mags." Here's the magazine feature, which is disgustingly violent in the most straightforward of ways, in order to give some context, but what I really want to talk about are some of the public conversations that have followed it.

Required Reading: Disgrace

What do you say when it turns out that a friend or close coworker is into by rape-y highbrow erotica? Prize-winning literature is a minefield for polite conversation.

On Our Radar: The Hunger Games, Santigold, and an All-Black Remake of Steel Magnolias

Here's what we've been reading this week:

  • Live in the Bay Area? You probably should mark your calendar for this feminist, Native American art show by artist Geri Montano running April 7th through May 12th.  
  • Check out this Kickstarter for reproducitve justice- and gender rights-themed art. 
  • Queen Latifah will star in the all-black cast remake of Steel...

Bitch Radio: The Hunger Games Movie Review!

Did any of you stay up past your bedtimes to see The Hunger Games last night? We did!

To hear thoughts on the film from teens dressed up in homemade "Peeta bread" t-shirts, parents accompanying minors, disgruntled fans, and more—and to hear me profess my undying love for Stanley Tucci (the shining star of the film, in my opinion)—tune in to our Bitch Radio review (embedded...

Project Runway All Stars: The Grand Finale

It was the grand finale last night for our All Stars as joy, tears, and pantsuits filled the runway:

"It's the story of a vampire from the 18th century who has lived many hundreds of years and now resides in Williamsburg, occasionally borrowing clothes from her Hasidic dandy friends."