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Games On! Going the Distance

Following Tiki Gelena's record-breaking win for Ethiopia in the women's marathon on Sunday, it's easy to forget that women's distance running has a relatively short history in the Olympics.

Ethiopia's Tiki Gelana crosses the finish line. Image: EPA

B-Sides: Laetitia Sadier's New Album is as Political as it is Pretty

Laetitia Sadier, who some may know as the bilingual frontwoman of '90s indie-rock band Stereolab, just dropped her second solo album, Silencio, a couple weeks ago on Drag City.

Sadier's vocals were one of my favorite things about Stereolab, always melding perfectly with their synth-driven songs, still bright and melodic while hitting minor or dischordant notes. Stereolab...

Read: An Oral History of Mad Men's Killer Episode "The Other Woman"

The Mad Men fans among us will never forget "The Other Woman." In a season filled with beautiful, heart-wrenching, affecting episodes, "The Other Woman" stands out as one of the best, and we aren't the only ones who think so: The episode is nominated for Emmys in the acting, writing, and directing categories this year. Not only that, the Daily Beast is publishing a...

Seven Must-Hear Bands from this Year's Pickathon Music Festival

It took me two showers to wash off the dirt from Portland-based roots music festival Pickathon last weekend, but I'm still basking in the glow of new music discoveries. Some of my faves after the jump, with links to band websites and performances...

Bridal Party: You've Unlocked the Bouquet

Oh, Bitch readers. My time with the Bridal Party series is nearing its end. For my penultimate post, I thought I'd share with you something I never knew existed prior to this series. Something so amazing (read: absurd) that I'm not even sure I can develop a critical thought framework around it. That is a lie. I could develop a critital thought framework about a slice of pie if I tried.


Thinking Kink: Playing With Race in BDSM

As with the issue of female sexual submission, racial imagery in a BDSM context is an issue apt to cause heated debates, so I want to include both sides of the argument. Today, I'll examine the objections to the use of racialized imagery in kink, and in my next post I'll look at the responses by those who defend it.

True Blood: Everybody Wants to Rule the World

Last night's True Blood started as Bill & Eric's Excellent Adventure and ended up more like Bill & Eric's Bogus Journey.

Lafayette is indeed a fine ass motherfucker with some pretty new eyelashes.

Introducing RetroPop: Connecting Today

The world's biggest flirt has triumphed over a social revolutionary on the pop charts: Carly Rae Jepsen and her flouncy seven-week chart topper "Call Me Maybe" finally unseated Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" as the longest-running number one single for a female singer with the Interscope label.

Flirty summer fun winning out over social comment, according to the dollars we are...

On Our Radar: Gabby Douglas, How Not to Write About Women, and Some Spoken Word For Your Weekend!

Have you been keeping up with the Olympics? If you have, then this has surely been an exciting week. Other things have been exciting too though. Here's what we've been reading/watching.

  • Smile, it makes you seem less threatening. Racially biased commentary in the Olympics is a thing, but if you just shrug it off and smile real big, it's okay, right? Ummm, no. But look,...

Project Runway Season 10: Double Up

Last night was Project Runway's first team challenge of the season and a blast from the past for longtime fans. How did our designers fare?

Sonjia, you are a treasure.