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BitchTapes: Sexy Jams

Sexy Jamz from BitchTapes on 8tracks.

"Why do I have a playlist labeled 'Sexy Jamz' with nothing in it?" I exclaimed one day while looking through my computer's music library, "...your life," a friend said jokingly. I scoffed. But basically, the statement was true—when you're buried neck deep in papers, books, and...

Thinking Kink: Some Like it Rough

"Baby, when it's love, if it's not rough it isn't fun", growls Lady Gaga in her hit "Poker Face." Today, I'm considering how rough sex is portrayed in the media, and why a taste for the rough stuff troubling to some but damn sexy to others...

Project Runway Season 10: I Like Candy When it's Wrapped in a Sweater

The competition was sweet during the unconventional materials challenge on last night's Project Runway—and not just because the clothes were made of candy.

Sweet and Sour (we're looking at you, Dmitry).

Pre-Olympics Reading: Top 89 Books About Girls & Women in Sports

Handy reading resource website A Mighty Girl, "the world's largest collection of books and movies for smart, confident, and courageous girls," has a list up just in time for the Olympics!

Kids These Days: Kameron Slade Gives His Same-Gender Marriage Speech to New York City Council, Awesomeness Ensues.

When the principal at 5th grader Kameron Slade's school deemed his speech on same-gender marriage "inappropriate," the Internet took notice. After the online attention it received, Slade was not only allowed to present his heartwarming speech to his classmates at PS 195 in Queens last month, he also delivered it to the New York City Council yesterday.

This kid.

Sm{art}: Queer Zine Machine, Edie Fake

You know when you come across a super rad zine artist and you're really into their work, then you casually waltz into a comic shop, and you find one or two of their zines from years and years ago, but you get pretty bummed that the zine and comic shops in your area don't have a sufficient selection, so you scour the Internet but can only find so many other things, then you realize you've...

You Do the Math: Hollywood's "Most Valuable Stars" Are Mostly White Dudes

Vulture recently published its list of the 100 Most Valuable Hollywood Stars, calculated using an algorithm that combines eight data points. Since this is a numbers game that takes into account magazine covers, box office receipts, and studio value, it should come as no surprise that the list is stacked with white guys. Let's do the math, shall we?

Emma Stone is over this sausage...

WTF Files: Ida B. Wells Statue to Replace Ida B. Wells Housing Projects

Last week was Ida B. Wells' 150th birthday. To recognize the occasion, the Ida B. Wells Commemorative Art Committee hosted a reception in Bronzeville, IL to honor her and pitch for donations for a monument to be designed by Chicago sculptor Richard Hunt. A monument is a great idea, but here's the catch:



The 20-foot granite and bronze piece will be installed at 37th and...

B-Sides: Goat and the Feather

The advent of Garage Band as a major media outlet for musicians and songwriters has provided a great many opportunities for the reinvention of the earnest acoustic wheel in the last five years or so. Shane and Essy are not reinventing that wheel. They are not inventing twang, they are not inventing milky-smoky vocals, they are not inventing dusty-country-roads guitar accompaniment. But...

Thinking Kink: Moving Beyond Abuse with BDSM

Last post, I looked at how BDSM can be used to work through abuse. But what of those who want to use BDSM to move on from, not replay, traumatic pasts? Today, I'm thinking about the difficulty of shedding the "victim" label when an abuse survivor chooses to be kinky...