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The Sky is Blue, Water is Wet, and the Oscar Nominations are a Big Feminist Disappointment

This morning, the nominees for the 84th annual Academy Awards were announced. And this morning, as has happened every Oscar nominee morning for the past 83 years, the roster of hopefuls is filled with white dudes.

Douchebag Decree: Tucson Public School Officials Ban Ethnic Studies Program and Shelve Books

Straight from the "people still do this?" department, the Governing Board of the Tucson Unified School District responded to pressure from creepy Arizona Tea Party officials by dismantling the district's Mexican-American Studies program, and last week they announced they were preventing many of the books from being used in school curricula. Among the authors banned are Leslie Marmon...

Adventures in Feministory: Assia Djebar

In the midst of her university years, Djebar published her first two novels, La Soif and Les Impatients (she also took on her pen name, fearing that her father wouldn't approve of her writing). The novels were much less politicized than her later writing and received criticism for failing to acknowledge the then-current political climate in Algeria; still, these novels—...

Bechdel Test Canon: Me Without You

Writer-director Sandra Goldbacher's 2001 feature Me Without You champions the girl who gets overlooked and now serves as further evidence for the kind of actress Michelle Williams was to become. Attempting a British accent, Williams plays mousy intellectual Holly. At first glance, she is no match for her glamorous best friend Marina (Anna Friel). But the film makes clear that Holly is...

Bitch Radio: Talking Trans and Queer Embodiment and Imprisonment with the Contributors of Captive Genders

"Pathologized, terrorized, and confined, trans/gender-non-conforming and queer folks have always struggled against the enormity of the prison industrial complex." The anthology Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex, which came out this summer from AK Press, addresses trans and queer identity and prison industrial complex. From the disproportionate...

Thursday Night 'Lights: Liz Lemon Needs a Divorce From Tina Fey

In this week's TNL, it's all about  30 Rock—specifically, the problem that arises from Tina Fey so closely identifying with her character, Liz Lemon. This week's episode especially magnified the havoc this wreaks on her long-suffering fictional alter-ego, in both her personal and professional life.

Bitchtapes: Stuck in Bed

Bitchtapes: Stuck in Bed from BitchTapes on 8tracks.

No, this isn't an "in bed" playlist for hanky-panky, this mix is for those rockstars struck down by flu season, reduced to figuring out the best pillow to lean on when eating soup. Judging by inter-office emails, I'm not the only sick one, so let's all embrace it...

Bechdel Test Canon: Please Give

Nicole Holofcener once again foregrounds female subjectivity in Please Give, which uses white women's tears to comment on sisterhood, motherhood, and class privilege.

Project Runway All Stars: When Pigs Cry

Our Project Runway All Stars designed for "megacelebrity" (and plush puppet) Miss Piggy last night:

Nothing weird about this promo photo at all. Why do you ask?

On Our Radar

Here's what we've been reading this week.
  • We need to be careful not to let our talk of Paula Deen slip into schaudenfreude.
  • You know, the whole "Shit [blank] Says to...[blank]" meme has proven to be a pretty smart examination of prejudice and microagressions, and we ought to give it more credit.
  • West Coast readers! Check out the West Coast Rally for Reproductive Justice...