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Political InQueery: Frank Lautenberg Loves Lady Gaga

Frank Lautenberg made it clear this summer that he has a big love for Lady Gaga. The octogenarian isn't even up for reelection this fall, but just to pad his war chest a little, he hosted a fundraiser at a Gaga concert. For a mere $2,400—the maximum individual donation amount allowed by law—one could join him and his wife in their box at the Verizon Center in DC. He wasn't playing about his...

Portland Lesbian & Gay Film Festival

The Portland Lesbian & Gay Film Festival is under way! This October the Fest is celebrating its 14th year, opening last Friday night at Cinema 21 with a screening of Howl. Don't be dismayed that you missed it because the Fest is running until October 9 so there are still five days left to catch one (or more!) of the many movies lined up. Find the full list of screenings here.

Mad World: The Most Sexist Ad in America

Last week, Consumerist posted the results to their Worst Ad in America poll. Winners (well, losers) include the McDonald's "not until I've had my coffee" guy and Jimmy the Extenze spokesperson—no surprise there, since those ads are super annoying. But, with all of the excellent categories created by Consumerist (Creepiest Commercial, Most Grating Performance By a Human, etc.) there is...

Feministory: Phoolan Devi, "The Bandit Queen of India"

This week's Feministory subject, Phoolan Devi, had a life that read like an action movie screenplay. In fact, her life BECAME an action movie screenplay. But integral to discussions of Devi and her harrowing story is the search for truth. Who knew the truth about her? Did she tell the truth? Did the books and movie about her tell the truth? Who WASN'T telling the truth? And which truth...

Tube Tied: Stephen Colbert Asks About Women, and Maybe that's All I Need

I spend a lot of time blogging complaints. Not enough women, too many but too insubstantial, why do they only talk to each other about men, etc., etc. This is a complaint commonly made about bloggers, and, hell, feminists, that they are too critical and don't ever seem to see any good in anything.

But today I've something positive for you. The other night I was watching the Colbert...

Music Matters: Hang with Me

All music matters. From the fluffiest pop song to the most serious political critique, from Lady Gaga to your high school band.

Political InQueery: It's Showtime!

Last summer, which now seems so very long ago, we looked at some people and trends in US politics and policy making who have affected our lives, some for good, but mostly not. I really enjoyed the "Where in the world is" posts in the series, even as I shuddered to write some of them. Bob Packwood's "sinewy arms" just scare me. But as we look toward this midterm election season—and perhaps...

From the Library: Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution

Everybody's talking about Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution. Sara Marcus spent the last five years researching for this book which Kathleen Hanna describes as "the first meticulously researched book about Riot Grrrl." Marcus is about to start her book tour, complete with appearances from Jessica Hopper, Anna Oxygen, Kathleen Hanna, Mirah, and Tara Jane Oneil,...

Grand Rounds: Dissecting Grey's Anatomy: Shock to the System

This week on Grey's Anatomy, lightning strikes a flag football team, Doctor Yang breaks down in the operating room, Callie and Arizona spar over paint, Dr. Bailey lays down the law with Dr. Karev, Meredith opens up in therapy, and so much more! Find out what the Grand Rounds bloggers think about it all after the jump.

Horror Show: The Exorcist and You

You feminist horror fans out there probably already know that The Exorcist is being re-released next week on Blu-Ray and DVD, complete with new special features and an extended director's cut. What you might not know, however, is that your friends at Bitch Media (hi, that's us) have five copies of said DVD that we'll be giving away throughout the month of October as a part of our Horror Show...

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