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Lady Business: On Confidence and Self-Advocacy

For a long time I was overly modest about my work and sometimes I still am. But I have male colleagues and peers who go overboard talking about themselves and their work. At the end of the day, they get better-paying and more frequent gigs because they know how to advocate for themselves. Nobody tells them that they need to pipe down because no one wants to hear it. Self-advocacy is huge.

The Dear White People Trailer is Great! The Comments Section is Depressingly Racist Though.

Dear White People, of Twitter and Tumblr fame, is making a movie! And it looks hilarious!

Sm{art}: Taking Back Tarot with the Collective Tarot

It makes sense that a centuries-old tradition would need an update. When Annie Murphy and her friends found that they couldn't identify traditional tarot decks, the five friends formed a collective to reimagine the deck while honoring the tradition of tarot. What came out was a more inclusive 78-card deck with illustrations from almost two dozen artists.

Effective or Just Plain Creepy? Snake and Rat Posters Aim to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

You might recall BabyCanWait's guerrilla teen-pregnancy prevention tactics from that "elaborate hoax" of a movie trailer they sprung on teens last year. They're back with a new campaign in partnership with United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Serve Marketing, and this one likens sexual predators to rats and snakes:

Ad copy reads, "When an older man has sex with an underage girl, it'...

Lady Business: When Men Get Credit for Inventing the Internet

Women rarely get credit for anything, especially not in the tech field, and generally not in any field where women are in the minority.

So, when the New York Times wrote about Ellen Pao's sexual discrimination lawsuit against venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, it will not suprise you that the lead essentially obscured women's contributions to the...

Bridal Party: Let's Get Married

I'd like to spend the next eight weeks with you looking at the history of weddings and marriage in Western culture, talking about how marriage is used as a tool of civil and economic inequality, and how the gender binary plays a role in how we think about weddings and helps to fuel the wasteful consumerism associated with THE SPECIAL DAY. Mainly I'd like to look at how anyone can say NO to the...

True Blood: Turn! Turn! Turn!

Did you watch the season premiere of True Blood last night? Just when I thought nothing could distract me from my post-Mad Men ennui...

Have I told you lately that I love you?

Mad Men: A Phantom of a Finale

Like Harry Crane in search of a new office, last night's season finale left us wanting more.

Move over, parachute company.

Lady Business: Equal Pay for Women

As if I needed another reason to want to yell at Republicans everywhere, this news about the vote to close loopholes in the 1963 Equal Pay Act made me want to hurt somebody.

Adventures in Feministory: Audre Lorde

Excuse me while I gather my bearings. Where do I even begin? Who is more badass than Audre Lorde? No, really. This is a question I want you to answer. Can't think of anyone? Good. Did you think of someone? Don't tell me yet. You'll ruin this moment. Born in New York City on February 18th, 1934, Lorde began reading and writing by age 4, wrote her first poem in the eighth grade, and was...