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B-Sides: The Last Names

The Last Names is a pretty new band, and as such they don't have much music beyond a pleasant EP that makes me think their upcoming album, Wilderness, will also be pleasant. What they do have, though, is the 52 Covers Project.

Double Rainbow: Sweet, Sweet "Chocolate"

I'm about to wax rhapsodic about a cheesy, transparently manipulative martial arts film. But seriously: Prachya Pinkaew's 2008 movie Chocolate is the best film I've ever seen that features an autistic protagonist. And it's the only piece of media I've personally encountered that features a nonverbal protagonist.

Bechdel Test Canon Double Feature: Water Lilies and Show Me Love

Water Lilies and Show Me Love celebrate and trouble girl love.

Adventures in Feministory: Vi Subversa

Vi Subversa took late '70s British punk idealism and held it up to its own values. She challenged the seas of angry, violent young men that crowded British clubs and opened punk up for personal expression. With her band the Poison Girls, she forged a path of punk rock that examined the politics of everyday life. And, who else can say they released their first single when they were a 44-year-...

The 99%: "But look how far we

Yet, what Downton Abbey also offers for the modern viewer is the idea that, today, class differences have been overcome.  The stark separation between the lives of the family and the staff illustrate a segregation that is no longer overt in today's society.  Few people have lives in literal servitude, and even fewer have actual servants.  We like to believe that now, a hundred years...

Pomp and Quirkumstance: Portlandia Season Two Airs Tonight, Air Your Thoughts

I have a complicated relationship with Portlandia. To start, I was born in Portland and I still live here, and I want everyone in the world to know that it's a great city with more to offer than coffee and bearded white dudes, so I am psyched that it is getting national, positive attention. However, Portlandia does little to challenge stereotypes about Portland and instead...

BitchTapes: Friendship Mix

Friends are the best. Here are a few songs about loving friends, missing friends, and losing friends (also, they're great for mixtapes...for your friends!). Let us know which friendship songs we missed in the comments!

BitchTapes: Friendship Mix from BitchTapes on 8tracks.

Project Runway All Stars: Mondo, Mondo, Mondo!

Project Runway All Stars premiered last night, and though a few familiar faces were missing (wherefore art thou, Nina Garcia?) there was plenty to talk about. Let's get to it!

On Our Radar

We've got blogs bursting at the seams!
  • Soraya Chemaly's responds to the Iowa caucuses with a piece on the incredible inequality for women in US politics.
  • s.e. smith looks at the ridiculous bootstrap argument as applied to mental health.
  • Watch Francesca Ramsey's excellent turnaround of the "Shit [blanks] Say" meme, "Shit White Girls Black Girls."
  • He may...

Bechdel Test Canon: I Like It Like That

Darnell Martin's I Like It Like That may push the boundaries of the Bechdel Test, but its insights into black Latina motherhood, sisterhood, and professional identity are fascinating, rare, and in need of recognition.