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Mad Men: Just Taste It!

Last night's Mad Men had us reaching for our Sylvia Plath books, our Gilmore Girls DVDs, and our tubs of Cool Whip.

Okay, maybe not the Cool Whip.

On Our Radar: Protesting Seventeen, Illustrating Wheelchairs, and Remembering MCA

  • In sad news, we lost rapper, artist, producer, and activist Adam Yauch today to cancer. We'll miss you, MCA.
  • Rosario Dawson and America Ferrera are cast in an upcoming indie film on Caesar Chavez. Dawson will play activist Dolores Huerta, Ferrera will play Chavez's wife. 
  • Wow. No words for the Chronicle of Higher Education publishing Naomi Schaefer Riley's call...

End of Gender: Reading List for the Genderpocalypse

If you've learrned anything from zombie flicks, you know that when the end is near, it's time to prepare.  And it's probably a good time to catch up on all of that reading you've been putting off.

Below, you'll find a reading list to prepare you for the genderpocalypse.

BitchTapes: Hip Hoppers

There are a lot of young women emcees out there right now making great hip hop that's political, sexy, and fun. Here are ten tracks by artists that should be on your radar! Track list after the jump.

Hip Hoppers from BitchTapes on 8tracks.

Fertile Ground: Bryant Terry's The Inspired Vegan

Bryant Terry's The Inspired Vegan is aptly named; it's truly, well, inspiring. Terry, who dubs himself an "eco-chef," is more than just a cookbook author, and this is more than just a cookbook. It is a delicious spark of revolution and call to action, and filled with many delectable recipes, along with the music, literature, and art that inspired his menus....

Required Reading: No Laughing Matter

Female characters are not permitted to laugh in books presented at the Tehran International Book Fair, which opened this week. What would Jane Eyre say?

Douchebag Decree: Ashton "Raj" Kutcher and Sadly Delicious Popchips

Oh Ashton Kutcher. If it's not one douche-y thing with that guy, it's another. The Two and a Half Men star (I was going to make a douchebag joke there but "Two and a Half Men star" is a pretty good zinger on its own) is back in the news for all the wrong reasons again this week, this time for doing brownface in a Popchips ad.


B-Sides: Naomi Hooley and the Wilderness Inside

I discovered Naomi Hooley's warm, powerful music a few months ago, when a friend pointed me first to her song "Tornado" and then the album that spawned it, the gorgeous It was a Great October. Her sound is earthy and approachable, and her backstory is the stuff of serendipitous musical legend. My theory is, no matter where you listen to Naomi's music, you will be reminded of home.

End of Gender: Bringin' Out the Bono

With hidden cameras and a hint of pedantry, ABC's primetime series What Would You Do? has tested society's comfort with everything from same-sex parents to public breastfeeding. This week's segment tackles transphobia and reveals what we already knew: No conversation about transgender people is complete without bringing out the Bono.

Fertile Ground: Want to Fix the World? Practice Permaculture.

With everything from mindless consumerism to car emissions wreaking havoc on the earth, we know full well that humans do more harm to the environment than good. In fact, it seems that human existence sucks the life out of the planet. (Some existences are more damaging than others, of course). So what is an ecofeminist-minded activist with a penchant for guilt and a need to heal to do? The...