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In The Frame: Giant Spiders and Stuffed Birds

In a game of word association, "art" might make people think of paintings, sketches, canvases or a specific artist like Jackson Pollock (paint splatters, oh my) or the Mona Lisa (very tiny, strange smile). Disciplines such as sculpture, ceramics, and taxidermy might not be mentioned, because they're sidelined in favor of the mainstream. Etsy and Deviant Art are full of intense paintings;...

BitchTapes: Holiday Jams

How about a few holiday tunes for your weekend?

Bechdel Test Canon: D.E.B.S.

Angela Robinson's spy caper D.E.B.S. explores being under cover and out of the closet.

On Our Radar

We actually do have a radar, and we're tracking a mysterious holiday feminist flying a bike over the Pacific Ocean, spreading cheer to all.

  • Tami Winfrey Harris has a piece at Racialicious that might help you navigate disagreements with loved ones and the myth of "political correctness."
  • Nigerian author Chimamanda Adichie reflects on the justice not served for Nafissatou...

Send Holiday Hope to an Incarcerated Survivor of Rape

This holiday season, take some time to go to Just Detention International and send a message to an incarcerated survivor of prison rape. From As Cara from The Curvature puts it:

Currently incarcerated persons are probably already the most isolated individuals in the United States. Those who are not only incarcerated but also the victims of sexual violence while...

Mom & Pop Culture: An Interview With Ani DiFranco

With twenty studio albums under her belt, and another coming out in the new year, she is still as bad-ass as ever. While her new songs may not hold the same personal angst as earlier ones, they are still infused with a strong point of view, activist spirit, and feminist ideology. I recently had the chance to talk with Ani about her music, her (ever-changing) feminism, motherhood and everything...

Sm{art}: Vanessa Renwick

Founder and janitor of the Oregon Department of Kick Ass, Portland-based artist Vanessa Renwick has made over 40 films and installations.  Her work ranges from towering gold-leaf BMX bike sculptures in front of Powell's Books to super 8 shorts of her hitchhike sojourn to the Native American reserves in South Dakota during a two and a half year period spent barefoot, her wolf dog by her...

Bechdel Test Canon: Bandidas

BFFs Salma Hayek and Penélope Cruz saddle up and ride for Bandidas, a western buddy comedy.

Mom & Pop Culture: Music Madness

The problem is that while a lot of music (I'm thinking mostly of pop and hip hop here) that's geared towards teens and adults also appeals to kids, it's not actually appropriate for them. So what's a mama (or papa) to do when they want to rock out, but not expose their kids to music and musicians they're just not old enough for? Thankfully, besides the classics, there has been a lot of kickass...

In the Frame: Female Photographers Telling Stories

There are loads of photographers who take the body as their subject matter—hey, it's nothing new. But the women in this post made a point of portraying the body as something to be celebrated and combined with fashion, sociological thinking, or mythology. It's so much more than just snapping a photo.