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B-Sides: New Bachelorette Record is Angelic, Electronic

Remember when I said that Bachelorette, the moniker of New Zealand's Annabel Alpers, was a band to watch? The latest full-length album from the electronic pop artist, Bachelorette, came out last week from Drag City, and I stand by my recommendation. It's a great collection of subdued electronic orchestrations beneath Alpers' ethereal, even-keeled voice.

Revenge of the Feminerd: More Feminerd Forerunners

Earlier in this series I did a post on the bluestockings and a Facebook commenter suggested I do a follow-up piece on Japanese anarchist feminists. I thought now would be a good opportunity to mention them and some more feminerd forerunners from around the globe, including Kurdistan, Indigenous North America, and even ancient Babylon.

Douchebag Decree: The NYPD Rape Acquittal

Sometimes a situation is so horrible that a Douchebag Decree just doesn't cut it. However, I can think of nothing douchier today than the NYPD trial verdict, which found the two accused officers not guilty of rape.

Grand Rounds: Dissecting Grey's Anatomy: Morbidity and Mortality

We reached the end of season seven of Grey's Anatomy last week with "Unaccompanied Minor," the somewhat explosive finale episode. The Grand Rounds crew is taking a look back over the seventh season today, evaluating what worked, what didn't, and how we felt overall about the season. Did Grey's accomplish what it set out to do? Did our characters develop and grow? What were...

Electro Feminisms: Delia Derbyshire

Working with early synths, tape loops and found sounds, Delia Derbyshire created unique, groundbreaking music through the '60s and early '70s. In her hands, anything could be musical, and it frequently was.

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Sexual Inadequacy: But What About the Footman?

Downton Abbey, a period piece about a family and their servants, living on an estate after the sinking of the Titanic but before the first World War. The patriarch of the family has no male heir and must surrender the estate to an obscure relation, the three daughters are being wooed by suitors, and their daily lives are mirrored in the power struggles that go on in the...

BiblioBitch: Chaz Bono's Book of Mixed Messages

Chaz Bono's new memoir, Transition: The Story of How I Became a Man, co-written with Billie Fitzpatrick, brims with candid emotion. It covers his entire life so far, and as the title implies, it frequently comes back to Chaz's lifelong discomfort with being thought to be female and his gradual acceptance of himself as a trans guy. Unfortunately, it's also full of...

Pop Pedestal: Elaine Miller

It's time for another Pop Pedestal, and today I've got one for all the parents out there. I don't know about you, but when I'm in a parenting jam—and granted, my kid's only two, but even two-year-olds can be total assholes—I like to channel my favorite pop-culture parents for psychic assistance. Clair and Cliff Huxtable, Florida Evans, Red and Kitty Foreman, Peggy Hill: All have the...

Sexual Inadequacy: The Exposure Myth

Sexual Inadequacy refers to the poor representation of queer sexuality in the larger culture and in the media. Sexual Inadequacy is about the story straight writers and producers tell queer people about their own lives. Sexual Inadequacy is a comment on the amount of information queer students are given about their bodies and their sexuality, especially when these students are told absolutely...

Revenge of the Feminerd: Fanfic is Underrated

I'll admit there's a lot of fanfiction that can read like sloppily edited romance novels (including my first couple of stories), and the fact that anyone can publish fanfic without having writing experience can mean readers have to wade through a lot to find the real gems. That's why, even though I enjoyed writing and reading fanfic, I was embarrassed to talk about it. Now though, looking into...