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B-Sides: Ana

Does anyone else organize their iTunes by season? Singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell is the artist that got me started doing it, as no single album reminds me more of summer than her 2010 folk opera Hadestown. It's drenched in sunlight, warm voices, young love, and, as Kristin mentioned in her Preacher's Daughter series, a feminist perspective on Greek tragedy. Her latest album...

Visi(bi)lity: Deconstructing Images of Bisexuality in the Media

Over the next eight weeks, I will explore both progressive and problematic depictions of bisexuality in order to see how far we've come and how much progress still needs to be made. Together, we will look at examples in film, television, music, celebrity culture, and new media. And, with any luck, we will be able to start a discussion about what the media could be doing to increase realistic...

The Rebel Warrior and the Boy with the Bread: Gale, Peeta, and Masculinity in the Hunger Games

Just as Gale and Peeta give Katniss two very different boyfriend options, they give us as readers two very different ideas of what it means to be a man in Panem.

See what I mean about the two totally different masculinities happening here?

Bitch Popaganda: Featuring Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

In the latest issue of Bitch, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore asks, "What if the real problem isn't flamboyance or cocksucking or limp wrists, but a straight world that rejects gay people and a gay world that seeks legitimacy only for those willing to conform to a straight society?" ("Homo Work," interview by Jessica Hoffmann). Writer, editor, activist, artist, filmmaker, critic, and...

Required Reading: The House on Mango Street

The House on Mango Street is all about voice. It's about being heard. It's about inventing new languages when the old ones don't work. In the author's words, it's about "the ugliest subjects I could find. The most unpoetic." In real life, The House on Mango Street may not have been much to look at, but its story won the American Book Award and has become a required reading...

Adventures in Feministory: Kathrine Switzer, the First Woman to Run the Boston Marathon

In 1967, five years before the passing of Title IX  (which required gender equity for sports in public education), twenty-year-old Kathrine Switzer ran the Boston Marathon. During the race, Switzer was physically accosted by race director Jock Semple, who tried to pull her out of the race by force (an act that, if we'd been around in 1967, would have definitely earned him a Douchebag...

School's Out: Family Matters: Lessons from Reconciling Radical Politics with Not-So-Radical Loved Ones

This post is about exclusion and the ethics of disagreement. Not exclusion by a dominant society of marginalized populations, but rather the selective practices of alliance and exclusion in anti-oppressive political circles. The theme I want to use to think through these questions is one of maintaining family ties (chosen family, birth family, or otherwise). I wonder if the idea of "...

Political Fictions Kicks Off!

Anyone who's spent time on a social networking site, watched cable news, or opened their email inbox in the last two months has probably heard about the "GOP's war on women." From placing humiliating barriers between women and their reproductive health to erasing domestic violence laws out of the criminal code and denouncing any woman in the workplace or on birth control, the attacks have been...

Beyond the Panel: An interview with Arigon Starr of Super Indian, Part Two

Today, the conversation with Arigon Starr, the cartoonist behind Super Indian, continues! We discuss the history and future of Super Indian, her experience of being a woman of color in an industry dominated by white men, and a special sneak preview of her graphic novel investigating the origins of Super Indian. Check it out after the jump!

Project Runway All Stars: Electric Feelings

We stepped off the runway and into a Daft Punk video last night as our All Stars took on an electrified black light challenge. In addition to eternal glowing glory, the winner's look will be featured in a vaguely outlined Pharrell project!

One of these judges is embarrassed for the other three, and it's not the guy who lives for Teletubbies.