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Preacher's Daughter: Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa, Homage or Cultural Appropriation?

Don't Explain, a collaborative effort between blues revivalists Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa, hit stores yesterday. It features a range of traditional blues, soul and even gospel classics first made famous by the likes of Billie Holiday, Etta James, Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin. Of course, the intention is homage, but the artists are facing criticisms about cultural appropriation....

CNN's "Gender Identity: A Change in Childhood"

Yesterday, CNN did a story on the Gender Spectrum Family Conference, a "unique gathering dedicated solely to the needs of transgender and gender nonconforming children and teens, their families and loved ones, and the community of professionals and allies who surround them."

The great thing about the video (embedded below), is that the adults—parents and CNN reporters alike—allow the...

Sexual Inadequacy: Is My Son Gay?

I doubt that many people will feel the need to shell out good money to find out if their son is gay using such suspect methods. But I imagine some desperate young men will buy it themselves and be taught they can change their sexuality by suppressing their gender identity. Some young gay men will be identified as straight because they enjoy stereotypically masculine activities and some...

B-Sides: Savage Garden

As their biggest hits in the US were love songs, one may forget that much of Savage Garden's music is decidedly dark, especially on their eponymous debut. Major themes on Savage Garden include depression ("To the Moon and Back," "Santa Monica") and troubled or abusive relationships ("Tears of Pearls," "Break Me Shake Me," "A Thousand Words"). As might be expected from a...

Adventures in Feministory: Jessie de la Cruz

"The average farmworker lived 49 years—compared to 70 years for the white majority in the United States. A migrant worker's baby was twice as likely to die as babies of other people. Farmworkers were three times as likely as other people to get tuberculosis, three times as likely to get hurt on the job, and were the lowest-paid workers in the country."

Jessie de la Cruz grew up in these...

WTF Files: IKEA's M

Hey men! You know what's worse than a trip to IKEA with your wife or girlfriend? NOTHING. Because the torture of walking up and down the aisles of the Swedish housewares store is apparently nigh unbearable for men (seriously, picking out throw pillows is SO HARD), an IKEA in Australia has come up with an infantilizing solution: MÄNLAND, a daycare for dudes.

What's the IKEA word for...

Isn't He Lovely: The Body Politics of Male Balding

When I started dating a bald man, the first questions my friends fired my way about him had nothing to do with his background, employment or interests. Repeatedly, they'd bypass the pleasantries and skip straight to his hair: So, is he really bald, or does he choose to shave his head? How long has he been bald? Could he grow hair if he wanted to? And after I would explain that, yes, he shaves...

BitchTapes: Breaking Out of the White, Male Punk Canon

For all of its progressive-leaning, status-quo-breaking, norm-shattering tendencies, punk rock still looks like a white boy's club. Even after all of these years, the largest punk record of the year (Fucked Up's David Comes to Life) was played by a band with one woman! There are also five other white dudes in that band! So let's go back and look through the punk canon, find the...

On Our Radar

My, what a week.

  • Still reeling from the murder of Troy Davis? Check out "10 things anyone can do to help exonerate innocent people and prevent wrongful convictions" from The Innocence Project, and continue the fight for justice. 
  • The first post in a series on queer identity and gaming is up at Yin Soaked Boy. 
  • Have you been reading BFP's excellent series on...

Bitch Radio: Talking with s.e. smith and Anna Pearce of "We're All Mad Here"

Even though "We're All Mad Here," the guest blog exploring mental illness in pop culture wrapped up today, we've got one more way to savor this excellent series. For this episode of Bitch Radio, I spoke with s.e. and Anna about "We're All Mad Here,"—what topics they didn't get a chance to address, tropes of mental illness in politics, and where they see hope for the future of depictions of...

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