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B-Sides: The Suicide Notes

If you are also in love with group vocals and surf-punk tunes, check out The Suicide Notes. And if you and your friends were thinking of starting an awesome singing group, do it: The world needs you.

Murder, She Blogged: Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Detective Work Outside the System

Despite the dodgy politics of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series, Lisbeth Salander is an interesting character from a feminist perspective because she is a rare detective on the outside, with no faith in the system to produce a just result.

Name That Trope: She's hot! She's cool! She's one of the guys!

A few of us saw The Change-Up for the most recent Popaganda podcast (the things we'll do for you...) and one of the many things I was struck with during the movie (among an inexplicable plot, a million penis jokes, etc.) was the character of Sabrina, played by Olivia Wilde. Around the time she called her date out for ordering a bottle of wine (the nerve!) and ordered a manly scotch...

Stage Left: Originals vs. Adaptations

One theme that comes up over and over again in conversations about the State of Musical Theater Today is the tragic lack of original musicals on Broadway. The way everything is an adaptation of an adaptation of an adaptation. No one's having new and creative ideas anymore!

Well, to be blunt, I kind of think this is bullshit.

We're All Mad Here: Mental Illness in YA Fiction

Young adult literature features a number of depictions of mentally ill characters, from authors who both bother to do their homework and take the time to present their work well and authors who don't seem to feel that research and sensitivity are necessary. In YA especially, depictions of mental illness are critical because some readers may be struggling with emotions and experiences they do...

From the Library: Maggie Goes on a Diet & We Search for Fat-Friendly Children's Books

In this week's douchey children's lit news, Aloha Publishers is catching heat for a picture book they'll be releasing in October called Maggie Goes on a Diet, in which a 14 year old girl is "transformed" into a "normal sized teen" after going on a diet.

Rather than a diet, I'm pretty sure what Maggie needs is a healthy dose of children's books that promote fat-positivity....

On Our Radar

Great links to keep you busy this weekend!

  • The Rotund reports on Fat Ladies in Spaaaaaaaaace: A Body Positive Coloring Book. Someone get this for me please!
  • Leticia St. Remy at Xhibit P compares the pop feminism of Beyonce and Tina Fey. 
  • Talk About Equality explores the TSA's dehumanizing effect on transgender passengers.
  • The Association of Black...

Bitch Radio: Talking with Rebecca Yee About Hollywood and Diversity

From the lack of characters with disabilities on television (there were six according to a 2010 survey) to the whitewashing of characters of color on the big screen (think The Last Airbender, the upcoming Hunger Games), to a sore lack of leading non-white characters on this summer's blockbuster roster, Hollywood seems to have little interest in reflecting its viewers.

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BitchTapes: Feeling Catty

Songs about cats, because we love them. Track list after the jump!

Murder, She Blogged: Young Detectives

One of the reasons the detective genre is so beloved for so many of us, I think, is because we grow up on mysteries and detective stories.

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