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Failure is totally an option: Free Press launches MediaFAIL project

Anyone who spends time on the web has seen the words FAIL splashed across pictures of cats with their heads stuck in empty cans or dogs dressed by their humans as Oompa Loompas. Don't get us wrong, those can be pretty funny. But you know what's even better? Making the digital bombast of FAIL less associated with the minor humiliations of pets, and more so with the project of media reform --...

Tuning In: American Idol's Crystal Bowersox

It may be a bit late in the "Tuning In" series to reveal this, but, like some music critics, I watch Fox's American Idol. I still follow it even though the past few seasons have been lackluster. I caught the end of the first season, which Kelly Clarkson deservedly won (cue "Since U Been Gone" and rock out), but remained a hold-out for a few years until my partner got me following Carrie...

The Young and The Feckless: What Comes from Questioning the Value of College?

Photo by Lou FCD Lately, there's been a lot of talk (recession-driven in large part) about the real value of a college education, both in the media and that I've been privy to in my own circles. The youth unemployment rate hovers at 17% and even as the economy recovers, the specter of long-term effects on those who launch their careers during the downturn looms. With college and university...

Feminist Replay: How To Make It In America

 

 

 

A few days ago, the Hollywood Scoop reported the same crew behind HBO's boys & toys hit Entourage were cooking up another show for the network. This one would be a spin-off of Entourage, but this time based around women in Los Angeles. The only report is that it would be like Entourage meets Sex and the City - which is a bit confusing because it's...

TelevIsm: Not Just A Joke

So, what exactly does a joke at the expense of marginalized bodies look like? Read on to see what I think, or see above.

The Lady Is a Tramp: Eco-Sex Is Green

When it comes to eco-sex, people of color are…where?

Queers on the Run: An interview with Eric Stanley and Chris Vargas

Filmmakers Eric Stanley and Chris Vargas met at the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 2005 in a class on film, video, and gender where Stanley was the teaching assistant and Vargas a student. Both were radical activists on issues of prison abolition, queer antiassimilation, and trans justice, and both were heavily influenced by revolutionary feminist and political films like Lizzie...

Eat, Pray, Spend: Priv-lit and the new, enlightened American dream

For decades, self-help literature and an obsession with wellness have captivated the imaginations of countless liberal Americans. Even now, as some of the hardest economic times in decades pinch our budgets, our spirits, we're told, can still be rich. Books, blogs, and articles saturated with fantastical wellness schemes for women seem to have multiplied, in fact, featuring journeys (...

Lavender Menaced: Is "lesbian" going out of fashion?

After the National Equality March wended its way through the nation's capital this past October, the New York Times ran coverage of the event under the headline "Gay Rights Marchers Press Cause in Washington." A year earlier, in the midst of California's Prop 8 battle, American Apparel debuted its "Legalize Gay" t-shirts, which were scooped up by supporters of gay rights, gay marriage, gay...

BitchTapes: Lo-Fi Ladies

Most of us are taught that 'good' music is polished, without background noise or distortion. Popular culture embraces this kind of music. We're shown that if we want to succeed as musicians, we must aspire to make flawless music with the best equipment out there (meaning the most expensive, of course). Lo-fi music is awesome because it rejects this idea. It breaks convention. It's distorted...

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