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Inconsequential Girlishness: An Interview with Chally

My full-length interview with Chally, who talks about her love of sci-fi, why it's problematic to have feminist "icons," her experience as a teen in social justice movement, and of course, the internet! (The post title is tongue-in-cheek, by the way, she's anything but, as you'll see.)

Read Chally's work at Zero at the Bone, FWD, Radical Readers and Feministe. Interview transcript and...

"The Persian Version"... Because the World Needs More "Jersey Shore"

You know, when Jersey Shore aired, my first thought was "I wish they would make a spinoff of this show about Iranians, because really, we don't get enough bad press as it is." Lucky for me, MTV read my mind and is creating The Persian Version, which is, um a Persian version of Jersey Shore. From the casting call: Two thousand years ago the Persian Empire ruled the ancient world…but they didn't...

Raising Trouble: Does Pink Really Stink?

Two sisters in the UK seek to "challenge the culture of pink which invades every aspect of girls' lives." Are they right?

Bill Condon brings creepy sexpertise to Breaking Dawn

What do sex, creepiness, Beyoncé, The Candyman, and Robert Pattinson have in common (besides making for excellent fanfic)? Why, Bill Condon, of course. The director, best known for his work on Kinsey and Dreamgirls, will direct the fourth installment in the Twilight franchise, Breaking Dawn. Is this a good thing? Let's look at some of his past work and make unfounded predictions! (Come on, you've...

The Young and The Feckless: Model Behavior

Spurred by Raina Kelly's recent Newsweek piece about turning 40 and adopting Madonna as her role model, I've been pondering the idea of life stage role models, particularly as it relates to those of us at the quarter-life. Just who is out there for Gen Y women to look up to or to emulate?

Raising Trouble: Worst Toy of the Year?

Vote for worst toy of the year!

Tuning In: M.I.A.'s "Born Free"

Monday marked the release of the music video for M.I.A.'s "Born Free," the lead single off the British rapper/singer/visual artist's forthcoming third album, and yet another clip from a female pop star this year that caused quite a stir. Continuing the discussion begun by the open thread Kjerstin started yesterday, I thought I'd share my thoughts.

Open Thread: M.I.A.'s new video "Born Free"

M.I.A. is not shying away from controversy in her new video, the latest in epic music videos that would never get aired on TV, and weren't made to (a phenom that doesn't look like it's going away any time soon). Cinematic but super violent, it's definitely a commentary on oppressive military governments and cultural profiling. To M.I.A.'s disappointment, it was banned from YouTube within a day...

Tuning In: Victorious not quite a triumph

Nickelodeon's Victorious considers the life of a girl training to become a pop sensation.

The Young and The Feckless: Millennials and the Morality of Money

Although dour, USA Today's stats-heavy piece on Gen Y's financial woes isn't anything we haven't heard before. We're the first generation in a century likely to end up monetarily worse off than our parents. Student debt load has increased 24% since 2004. 37% of 18-29 year-olds are underemployed or unemployed. And the beat goes on and on. Photo by stuartpilbrow

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