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Mad World: What Liquor Ads Teach Us About Guys

Liquor ads capitalize on some of the worst (socialized) masculine traits, glamorize them, and sell these behaviors back to us–encouraging and promoting sexism.

Snarky's Cinemachine: Dede Allen, The Coolest Woman in Film You've Never Heard Of!

The genesis of my cinema love affair can be traced to two films: The Wiz and Serpico, both directed by Sidney Lumet (father of Jenny and Amy Lumet and son-in-law of the incomparable Miss Lena Horne) Despite being two decidedly different films, they share a lineage and many visual stylistic elements, which tends to make a double-feature of them oddly harmonious.

I feel...

Adventures in Feministory: Ms. Mary Wilson, Supreme Lady

Mary Wilson was born in 1944 in Greenville, Mississippi. She later moved to the Detroit Brewster Projects where at the age of 13 she met Florence Ballard and Diane Ross, the girls with whom she would become the greatest girl group of all time–The Supremes.

The story of the Supremes is one of friendship, dreams, tragedy, success, and glamour, as well as groundbreaking firsts in...

Political InQueery: The Ass-Backwards Apologies of the Beltway

There's that old line: Whatever you don't know won't kill you. Unlike other idioms that make a modicum of sense, this is one that has been proven useless a gazillion times over. One example:

On Our Radar

We're back again with another edition of On Our Radar - bringing you some of the most interesting things we read this week!
  • Riddhi Shaw takes a look at the misogynistic and homophobic undertones of Bros Icing Bros on Broadsheet. The drinking game, wherein a bro (never a female, and never gay) surprises another bro with a warm bottle of Smirnoff Ice and forces him to chug it, has...

TelevIsm: The Offensive Olympics' Closing Ceremonies

Today, I conclude my comparative review of South Park and Family Guy. This is the last part of a four-part series (one, two, three for your convenience) called the Offensive Olympics. These shows are both notable for their propensity to rely on political shock value and the oppression of marginalized bodies to make their jokes, so I am investigating which is worse, and on which axis.

From the Library: Dames on Frames: A Feminist Bike Zine

Dames on Frames: A Feminist Bike Zine is the first in a series of four zines that explore the relationship between feminism and bikes. When Claire Stoscheck was in Bogotá, Colombia — the city that is said to have the most extensive bike paths in the world — she realized that only around 1-2% of the bicycle commuters she saw on the streets were women. Stoscheck began to ask questions about...

BitchTapes: The Media is the Message

Luddites beware! For my first BitchTapes as the resident New Media Intern, it seemed only appropriate that my to compile some of my favorite songs about just that: media and technology!

Political InQueery: The Supreme Gap Between Reality and Make-Believe

June 28, 2010, is a Monday. It is also roughly a week after the summer solstice, so just as the days start getting shorter here in the northern hemisphere, the United States Senate will begin hearings to confirm Elena Kagan as the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Sound the trumpets and flip the play button on a rousing Sousa march. Elena KaganWait a minute—it's probably not going to...

Snarky's (Classic) Cinemachine: Unpacking Sean Young

Hollywood seems to reserve a special hell for female actors who do not play nice, and the most enduring example–for me anyway–is Sean Young. Young's performance in the 1982 Ridley Scott sci-fi classic Blade Runner left an indelible impression on me as a teenager and even more so when I saw the first of many "director's cuts" theatrically.