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The Sounds of Siren Nation

While Katie and Kjerstin spent last weekend at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, I hung out in Portland, basking in a whole bunch of awesome lady-made music for Portland's annual Siren Nation Festival. In the Ladyfest spirit, Siren Nation celebrates the many contributions women make to the arts, whether it's music, crafts, art, or film. Siren Nation, now in its fifth year, is more than just a one-...

Bibliobitch: "We're fat, we f*ck, it's good, get over it": A Q&A with Hanne Blank

Sometimes the best books about sex simply state the obvious: masturbation feels good, most women require direct clitoral stimulation to orgasm, fat people have and (gasp!) enjoy sex (and with all kinds of partners!). Hanne Blank's newly released edition of Big, Big Love is a prime example of how sex shame can be fought hardest by basic acknowledgment and normalization, sending us the big, big...

Douchebag Decree: Jerry Sandusky, Joe Paterno, and the PSU Administration That Covered It Up

Trigger warning: This post contains descriptions of rape, molestation, and abuse.

As you probably know, some epic douchiness transpired recently in State College Pa., where Jerry Sandusky exerted his power as an assistant coach at a semi-religious institution (Penn State Football) to (allegedly) rape boys. And in the six days since the indictment...

Bringing Up Baby: Stay Away From That Tuna! (Or I'll Take Your Baby)

During last week's episode of Parenthood, Julia panicked because Zoe—the young woman carrying the baby Julia plans to adopt—is caught eating sushi. With tuna.

Trade Secrets: The tough talk of the new anti-trafficking movement

In the 2008 film Taken, Liam Neeson plays Bryan Mills, a retired CIA operative whose undercover past is called into action when his daughter is kidnapped while traveling abroad and sold into sexual slavery. Using his counterterrorism skills to torture and murder those who stand between him and his daughter's captors, he eventually rescues his daughter and comes home a hero, with no...

Raise Your Glass If U R A Firework Who Was Born This Way: Who's to say what makes a gay anthem?

Hey, guys.... Um, this is Ke$ha. I just wanted to say something. Um, to anyone who's being bothered, or abused, or harassed, or bullied, I just wanted to tell you that, um...it will get better. It will. No matter if you are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender, however you are choosing to live is beautiful, and you have my full support and all of my love. And to be yourself, and it will...

Young, Awkward, and Black: The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl's Issa Rae Gets Comfortable With Success

"Should I say hi again? She knows I'm here." J slinks along the hallway of Gutbusters, the diet-pill company she works for, to avoid seeing the new hire she keeps running into. Growing impatient with the situation's awkwardness, J wonders, "Does this girl live in the hallway?"

Whether it's running into a regrettable one-night stand (who can't stop talking about...

In the Frame: Female Artists in Literature, From Bront

Great artists don't just have to exist in galleries. Books have given us some really inspirational pre- or post-feminist characters that are good at art, and this liberates them either emotionally or physically. What unites them is their independent thinking, as they are determined to go against the grain and not end up like their peers, bitter or vacuous. Some examples here are from classic...

Mom & Pop Culture: McGender: Unpacking the Happy Meal

I'm not a fan of McDonald's for a variety of reasons, but beyond their tasty unhealthy food they are a perfect example of how marketing has changed over the years to further push gender stereotypes upon consumers.

B-Sides: Teri Gender Bender, the Feminist-Not-Feminist

"I consider myself a self-proclaimed feminist but not in the same way that other people would think of a feminist. I'm not a man-hater." Yes! Wait, what? Teri Gender Bender bites off a lot more than most people could chew with her roving gang of Butcherettes—including the drug wars in Mexico, being ostracized in both of her homes on either side of the Mexico-US border, and the stupidity of...

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