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Raising Trouble: More Bad Guys

"Why are there no bad guys in our neighborhood?" Ivan asked me recently, after emerging from a movie theater. The previews had presented a full line-up of villains – in 3-D, no less. Ivan had been trying hard to find some real-life miscreants, wondering daily about the boisterous youth on our block, who do a lot of shoving and yelling: "Are those bad guys?" I'd been assuring him that while...

Pissed Off at Ticked Off: Trans bloggers react

International Day of Transgender Visibility was started just last year as a much-needed counterpart to the Transgender Day of Remembrance, which focused more on memorializing those lost rather than celebrating everything the trans community is doing today. Ironically, a recent controversy over the Tribeca Film Festival features problematic representations of trans women, and the ensuing...

Lilith Fair: No money for crisis pregnancy centers!

Seriously, Lilith Fair? Just when I was thinking of attending you because my country music crush Loretta Lynn is playing your festival this year, you have to go and encourage your fans to support anti-choice charities. Boooooo.

The Immortal Woman: Henrietta Lacks

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks deserves every ounce of praise that has been heaped on it. Rebecca Skloot has one heck of a story to tell, a story that actually belongs to another woman: Henrietta Lacks.

The book is partially a retelling of Henrietta's life and her death, but also a thorough chronicle of the history of HeLa cells (so named by taking the first and...

Sarah Haskins Update!

I've been craving more Sarah Haskins ever since Target Women ended, and now her new short film "DILF" (mentioned in her January interview with Jezebel) is finally online! Haskins co-wrote and co-stars in "DILF", which is exactly what you think it is about. Warring roomies, sexy parents, network drama parodies and Rashomon-style storytelling abound - watch the movie here!

Mad World: Too Cool for School

OK, we are all pretty up on the concept of advertising at this point. Not to say that ads don't have an effect on us (they do), but when it comes to the reasoning behind most ad campaigns, we savvy media consumers are hip to what's going on. They're trying to sell us something. We get it. So what do we do with ads that let us "in" on the joke?

Return of the Ankh

It's a long time in coming—Erykah Badu is finally releasing Amerykah, Part Two (Return of the Ankh) tomorrow. The album is a followup to the 2008's totally underappreciated release, New Amerykah, Part One (4th World War). Some of her best, most unexpected music is on that album. So I'm excited about the release, to say the least. (more after the jump)

Reproductive Writes: Not Just Another Choice, Part 2: An Interview with Laura Wershler

Laura Wershler is Executive Director of Sexual Health Access Alberta. Recently she wrote a critical response for the re:Cycling blog to a study published in the British Medical Journal which reported that 'Women in the UK who have ever used oral contraceptives are less likely to die from any cause, including all cancers and heart disease, compared with never users.' She has previously served on...

Adventures in Feministory: Hildegard von Bingen

Hildegard von Bingen was a German Benedictine abbess, magistra, composer, healer and author, one of the first female composers whose works are still intact. In an era where few women were allowed or able to read and write, Hildegard wrote songs, poems, theological texts and medicinal guides and even invented her own alphabet. It's likely that Hildegard would have been forgotten if she hadn't...

Raising Trouble: When Good Things Happen to Bad Guys

Why are little boys obsessed with "bad guys"?