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Isn't He Lovely: The Trouble with "Machismo"

Earlier this year, the Los Angeles Times reported on the hottest new marketing demographic for the personal care industry: Latino men. Considering that Hispanics are the fastest-growing ethnic group in the United States, it isn't surprising that brands and advertisers had already begun courting Latina women's purchasing preferences. The men's habits, however, seemed like more of a...

Don't Mess Up When You Dress Up: Cultural Appropriation and Costumes

Halloween is a notorious time for offensive outfits. If you're still not sure what your costume is going to be this year, make sure you don't go the culturally appropriative route. Dressing up as "another culture," is racist, and an act of privilege. Fortunately, thanks to some college students behind Students Teaching About Racism in Society (STARS), an Ohio University organization, cultural...

B-Sides: Shredding 101

Sometimes I wonder what I did to deserve the amount of ridiculously awesome music here in Portland, Oregon. Earlier this year we had the Females of Color Festival, a celebration of anyone that plays music and identifies as a female of color (the lineup included, um, pretty much every great band in this town), and this last weekend saw the passing of Shred Fest, a festival for face-...

Preacher's Daughter: What Evangelical Christians Mean When They Say...

Last week, a friend sent me a link to the blog Stuff Christian Culture Likes. Not to be confused with the evangelical site, Stuff Christians Like, Stuff Christian Culture Likes zeroes in on the strangeness of US evangelicalism with a more jaded perspective.

The blog raises an issue that I've been thinking about a lot recently—that is, that evangelicalism has its own weird...

Why Aren't You Married? Answer Coming Soon to ABC!

Ugh. Remember Tracy McMillan's Huffington Post article from earlier this year, "Why You're Not Married"? The one that was designed to piss you off and calls unmarried women shallow, slutty, selfish lying bitches who aren't good enough? Yeah. Well not only did someone at Random House find it so compelling they're turning it into a book, now it's an ABC sitcom too.

Adventures in Feministory: Anna May Wong

Born in LA's Chinatown in 1905 to a family that ran a laundry service, Anna May Wong was Hollywood's first Chinese-American movie star.

Isn't He Lovely: The Sexist, Racist, Male Invention of Dieting

In the U.S., food marketing and consumption is highly gendered. In the funny pages, Cathy gobbles down chocolate and Dagwood constructs towering, meaty sandwiches. On the Internet, the Women Laughing Alone With Salad is an exemplary (and hilarious) meme. Guy vegans seemed like such a quaint anomaly that a Boston Globe reporter tried to make "hegan" happen in 2010. I say "in the U.S." because...

Bringing Up Baby: Is Pregnancy A Disease?

In the political and media realm, this "pregnancy as disease" model is one thing that pro- and anti-choicers agree upon, although they use it for different ends.

The H-Word: "I Loved My Double Life"

"Working as a dominatrix was empowering. I dressed exotically, did creative roleplay, and was worshipped—physically and psychologically—on a regular basis. It helped me cope with my other part-time job: receptionist."


Bitch Popaganda: Miss Representin' Edition

Welcome back to another episode of Bitch Popaganda! Tune in as we review Miss Representation and discuss the sixth season of Dexter.

Links and transcript after the jump!