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Race Card: Oprah

Egypt. India. The Ukraine. Oprah tried to show viewers what life's like for married women in these places via her "Marriage around the World" show Wednesday. Unfortunately, the Queen of Talk came up short, delving into tired subjects such as Muslim women and the head scarf, mail order brides from Eastern Europe and why anyone would choose arranged marriage. What's more is that while...

Screenshot: Tina Fey, avatar of ambivalence

Can we talk about the food thing? It wasn't particularly cute when Aaron Sorkin made Republican blonde Ainsley Hayes' thing her prodigious appetite, and it's sort of unsettling how Liz's unhealthy and emotional relationship with food is played as hysterical now.

Out of the Bin: Asylum-seeking lesbians find expression through art

The recent Uganda death penalty bill for homosexuality has raised awareness of the inhumane treatment of LGBT people globally. The repercussions of rape, jail, and murder for expressing your sexuality are horrendous, but they sometimes make it easy to cast a blind eye to the way so-called first-world countries continue to foster homophobia, transphobia, and sexism. Gay women seeking asylum in...

Date Night vs. The Bounty Hunter

I might be a little late to the party on this one, since this trailer's been out for a while, but I think Tina Fey's upcoming movie Date Night looks like a lot of fun. And (judging only by this trailer) it seems to avoid many of the rom-com/action movie anti-feminist pitfalls (more to come on that in a minute). Check it out:

Kathryn Stockett's The Help: Count on the Happy Ending

Although Kathryn Stockett's novel, The Help, came out nearly a year ago, it remains to date on the New York Times Top 10 Bestselling Fiction list… Forty weeks of its shelf life in fact, it has spent jostling with other titles on the list, still sitting comfortably at No. 4 as of January 11th.

In this list-watching way, I waited patiently, patiently for my copy to move...

Douchebag Decree: Special Two for One Edition

Every now and then there are just too many d-bags committing too many acts of douchebaggery to pick just one. Plus there's the whole 'is-this-person-alone-even-worth-blogging-about' question to reckon with. But hey, that's why god invented the Special Two for One Edition, right? Here goes...

Screenshot: Why it may not matter whether a woman ever hosts Late Night

This whole late-night kerfluffle is an odd relic of a dying age. Maybe, the next TV institution won't be as much of a boys' club as late night turned out to be.

Race Card: Blagojevich Says He's "Blacker" than Obama

Oh, no he didn't. In the February issue of Esquire, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich declares himself "blacker" than Barack Obama is. Discussing the first black President, the disgraced politician told the men's magazine:

"This guy, he was catapulted in on hope and change, what we hope the guy is. What the fuck? Everything he's saying's on the teleprompter. I'm blacker than Barack...

Adventures in Feministory: Olympe de Gouges

Born in France in the year 1748, Marie Gouze (later to be known as Olympe de Gouges) was no ordinary petite fille. From a very early age she championed the rights of illegitimate children (of which she believed she was one) and their mothers, as well as writing abolitionist plays and speaking out for women's rights in France.

If you're thinking that de Gouges' speaking of truth...

On the Map: A Tangled Web of Riot Grrrl

From gutter punks to The Kathleen Hanna Papers to Jenocide--I give you an experiment in feminist word weaving.