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Douchebag Decree: Robert Rector Hopes You're Hungry

This week's shiny golden douchebag statuette goes to Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation. A recent article published in The New York Times reported that the number of people living in households lacking consistent access to adequate food his risen to 49 million Americans. In the 14 years that the Department of Agriculture has been collecting these statistics, these are the...

Top Ten Reasons Why This Feminist is a Sports Fan: #5

We've made it halfway, folks! The #5 reason why I love sports is ...

Bibliobitch: That's a Dealbreaker, Ladies, edition

 

One of the lesser-discussed hassles of identifying as feminist is that people often think you'll be super-delighted to engage in some good old-fashioned man bashing. Those men, you know? What's up with them never being able to pick up their damn socks? And the belching? And like I care about whether the Red Sox will ever be in the World Series again. I should totally just get a dog—at...

Sapphic Salon: Megan Fox and the women she loves to hate

Megan Fox thinks I hate her.

It's simply not true. I didn't realize she'd take it personal that I never saw Transformers (or its sequel) and I was one of the few that bought tickets to see Jennifer's Body opening weekend. But the latest New York Times magazine cover woman claims that women hate her.

Adopt-ation: A feminist take on the state of the adoption industry

Do a quick search on the Internet and you'll see that there are lots more people waiting to adopt a healthy newborn these days than there are babies out there ready to be adopted. Gone are the (ahem) "good old days" when a pregnant woman finding herself in less than optimal circumstances could be shamed, coerced or forced to give up her baby as a matter of socially accepted course (for more on...

Transcontinental Disability Choir: Disability: The Human Condition

I didn't realize that in my quest to be up on YA literature and be able to have thoughtful discussions with my Kid about her reading adventures that I would encounter something so wrought with this many problematic themes. Or that I would find it all wrapped up in the charming red ribbon of the most Epic Love Story Evah! With Fangs.

The gender wars are over and WE WON!

Everyone! This just in! The "gender wars" are over, and women won!. That's right; after fighting for centuries for equality, our struggles have finally paid off BECAUSE MEN ARE BECOMING JUST LIKE WOMEN. Which, you know, means not only are we equals now, but women are actually the conquerors in this scenario. WE WON!!!

Imagine a woman holding this sign and you'll get the idea. OK, we...

Oh Yoko!: 20 WAYS OF LOOKING AT AN ART-WORLD ICON

Who is Yoko Ono? She is one of the most famous figures in the world, yet also one of the most misunderstood, enigmatic, and, at times, vilified. Quite often, what we think about Ono says more about us than about the artist herself. Do we want to know her, or are we content with myth and stereotype? For most of her career, Ono has been carelessly marked by the culture at large–as the harpy who...

Break Me Off a Piece of that Breakup Song: Thao Nguyen on the perverse pleasure of musical pain

No one pays attention to breakup songs until they need them. When you first hear one you are probably not interested; you are probably turned off by its utter depression, and so you skip ahead to the next upbeat track, something with shouting and hand claps in the chorus, something for happier people.

Fortunately for you, the dirge you just flitted by is secreted away and catalogued in...

On the Map: Argentinian Marriage Is Soooo Gay!

Having been denied a marriage license in Buenos Aires this past April, Argentinian couple Jose Maria Di Bello and Alex Freyre sued the city on the grounds that the denial was violating their constitutional rights. Although civil unions are available in some cities, including Buenos Aires, the union does not afford couples all of the rights granted to those who can marry--such as a...

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